LEWISHAM CYCLIST SETS NEW WORLD RECORD
Sidney Schuman, a member of Lewisham Cyclists, has set the 80 to 84-year-old one-hour cycling record by clocking 28.388 kilometres (17.4 miles) at the Lee Valley Velodrome in the QE Olympic Park. Cheered on by family, friends and London cyclists, Sidney chalked up 114 laps of the track used for the 2012 Olympics.
Speaking after setting the record, 84-year-old Sidney said he hoped it would encourage more 80-year-olds to cycle regularly and lead active lives. He attributes his fitness to genes, regular cycling and the care and affection of his family. “Love makes the wheels go round,” says Sidney.
Brought up in Hackney, some two miles from the Velodrome, Sidney has been cycling in London since childhood. He joined a local cycling club and specialised in time trials and hill climbs. He now lives in Hither Green where he used to work as a maths teacher and draughtsman. For the record attempt he rode a standard Condor track bike (as used by all people who hire bikes at the Velodrome), with a slightly higher stem than normal and his own saddle. For regular cycling he rides a London-built Roberts.
The 80 to 84-year-old hour record has not been set before and Sidney expects others to beat it. The UCI recognises world records in 5-year intervals and the closest to Sidney’s is the 75-79 record at 35 kilometres set by a 75-year-old. The nearest (and only current) age record above 84 is the 100 to 104-year-old record set by Frenchman Robert Marchand at a remarkable 27 kilometres.
TELL TFL WHY YOU SUPPORT SPACE FOR CYCLING
Take action now: show your support for the new Cycle Superhighways
Earlier this month, TfL unveiled its impressive designs for two new Cycle Superhighways in central London. And we think they’re good. Not perfect, but a major step forward in creating streets that are safe and inviting for cycling.
So while the plans aren’t perfect – and we have concerns around some of the details which we will be addressing with TfL – overall we (and others) think they could be a game changer. If these plans go ahead, it could open the door to more quality high quality cycle infrastructure in London.
Now TfL wants to know if Space for Cycling is what Londoners want, and it’s down to you to tell them. Others, who don’t want to see this kind of Space for Cycling being created, are opposing them. It’s essential for as many people as possible to show their support for the proposals. Without your support, the plans are at risk of being watered down, delayed – or scrapped altogether.
LCC has set up a tool to make it as easy as possible for you to support the proposals in just a few moments. (You can also take part in the consultation via the TfL website).
Please email TfL now and show them that we want Space for Cycling.
SPACE FOR CYCLING AT NEW BATTERSEA ROUNDABOUT?
Wandsworth council has released a radical new design for Queens Circus roundabout at the corner of Battersea Park.
It is providing separate space and signals for cycle traffic at most of the junctions, but is this really the best practice ‘continental style design Londoners have been promised? Wandsworth council describes its hugely complicated plans for Queens Circus as “cycle friendly” and “the first of its kind in London”.
Currently cyclists make up about a third of the morning peak hour flow on the roundabout. Often there are so many that they fill a whole traffic lane and cars give them space. The new design gives less space to cyclists with added delay, well over a minute in the worst case – that can only lead to congestion and risk taking behaviour.
Cyclists in London have been waiting for years for Dutch-style infrastructure at junctions, while the proposals at Battersea provide segregation from motor traffic at the busiest points it is at the cost of a confusing set of signals which are likely to increase the number of times cyclists have to stop and increase the waiting time, especially for those coming out of town in the evening peak.
Campaigners have suggested that this junction would work much better as a crossroads with protected space and turns for cyclists; the minor estate roads would join away from the main junction. A crossroads would provide much more open space available for pedestrians and public realm improvements. Currently the green centre of the roundabout is inaccessible to all.