The regular BBC Learning English Six Minute English quizzes return this week with a programme on Cycling. This means of transport is becoming more popular in Rome. It's an obvious answer to high costs, disruption by strikes and traffic congestion.
First, read the questions. Here's the official question:-
1. Who invented the first pneumatic – or air-filled – bicycle tyre in 1888? Was it …
a) John Boyd Dunlop? b) Charles Goodyear? c) Harvey Samuel Firestone?
(a) John Boyd Dunlop
You'll hear the answer at the end of the programme.
2. Who likes cycling: Neil or Sophie? Neil.
3. What was the 'boneshaker'? A bicycle with iron tyres which was very uncomfortable.
4. When bikes were first invented, what sort of people used them? The wealthy middle classes.
5. For the first time in history, people could travel [where] they wanted, [when] they wanted. (Heh! - I made the mistake of leaving the words in, when I should have replaced them with dots!)
6. How did cycling change women's clothing? They wore "rational dress" - a close-fitting jacket and pantaloon-type trousers. Some traditionalists were offended by this.
7. How did cycling affect 19th century society? It meant that people could travel further, meet new people and marry outside their relatively closed societies.
Now, listen to the programme.
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Don't forget that tomorrow, Friday 25 November, is the last Friday of the month, when traditionally there is a cyclists' rally called "Critical Mass". You can find it on Facebook.
Coming soon: Mike's Bike Blog, "Backroads by Bike". Watch this space.
Happy listening - and On Your Bike!