Minister cuts digital ribbon, turning on Bikeforall.net

23rd September 2004: Charlotte Atkins MP, parliamentary under-secretary of state for transport, today pressed the big green button that launched Bikeforall.net. The official turning-on ceremony took place at the trade and press preview day at the Cycle 2004 show in London. Ms Atkins, MP for Staffordshire Moorlands since 1997, was appointed the minister responsible for all matters cycling on 9th September. She lists cycling as one of her favourite leisure pursuits.
http://www.bikebiz.co.uk/daily-news/article.php?id=4684

Bike Rail guidance launched

A new publication to help promote combined cycling and rail schemes throughout the country has been jointly produced by the Department for Transport and the Countryside Agency. It provides advice and guidance for those promoting Bike and Rail schemes, highlighting a number of case studies where such initiatives have been successfully set up. Transport Minister, Charlotte Atkins, said: “I am delighted that guidance about combining cycling and rail journeys is being made available. Sixty per cent of the UK’s population live within a 15-minute cycle ride of a railway station so there is a huge potential for such journeys which has not yet been fully tapped. I am hopeful that the new guidance will help maximise this potential.”
http://www.dft.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2004_0120

Bluejacking dons use bikes to monitor smog hotspots

22nd September: The Urban Pollution Project, a collaboration between several English universities, is using bicycle-mounted pollution sensors to measure street-by-street carbon monoxide levels. Static pollution sensors can be foxed by tall buildings, wind and other factors. it’s been found that some streets have higher CO1 levels than other streets, even though they have similar traffic levels. Academics text the street pollution levels to members of the public with Bluetooth-enabled phones. Bluetooth is a wireless technology used by phones, PCs and PDAs. This ‘bluejacking’ is to promote a CO1-awareness website and to enlist more volunteers for the project.
http://www.thefeature.com/article?articleid=101066&ref=3145775

Finsbury Park to be 'cycle capital' of London

21st September 2004: Finsbury Park will soon be home to central London’s largest cycle parking facility as the next phase of the Finsbury Park Transport Interchange (FPTI); project starts. Following the commitment made by the Mayor during his visit earlier this year, construction of a state of the art cycle park begins this week with facilities expected to open to cyclists in March 2005, said Transport for London.
http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/press-releases/2004/september/press-pn1168-2.shtml

Finsbury Park to be ‘cycle capital’ of London

21st September 2004: Finsbury Park will soon be home to central London’s largest cycle parking facility as the next phase of the Finsbury Park Transport Interchange (FPTI); project starts. Following the commitment made by the Mayor during his visit earlier this year, construction of a state of the art cycle park begins this week with facilities expected to open to cyclists in March 2005, said Transport for London.
http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/press-releases/2004/september/press-pn1168-2.shtml