Critical Mass London – Friday 28 Oct

The London Critical Mass starts at 6.00pm tonight on the South Bank under Waterloo Bridge, by the National Film Theatre. Be there if you want to experience a ride through the city with a huge group of people that includes not only cyclists, but also skateboarders, roller bladers, roller skaters, and others. Ride should last about two hours, weather permitting.

If you can’t make it tonight, don’t worry, you can do it next month – the Critical Mass is a recurring event which is held on the last Friday of every month and always starts at the same time, same place (6pm under Waterloo Bridge).


Last Week of the City Cycle Style Exhibition

The City Cycle Style exhibition closes this Saturday, 29 October, so you only have a few days left to see  pictures of London’s most stylish cyclists, captured by a renown fashion photographer Horst A. Friedrichs. This outdoors exhibition is held at London’s Royal Exchange and it’s open 24hours a day.

So, if you want to see what Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s or fashion designer Sir Paul Smith’s bicycles look like, you can only do it until the end of this week!


UCLU Cycling Club Autumn Picnic – Sunday 30th October

Don’t miss out on this exciting event – UCLU Cycling Club is organizing a picnic this Sunday!
According to their Facebook page, “the plan is to meet outside the Bloomsbury Theatre on Gordon Street at half 12 on Sunday 30th October, have a nice cycle around Hampstead Health and then stop for a picnic.”

This should be a fun way to meet the Cycling Club members in a very relaxed setting, and possibly the last chance to have a picnic before it gets too cold!

If you have any questions, please visit the event’s Facebook page.

Barclays Cycle Hire Online Forum

Barclays Cycle Hire hosted an online “Meet the Managers” forum last Tuesday, 18 October 2011.

Four Barclays Cycle Hire managers were available online for over an hour to answer questions and hear suggestions about the scheme, its operation and future plans. Questions raised by participants concerned availability, safety, and pricing, among others. Some of the suggestions were definitely something the scheme’s managers should be looking into, such as introducing a system of reporting minor faults found on specific bikes.
My personal favourite was this question from one of the participants, and the tongue-in-cheek response:

“Question #41
When are you going to introduce flying bikes? It would enable one to get from A to B much more quickly and would also free up the roads for more cars.
Asked by Alex, answered on 18/10/2011 20:05:14
“Great question Alex – thanks for that.
We have several improvements that we’d like to make to the scheme and I confess that investigating the possibility of flying bikes is somewhat down the pecking order at the moment.
I’m not going to rule it out – I just can’t see it happening in my lifetime.”

Click here to see a list of (mostly serious) questions and answers.