I tend to delete blogs from my blogroll which have been neglected for many months and have effectively died off.
Amongst the latest candidates for deletion I was somewhat shocked to see Manchester Cycle Chic, with the last post back on Saturday, 19 November 2011 and I started to wonder if something may have gone wrong over the winter. Whilst I've enjoyed cycling to work over the past few months, with only a few days where the tram has taken the strain, others seem to have lost their momentum or have left the area all together.
As a result of a new job, MCRcycling has upped sticks and moved to Chester, and is busy discovering the "delights" of Cycling in Wrexham.
Cycling and other adventures has simply given up, having "seriously fallen out of love with cycling" and "finally given up on cycle advocacy". The author has "given up any pretence of doing any Sustrans Volunteer Rangering ever again." Many of us gave up with Sustrans around 10 years ago when they failed to enforce their own standards. However, more telling perhaps is the comment "So no more talking shop cycle forum meetings where cycle enthusiasts disagree and defend their own on road vs off road agendas and no more Bike Fridays that don’t attract any new riders (sorry Rich)."
Bike Fridays that don't attract any new riders? Personally I am not surprised. I know of no Bike Buddy scheme that has had any significant impact, having watched this type of scheme fail for the past 20 or so years. The last news update on the Love Your Bike web site was posted on November 21, 2011, almost as old as the last Manchester Cycle Chic post.
So, has something gone wrong with cycle blogging in Manchester over the past winter, or do the cycle bloggers of Manchester hibernate, only to reappear refreshed every spring?