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Bike Shower – The Automatic Bike Washing System (VIDEO)

If you find washing your bike a real pain, then a company from Portugal may have the solution for you. Bike Shower have developed an automatic bike washing machine, also called Bike Shower which according to the company "takes care of everything." With Bike Shower, the user places their bike onto a track on a pneumatically-powered door which is then loaded...

How much room do cyclists need? – BBC investigation to broadcast this week (VIDEO)

The English current affairs programme Inside Out South is set to feature an investigation into close passes of cyclists by motorists. The programme will be shown on BBC1 this Monday at 7.30pm in the South region. The presenter Jon Cuthill took to the roads of Southampton with a modified Oxford safety reflector arm to highlight the space drivers should allow. According...

Gardaí issue warning to cyclists ahead of approach of Hurricane Ophelia

Hurricane Ophelia is expected to be the most severe weather event to hit Ireland in over fifty years according to Met Eireann and An Garda Síochana have warned against cycling tomorrow. The statement from the Gardaí stated that: "People living in areas where a Red level weather warning has been issued should not make any non-essential journeys. There should be...

When the Mayor of Vilnius drove over a car illegally parked in a bike lane (VIDEO)

Cars parked illegally in bike lanes are a constant source of frustration and danger to cyclists and a few years ago, the Mayor of Vilnius in Lithuania had a novel way of highlighting the issue. Arturas Zuokas decided to use an armoured personnel carrier to crush a car parked in a bike lane in the Lithuanian capital. "What should the...

Middle Aged Men In Lycra – The Movie (VIDEO)

A trailer has been released for a new feature length documentary which focuses on MAMILs (Middle Aged Men in Lycra). MAMIL narrated by Phil Liggett has been produced by two filmmakers based in Melbourne, Nickolas Bird and Eleanor Sharpe. MAMIL features cyclists from all over the world including cities such as Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, London, Surrey, Nottingham, Bath, Los Angeles,...

Research suggests hi-viz vests for cyclists will not prevent close passes by motorists

Research from the UK suggests that the use of hi-viz clothing by cyclists will not prevent drivers from passing extremely close to cyclists. The research was conducted by Ian Walker (Department of Psychology, University of Bath) and Ian Garrard and Felicity Jowitt (Brunel Institute for Bioengineering, Brunel University) and outlined in the paper ‘The influence of a bicycle commuter’s appearance...

How French cities are allowing cyclists to ride through red lights (VIDEO)

In France, traffic managers can allow cyclists to ride through red lights after giving way to the different users going through on green. This authorisation is indicated by a plaque placed on the frame of the lights. It was first limited to right turns but has now been extended to all traffic movements. A short film 'Red light: trust the...

Number of cyclists killed or seriously hurt down 20% in West Midlands since close pass operation launched

West Midlands Police in the UK have reported that the number of cyclists killed or seriously hurt on the region’s roads has dropped by a fifth since the force launched an operation protecting them from ‘close pass’ drivers. #OpClosePass was introduced by West Midlands Police a year ago and sees plain clothes police officers cycling busy roads on the lookout...

Toronto parking enforcement only has one job to do – Keep the bike lanes clear

He is the hero every cyclist needs, meet officer Kyle Ashley of the Toronto parking enforcement division. He has one rule when patrolling and that is 'no exemptions'. He spends his shift patrolling the bike lanes in the city and ticketing anyone parking in the lanes.

Trinity College Dublin seeking to fill Ph.D. position to study cycling collisions in Ireland.

The Trinity Centre for Bioengineering at Trinity College Dublin is seeking applicants for a Ph.D. position funded by the Irish Road Safety Authority on the topic of cycling collisions in Ireland. The project title is “Minor, severe and fatal cycling collisions in Ireland: an engineering assessment to prioritise injury/fatality prevention strategies”. This Ph.D. project addresses the engineering risk factors...

The world is best experienced at 18 mph – Study shows benefits of cycling in the countryside

A study was published this week that shows that Green Exercise (GE) has significantly greater psychological wellbeing benefits than the non-GE equivalent. Green Exercise refers to physical activity conducted whilst simultaneously engaging the natural environment. The research paper entitled: ‘The world is best experienced at 18 mph’. The psychological wellbeing effects of cycling in the countryside: an Interpretative Phenomenological...

Volunteer cyclists wanted to help make Dublin a safer cycling city

Dublin City Council, through the Smart Dublin initiative, is looking for volunteers to participate in a first of a kind smart cycle light pilot that will connect over 500 cyclists across Dublin. The scheme will run from mid August to November 2017. Those wishing to take part need to register and must have access to an android phone. The light...

British inventor develops wheelie bin bicycle trailer (VIDEO)

We previously published an article about Bike Mine, an invention by Yannick Read to deter bike theft. When tripped by a thief, BIKE MINE detonates a 150db blast of sound which can be used for protecting your bicycle. The product was just one of a series of bike-related inventions from Read. Amongst his other inventions were the world’s loudest bike horn,...

Saudi women set up cycling club in Jeddah (VIDEO)

A cycling club for women was established in Saudi Arabia recently which has seen a steady increase in growth. Al-Besklita was founded by Nadima Abu al-Enein eighteen months ago and the group meet at the corniche in Jeddah for bike rides. Participation in sport by Saudi women has been extremely difficult in the past. According to a report in Arabian...

Midsummer Liffey Cycle supporting segregated cycle route to take place tomorrow

The Midsummer Liffey Cycle which is supporting a safe segregated Liffey cycle route is set to take place tomorrow - June 18 - starting in the Phoenix Park. The event is part of Bike Week and is being organised by Dublin Cycling Campaign. The group will be setting off from just west of the Phoenix Monument along the main Chesterfield...

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Deceuninck – Quick-Step confirm signing of Sam Bennett

Deceuninck – Quick-Step have announced the signing of Irish National Champion Sam Bennett, who joins the Belgian squad on a two-year deal, having raced...

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