'Overshadowed with fear': how violent bike muggings have changed the face of city cycling

Survey reveals epidemic of anxiety in the face of recent attacks

cyclist training around regents park
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City cyclists are riding less or changing their habits following a spate of incidents where people have been mugged for their bikes, according to a new survey carried out by Regents Park Cyclists (RPC) in London.

In the past three months, members of the city based group Regent’s Park Rouleurs have been targeted on at least three separate occasions, in one case, the rider "crashed, blacked out and woke up in hospital". 

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.