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GBG electric bike demo on Smith Street, St Peter Port on 19 June

June 17th, 2015 by Guernsey Bicycle Group

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The Guernsey Bicycle Group has organised an electric bike demonstration at the foot of Smith Street, St Peter Port from midday to 2 p.m. on Friday 19 June 2015.

Adventure Cycles from St Martin and Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop on Les Banques will have electric bicycles for members of the public to try out up and down Smith Street, St Peter Port.

The path for electric bike travel on Smith Street will be marked by cones.

Electric bikes give cyclists the ability to easily climb Guernsey hills and to carry the extra weight of shopping and office papers effortlessly.

They assist with pedaling when the cyclist needs assistance so they do provide the bicycle rider with some exercise.

They have ample battery power to take a rider anywhere in Guernsey on a daily basis with inexpensive overnight charging.

An electric bike is an inexpensive way to commute to and from work and it avoids the hassle of wasting time and money looking for parking.

Driverless car technology expert to give talk in Guernsey on 6 July

June 15th, 2015 by UK Department of Transport

Driverless car (image courtesy of UK Transport Department)

Driverless pod being tested in Milton Keynes (image courtesy of UK Transport Department)

In February 2015 the UK government gave the green light for testing driverless cars on public roads.

Driverless car technology provides a huge business opportunity as well as many benefits to society from reducing traffic accidents to better traffic management and reduced traffic congestion.

The United Kingdom is recognised as being at the cutting edge of automotive technology with all-electric cars being built in Sunderland and the Formula 1 expertise in the Midlands.

The UK government is funding driverless car projects in Greenwich, Bristol, Milton Keynes and Coventry. The UK government is optimistic that the driverless car industry will be worth £900 billion by 2025. Continue reading

2015 Rock to Rocque Bike Ride on 24 May to aid Les Bourgs Hospice

May 3rd, 2015 by Heritage Group Ltd

The Rock to Rocque Bike Ride, which raises much needed funds for Les Bourgs Hospice, is great fun for the whole family (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Rock to Rocque Bike Ride, which raises much needed funds for Les Bourgs Hospice, is great fun for the whole family (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The family-orientated Rock to Rocque Bike Ride that raises much needed funds for Les Bourgs Hospice is on Sunday 24th May 2015.

The event sponsored by the Heritage Group has three starting points and starting times.

The majority of bike riders will begin at the top of Val des Terres at 8.45 a.m.  Please note that there is no parking at Val des Terres start point. It is a drop-off point only.

Cyclists can also start by Fort Grey (the Cup and Saucer) at 9.45 a.m. or cyclists can start at Grandes Rocques at 10.45 a.m. Continue reading

Walk because you never know who you’re going to meet on the way

May 2nd, 2015 by Living Streets

Walking along the St Peter Port seafront during World Aid Walk 2014 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Walking along the St Peter Port seafront during World Aid Walk 2014 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Many Bailiwick of Guernsey residents will be walking to raise funds for several very worthwhile charities in World Aid Walk on 4 May 2015.

This is a wonderful beginning to National Walking Month in May, which is promoted by Living Streets and encourages us to walk to work and walk to school to improve our health.

Living Streets in the UK and Living Streets Guernsey champion pedestrians and campaign for safe, attractive streets where people want to walk.

It is probably stating the obvious that walking is the cheapest, simplest and one of the most effective forms of exercise but it is often overlooked.

The benefit of walking is that it can be incorporated so easily into our daily lives.

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Eleanor Foundation’s Hug the Coast Bike Ride on 21 September 2014

September 18th, 2014 by Richard Lord

This year’s Eleanor Foundation annual bike ride begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday 21 September 2014 at Grand Rocques car park on Guernsey’s west coast.

Registration begins at 9.45 a.m. at Grand Rocques car park.  A donation of £10 is requested from individuals and £20 from a family.

The annual bike ride, which is conducted at a leisurely pace, is a wonderful community event for the whole family.

The bike ride follows a route around the north coast of Guernsey to finish in Market Square, St Peter Port.

