Poor bike vs poor car

Bugbugs Advert has attracted lots of interest from cab drivers, mostly to vent on poor cycling habits.

So as I’m fond of cycling and trikes, must look for a junction which is well known for poor car driver habits. Any one know which one we should pick?

This is a London based challenge but if you think you know anyone who could tell me – please let them get in touch.

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Bike ride london

Great event coming up in London, usually under the name of the sponsor of the day. I must say, it’s some thing I’m looking forward to. If you’ve never been on one, then it’s best described as ‘bike porn’, roads blocked off from cars and the whole of central london for our two wheeled friends.

It’s a great PR exercise for bikes, you get to see and smell central London without cars! Pollution drops and breathing is without aftertaste. I’m pleased that we have one day in which you get a chance to see London at life speed. It’s a great event if you have kids and it’s a great event if you’ve never been brave enough to go around the centre on a bike.

Look it up and come join us all http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/cycling/25195.aspx

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Running a zero emission business

I was asked what made the company I run different from my competitors. Well, to start with Bugbugs is London’s oldest pedicab company, we started the ball rolling and work hard at keeping it rolling, both in standards and our future vision for London’s zero emission transport. It’s not easy, because the whole ‘industry is free as a bird’, no easy win for business when any one with three wheels can cut my throat on price – if you operate with cheap equipment, no insurance and don’t train or fix your bikes, then what you make you keep.

So how to fight? Well, like building a house. You plan for a future, you invest in good equipment and you try to keep principals on what you set out to do.
Then you tell any client, it’s easy to spot the difference, even if they just visit us first. Bugbugs has an address, not a spot in an NCP car park.

Our equipment was made in the UK, everything from the metal up is good & a traceable standard. Next step, landline, good information storage, risk assessments & some good photos of our work. Next our sales pitch –

Our London rickshaws are available for media, corporate events, private hire, promotions, weddings, as event shuttles and are great for outdoor advertising media and handing out samples.

Bugbugs is different from other London ricksaw operators; we are a not for profit business, dedicated to providing full time or part-time jobs in London, provide guidance and advice on how to set a pedicab company up but also work with a number of charities to prevent food from becoming waste.

All bugbugs riders have passed our stringent in house pedicab training course, and are fully insured to carry passengers, this training is also the foundation of the 2006 PCOs consultation and is used as the model for all other companies in an expected license. The training includes levels 1, 2 and 3 of the national standard for cycling, recognised through out the UK, to ensure that our riders know how to use the roads in the UK and that that knowledge is uptodate.

Bugbugs fleet of London pedicabs provide, proven, socially aware and unique outdoor advertising opportunities in London’s West End or further afield, so why not become one of our sponsors and book us for a media campaign as part of your social responsibility to young people and the environment?

Job done

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Clean City Awards

Today was looking through all my back log on social media and was happy to see a project we helped with in 2010.

The story started on a Tuesday afternoon when a nice lady popped in to try and find her husband some work. I explained our riders were all self-employed, so yes he would be welcome to work with us.

A few days later Lourival Cuquinha, her husband came for the training, he was a thin build, very smily but spoke mostly pidgin English. We managed to get through the days training and he launched himself into the westend with a huge grin.

On his first day came back with just over £12, which was low but he was grinning from ear to ear. Over the next few days he improved greatly and finally started to earn enough to pay rental for his families flat.

On speaking with him, it turned out he was an artist and from this we started to just chat about his work, in part to improve his English but also to start thinking on an art project he had in mind.

I think it took two years before he finally had a strong project in mind. The first was a flag which would be made from the money he earned as a rider, which became the ‘union jack pound flag’.

The 2nd was a more elaborate installation which involved 3x scrap pedicabs which had been dumped by the owner on us at Bugbugs.

The flag project went slowly but surely and was only disrupted when he had a big bill to pay. To make up the loss of flag material he sold parts of the flag as shares to fellow riders, like myself and used the ‘investment’ to complete the flag. The flag was entered in an arts festival and became the top selling item at £17,000. The story’s which were attached to the flag were also amazing, as the £1000 he had sown it together with, took months of work.

The 2nd project, was in my view the most empowering, as it involved recycling which I’m very fond of.

The three front loading trikes had been dumped, along with a number of others, which in a large part we managed to give to schools as engineering projects, a world record attempt by Tim Moss and this art project by Lourival.

As a rider he spent many days cycling looking for customers and he was amused at how for the most part the work was a form of entertainment.

So one day he approached me and asked wether I would help him to assemble three trikes in a circle and if we could power a mirror or projector to rotate an image.

After much work, cleaning, fixing and welding, we found a way to secure and get operational three trikes.

By peddling the viewer would creat power to get a motor to run a mirror mounted on a wheel, which would project an image, which would in turn be of a camera on a wheel traveling in a Rickshaw.

I’ve now sean this project reach it’s goal of having traveled to Brasil and on show at one of the galleries. Amazing what a dream can do, with a little help and opportunity.

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Surprise – Noooot

@londoncyclist: Car pollution, noise and accidents “cost every EU citizen £600 a year” http://t.co/pG4HQJyw – The next time someone mentions road tax!

So why is cycling not more promoted and green businesses like the pedicab industry under such attacks?

POLITICS!

But both sides must play this game, when voting for the next council leader look at if they use a bike or a 4×4, do they walk, take a bus or drive a car. Who supports them, what do they support?

Vote for safer roads, with less speed and more room for bikes and pedestrians.

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