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20th July 2022

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EPISODE 303: How five US cities built 335 miles of separated cycleway networks in two years

SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles

HOST: Carlton Reid

GUESTS: Sara Studdard and Zoe Kircos

TOPICS: Urbanists Sara Studdard and Zoe Kircos of Denver-based nonprofit City Thread discuss how the Final Mile project and People for Bikes enabled five US cities to build 335 miles of separated and often protected cycleway networks in only 24 months, several years ahead of schedule.


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18th July 2022

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EPISODE 302: Three ultracyclists explain how and why

SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles

HOST: Carlton Reid

GUESTS: Kabir Rachure, Josh Reid, Ruth Sutherland

TOPICS: Kabir Rachure was the first Asian to podium at the Race Across America, or RAAM, which finished a couple of weeks back. Ruth Sutherland was a rookie rider at this year's 620 mile All Points North race in northern England. Josh Reid also rode All Points North but in preparation for the Transcontinental, a 2500 mile unsupported race across Europe from the cobbles of Flanders to the shores of the Black Sea.


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22nd December 2021

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EPISODE 289: Two Volcano Sprint winner and bike entrepreneur Andrew Phillips


HOST: Carlton Reid

GUEST: Andrew Phillips


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EPISODE 254: From the Tour de Trump to the Tour de France via Arkansas

Monday 24th August 2020


HOST: Carlton Reid

GUESTS: David Bernstein and Jim Moss.


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EPISODE 253: Tern's Josh Hon Unveils 2nd Generation Of The Iconic Compact Electric Cargobike, GSD

Monday 10th August 2020


HOST: Carlton Reid

GUEST: Josh Hon, team captain, Tern Bicycles


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EPISODE 248: Speed

Tuesday 30th June 2020


HOST: Carlton Reid

GUESTS: Professor Rachel Aldred, Superintendent Andy Cox and Chris Boardman


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EPISODE 242: A Different World, A Better World, A Bicycling World

Thursday 9th April 2020


HOST: Carlton Reid


Sydney's manager of cycling strategy Fiona Cambell.

Robin Chase, founder of Zipcar and the New Urban Mobility Alliance of Washington, DC.

Tim Blumenthal, president of People for Bikes, USA.

PLUS: An audio interview with Automobile Association president Edmund King.

TOPICS: The future for cycling in a post coronavirus world. PLUS: the president of Britain's Automobile Association muses that, if car use doesn't recover after the end of the COVID-19 lockdown, it would be best not to splash £27 billion on building more roads for motorists.

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EPISODE 236: San Francisco To Wymondham

Thursday 6th February 2020


HOST: Carlton Reid

GUESTS: Geeti Silwal of Perkins Will, one of the prime movers behind getting cars off Market Street in San Francisco; "Dr. X" — the cyclist who was swerved into by a Norfolk motorist for not using a duff cycle path, a road rage incident captured by a following motorist's dash cam.

News stories available at


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Time Space Elongation, Marxist Geographers, Biking While Black: In Conversation With John Stehlin

Episode 234

Saturday 11th January 2020


HOST: Carlton Reid

GUEST: John Stehlin, assistant professor at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA, author of "Cyclescapes of the Unequal City."

The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast

Bike Share & Transportation Planning — With Andy Boenau

Episode 232

Tuesday 17th December 2019


HOST: Carlton Reid

GUEST: Andy Boenau

NOTES: Bike Share book:

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Episode 222

Tour de France special.


Sunday 28th July 2019

HOST: Carlton Reid


Attorney Jim Moss

Joe Robinson, writer for Cyclist magazine

Casper Hughes of Rollapaluza and Stop Killing Cyclists

TOPICS: Tour de France special.

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Bikes and more from the UITP Global Public Transport Summit (part 1 of 2)

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Episode 216

Wednesday 12th June 2019


HOST: Carlton Reid


Rachel Zack, Remix.

Niccolò Panozzo, European Cyclists Federation

Tanya Castle, PBSC

Sebastian Schlebusch, Nextbike

Mohamed Mezghani, UITP (Union Internationale des Transports Publics)

Rafael Cuesta of Transport for Greater Manchester

TOPICS: Bike share, congestion charging, last-mile transportation and more nearly-live from the UITP Global Public Transport Summit in Stockholm, Sweden.

