Too Close For Comfort

Cycling Scotland are currently running a fantastic campaign highlighting the dangers of vehicles passing bikes without allowing sufficient space (close passes). I am delighted to be involved in the campaign. I have also spoken to a number of people who feel that drivers are frequently Read More …

“Cyclists Just Annoy Me”

I had a conversation in the playground this week which was depressing, educational, annoying, bewildering and frustrating all at once. I learned a lot about how some drivers think. But I have no idea what to do with what I learned. I was chatting with Read More …

When is a Cycle Route Not a Cycle Route?

This week was ‘The Big Pedal‘ My children’s school – along with the rest of the country – were encouraging pupils to cycle or scoot to school. Not really a problem for us since we travel by cargo bike anyway. I do worry though that Read More …

Counting the Cost

Last October I was forced to look again at how I transport my two children. In three years of travelling by my beloved bakfiets cargo bike, both children had got to be awful big…and awful heavy. My poor knees were suffering and a diagnosis of Read More …

Running the School-Run Gauntlet

I have been doing the ‘school-run’ by cargo bike for around four years now. Actually, it started as the playgroup run, then became the nursery run, then the playgroup and nursery run, then the school and nursery run. I am looking forward to next year Read More …

Developing A Nation Of Women Cyclists

This blog post was actually meant to be a talk at the Women’s Cycle Forum Pecha Caka event this year. I was gutted to not be able to make it. I blame the kids for passing on their lurgies at inopportune moments.  People sometimes talk Read More …

Road Lice?

I missed Pedal on Parliament this year due to an unfortunate birthday party clash. Still, it is something I wholeheartedly support so when I saw an article on the BBC Facebook page, I read it. Then I read the comments below the article. This was Read More …

Training Week Four

This week has been week four following the British Cycling 8 week pre-season training plan. In a Nutshell I was relieved to find that week four in the training plan was a rest week. I was feeling pretty tired and had picked up a bit Read More …

Surely That Is Dangerous?

A week ago there was a lot of snow and ice around where we live. This made transporting myself and my two children tricky, but we managed to continue the school run by cargo bike for the whole week. One morning I stopped to say Read More …

Life After Bakfiets

Towards the end of last year the time came for a change from the bakfiets for transporting my two children. It was time to assess the options for carrying children by bike. I first got a cargo bike back in 2014, when my children were Read More …