The Eleanor Foundation, set-up in memory of Eleanor Carey, raises funds to install water pumps and bring clean drinking water to communities in the Kagera region of Tanzania. Continue reading

October’s 30 runs in 30 days to raise funds for Les Bourgs Hospice

September 5th, 2014 by Richard Lord

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Following the recent 30 bays in 30 days event we have decided, following many requests, to launch a 30 runs, for 30 minutes, in 30 days challenge.

This challenge will start on 1st October 2014 and will run until 30th October 2014 while we still have some light in the evenings.

There will be no group runs so no-one feels they will be left behind….. or miles in front – but is suitable for everyone from Marathon runners to those who may prefer doing a quick walk or a jog rather than a run! Continue reading

Dominion MUG fund raising off-road Bike Ride on 5 October 2014

September 4th, 2014 by Male Uprising in Guernsey

Get on your bicycle in October 2014 to help raise money for MUG – Guernsey’s male cancer charity.

The second MUG Dominion Bike Ride takes place on the 5th October 2014.

The largely off-road route will take bike riders along 12 miles of Guernsey’s beautiful coastal paths.

It will take around two hours to complete and makes a great day out for the whole family with the minimum entry age being seven years old. Continue reading

More evidence supports connection between traffic-related air pollution and cardiovascular disease

May 8th, 2014 by American Thoracic Society

Car exhaust from petrol engines is possibly carcinogenic to humans (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Traffic-related air pollution is associated with changes in the right ventricle of the human heart that may contribute to the known connection between air pollution exposure and heart diseases (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Exposure to high levels of traffic-related air pollution is associated with changes in the right ventricle of the human heart that may contribute to the known connection between air pollution exposure and heart disease.

The research was published in the paper, ‘Traffic-related Air Pollution and the Right Ventricle. The Multi-ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis‘, in the American Thoracic Society‘s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine,

“Although the link between traffic-related air pollution and left ventricular hypertrophy, heart failure, and cardiovascular death is established, the effects of traffic-related air pollution on the right ventricle have not been well studied,” said lead author Peter Leary, MD, MS, of the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. Continue reading

Register for Saffery Champness Rotary walk on 7 June and raise money for Guernsey charities

May 7th, 2014 by Saffery Champness

Organisers of the Saffery Champness Rotary Walk remind islanders that there is still time to register for the 39 mile challenge, which takes place on 7 June 2014.

Chris Russell, the finance and operations manager at Saffery Champness, has taken part in the Walk for the last eight years.

He is once again looking forward to what he considers to be a highlight of the route – walking along the south coast cliffs at dawn on what he hopes will be a calm and sunny morning on 7 June 2014.

Encouraged by friends who were also participating, Mr Russell’s first walk in 2005 took him 13 hours to complete, pacing himself throughout the day and stopping regularly to rehydrate. Continue reading

Sous Les Courtils, Vazon to close from 7 to 11 April for sewer repair

April 4th, 2014 by Guernsey Water

Guernsey Water will be closing Sous Les Courtils, Vazon from 7 to 11 April 2014 in order to carry out repairs to a surface water sewer.

The utility has been carrying out investigations into the sewerage system in this area after the heavy rainfall and high tides of January and February 2014 led to some localised flooding.

A section of sewer has been identified as a potential cause for some of these problems, and will be repaired as a matter of urgency.

The utility anticipated carrying out the works immediately, but due to the spring tides forecast for the next few days, a decision was made to defer the works for another week.

The road will therefore remain under a one-way traffic flow restriction, currently in place due to an existing excavation, until the closure begins on 7th April 2014.

Mark Walker, Acting director of water services  said “the expected spring tide could have a negative impact on the repairs and lead to further problems, so it was felt sensible to wait until the tide had reverted to a neap tide.”

If customers do notice that there is no work going on in the road over the next few days despite being one-way, this is the reason.

We apologise for any inconvenience that these important works may cause to customers.”

Further information on traffic management arrangements is online at www.iris.gov.gg.