Thursday, 17 February 2011

The Popular Cycling Front of Gloucestershire is online!

The Popular Cycling Front of Gloucestershire, henceforth known as The Popular Front, is now online, after campaigning quietly offline for many years.

We shall continue to offer little opposition as conditions on the roads continue to decline, continuing to hope that the existing tactics which have failed to deliver much in the way of significant gains will start to deliver significant gains .

Cyclist training and asking motorists to be nicer to other road users are top of the bill. Whilst we would love for conditions as good as The Netherlands, we accept that there is simply no political will for this, and will continue not to attempt to create any political will to do so. After all, why rock the boat? Things might be bad, but it is much more important to prevent things getting worse than it is to ever hope they will improve.

We are a group of people who work openly, but you could be forgiven for thinking we work in secret, who do not waste our time challenging the status quo in any meaningful or significant manner. After all, we wouldn't want to be a bother

We will act on the streets, to achieve our dream "minimising the continued decline of cycling by tinkering around the edges of the road network"

What will we do? We shall politely ask the council to, you know, maybe do put up some posters asking motorists mot to hit us, and making sure that people know to ask their workplaces for showers. Just because the council have not shown any real interest in taking cycling seriously for decades doesn't mean that trying a different approach could be a good idea.

And nothing at all changes, we can sleep easy safe in the knowledge that we might have helped stop it getting any worse. A bit


  1. Skyrides! Have you considered Skyrides?

    It's good that you are not asking for something so politically impossible as Dutch standard infrastructure. If you did, and it got provided (which it wouldn't be, because it's politically impossible), then it's a very real possibility that by choosing to cycle on such infrastructure, children might lose their important right to ride on the A38 or A40.

    It's nice that you are being polite. Nobody ever achieved anything by being impolite (except nearly every resistance and reform movement in history, but they don't count).

  2. @waronthemotorist

    What a great idea, we can close a small number of streets to motorised traffic (keep it small as to not upset anyone) on a quiet day such as a Sunday and encourage people to come and cycle with their families. Afterwards everyone who went on the Skyride will see how great riding on those same roads is every day other day of the year.

    It can't fail!

  3. Sorry chaps, but I think you are being too radical. Now you have got an on-line presence you have put your heads above the parapet. I trust that you are fully protected from the forthcoming flack with bicycle helmets and hi-viz jackets. May be it would be better if this site was closed down and we all went home for tea.

  4. I'm worried about this; it seems like a dangerously high risk strategy that could go horribly wrong.

    If you keep poking wasps' nests of sensible law-abiding folks supporting the economy with their road tax payments, somebody might notice you, and then where would you be?

  5. It's crazy radical revolutionaries like you that give cycling a bad name. anything more than lying still and bleeding quietly is clearly going to anatagonise motorists. You looneys! aaron4065