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 211 In Conversation With Nathan Hughes of Restrap and Tom Barras of Spatzwear Thursday, 18th April 2019 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid. GUESTS: Nathan Hughes, Restrap, Leeds, Yorkshire Tom Barras, Spatzwear, Leeds, Yorkshire TOPICS: Interviews with two young business founders. Restrap makes bikepacking gear; Spatzwear designs roadie overshoes and other foul-weather kit.

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Episode 210

In Conversation With Urban Bike Sharing's Axel Bentsen

Thursday, 28th February 2019


HOST: Carlton Reid.

GUEST: Axel Bentsen, Urban Bike Sharing, Oslo

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Episode 208

Working Hard To Get Nowhere

Monday, 11th January 2019

SPONSOR: Jenson USA • The Latest Gear. The Best Prices. All In One Place.

HOST: Carlton Reid.


Donna Tocci

Jim Moss

Tim Jackson


Sexism in cycling. Again. The Deceuninck–Quick-Step debacle at the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina.

Colorado Classic going to be a women’s only race.

SRAM's product launch tweet by @AngryAsian James Huang with Yewande Adesida.

The most dangerous cities to cycle in America: 409-page Benchmarking Report from League of American Cyclists

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Episode 204

Farts, darts and stalwarts – or, The Road Book, and yet more helmets

Monday, 26th November 2018

HOST: Carlton Reid.

GUESTS: Jim Moss Donna Tocci Ned Boulting Dr. Ian Walker

SPONSOR: Jenson USA • The Latest Gear. The Best Prices. All In One Place.

TOPICS: Carlton, Jim and Donna chat with Ned Boulting about The Road Book. After the break we hear from Dr. Ian Walker and his latest helmet research.

LINKS: Go to for URL click-throughs.

Farts and darts.

Kryptonite vs Bic, 2004.

Donna’s Linkedin page The Road Book.

Video of Ned discussing the book.

Tough at bike retail – ASE collapse, and the equivalent in the UK, Evans Cycles.

Dr Ian Walker interviewed in The Psychologist magazine.

Motorists Punish Helmet-Wearing Cyclists With Close Passes, Confirms Data Recrunch.

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 202 Riding through London on the front seat of Pedal Me's e-cargobike Tuesday, 16th October 2018 HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Benjamin Knowles, SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS: Today's episode features a rolling interview with Benjamin Knowles of Pedal Me, a new Uber-style cycle-courier/taxi-service in London. There's some loud traffic noise in the first half of the interview and then all goes calm as we descend into Pedal Me's underground lair where we discuss crowdfunding – the company is seeking £150,000 from micro investors on Crowdcube. That campaign goes lives soon.

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast

Episode 200

Best-of episode celebrating 12 years of the show! 

Sunday 16th September 2018

HOSTS: Carlton Reid and David Bernstein

GUESTS: Tim Jackson, Donna Tocci, Rich Kelly, Neil Browne, Jim Moss, Anna Schwinn, Chris Garrison, Nicole Formosa, Jacquie Phelan, Julie Kelly, Ayesha McGowen, Laura Laker, Anna Luyten, Phil Liggett, Ned Boulting, Chris Boardman, Bob Roll, Floyd Landis, Christian Prudhomme, Jens Voigt, Gary Fisher, Joe Breeze, Charlie Kelly, Ed Zink, Peter Darke, Cerri Dipple, Jeremy Vaught, Tim Grahl, Jonathan Maus, Michael Colville-Anderson, Adrian Kokk, Dr Rachel Aldred, Professor Bert Blocken, Peter Norton, Melody Hoffman, Chris and Melissa Bruntlett, Donny Perry, Christian Wolmar, Rick Vosper, and Jay Townley.

SPONSOR: Jenson USA • The Latest Gear. The Best Prices. All In One Place.


This is our 200th show! The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast was first aired in August 2016. This episode is a compilation of some of the best bits from our first 12 years.


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Episode 197

"You saved that cyclist's life!"

Thursday 9th August 2018

HOST: Carlton Reid.

GUESTS: Guitar Ted, Jack Stevens, and Ned Boulting.

SPONSOR: Jenson USA • The Latest Gear. The Best Prices. All In One Place.


Gravel riding in the USA.

