This article was published in 2007, in Newsletter 70.
I was passed the Xmas 2006 edition of Cycling Plus magazine last month and found the page by Dave Holladay under the title The Hub amusing and interesting. For example:
Monitoring sites of on-street parking that have been installed steadily since 2001 has shown a 37 per cent year-on-year growth in the number of bikes making journeys and being parked.
A cyclist was asked: ‘How long does it take you to get to work?’ His answer surprised the questioner: ‘As long as possible.’
Horror of horrors: the school run
Some readers may well have gone (or even still go) to the sort of school where the full uniform, correctly worn, is de rigueur. I was thus not surprised to find that a school in West London, which even bans the locking of parental bikes outside the fence, also insists that perfectly polished shoes have to be worn en route to and from school. Effectively, this makes carrying the little darlings to school protected from storm and flood in a car unavoidable, so that their pristine uniforms are not soiled by pounding the dirty footways or pushing the pedals. Needless to say, they will not countenance any idea that pupils might cycle to school.
Could this be a discriminatory policy? Only those who can be driven to school can attend; certainly it seems to have many elements of exclusion on rather weak and tenuous grounds.