• 22 Sep 2011

    One fall and knockout service from NHS

    Inveterate cyclist Jon Snow experiences life at the sharp end of the NHS after taking a tumble from his bike.

  • 1 Jun 2011

    The worst global carbon emissions figures ever – and life on a bike

    Jon Snow blogs on the environmental advantages of cycling as the world’s worst global emissions figures are published, and asks if we’re leaving it too late to tackle?

  • 13 Jun 2010

    Twins, wheels, ballroom dancer: a response

    Adz, I’m afraid that pretending to be my own identical twin brother is a rather tired joke. I have no twin! But I shall go on pretending, if I think my assailant will laugh. Meg, I agree. Indeed I believe my own late-onset wheezing is a product of particle pollution ingested on my biking about…

  • 10 Jun 2010

    Twins, wheels, and the ballroom dancer

    I was stopped at the lights at the top of the Haymarket in Piccadilly Circus. My head was down over my handlebars. Then there they were at my left shoulder. Two stubbled chins, two shiny bald heads, two men in their late thirties astride two bicycles. Two brown identical twins in shorts, T-shirts, and trainers…

  • 10 Nov 2009

    Mad about trees?

    Jon Snow tells the story of trees being planted on a busy street in north London.

  • 10 Sep 2009

    Beloved bike stolen – have you seen it?

    It has happened. I have had a dreadful premonition that it would, which has been very strong over the past few days. My bike has been nicked. My whole life depends up on it as I ride everywhere. Consequently I am at sea, trying to reconnect with public transport and horrified at the cost of…

  • 27 Jul 2009

    The greenest revolution

    The victory on the Champs Elysees by Britain’s Mark Cavendish in the final stage of the Tour de France, coupled with the amazing fourth place by Olympic gold medalist Bradley Wiggins seals a brilliant year for British cycling. it was a year that began with the record medals haul in Beijing last summer.

  • 13 Jul 2009

    Rescued by a scrap metal merchant

    Cycling in to work this morning, one of those wretched plastic bags blew into my derailleur gears, clogged them, tangled the chain, which flew into the pedals and jammed. I deteriorated from trying to unscramble it using Kleenex and litter that I found in the street, but realised after three minutes that I’d need to…

  • 25 Jun 2009

    My shameful dilemma

    Along a reasonably well-heeled street in the Camden area of north London, my attention is first drawn to an argument between a young man and a young woman on my left. And then, 50 yards later, I suddenly see a man in his 20s bashing a much younger woman’s face into the bonnet of a…

  • 24 Jun 2009

    We can use these cycle hubs to tether flying pigs

    So the government is setting up 10 cycle hubs across Britain – 10 railway stations where there will be state of the art cycle racks and a cycle shop within reach. I’m tempted to say they should have a ground anchorage for flying pigs. But let’s give them the benefit of the doubt.

  • 8 Jun 2009

    Train companies impose an anti-bike culture

    I think I have detected an unreported war on First Great Western trains. At its heart, integrated transport and climate change. On Saturday morning I arrived to board the 7.50am train to Oxford. I had cycled from my home to Paddington and proposed to cycle from Oxford to a friend’s house in the north of…

  • 27 May 2009

    Boris's bike escape shows what cyclists put up with

    Boris Johnson’s brush with a near-death accident on his bike in London’s Limehouse district (see video below) throws into sharp relief the experience we cyclists endure every working day. I am, like Boris, a jobbing cyclist. I use the machine every working day of my life – to, from, and at work. Several times a…

  • 25 Mar 2009

    New romantic way: Spandau Ballet and me

    My day is made! Spandau Ballet, one of the totemic rock groups of the early 80s, are reforming. Better still, they love Channel 4 News. And John Keeble seems to have seen me being cut up on my bike one day.

  • 23 Feb 2009

    For cyclists – a little light relief

    I am indebted to a company that I cannot name in my blog for fear of advertising for sending me the most amazing jacket, which has an LED lighting system with about 30 bulbs arranged all over the jacket. Makes you look like a Christmas tree and feel like a complete madman!