A British businessman has been slammed on Twitter after applying to trademark the expressions "Black Lives Matter" and "I Can't Breathe". Georgios Demetriou made applications on 6 June to trademark the phrases associated with the vast protest movement following the killing of George Floyd in police custody last month. Georgios Demetriou is the founder of License to Thrill — which has operated the online bicycle store Ridelow in Manchester since May 2000.
Here's a sorry tale of anti-cycling measures that ends well for a change.
Whilst the executive member of the council appearing on TV extolling the virtues of cycling and walking, the council officers, who are much less enthusiastic about cycling, were making plans to close the cycle lanes on Oxford Street in Central Manchester.
I first noticed the markings on the road...
Then the signs appeared...
However, it turns out that the executive member had seen the plans and blocked them, so words have been had and the signs have been removed.
I know these cycle lanes are pretty crap, but they are better than having a queue of buses up your backside!
Thanks to the assistance of one of the ward councillors the cycling ban on Deansgate has been lifted, at least as far as the signs go.
This is a very important change, because whilst the cycling ban was in place the police could arbitrarily target people cycling in the area, and as we have often seen in the past there are PCSOs who love getting in the local press for their anti cycling campaigns.
I have yet to see the amended traffic order, I understand there were other problems with the one way working past Parsonage Gardens where some very influential people live...
However, the fact still remains that the rest of Deansgate is still a four lane race track when there is plenty of space for popup cycle lanes.