Call to improve Ipley Crossroads accident blackspot

ANOTHER serious accident involving a cyclist has spurred an ongoing campaign for improvements to be made to notorious New Forest blackspot Ipley Crossroads. Cycling UK’s campaigns group is pressuring Hampshire County Council to strengthen safety at the junction, near Applemore – the scene of numerous fatal and serious-injury collisions involving cyclists. David Bensley, a Cycling UK member, was the latest rider to fall foul of the junction when he was badly hurt in an incident with a car on Wednesday 15th January. It happened shortly after 12.30pm as he was taking part in a Southampton Cycling and Touring Club ride through the Forest. As reported in the A&T, the impact hurled the 50-year-old unconscious into a water-filled ditch, from which he had to be pulled by fellow club members. The Hampshire and Isle of Wight air ambulance and a South Central Ambulance Service hazardous area response team were among the emergency crews which responded to the incident near Marchwood Inclosure. Having suffered serious head and leg injuries, Mr Bensley, from Southampton, was taken by road ambulance to the city’s general hospital, accompanied by medics from the helicopter. Police closed t...

Bicycle Architecture Biennale celebrates the best of cycling-centric design

The benefits of bicycles are significant both for the humans that ride them and the environment they live in, but they’re not everybody’s cup of tea when it comes to getting around. The Bicycle Architecture Biennale is an annual exhibition that explores how design and architecture can be leveraged to make traveling on two wheels more appealing, driving its message home with an awe-inspiring mix of thoughtfully placed bridges, elevated cycleways and the largest bike parking garage in the world. “What we saw in the 20th century, was that cities were being planned around increasing and inspiring car use, and what we’re seeing now at the Bicycle Architecture Biennale is that we can find other ways of building that inspire more architects, thought leaders, urban planners to really put the bicycle first,” says Lee Feldman, co-founder of BYCS, the Amsterdam-based social enterprise behind the Bicycle Architecture Biennale. “And that could inspire drivers to shift from using a car to using a bike.” This, the second year of the Bicycle Architecture Biennale, features 15 projects in all. These were handpicked from designers around the globe for ho...