Matt

Thoughts

Around 92% of land in England is off-limits to the general public and where rights of way do exist, cyclists can only ride around 20% of them. We deserve better access to our own country.

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A map spread out on the table with Swindon marked at the bottom of the photo and the rest out of focus

Why should you always have to know where you are, and where you’re going?

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A bike leans on the bench at the top of the hill, its red rear and white front lights bright in the darkness.

Until recently I didn’t see the appeal of riding at night, but I’m increasingly drawn to venturing out after hours.

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We’ve just sold G’s old bike. It’s not the first bike he’s outgrown, and it certainly won’t be the last. Yet it marks a moment in the journey through his childhood.

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A gravel bike silhouetted against trees and hills at sunrise.

I stood on the edge of the lane and photographed the sunrise-silhouettes of the trees and the ridge line of the hills. A moment of stillness in a world of upheaval.

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A gravel bike on a rural canal bridge.

In the absence of proper infrastructure or access rights, UK cyclists who prefer to avoid traffic have to get creative with their route planning. Some of my favourite rides make use of canal towpaths – off-road arteries that can take you some seriously long distances and right into the centre of busy towns and cities by the back door.

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