A Cargo Crisis

UPDATE: Since I wrote this post, Babboe have issued a safety warning. Please do read this if you are considering buying a Babboe, especially if you are buying secondhand. I wrote a review of my Babboe City-E cargo bike last September after using it for Read More …

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 …

The Inequalities of Winter

I cycle all year round, whatever the weather. Winter cycling is not for everyone – it’s cold, frequently dark and occasionally icy. But for me, cycling is still the best way to get to where I need to be. This winter I invested in some 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 …

Babboe City-E Review

UPDATE: Since I wrote this review I had problems with my Babboe in May 2019. If you are considering buying a Babboe, especially a secondhand one, please do make sure you read the update, ‘A Cargo Crisis’. Also look up the safety warning issued by 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 …