Journal - December 2020
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Tandems for sale
From Gareth Cox
From Gareth Cox

Join the Tandem Club today. We are the club for all tandemists and would-be tandemists. Benefits:

  • Three rallies a year
  • Bi-monthly 48-page magazine on everything to do with tandems (spoken-word edition for VI members)
  • Local groups for day and weekend group rides
  • For Sale and Wanted boards
  • Database of GPS and route sheet rides
  • Advice and help
Humberside Tandem group will be heading out from Baysgarth Leisure Centre at Barton Upon Humer on Sunday 18 Oct 20 at 1030. heading out over the Humber bridge, up to Skidby Mill for a brew andaround through Little Weighton to Rowley and on to North Ferriby back over the Bridge to the start. 44.7 KM roughly 3 hours.
Highway Code consultation

The Department for Transport seek views on changes to the Highway Code to improve road safety, and so as a club we will make a submission on behalf of tandemists. If you wish to contribute to the Club’s response, which is set out in the latest TCJ, please send your comments to Eifion Francis and Jonathan Flower. Details below.

There are 3 main changes proposed:

  1. Introducing a hierarchy of road users - those who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility
  2. Clarifying rules for pedestrian priority
  3. Guidance on safe passing distances and speeds when overtaking cyclists and priority at junction
The proposals should make tandeming on UK roads safer and more enjoyable and they might even encourage others to join our ranks!  We think that improvements can still be made however and our draft tandem-specific suggestions in outline are:
  1. Tandem riders need to exercise greater prudence and responsibility than ordinary bicycles.
  2. Special mention should be made for tandems and other ‘non-standard’ forms of cycles, which may be longer, wider or less manoeuvrable than a conventional single bicycle. 
  3. It should be made clear that people who cycle, especially on tandems and adapted cycles, may have impaired sight, hearing or mobility.
  4. The proposals about cycle crossings could be strengthened.
  5. The proposals advise cyclists to: “ ...leav(e) enough room (a door’s width or 0.5m) to avoid being hit if a door opens unexpectedly ..."  We think 0.5m is not enough when passing parked vehicles especially on a tandem which is less manoeuvrable
  6. ‘bicycle’ should be replaced by the more inclusive ‘cycle’ which embraces trikes, hand cycles and other variants  
  7. Clubs such as the Tandem Club could help promote and disseminate these changes.

Comments to be included in the Tandem Club response must be received by 20 October.  Please send comments to: or


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Article currently on the front page of Cycling UK  website and will be featured in Cycle Clips 14 August.  Should create interest in the Tandem Club and attract new members


The Club is in the Daily Mail Online:

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