London’s cycling infrastructure can only get better

Lauren Hartley Uncategorised

When London’s current mayor, Sadiq Khan, took office in 2016 he pledged £770m would be spent over the four years of his term to make cycling in the UK capital a ‘safe and obvious’ transport choice for all. His predecessor, Boris Johnson, had declared how ‘difficult’ it is in London to create more space on the roads. During Johnson’s tenure, …





By Lauren Hartley on the 14th February 2018

Real Lives. Real Cyclists: Mark Wellings

Lauren Hartley Uncategorised

Mark Wellings is a publisher and author. A lifelong cyclist, he is a regular volunteer, spectator and occasional participant on the track at London’s Herne Hill velodrome. He spoke to Cycle SOS about his life with bikes.   What’s your first memorable experience of riding a bike – any places or bikes that stand out? The thing that stands out …





By Lauren Hartley on the 7th February 2018

How to ride safely with other cyclists

Lauren Hartley Uncategorised

Whether you’re cycling in traffic alongside other commuters or riding out into the countryside with friends and club-mates, riding in a bunch takes diligence and a few golden rules… Some people find they commute all or part of the way to and from work alone. But if you cycle in a city like London you’ll have to negotiate other riders …





By Lauren Hartley on the 1st February 2018

Winter bike maintenance

Lauren Hartley Uncategorised

Life is always sweeter in the saddle – even in the winter it beats being pressed up close to a stranger’s armpit on public transport. But having to repair your bike halfway through the journey is something none of us want to do in wet, cold weather. So look after your bike regularly, invest a little bit and it will …





By Lauren Hartley on the 24th January 2018

Fuel that ride

Lauren Hartley Uncategorised

  Nutrition is key to fuelling any bike ride whether it’s an early morning commute where a tea or coffee will help to get you going, or a four-hour country jaunt that calls for the right hydration and carbohydrate intake. People sometimes say a bicycle is the ‘horse that eats no hay’, but of course it’s you powering the wheels, …





By Lauren Hartley on the 17th January 2018

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Lauren Hartley Uncategorised

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Cycle SOS Our team will be taking a well earned break from 22nd December 2017 for the Christmas period but we will be reopening for the following days between Christmas and New Year: 27th December 2017 (10am – 2pm) 28th December 2017 (10am – 2pm) 29th December …





By Lauren Hartley on the 14th December 2017

Winter Cycling

Lauren Hartley Happening at SOS, Resources

Yes, you can cycle through winter! It’s all too easy to abandon your bike in the rainy months – December and January we’re looking at you – but with the right prep, there’s what you might call a perverse pleasure in riding in the cold and rain. And while they may be slim pickings, there are some advantages, such as …





By Lauren Hartley on the 12th December 2017

Paul Darlington speaks to BBC Radio Lincolnshire on mandatory helmet laws

Lauren Hartley Uncategorised

Cycle SOS Consultant Solicitor, Paul Darlington spoke with BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Melvyn Prior last week on the controversial topic of compulsory cycle helmet laws and whether they should be implemented in the UK. You can listen to the podcast here from 12:25 minutes into his morning segment. Together with expert views, Melvyn also took calls from a number of listeners …





By Lauren Hartley on the 5th December 2017

10 best things about being a cyclist

Lauren Hartley Uncategorised

Cycling keeps you healthy, fit and toned Regular cyclists enjoy the general health of people 10 years younger, according to Sharp, the National Forum for Coronary Heart Disease Foundation. Not only does it boost your cardiovascular fitness, but it’s easy on the joints and it gives you a toned derriere and legs. Win-win!   You get where you want, when …





By Lauren Hartley on the 4th December 2017

Real Lives. Real Cyclists: Ruth Mayorcas

Lauren Hartley Happening at SOS

In our first-video interview for Real Lives. Real Cyclists., we speak to Ruth Mayorcas, mother of one and cycling safety advocate. Read more about Ruth, and watch her full interview below! Tell us a bit about yourself… I’m a retired associate producer, having previously worked with the BBC. I have one son who is now twenty-five. How long have you …





By Lauren Hartley on the 31st October 2017