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Comment by James Edward Charles Webber on October 4, 2010 at 9:59pm
Comment by Charlene Highsaw on February 1, 2009 at 11:01am
Interesting resting videos, especially the one on the aquaduct. Great to share with my Global Issues Class.
Comment by James Edward Charles Webber on June 19, 2008 at 8:26pm
Bristol has just been named England's first cycling city. Novice Tom Geoghegan saddles up and takes to some of the city's infamous inclines.

Cyclists have always seemed to be part of an exclusive club.

They have all the gear, the moral high ground and the well-developed calves. Or so I thought.

I've never cycled in London, unless you count tearing around on a Raleigh Tomahawk in the suburbs in the late 70s.

So it was with some trepidation that I got on the saddle in England's first official cycling city, Bristol.

On Thursday the two-wheeled faithful were pulling metaphorical wheelies at the news that £11m of government cash is coming their way.

With the city throwing in an equal sum, it amounts to £10 for every person in Bristol - nearly the level of spending in that spiritual home of cycling, Amsterdam.

And setting off on my hire bike (£4 for half-a-day) from the ferry station in the centre of the city, it feels like the Dutch capital.

As the scene unfolds - the cobbled towpath then over a small bridge - relaxation overcomes nerves, especially on the other side of the Avon, where walkers and cyclists mingle amicably in Anchor Square. Very Netherlands. But the route comes to an abrupt halt at a busy road and further on a low-slung chain fence forces me to dismount.

These are the kind of "missing links" that the new cash can eliminate, by putting in a crossing or a cycle lane. It's not about being anti-car, it's about the 45,000 car journeys each day in the city that are under three miles

Andrew Whitehead
Bristol's cycling officer

Bristol named 'cycling city'

Later this year, a disused bridge designed by Brunel is to be gloriously resurrected as a cycle bridge, which will bring north Somerset that bit closer.

But all the money in the world won't help unless people can be persuaded about the benefits of change, says my guide Andrew Whitehead, cycling officer at Bristol City Council. And with rising fuel prices and growing congestion, he believes the time is ripe to make the case.

As well as filling the gaps in the cycling network, the cash will go on the UK's first major street bike rental network modelled on Paris.

And a huge promotion campaign is aimed at doubling the number of bike journeys in three years.

Comment by Alecia Berman-Dry on January 24, 2008 at 7:10am
That video is awesome. I'll be visiting Belize this summer, including some villages that could use this.


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