Zindzi R.D


'Budge Over for the Boris Bike'. August 2011
With Mayor Boris Johnson recently announcing the extension of the London Barclays cycle hire scheme, to West and South West boroughs within the next two years, bicycles are set to be even more present on our London roads. So far, due to the government’s new cycle initiatives the capital has seen 15% more cyclists. The presence of bikes lining the pavements has encouraged more people to use their own bicycles, replacing cars to make short journeys, in no time London’s public will be pedalling their way to a healthier, eco friendly future. 
However, as idyllic as the bike riding benefits sound the reality is that cyclists are competing against motorists on overcrowded, narrow roads, racing against cars to beat the lights, whilst swerving in between buses and Lorries, as the few bicycle lanes that do exist are merely a painted strip on the busy roads. 
The increased bike presence has forced motorists to become more alert resulting in less road fatalities, however the percentage of bike related accidents and fatalities is extremely high especially in comparison to the relatively small amount of cycle hours that are actually travelled. In a large percentage of these cases serious injury could of been avoided by simply wearing a helmet. 
With the new scheme planning to expand to the boroughs of Wandsworth, Lambeth, Kensington, Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham it will not just be the capital but also inner city London which will be swarmed with cyclists. As young people deal with the increased cost of driving lessons and tests as well as the constant rise in bus and tube fare, it is no wonder cycling has become increasingly popular as a mode to travel around the city. However, as young people across London rear their 10 speed bikes in anticipation for the open road they are immersed into battle against the traffic that plagues the city or themselves risk the safety of pedestrians by illegally cycling on the pavement. 
Recently whilst walking on the high street I was confronted with the reality of an increased bike existence as an un-helmeted cyclist rushed towards me, serving directly into my path, but luckily before I could collect myself and kick him off his bike he had veered off to traumatise other pedestrians.
The fact is there is no real system in place to enforce bicycles to stay off the pavement, or a way to punish those who leave pedestrians sweating in fear due to their split second close encounter. But then who can blame them, it just takes a clip from a wing mirror or the roaring of an engine to intimidate young or inexperienced cyclists from the road. With the expected major increase of London’s cyclists within the next few years neither the roads nor pavements will be comfortable to use until all major high roads are laced with separate bicycle lanes and cyclist motorist and pedestrians alike respect their own safety and the safety of others on London roads.

'Budge Over for the Boris Bike'. August 2011

With Mayor Boris Johnson recently announcing the extension of the London Barclays cycle hire scheme, to West and South West boroughs within the next two years, bicycles are set to be even more present on our London roads. So far, due to the government’s new cycle initiatives the capital has seen 15% more cyclists. The presence of bikes lining the pavements has encouraged more people to use their own bicycles, replacing cars to make short journeys, in no time London’s public will be pedalling their way to a healthier, eco friendly future.

However, as idyllic as the bike riding benefits sound the reality is that cyclists are competing against motorists on overcrowded, narrow roads, racing against cars to beat the lights, whilst swerving in between buses and Lorries, as the few bicycle lanes that do exist are merely a painted strip on the busy roads.

The increased bike presence has forced motorists to become more alert resulting in less road fatalities, however the percentage of bike related accidents and fatalities is extremely high especially in comparison to the relatively small amount of cycle hours that are actually travelled. In a large percentage of these cases serious injury could of been avoided by simply wearing a helmet.

With the new scheme planning to expand to the boroughs of Wandsworth, Lambeth, Kensington, Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham it will not just be the capital but also inner city London which will be swarmed with cyclists. As young people deal with the increased cost of driving lessons and tests as well as the constant rise in bus and tube fare, it is no wonder cycling has become increasingly popular as a mode to travel around the city. However, as young people across London rear their 10 speed bikes in anticipation for the open road they are immersed into battle against the traffic that plagues the city or themselves risk the safety of pedestrians by illegally cycling on the pavement.

Recently whilst walking on the high street I was confronted with the reality of an increased bike existence as an un-helmeted cyclist rushed towards me, serving directly into my path, but luckily before I could collect myself and kick him off his bike he had veered off to traumatise other pedestrians.

The fact is there is no real system in place to enforce bicycles to stay off the pavement, or a way to punish those who leave pedestrians sweating in fear due to their split second close encounter. But then who can blame them, it just takes a clip from a wing mirror or the roaring of an engine to intimidate young or inexperienced cyclists from the road. With the expected major increase of London’s cyclists within the next few years neither the roads nor pavements will be comfortable to use until all major high roads are laced with separate bicycle lanes and cyclist motorist and pedestrians alike respect their own safety and the safety of others on London roads.

