Survey of cycling near misses


Those of you who like statistics might like to glance at this nicely presented survey of cycling near misses in London.

It turns out, that it would be, on average, 400 years before a regular UK commuting cyclist would experience death or a serious injury. In contrast, s/he is likely to experience a ‘very scary’ incident once every week (this is London!) So they surveyed near misses to get more data, like they do for flight safety analyses.

The same lady has done some interesting work on how to influence cycling policy see the video on her website here.

Something to take home from the Christmas Lunch


I will bring a pack of these In Case of Emergency cards to the Christmas Lunch next week. Hope you like the colour, I was going for a medical theme.

The idea is that you fill it in and have it with you when you cycle with us. Put it in your saddle bag, tool kit or wallet. The main thing is that it is always with you when you cycle. If you would like one for each of your bikes just ask – well within reason! I know how many bikes some of you have.


Knaresborough, Summer Bridge, 6/7/17

We enjoyed a ride of about 120 km to summer bridge and back. There were a few challenging climbs ups such as Dacre Banks on the way to lunch and a tough climb up Hartwith Bank but we were rewarded by a long downhill and following wind on the return to York. My thanks to those who rode with me and were such good company.

Nick Folkard

Keith Benton completes LEL in 120 hours

London to Edinburgh and back or LEL for short is the biggest and longest Audax ride in the UK. 1440km or roughly 890 miles, 18 controls catering for 1500 entrants gives some idea of the scale (see for more).
High winds and heavy rain were not the best of conditions so I’m afraid I missed the 117 1/2 hour deadline finishing in 120 hours At least I finished and got the medal ; the oldest rider to have completed the course but …. never again! Keith Benton

Selby/Blacktoft 9/8/17

Group 2 stopped at Osgodby instead of Selby. A pleasant ride to Blacktoft over the flat lands of East Yorkshire. Met up with Group 1 at Blacktoft Community Hall. What a nice place – they had even put out checked table cloths for us. After a short break to admire the Humber at the lock where the Market Weighton Canal comes into it we set off into a strong headwind. Stopped for a welcome third break at Allerthorpe Lakeland Park. I had 79 miles on my computer when I got home.  Andrew Monk