Just a quick one to say, if you're on Twitter, a hashtag to keep an eye out for is #hamishing. Inspired by Hamish (@bikewalkscoot) who gets around Cardiff on a Tern HSD and has been finding creative ways to move large and unusual loads around the city. https://twitter.com/BikeWalkScoot/status/1575604399384117248?s=20&t=rNvv1r7L2AR_1x5ohaMPqw I find this tremendously inspiring --cargo bikes,... Continue Reading →
Dom Whiting Returns – 11th September 2022
Good news everyone, Dom Whiting, the cargo-bike-riding DJ is coming back to Cardiff. He'll be here Sunday, 2pm on the 11th September. Keep an eye on Hamish's Twitter for more details as they emerge. https://twitter.com/BikeWalkScoot/status/1566376426026172423?s=20&t=EV00We2lLhG5lY5hYf8gcQ If you missed him last time, Sunday will be a great chance to join the convoy and enjoy some tunes.
It is probably fair to say that we self-powered, two-wheeled folk aren't terribly well catered for when it comes to streaming services. Occasionally you'll see a documentary pop up about a certain racing cyclist from yesteryear, or industrial-scale doping scandals, but you very rarely see anything...positive. It could be why people are drawn to crowdfunded... Continue Reading →
Timmy Mallett’s cycling around Britain
Children of the 80s rejoice! Timmy Mallett is back with more wholesome entertainment. This time he's cycling around the coast of England, Wales and Scotland, along with his paints. Starting out in London, heading south, along the coast to Lands' End, before heading north along the coast to Scotland. As of 16 June (2022) he's... Continue Reading →
Bike locks tested to destruction
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfZ-S63AsPQ This is a very entertaining, albeit sobering video from Francis Cade. Here he tests a variety of locks, from the cable locks I keep asking you not to use, to the Sold Secure Gold rated alternatives. Most locks will be defeated with time, but a good lock just buys you more of it. Whilst... Continue Reading →
Something to watch: Trails on Trial – A film by Manon Carpenter and Dwaco
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGFR2tYVWBg A very good video this, featuring our local pro mountain biker Manon Carpenter. You'll also no doubt recognise a lot of the locations --the Garth, Graig-y-Allt; Barry Sidings Cafe and many more. It talks about the growth in mountain biking around here, as well as the growing conflict around the informal trails that have... Continue Reading →
Something to watch: Alternatives to sprawl – Case studies in building better suburbs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sA2LeHTIUI If we are serious about moving away from cars, we really need to stop building for them. As we talked about in our LDP post, a new way of looking at urban development needs to be found. We need to move away from US-style suburbs that require a car to get around and arguably... Continue Reading →
Something to watch: How our streets got stolen from us
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrfsTNNCbP0 Another excellent video from youtuber Adam Something.
How We End Consumerism
This is an excellent video that gets to the nub of what I've been hovering around for some time. My delve into minimalism, urbanism and investing have led me to a number of troubling realisations.
Something to watch: Planet of the Humans
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk11vI-7czE The whole film is available to watch for free on Youtube at the moment. It's a difficult watch, but it does raise some important questions about what we humans are doing. My biggest takeaway from it is that in searching for greener alternatives we need to be mindful that we’re not just replacing one... Continue Reading →