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by PaulCumbria
13 Feb 2015, 12:35pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done
Replies: 433
Views: 69718

Re: Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done

So, of course it now looks like a conventional UK design. This should have been welocomed by those who spent most of this thread arguing that the proposed turbo design would have been cycle hostile. That really is a most disgraceful suggestion. Is this really your idea of adult debate? To suggest t...
by PaulCumbria
12 Feb 2015, 5:58pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done
Replies: 433
Views: 69718

Re: Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done

I spent half an hour or so watching the traffic flow in the "rush hour" around this roundabout last time I was in Bedford and it seemed to be working quite well - traffic was flowing calmly, unlike the rest of the road system, and cyclists were either using the shared used pavement or tur...
by PaulCumbria
12 Feb 2015, 5:40pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done
Replies: 433
Views: 69718

Re: Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done

I see the job is done. Anyone got any detail on whether it's any good in practice? All I've seen is a picture on Twitter, from @hesterkw, of a particularly naff transition from footway to carriageway via an angled kerb - didn't fill me with confidence that the rest of the execution would be much good.
by PaulCumbria
4 Jan 2015, 2:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 20 inch Wheel Road Bikes
Replies: 19
Views: 4174

Re: 20 inch Wheel Road Bikes

Best 20" wheeled bike in the UK? This gets my vote: http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/04/e93090a5b41417b6146d64b3d7eebafd.jpg An oft-overlooked advantage of twenty inch wheels is that, especially on suspension bikes, they can be built very stiff (VERY stiff), which makes them much less li...
by PaulCumbria
7 Sep 2014, 12:05am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Town centre fun hill climb?
Replies: 15
Views: 1212

Re: Town centre fun hill climb?

Great info - thanks everyone. Does anyone know if this has been done in Lincoln? It has a really steep town centre hill called, logically enough, Steep Hill. It's steep (naturally) narrow and cobbled in places. I saw a really good video of a fun hill climb up a road like that, which really gave a fl...
by PaulCumbria
2 Sep 2014, 6:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Town centre fun hill climb?
Replies: 15
Views: 1212

Town centre fun hill climb?

Anyone know of hill climb in a town centre, open to the general public? I'm sure I saw a video of one of these, and wonder whether my town could do something similar to encourage local cycling.
by PaulCumbria
15 Aug 2014, 6:45pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done
Replies: 433
Views: 69718

Re: Bedford turbo roundabout - BMF wades in

No, the auditors didn't understand it at all. I'm sorry, but in my option, they DID. The auditors understood that, with the originally proposed lane dividers, the only safe way for it to function was for cyclists to be forced off the carriageway. That the designers were originally, erroneously sugg...
by PaulCumbria
15 Aug 2014, 1:59pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done
Replies: 433
Views: 69718

Re: Bedford turbo roundabout - BMF wades in

Alan in Wales has said it - the auditors understood this better than the council. Again from the RSA:
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M J Ray (@mjray on Twitter) deserves a medal for his FOI request.
by PaulCumbria
3 Jul 2014, 9:01am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done
Replies: 433
Views: 69718

Re: Bedford turbo roundabout - BMF wades in

Sustrans is defending its continued support for this mess:
http://www.sustrans.org.uk/blog/keep-pu ... e-progress
by PaulCumbria
28 Jun 2014, 7:59am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done
Replies: 433
Views: 69718

Re: Bedford turbo roundabout - BMF wades in

Pete Owens wrote:Actually it is very much worse than that. It is not just the lane dividers, but ALL the cycle-freindly design features appear to have gone.

Ah no, fair's fair. Presumably they'll still be installing eight dropped kerbs to give access onto pavements, and eight 'Cyclists Dismount' signs, perhaps...
by PaulCumbria
27 Jun 2014, 1:14pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done
Replies: 433
Views: 69718

Re: Bedford turbo roundabout - construction commencing July?

Well Bedford's cycling officer was right - the turbo-roundabout will indeed be constructed in July. It appears that the problems have been 'solved'! http://www.transportxtra.com/magazines/local_transport_today/news/?id=38406&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter They've obviously had a q...
by PaulCumbria
5 Jun 2014, 11:56pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Cycle helmets and sun cream
Replies: 48
Views: 2453

Re: Cycle helmets and sun cream

My job means I'm out on the water all day, every day (lucky me!) If I don't wear sunscreen, I burn. Then I have to go out on the water the following day - and I burn more. Without wearing sunscreen I couldn't do my job, it's as simple as that. It has nothing to do with avoiding skin cancer and every...
by PaulCumbria
3 Jun 2014, 10:18pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Crash not Accident
Replies: 19
Views: 5247

Re: Crash not Accident

Surreal, isn't it? Language is sometimes so corrupted that phrases like "non accidental accident" take on a spurious legitimacy.

Your link shows us that the indiscriminate use of 'accident' to describe all RTCs is wrong, very wrong.