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by Mark R
22 Apr 2019, 12:22pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: E-Bikes rules/Law
Replies: 41
Views: 2038

Re: E-Bikes rules/Law

IMO the 25kph/15.5mph restriction is punitive and make e-bikes a less attractive alternative to short/medium car journeys. This is no doubt exactly the way the motor lobby would like things to stay. Wouldn't 20mph be about the right the right level for assisted top speed? At least then ebike riders ...
by Mark R
16 Mar 2019, 11:45am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Commuting e-bike - suspension, panniers and proper mud guards?!
Replies: 8
Views: 623

Re: Commuting e-bike - suspension, panniers and proper mud guards?!

I think if I was converting a Moulton i'd go for a crank drive set up. That way all the extra weight would be sprung.
by Mark R
16 Mar 2019, 11:42am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Commuting e-bike - suspension, panniers and proper mud guards?!
Replies: 8
Views: 623

Re: Commuting e-bike - suspension, panniers and proper mud guards?!

Ha - I wish! I'ts a lovely looking bike but its not mine.
by Mark R
22 Feb 2019, 8:07am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution
Replies: 584
Views: 71742

Re: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution

Hardly surprising to my mind. Our sorry excuse for a government won't even pick the low hanging fruit... Want to burn your garden waste in a built up area? No problem go right ahead..... Want to bid for a school bus contract with a fleet of grossly polluting 15 year old diesel coaches? No problem, a...
by Mark R
2 Feb 2019, 9:26am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution
Replies: 584
Views: 71742

Re: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution

Having watched the lot I'd go along with the 'unreasonable panic' thesis, but it was only a 28 minute documentary and I'm no epidemiologist.... I'd rather focus on the findings / methods / recommendations of the original RCPCH report. More background..... https://www.politico.eu/article/dueling-doc...
by Mark R
29 Jan 2019, 11:08pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution
Replies: 584
Views: 71742

Re: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gguwJRrzzF8

Here is a nice video update on the diesel bans in Germany for anyone interested....

Notice the Deutsche Post delivery bicycle at 3:30!
by Mark R
15 Jan 2019, 9:08pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Wood Burners
Replies: 170
Views: 3572

Re: Wood Burners

Oh yeah - I can really see French farmers complying with a ban on bonfires. I can. A fine of say 300 euros for each transgression should do the trick nicely. After all why should they have the convenience of disposing of their waste for free whilst everyone downwind gets to breathe their stinking, ...
by Mark R
14 Jan 2019, 10:46pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Wood Burners
Replies: 170
Views: 3572

Re: Wood Burners

Exactly. They can't be seen as the one restricting personal freedoms - such as the freedom to smoke out your neighbours - its only the EU which does such things right?
by Mark R
14 Jan 2019, 10:29pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Wood Burners
Replies: 170
Views: 3572

Re: Wood Burners

If someone wants to ban something they need to justify it . Bonfires not uncommon in our village to burn garden waste. Doesn't seem to cause any problems. Well that's not difficult! We are talking about burning large amounts of organic matter in a manner which is completely uncontrolled. The smoke ...
by Mark R
14 Jan 2019, 10:10pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Wood Burners
Replies: 170
Views: 3572

Re: Wood Burners

Promoting diesel for carbon emission reasons when it was known diesel is worse than petrol for the other pollutants Gary Fuller (Kings College) was being interviewed on radio 4 about his book "Air Pollution the Hidden Killer" https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0001hj7 (34 minutes in) Acco...
by Mark R
14 Jan 2019, 9:37pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Wood Burners
Replies: 170
Views: 3572

Re: Wood Burners

On the drive home tonight radio 4 had an interview with a boffin who studies air pollution matters. Very interesting. The points I noted is below!: 38% of all uk particulate pollution is from woodburners The difference between an efficient burner and inefficient burner is that the efficient burner ...
by Mark R
14 Jan 2019, 6:58pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Wood Burners
Replies: 170
Views: 3572

Re: Wood Burners

They'll probably try and ban bonfires too. There's certain types of people around who seem very keen on banning things and dorky little Gove seems just that type of person. You think banning garden bonfires would be a bad thing?? I'd like to hear the rationale behind that one! Maybe you live somewh...
by Mark R
17 Nov 2018, 1:43pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution
Replies: 584
Views: 71742

Re: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution

True. But what we absolutely do not need is yet another generation of 'clean diesels' which will surely become gross polluters as their emission control systems progressively begin to fail. Also....once we have got rid of non-essential vehicles, what about the ones which are actually required (Buses...
by Mark R
17 Nov 2018, 12:37pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution
Replies: 584
Views: 71742

Re: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution

Not just the Guardian, the Times was happy to report it as well.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/inner-city-children-s-lungs-stunted-by-diesel-pollution-mg6cqwqxd

The conclusion is correct, there is no hope of decent urban air quality without specifically targeting diesels.