The curious British obsession with hi-viz

In a week when Halfords caused a twitterstorm by suggesting bikes have numberplates, less reported was a spat between the RAC and the Environmental Transport Association; with the ETA citing research showing that hi-viz garments have no effect at all (unless printed with the word ‘POLICE’)

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Collision kills cyclist at local junction – Birmngham deserves better safety

http://b31.org.uk/2017/10/female-cyclist-sadly-killed-in-edgbaston-collision/

http://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/latest-news/tributes-paid-doctor-killed-cycling-birmingham-monday-354873

Dr Suzanna Bull (32) completed her Medical degree at the University of Birmingham; though most recently she had been working at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

 

A petition is available:

“Protect Birmingham Cyclists” and if you would like to add your name to that.  It calls for better cycling provision in Birmingham from the City Council.

http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-killing-birmingham-cyclists

 

There will be a candle lit vigil in memory of Suzanna and to demand safety improvements for riders on Monday 16th October starting at 6pm.  Full details are available here at this Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/678789515658507/

No showers for cyclists in the new Sports Centre

Signs posted at the Munrow clearly warns cyclists that the concession for them to shower and change in the Munrow without the need to be a member will end on Friday, with the closure of the

 

Munrow. The new building at the South Gate opens on Mon 22nd May though membership prices are not published yet. Cyclists who wish to shower there must be members. If this is going to cause you problems then please get in touch with us

 

Cafe and Repairs

Interesting new cyclists cafe and workshop in the centre of Kings Heath. We’ll be checking it out.

gorilla

They say:

“We are Gorilla Coffee Cafe, a brand new cycling cafe that has just opened in the Kings Heath area of Birmingham. We offer a licensed cafe, cycle workshop and event space with a particular appeal to people that enjoy an active lifestyle, whilst also enjoying a slice of cake, coffee, glass of wine or local beer.

Gorilla Coffee Cafe offers a series of events and activities that should appeal to people that enjoy cycling. These include our Sunday morning cycle ride and big cycling events such as Paris – Nice on our 100 inch big screen!

We wanted to get in touch to make you aware of who we are and what we offer. In addition, we would like to offer a club discount on cycle servicing to members of Birmingham University Bicycle Users Group: BUBUG as a gesture of good will.

If you would like to find out more about developing a club discount or simply have a chat please contact either myself Damian Towers (Workshop Team Leader)(workshop@gorillacoffee.co.uk) or James Connolly (Owner) (james@gorillacoffee.co.uk – Phone / Txt :- 07976 925928)”