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by ozzage
2 Jun 2012, 11:22pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle tracks/paths - right of way at junctions
Replies: 33
Views: 18193

Re: Cycle tracks/paths - right of way at junctions

It's normal when driving in the Netherlands to have to wait for a long stream of cyclists (coming up behind you on a parallel cycle path) to get past before you're able to turn right (ie our left) into a side-street.They confidently assume you'll wait for them and well, you do... It takes quite some...
by ozzage
8 Feb 2011, 11:13pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: I can't renew with CTC with this policy.
Replies: 149
Views: 6925

Re: I can't renew with CTC with this policy.

There are many who agree with you Tim but unfortunately many who think it's impossible. It's only impossible because not enough people want it. While there are certainly plenty of roads where space is difficult, there are plenty where where it's available if you remove/narrow lanes and/or remove par...
by ozzage
2 Feb 2011, 11:33pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: UK Modal Share is Depressed by the Wrong Bikes?
Replies: 119
Views: 8411

Re: UK Modal Share is Depressed by the Wrong Bikes?

squeaker wrote:
ozzage wrote:Jeez relax people it was just an off-the-cuff comment. I hereby declare that I am not philosophically opposed to the use of coaster brakes on properly maintained bicycles.
Bet you use only one pannier at times though :lol:


I only have one pannier :(
by ozzage
2 Feb 2011, 6:34pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: UK Modal Share is Depressed by the Wrong Bikes?
Replies: 119
Views: 8411

Re: UK Modal Share is Depressed by the Wrong Bikes?

brakes will fail on any machine which is never maintained AT ALL . it's hardly the fault of coasters, but of the owner :roll: Jeez relax people it was just an off-the-cuff comment. I hereby declare that I am not philosophically opposed to the use of coaster brakes on properly maintained bicycles.
by ozzage
2 Feb 2011, 6:16pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: UK Modal Share is Depressed by the Wrong Bikes?
Replies: 119
Views: 8411

Re: UK Modal Share is Depressed by the Wrong Bikes?

When the chain comes off you don't have a brake :( perhaps you're used to riding a bike with more than one sprocket on both the wheel and chainset :lol: nah I'm used to my girlfriend's cheap old Dutch bike which we never maintained AT ALL and at the end the chain came off rather often... it only ha...
by ozzage
2 Feb 2011, 4:08pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: UK Modal Share is Depressed by the Wrong Bikes?
Replies: 119
Views: 8411

Re: UK Modal Share is Depressed by the Wrong Bikes?

When the chain comes off you don't have a brake :(
by ozzage
30 Jan 2011, 8:10pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: UK Modal Share is Depressed by the Wrong Bikes?
Replies: 119
Views: 8411

Re: UK Modal Share is Depressed by the Wrong Bikes?

... err no, why? ... As I tried to convey in my first (of many :oops: ) replies to the thread, over the years there's been a lot of drum-banging for this type of bike as the panacea and criticism of bike shops for making a living selling something else. The bikes certainly exist here (I only know a...
by ozzage
30 Jan 2011, 8:00pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: UK Modal Share is Depressed by the Wrong Bikes?
Replies: 119
Views: 8411

Re: UK Modal Share is Depressed by the Wrong Bikes?

At NO time during the spiel will anything have been offered that has any use besides commuting or cycling as a leisure activity. Nothing which might appeal to Judy. Nothing assisting John to use his bike as a practical tool in daily use. Ok but why, in your eyes, do they do that? i'm sorry but to m...
by ozzage
30 Jan 2011, 7:48pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: UK Modal Share is Depressed by the Wrong Bikes?
Replies: 119
Views: 8411

Re: UK Modal Share is Depressed by the Wrong Bikes?

Despite the counter-arguments, I still think the OP has a point. ... But the OP also posed a question about setting up a shop to meet the need implied by your case study. Would you support the venture with some of your own hard-earned £££? err no, why? Can't somebody have a discussion on a topic wi...
by ozzage
30 Jan 2011, 7:16pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: UK Modal Share is Depressed by the Wrong Bikes?
Replies: 119
Views: 8411

Re: UK Modal Share is Depressed by the Wrong Bikes?

Despite the counter-arguments, I still think the OP has a point. Let's say John is considering riding a bike to work and wants to go to the local bike shop on the weekend to check out the options. Along comes Judy as they're out shopping together anyway. John asks about a bike for getting to work. &...
by ozzage
30 Jan 2011, 12:31am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: UK Modal Share is Depressed by the Wrong Bikes?
Replies: 119
Views: 8411

Re: UK Modal Share is Depressed by the Wrong Bikes?

There's way too much focus on commuting and distance in this discussion. I work about 9 miles by bike from work, and I ride it sometimes, but not often. I would do it more often if I had a direct but pleasant route, but as it is I'm either on main roads (unpleasant) or going a round-about but quiete...
by ozzage
29 Jan 2011, 11:38am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: UK Modal Share is Depressed by the Wrong Bikes?
Replies: 119
Views: 8411

Re: UK Modal Share is Depressed by the Wrong Bikes?

Thats understandable if they don't understand cycling,or to be precise cycling any distance efficiently and quickly,which occasional cyclists don't.Even tourists try their utmost to reduce weight to minimum. What, like every normal cyclist in the Netherlands? They understand "cycling" exa...
by ozzage
28 Jan 2011, 10:55pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: UK Modal Share is Depressed by the Wrong Bikes?
Replies: 119
Views: 8411

Re: UK Modal Share is Depressed by the Wrong Bikes?

So much obsession about weight! The major problem is if you need to go up and down stairs where obviously lighter is much better. For general riding though gearing is more likely to be the problem than weight. We're not talking about racing here. I do agree with the overall premise of this thread. W...
by ozzage
28 Jan 2011, 8:02pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Milton Keynes Redway
Replies: 81
Views: 8996

Re: Milton Keynes Redway

I think we should be careful distinguishing too strongly between "beginners" and "experienced cyclists", in terms of where they want to ride. It's easy to get into the mindset that only beginners want to use segregated paths and then they will eventually "graduate" to o...
by ozzage
27 Jan 2011, 10:36am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Milton Keynes Redway
Replies: 81
Views: 8996

Re: Milton Keynes Redway

Of course, if we did find that on-road cycling were safer, not only would we not build path networks, but we would not build road networks to make them artificially dangerous for cyclists, which is how one might see the MK design. It would be a mistake to not build path networks because on paper th...