Jack Stevens saved a woman on a bike in London from being crushed under the wheels of a heavy goods vehicle. He filmed the incident, it went viral and then the video was picked up by Metro, a British newspaper which, in a bizarre tweet, blamed the cyclist. Tour de France commentator Ned Boulting called out the Metro newspaper for that duff framing. Also includes the apology from the Metro newspaper's social media manager Jay Jaffa.


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Episode 192

High impact: riding and talking with industry folks in Sun Valley, Idaho

Sunday 1st July 2018

HOST: Carlton Reid.

GUESTS: Jeff McGuane of Specialized; Jon Gantxegi of Orbea; Thomas Prehn, author of Racing Tactics for Cyclists; John Kurtz of Idaho's Bureau of Land Management; journalist Zap Espinoza; and the "Queen of Pain" Rebecca Rusch.


TOPIC: Interview with industry folks at the CrankTank Media Summit in Sun Valley, Ketchum, Idaho.

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Episode #185 – Will beaconising the world further promote driving and kill off cycling? Part 2

March 31st 2018

HOST: Carlton Reid

GUESTS: Roger Geffen of Cycling UK, Chris Star of Australia’s 3CR community radio station, technology writer Max Glaskin, Lloyd Alter of, and Caspar Hughes of Stop Killing Cyclists.


TOPIC: Episode two in a two-part series looking at adding driverless-car friendly sensors to bicycles, people, lamp-posts and animals. This follows a talk given at the Geneva Motor Show by a bike industry organisation boss – he called for all bicycles to have beacons so they can be seen by the semi- and fully-autonomous cars of the near feature. On the precious show, historian Peter Norton – author of “Fighting Traffic” – discussed the historical, ethical and mobility-centre issues that such a call raises.

On this show five other experts give their points of view on this technology and whether the bike industry should be talking to the automotive and telecommunications industries who believe the "connected car" future could be one where no cyclists or pedestrians get killed on the roads.

Will a beaconised future be one of unalloyed freedom for cyclists and pedestrians, or the very opposite?

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode #183: Vista Outdoor's gun business and its bike brands face consumer boycott Tuesday, 27th February 2018 HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Aaron Naparstek. SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPIC: Giro, Bell, Camelbak and more face consumer boycott because owner supports NRA.

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Episode 181 – The Art of Grumpiness

Sunday, 4th February 2018

HOST: Carlton Reid

PANELISTS: Bekka Wright & Jonathan Fertig (@Bikeyface & @rightlegpegged)



Tactical urbanism, protest art and bicycle advocacy in Boston and beyond.

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Episode 177

Tuesday 9th January 2018

HOST: Carlton Reid

GUESTS: Antonia Roberts, BikePlus; Tom McGovern, Urbo; Joseph Seal-Driver, Ofo; and Steve Pyer, Mobike.

TOPIC: The growth and growth of dockless bike share around the world.

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Episode #176 – How to Launch a High-End Road Bike Brand

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast

Episode 176

Friday 5th January 2018

HOST: Carlton Reid

GUESTS: Ian and Trevor Hughes of

TOPIC: Industry veterans Ian and Trevor Hughes talk about the trials and tribulations of launching a high-end road bike brand. Velo has been styled in Italy, engineered in Germany, manufactured in Asia and then assembled in Vielo Sports’ Gateshead HQ in the UK.

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 174

Wednesday 13th December 2017

HOST: Carlton Reid

GUESTS: Dr. Rachel Aldred of the University of Westminster and Tom Maskell of Newcastle University’s OpenLab

TOPIC: We talked about cycle infrastructure, equity, academia, dockless bikes, the dominance of white faces in cycle activism and how to get more bums on bike saddles.

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Episode 173

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable podcast

Transport minister Jesse Norman and Manchester’s cycling csar Chris Boardman

Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Jesse Norman is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Roads, Local Transport and Devolution. Chris Boardman is Greater Manchester’s cycling and walking commissioner

HOST: Carlton Reid

TOPIC: Audio grabbed from the Innovations in Walking and Cycling conference, Kia Oval, London, staged Tuesday 21st 2017. Info on


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This episode is an interview with Matt Briggs who, tragically, lost his wife Kim when she was involved in a road traffic incident in London in 2016. She died a week after being hit by fixie rider Charlie Alliston, whose bicycle didn’t have a front brake which is illegal. Alliston was sentenced to 18 months in youth detention. We don't discuss Charlie Alliston directly, but we do discuss Matt’s campaign to make sure fixie retailers sell legally compliant bicycles. We also discuss Matt’s campaign for a law change, bringing cyclists into line with motorists who kill. It’s this second part of the campaign which has generated an amazing amount of media coverage and promises of government action – there have been mentions of the campaign by Prime Minister Theresa May, the Department for Transport has said it will carry out a review of “cycle safety”, and the minister for transport has sent out an extraordinary letter asking cycling organizations to police cyclists, the kind of letter that has never been sent to motoring organizations (I checked). Matt has been on the BBC, Sky News and all over much of the rest of the media. But this is his first audio interview with a cycle journalist, and I asked questions that the mainstream media didn’t.

