Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 26, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Boonen wins with disc in San Juan; Name, dates, and host cities announced for inaugural Colorado Classic UCI stage race; Atapuma crashes hard in San Juan, loses consciousness; Van Aert camp responds to Twitter posts by Pauwels, van der Poel; Stephen Hyde calls for new US pro CX series; Possible British cyclocross World Cup event in the works; New Irish pro track team forming; CyclingTips podcast, Episode 23: Watts up with mechanical friction and chain lube?; London cyclists most affected by current high air pollution levels; Research study on ‘race weight’ seeking participants; Vuelta a San Juan, stage 2 – highlights; Documentary: Length of Sweden.

London cyclists most affected by current high air pollution levels

by CyclingTips

Cycling in London is already a challenging, and even dangerous, proposition. Take the recent dooring of a cyclist by the British transport secretary, an incident which a prominent columnist in the Sunday Times called a “beautifully timed manoeuvre.” Beyond the dangers that can be seen come the invisible, namely the increase in air pollution.


Pollution levels in the capital have reached the highest levels ever of the past six years, with ‘black’ or ‘very high’ warnings issued. Mayor Sadiq Khan has told residents to act to protect their health from the “shameful state of London’s air.”

“With all the pollution warnings it is better safe than sorry, you can feel that the air is not healthy, it is definitely bad,” Dariuz Kabulski, 25, told the Evening Standard.

“It is not like you are suffocating but it is not pleasant. It is getting worse during the winter period. I would recommend using a mask, it’s not that comfortable but it’s definitely better than the results of breathing the air.”

“Air pollution continues to have a significant impact on people’s health in London but the Mayor and boroughs are working to address it,” the Mayor’s advisor on toxic air from Public Health England, Dr Yvonne Doyle, said.

Click through to read more at the Evening Standard.

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