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by Bmblbzzz
19 Apr 2019, 7:56pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Off road history.
Replies: 43
Views: 10314

Re: Off road history.

But a traditional touring bike was - and remains - the best bike for the whole ride, providing the optimum compromise of speed and comfort. Have to disagree. My Surly Long Haul Trucker is the bike that gathers dust in my shed. Great for loaded touring, total overkill the rest of the time. A light t...
by Bmblbzzz
19 Apr 2019, 7:54pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Off road history.
Replies: 43
Views: 10314

Re: Off road history.

Years ago I crossed Nant Rhyd Wylim (Wayfarer's Pass) twice in one day on my Galaxy. I reached the road end and found I had lost my tool roll, so I turned round and retraced my tyre tracks. I didn't find the tools. Hopefully they were either found by someone who is still making good use of them, or...
by Bmblbzzz
19 Apr 2019, 7:51pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders
Replies: 83
Views: 2063

Re: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders

Can we not have unnecessary use of bold type mid way through a paragraph please? I'm dyslexic and struggle to read it, ir before my eyes when folk do that. Apart from which, I'm sure everyone else can read. Are italics a problem for you? Selective quoting is the answer, remove but not change, leave...
by Bmblbzzz
18 Apr 2019, 9:13am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bath Spa traffic debate
Replies: 29
Views: 885

Re: Bath Spa traffic debate

Brassknocker might be shorter but it's steeper. More importantly, it goes in a completely different direction (ie not to the city).
by Bmblbzzz
16 Apr 2019, 7:24pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders
Replies: 83
Views: 2063

Re: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders

There is no inherent conflict between effective policing and "kerbs and posts". The thing preventing both of them is the same: lack of money (or perceived lack of money) and lack of political will. With that political will, they could and would both be implemented to the benefit of society...
by Bmblbzzz
16 Apr 2019, 6:02pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders
Replies: 83
Views: 2063

Re: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders

Tractors are a bit of an exception, being found almost exclusively on rural lanes rather than major roads or urban congestion. Even in the deep country, I'd say they're a smaller proportion of all motor traffic than the 10mph potterers and strugglers are of cycle traffic. I'm not sure why you think...
by Bmblbzzz
16 Apr 2019, 9:56am
Forum: On the road
Topic: 5mph signs on national cycle route 1
Replies: 36
Views: 5003

Re: 5mph signs on national cycle route 1

I was in Ashton Court on Saturday morning. A bit early for most of the dog walkers but of the few I did see, none abused me. I did however coincide with Park Run, which I'd never seen before. I was impressed by its size: easily a few hundred runners - it was a chilly but sunny day, which I guess is ...
by Bmblbzzz
16 Apr 2019, 9:46am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders
Replies: 83
Views: 2063

Re: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders

Tractors are a bit of an exception, being found almost exclusively on rural lanes rather than major roads or urban congestion. Even in the deep country, I'd say they're a smaller proportion of all motor traffic than the 10mph potterers and strugglers are of cycle traffic.
by Bmblbzzz
15 Apr 2019, 6:21pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders
Replies: 83
Views: 2063

Re: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders

Bikes are just traffic. In one way, yes. In another way, no: we're smaller, lighter, more agile vehicles (although not quite as agile as some bad designers seem to think!), travelling at much more similar speeds to each other than motorists do , much less keen on stopping and much more able to nego...
by Bmblbzzz
15 Apr 2019, 10:29am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders
Replies: 83
Views: 2063

Re: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders

mjr wrote:Cycleways are roads too.

Putting to one side the legal definition and concentrating on the practicality, they sometimes are but usually they're more like paths. Unfortunately.
by Bmblbzzz
13 Apr 2019, 8:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bath Spa traffic debate
Replies: 29
Views: 885

Re: Bath Spa traffic debate

recumbentpanda wrote:It seems that the answer to motor traffic congestion is not more roads but less driving.

Who'da thunk!
by Bmblbzzz
12 Apr 2019, 4:37pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders
Replies: 83
Views: 2063

Re: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders

I'm curious to know if there's any effect on passing distances from those lanes which are so substandard they're actually narrower than a bike's handlebars. I can't think of any examples currently but there were some in Bristol (eg Woodland Road) which were too narrow to get a bike in even with you...
by Bmblbzzz
12 Apr 2019, 4:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bath Spa traffic debate
Replies: 29
Views: 885

Re: Bath Spa traffic debate

Bathwick Hill would probably be extreme if taken as an example of UK urban topography but it is not extreme for Bath. The Wellsway, Prior Park Road, Lansdown Road and Lansdown Lane, Bannerdown, and others are at least as steep and long. And yes, people do live on them, including old people: Bath is...
by Bmblbzzz
11 Apr 2019, 10:45pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders
Replies: 83
Views: 2063

Re: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders

I agree with that as a general statement, but as I said, I was considering the special case (now thankfully rare, but common a decade or two ago) in which the bike it is not possible to cycle within the cycle lane. The bike is then a bit like a wide vehicle that occupies, say, one and a half lanes (...
by Bmblbzzz
11 Apr 2019, 8:14pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders
Replies: 83
Views: 2063

Re: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders

I'm curious to know if there's any effect on passing distances from those lanes which are so substandard they're actually narrower than a bike's handlebars. I can't think of any examples currently but there were some in Bristol (eg Woodland Road) which were too narrow to get a bike in even with your...