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Episode 169: Oy vey, it's Woodstock for bikes

Sunday, 24th September 2017


HOST: Carlton Reid


David Bernstein, The Forecast

Richard Wittenberg, Factor Bicycles





Saaaaagggggaaaan wins World Championships for record third time.

Cookson is voted out as UCI president. Vive La France!

The Lugano Charter.

Breaking Away

Giro d’Italia to start in Israel – will protests mar the event?

The firestorm over a broken TT bar failure – Red Kite Prayer’s tech explanation.


David’s nerdy way to protect bikes on a roof rack.
Police crackdown on "close pass" drivers leads to huge safety gains – Traffic West Midlands' police twitter feed.

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 166 "Get out there and ride!" Sunday, 6th August 2017 08:00 PST HOST: Carlton Reid PANELISTS: Jim Moss David Bernstein Richard Wittenberg Donna Tocci SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS Tour de France wrap-up and David’s experience at Stage 15 Colorado Classic Bicycle Race & Velorama Interbike moving to Reno Tahoe for 2018 show TIPS David – Apple Watch update glitches. Jim – read Confessions of a Strava Hater. Donna - turn everything off and go ride! Richard – yes to riding more! Carlton – Chris Boardman becomes Manchester’s “cycling Csar”

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 156 Friday 14th April 2017. HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Guardian journalist Peter Walker Martha Roskowski of People for Bikes TV Motos International's Gregg Betonte SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS In this Spokesman Special Carlton Reid interviews three guests. Peter Walker has a book out, "Bike Nation" – its subtitle is "How cycling can save the world". Martha Roskowski is vice president for local innovation at People For Bikes. This US cycle advocacy organisation is urging US cities and towns to choose someone to complete an online City Snapshot to get free access to a new network analysis tool that uses OpenStreetMap to plot existing and potential locations for cycle infrastructure. Gregg Betonte is co-owner of motorbike-filmcrew specialist TV Motos International which provides moto-support to races such as the Tour of California and Tour de Yorkshire. +++ The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is sponsored by Jenson USA.

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast

Episode 153

Sunday, March 26th 2017

08:00 PST

HOSTCarlton Reid




Ghent-Wevelgem – one year after death of Antoine Demoitié of Team Wanty-Groupe Gobert

Sir Bradley Wiggins – “I’ll shock people” – he already has cos he said “marginal gains” and the “chimp thing” are rubbish.

Bling #1 – The North American Handmade Bicycle Show 2017.

NAHBS – Best-in-Show: Prince bike

Not nice – Wolftooth posting on Instagram. Offending link taken down live on air.

You kidding me? – Lord Carlile blames the Westminster Bridge London terrorist attack on the cycleway.

Report scofflaw motorists – Close Call Database: report bad drivers here and others in your area are notified.

Bling #2 – 11 lbs, $40,000 bicycle from PG of Germany and Bugatti. 


The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is sponsored by Jenson USA.


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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast

Episode 66

May  15, 2011

Host: Carlton 


Jim Moss

Neil Browne #IRuinedCycling

Nicole Formasa

Tony Farrelly


Wouter Weylandt dies after Giro d'Italia crash 

Neil Browne takes down cycling single-handedly (says Floyd Landis/Chade O’Grey and Lance Armstrong).

Is the Amgen Tour of California nearly one of the Grand Tours?

Etape Caledonia, big Scottish closed-road sportive/Gran Fondo, again attacked with tacks. This sort of sabotage has also happened in the US, at an event in Maryland last year. 

Cake, coffee and cycling: new site dedicated to our three favorite things! PatisserieCycling by Louise McCake.

Favorite cycling apps: Rain Alarm, Cyclingnews,, La Gazetta, Cycling Grub

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