#Live Magazine  #cycling  #Boris Johnson  #bicycles  #Barclays bike  #London 
'You Talking To Me?!'. Live Magazine. August 2011
My first piece for Live Magazine, I was told to write about what I noticed in everyday life, what were other publications not addressing. I wrote about street harassment. 
http://www.live-magazine.co.uk/2011/08/you-talkin-to-me/

'You Talking To Me?!'. Live Magazine. August 2011

My first piece for Live Magazine, I was told to write about what I noticed in everyday life, what were other publications not addressing. I wrote about street harassment. 

http://www.live-magazine.co.uk/2011/08/you-talkin-to-me/

#Live Magazine  #feminism  #street harassment  #human rights  #hollering 
'Tunisia's Wiki Revolution'. Ripple. May 2011
Current Affairs piece detailing the arise and spread of the Arab Spring. The revolution will not be televised… but you can follow it on twitter. 

'Tunisia's Wiki Revolution'. Ripple. May 2011

Current Affairs piece detailing the arise and spread of the Arab Spring. The revolution will not be televised… but you can follow it on twitter. 

NSJ

NSJ

A “Conversation” With Nathan Stewart Jarrett. Ripple. February 2011
Tricked MisFits star Nathan Stewart Jarrett,into being interviewed on his role, life as an actor, whilst trying to persuade the Thespian to eat the brownies that we made him (he wouldn’t).

A “Conversation” With Nathan Stewart Jarrett. Ripple. February 2011

Tricked MisFits star Nathan Stewart Jarrett,into being interviewed on his role, life as an actor, whilst trying to persuade the Thespian to eat the brownies that we made him (he wouldn’t).

#Nathan Stewart Jarrett.  #Misfits  #E4  #Ripple  #student newspaper  #student journalism  #University of Leicester 
'Teacher Dismissed Over Speech'. Ripple. November 2010.
Opinion piece on my thoughts on the controversy of (my ex) teacher Ms Birbalsingh announcing that liberalism was failing disadvantage students, at the national Conservative conference. What followed was a job suspension and label as ‘Britain’s most hated teacher’. 

'Teacher Dismissed Over Speech'. Ripple. November 2010.

Opinion piece on my thoughts on the controversy of (my ex) teacher Ms Birbalsingh announcing that liberalism was failing disadvantage students, at the national Conservative conference. What followed was a job suspension and label as ‘Britain’s most hated teacher’. 

#Katherine Birbalsingh  #school  #education  #conservative  #Teacher  #Ripple  #student newspaper  #student journalism  #University of Leicester 
'Leicester's Musical Prodigy'.Ripple. September 2010
Interview with up and coming rapper/ student Lander Khadel. 

'Leicester's Musical Prodigy'.Ripple. September 2010

Interview with up and coming rapper/ student Lander Khadel. 


#Lander Khadel  #University of Leicester  #Ripple  #student newspaper  #student journalism  #music  #interview 
'An Ancient Place Great for Young Students'. Ripple. September 2010
Travel feature about Sharm El Sheik, Egypt’s party town, full of Arabic men, English women and everyone dances to Soulja Boy. 

'An Ancient Place Great for Young Students'. Ripple. September 2010

Travel feature about Sharm El Sheik, Egypt’s party town, full of Arabic men, English women and everyone dances to Soulja Boy. 

#Ripple  #University of Leicester  #student newspaper  #student journalism  #Egypt  #arab  #soulja boy 
Cover (Egypt). Ripple (Your Wave). September 2010
The Student Paper The Ripple, was revolutionised with the succession of Laura Blumenthal as elected editor. It went from a newspaper to a vibrant flip magazine, and the publication dropped ‘The’ from it’s name. For the first issues I wrote a travel feature about Egypt, mentioned on the cover, under Brandon Flowers’ waving hand.  

Cover (Egypt). Ripple (Your Wave). September 2010

The Student Paper The Ripple, was revolutionised with the succession of Laura Blumenthal as elected editor. It went from a newspaper to a vibrant flip magazine, and the publication dropped ‘The’ from it’s name. For the first issues I wrote a travel feature about Egypt, mentioned on the cover, under Brandon Flowers’ waving hand.  

#Ripple  #Egypt  #University of Leicester  #student newspaper  #student journalism  #Brandon Flowers 
'Netball's Fight'. The Ripple. 2010
This article allowed me to vent on why netball’s popularity with girls should not be mistaken for an inferior sport. Detailing the intensity of being part of a university sports team.

'Netball's Fight'. The Ripple. 2010

This article allowed me to vent on why netball’s popularity with girls should not be mistaken for an inferior sport. Detailing the intensity of being part of a university sports team.

#Netball  #The Ripple  #University of Leicester  #student newspaper  #student journalism  #ACS 
'Pain At Film Trends'. The Ripple. 2010.
My first piece of student journalism, written for the University of Leicester’s student newspaper, The Ripple. An Opinion & Debate piece on why watching the film of a book you love is always a terrible idea. 

'Pain At Film Trends'. The Ripple. 2010.

My first piece of student journalism, written for the University of Leicester’s student newspaper, The Ripple. An Opinion & Debate piece on why watching the film of a book you love is always a terrible idea. 

#University of Leicester  #student newspaper  #student journalism  #Opinion & Debate  #The Ripple  #cinema