There were bike-related matters in Preston, however, including the Independent's important 'Save our Cyclists' campaign launch, which I understand also coincided with a BBC TV piece on Ghost Bikes.
Especially good is the campaign's emphasis that it places on the statistical safety cycling. The odds were less good a century ago, as this memorial in the Harris (Preston's saving grace, as one of the Trois V noted):
There was also this picture on the back of Katy Masuga's new book on Henry Miller:
One of the talks also mentioned a recent edition of Nelson Algren, showing him on a 'pushbike', hence a wussy intellectual, rather than hard-living lover of a Frenchwoman: