Dr Rachel Aldred is a Senior Lecturer in Transport at Westminster University. Her previous research includes the Cycling Cultures project, the Modelling on the Move project, and most recently a project on adults’ views on cycling with or by children. Rachel is passionate about improving everyday cycling for all ages and abilities. While piloting the research study, Rachel had four near miss type experiences. One involved a squirrel running out in front of her as she rode down an off-road path, which far from being scary was a good reminder of the need to watch for urban wildlife in the big city. At the other end of the scale she was undertaken at speed by a taxi driver, after moving out to turn right.