Saturday, 26 March 2011

White trimmed delight

Friday, 25th March 2011

Tonight I met Russ and his pal Matt.  Russ was riding this simple beauty of a bicycle, and I asked if I could take his photo to share.  Russ told me he wasn’t part of any special club to do with special bikes.  He likes bikes and enjoys riding them - simple.  He offered to do a couple of tricks on his fixed gear, my novice camera expertise failing me & him (apologies Russ, I was impressed).

While chatting about the bike and Russ’s biking experiences a bunch of kids passed by, drinking pop and eating ice-creams all of them gawping and impressed by the bicycle…aspiring to a bicycle of beauty.

We talked about how people who cycle can be treated, and this was particularly in light of the ‘Cyclists dismount’ sign (seen in the background photo below).

What is it about contractors digging up this city and their inability to cater for bikes?  If someone can understand ‘cyclists dismount’, then they can also understand ‘cycle slowly’.  This would mean a legitimate detour for people on bikes around the works across the cycle path, alongside people on foot.  I should add that this cycle path is a ‘backbone’ cycle route of the city along the seafront which carries 2,500 people cycling a day.  Anyone seen any UK cycle friendly signs and detours?  I’d really like to post them here.

Friday, 25 March 2011

Back to the blog…by bus

Thursday, 24th March 2011

It is starting to get lighter in the evenings, though at 6.45pm the sky is indigo blue, dark.  As I pootled (cycled gently) home this evening on the faithful ‘Pink Lady’ I approached the bus stops just before Palmeira Square.  I held back to let a bus pull out and was thanked by the bus driver using dinker dinkers (indicators)!  People who drive tend to do this between themselves but this was person driving a bus to person riding a bike.  This small courteous connection gave me a lovely warm, happy feeling.  Thanks driver of 5B.