Karl Roche

family, cycling and communications



This is just incredible – dangerous junction

Wow, this is just amazing that the cars can’t wait for 5 seconds while the bike crosses the road.

Now do drivers wonder why some cyclists become very abrupt? The rider has to raise her arm to stop a car, which then drives around her so as not to waste a precious half second.

No need for it.

Deals Gateway – Dangerous Junction

Debate on cycling safety

So a week after posting the blog on #cyclesafe I was hit by a car coming in the opposite direction who turned across me into a side road. The road has marked cycle lanes which are part of  the road but stop and start randomly.

The bike seems ok apart from scuffed brake levers and a rip in the saddle, although it is at the local bike shop being looked at today to make sure there are no hidden problems.

My ribs are not ok. I pulled muscles in my back and broke a rib. My temperature also dropped to 33 degrees C. I am feeling much better than I did after it happened but sleeping isn’t that easy when you can only find one position to be comfortable in.

I’d like to say thanks to the NHS and Croydon University Hospital that looked after me and made sure I was ok. They also brought my bike into the hospital and kept it safe. Top work NHS.

Flash Ride

Last night around 2,000 people gathered in Westminster to protest about cycle provisions and safety on the street. If you are interested in the stats cycle injuries just for London there is a map. There is also a UK wide map.

Cyclescheme seems to be morphing into a safer cities campaign which I think is a much better idea. We all want to be safer and as I have two kids I don’t want them to be stats on either map – or those for any road casualties (32,955 deaths in 10 years, more than in Iraq or Afghanistan wars).

Commons Debate

So today the House of Commons will debate cycling and the plethora of cycling organisation have come together under the UK Cycling Alliance banner to produce a briefing note for MPs.

The debate is live today on

Cyclesafe in London – the campaign grows

The Times today launched a cycling safety campaign “Cities fit for cycling” (#cyclesafe) after one of their staff was left in a coma when she was hit by a lorry.

There is a section to pledge support to the campaign which is already getting a wealth of retweets from the likes of Sky Pro Cycling rider, Alex Dowsett. Of course, News International sponsor the Sky team. What obviously takes the shine off this great campaign is the news this morning of a probe into unauthorised access to other peoples email accounts by a journalist at The Times.

This is just the most recent campaign and group to spring up recently. Last year we also saw the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain which is bringing together many organisations around the world and especially Europe to build better infrastructure for people in our cities and towns. @thecyclingJim who runs the embassy did fantastic speech which you can watch below about his frustration at not having a cycling infrastructure like Holland. It looks at the progress that the Dutch made from a situation not dissimilar to one we find the UK in now.

londoners on bikesLondon is the focus on many campaigns, just because of numbers more than anything. With the election of a new mayor this year the Londoners on Bikes group is seeking to get candidates to make real changes to safety for cyclists.  They also have a Facebook page and are looking for volunteers to help out in all sorts of ways.

So now for that talk. It’s really worth the watch in my opinion. Jim gets across the fundamental issues at the heart of the discussion, showing us that we aren’t in an unchangeable position with our reliance on motorised transport.

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