Let's start in one of my favourite cycling cities, Amsterdam, where someone has decided to express their love for cycling culture in the city through the medium of, um.. ...rap! It's not as naff as it sounds and I enjoyed it. The moment at 3 minutes 30seconds where the girl runs behind the back of the bike and jumps on the pannier rack is pure Holland in my eyes: I once tried to do this in front of a crowded street cafe and failed miserably, ending up sprawled across the road and being laughed at. I can't reccomend it highly enough(!)
As most of you know by now London is at last about to launch it's very own bike hire scheme. From July 30th some 6000 hire bikes will be available for free short rentals around the city and I for one can't wait for this addition to the streetscape. Here's a video from Transport for London on how the whole scheme works (see if you can't spot a little animated cameo from our cycling Mayor near the end):
Lastly, Camden Council have produced this thoughtful little film about the danger posed by heavy goods vehicles to cyclists in London. I like the fact that the messages are quite clear; that we all need to look out for one another, that a cyclist will always come off worse in an accident and that cyclists should avoid the 'danger zone' on the inside of lorries for the sake of self preservation. It's great at least that Councils are taking steps to address this problem. What do you think?