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by dave holladay
17 Aug 2018, 3:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: compulsary bells back on the agenda!
Replies: 83
Views: 4824

Re: compulsary bells back on the agenda!

Why can't the same basic law apply to all road users - C&U Regulations require all motor vehicles to have an audible warning of approach - so all cyclists should have the same. Most don't actually require a bell, as it might manage 40-45dBA - I use an integral system which can manage 90-95dBA an...
by dave holladay
5 May 2013, 6:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New bike restriction on Eurostar
Replies: 48
Views: 6716

Re: New bike restriction on Eurostar

At last something to report http://www.eurostar.com/uk-en/travel-information/travel-preparation/baggage/bikes-on-trains#.UYPx9RwVlgs In some ways I overcooked it and have to rebuild my previous relations with a specific contact at Eurostar, and have been advised to ease off whilst others made effort...
by dave holladay
15 Feb 2013, 7:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New bike restriction on Eurostar
Replies: 48
Views: 6716

Re: New bike restriction on Eurostar

I was advised by a rail industry person who is also a keen road cyclist, that he was expecting a change of position on this issue (as he and a party coming back from Spain will be rather upset to get all the way back to Paris and than not have their bagged bikes accepted) time to start pressing the ...
by dave holladay
25 Jan 2013, 2:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New bike restriction on Eurostar
Replies: 48
Views: 6716

Re: New bike restriction on Eurostar

I am aware if this and have actually got to repair a few broken bridges as I did let slip the name of the person I was dealing with on other bike issues, as a person to chase about this issue, and had my fingers rapped. No detail has emerged about how bikes will be conveyed on new Velaro E-320 train...
by dave holladay
17 Nov 2012, 10:28am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: london stations' policy to carry folded bikes
Replies: 56
Views: 14353

Re: london stations' policy to carry folded bikes

Martin More significant is that you are charged per vehicle for running the trains - calculated by the number of carriages stopping at a station, and the type of train. Thus the story - possibly with some foundation in fact that Scotrail pays more for the 64 loco-hauled coaches that call each night ...
by dave holladay
12 Nov 2012, 4:07pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: london stations' policy to carry folded bikes
Replies: 56
Views: 14353

Re: london stations' policy to carry folded bikes

(XAP) Bob Sorry but in the world where resources have to be paid for you have no case for providing a 'guards van' unless things go in that space and pay for the use of it directly, or through the sale of a passenger fare, and at say £300,000 per train/unit you might consider how that sum will be am...
by dave holladay
12 Nov 2012, 4:00pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: london stations' policy to carry folded bikes
Replies: 56
Views: 14353

Re: london stations' policy to carry folded bikes

Chris The position on paying for the space when use of it will have a direct impact of reducing capacity for passengers is one that CTC and others have to face up to. DB, NS, Eurostar & others charge for cycle carriage when it does this, and against the costs of running that van/car it will pres...
by dave holladay
12 Nov 2012, 11:55am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle Carriage with taxis and coaches
Replies: 9
Views: 8995

Re: Cycle Carriage with taxis and coaches

One of many already doing this - Most Stagecoach Express in Scotland do also with up to 10 bikes per coach (20% of seats filled) when kids use coaches to get to BMX or MTB facilities (Banchory-Aberdeen/Elgin-Fochabers). Given the typically 2-3 bikes per coach with 60-80 passengers on many peak perio...
by dave holladay
12 Nov 2012, 9:32am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle Carriage with taxis and coaches
Replies: 9
Views: 8995

Cycle Carriage with taxis and coaches

I'm hoping to make some progress which should make the facility to take your bike on an express coach service more consistently available, with the key operators. I'd be interested in hearing from those who already do this with National Express, Stagecoach, Megabus etc, and those who might use the s...
by dave holladay
11 Nov 2012, 11:01pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: london stations' policy to carry folded bikes
Replies: 56
Views: 14353

Re: london stations' policy to carry folded bikes

The space which would be used by bikes at peak times is actually needed to fit in more passengers, so that the gain of your £3k season ticket fare, filling space elsewhere, is overwhelmingly trumped by the fares for the passengers filling the space. In this respect the Dutch have sorted the problem ...
by dave holladay
11 Nov 2012, 12:43pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: london stations' policy to carry folded bikes
Replies: 56
Views: 14353

Re: london stations' policy to carry folded bikes

Sorry rootes but tha's living in cloud cuckoo land. Providing that space as a separate van would require an extra full carriage for every 4 4 coach units produced - or around £1.5m for each extra coach that would need to be built with say £15-£20m added to every new trains order. Now you have this s...
by dave holladay
10 Nov 2012, 10:43pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: london stations' policy to carry folded bikes
Replies: 56
Views: 14353

Re: london stations' policy to carry folded bikes

I've had some discussions with Southern on this. Those back in the 'Croydon Towers' were aware that people were wheeling bikes through the barriers, and then folding before boarding a train, and presumably did not expect this effect of enforcement to the letter, when the new policy was circulated to...
by dave holladay
31 Oct 2012, 1:56pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: london stations' policy to carry folded bikes
Replies: 56
Views: 14353

Re: london stations' policy to carry folded bikes

Geriatrix The very point indeed - congestion, and the hassle of signing up the liability clause should make local enforcement short lived, at most stations. Perhaps even at London Bridge if the rigmarole of getting the operator to accept liability for injuries and distress arising from carrying the ...
by dave holladay
31 Oct 2012, 1:33pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: london stations' policy to carry folded bikes
Replies: 56
Views: 14353

Re: london stations' policy to carry folded bikes

Zigster ORR has reviewed the under reporting of staff injuries with Network Rail and found that even there, with a high level of safety culture there were failings. Injuries and incidents with faulty cycle parking units at Sevenoaks also seem to be slow in reaching the incident book. As you point ou...
by dave holladay
31 Oct 2012, 1:17pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: london stations' policy to carry folded bikes
Replies: 56
Views: 14353

Re: london stations' policy to carry folded bikes

Geriatrix The very detail is that this option is not a complaint, it is a note to the front line staff, and back through them to the management, advising them politely that if you injure yourself through being forced to undertake an action which is outside the recommended safe limits set by law, the...