About Me

Forum PhotoMy name is Matt Turner, I live in Hillsborough in Sheffield.

My Twitter account is here.

I contribute to OpenStreetMap under the username Matt T and I mainly contribute cycling information which is used on OpenCycleMap and the CycleStreets journey planner.

I have a YouTube channel full of examples of bad experiences (driving) on my bike in Sheffield and further abroad. This was one of my first contributions to cycling activism and how I got involved.

More recently I’ve been involved with CycleSheffield trying to make a difference as part of larger group.

This blog started because I wanted a place to organise and publish my thoughts on cycling in Sheffield. Apart from the CycleSheffield blog, there doesn’t seem to be much of a cycle activism blogging scene in Sheffield so I’m trying to do my bit to contribute.

The name Great Gas Beetle originated from mishearing The Great Gatsby being read on the radio!

You can email me on [email protected]

4 replies on “About Me”

I like the blog. Found it very informative and made me think about what more I could currently do to support activites that work towards making Sheffield a cycle friendly place.

Cheers, Matt

Thanks Julie, I’m really happy to hear that.
Do you have any idea’s of topics that I should cover?

Hi Matt,

Good to hear that you’ve arrived safely in W Africa and that your bike hasn’t taken too many hits en route.

Sorry I couldn’t get the the drinks do to wish you well on your travels.

I wonder if life as a cyclist was yesterday actually more hairy here that in your part of the world with winds reaching 83 mph in S Yorks. Far worse, they say, the further North your went. Scotland had a right bashing.

I had visions of ending up sky-high like Mary Poppins on my way from Sharrow up to the University. Decided to push my bike home later on the the day and not risk it. All calm today, though a number of big trees down in the General Cemetery.

We look forward to seeing contrasting pictures — of fine weather and warmth, and discovering what the roads and folk are like in West Africa.

Pedal safely and have fun,

best, Julia

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