One of my favourite blogs is back

Spoiler alert! There will be a bad word in this posting, and it will appear right after this sentence.

Crap Cycling & Walking in Waltham Forest is back. This is one of my favourite blogs on the web, because of the bloody-mindedness of its sole blogger, Freewheeler.

The blog is about the quality and quantity of cycling provisions in a London neighbourhood, i.e. abysmal and almost extinct. Cycling is to the English what atheism is to the Americans, something that you are allowed to hate without a shred of reservation. Where most English bloggers are of the accommodationist, Stockhom Syndromish type, always willing to see reason in the most blinkered argument, Freewheeler takes no prisoners.

His intelligent but no holds barred writing makes him a joy to read, even if it is about a subject that is about as dry as watching paint, and it has also provided other British bicycle bloggers to occupy a less accommodationist stance without coming across as nutters.

Freewheeler stopped posting almost exactly a year ago, and has resumed 352 days later. Since he goes only by a pseudonym, and allows no comments on his blog (that would only dilute the message I guess), his readers were left pretty much in the dark about what his reasons were for quitting, and if he would ever return. That has, I feel, weakened his brand. Other bicycle bloggers have been moving in on his franchise.

Still, there is only one original, and that is Crap Cycling & Walking in Waltham Forest.

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