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by pwward
29 Nov 2013, 8:17am
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Change of heart in Queensland?
Replies: 9
Views: 677

Change of heart in Queensland?

The start of change in Australia? http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/committees/THLGC/2013/INQ-CYC/rp-39-29Nov13.pdf (though it's a hefty size). It summarises: The Committee is appreciative of the fact that bicycle helmets, that meet national standards and are correctly fitted, provide some ...
by pwward
24 Aug 2013, 9:18pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Does this reflect well on cycle campaigners?
Replies: 45
Views: 11907

Re: Does this reflect well on cycle campaigners?

[quote="]This afternoon I showed this to a friend of mine who is a traffic engineer, who incidentally has heard of NCC, they don't have a good reputation with engineers,[/quote] Could you let your friend know his profession (in the UK) does not have a good reputation with us cyclists, though is...
by pwward
26 Jul 2013, 8:10pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Gateshead cycling provision
Replies: 33
Views: 18474

Re: Gateshead cycling provision

It's a good point Gaz.

When we try to persuade councils and fail it's often because they represent the local majority view. As cyclists we remain an 'out' group with little political leverage.
by pwward
25 Jul 2013, 8:19pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Gateshead cycling provision
Replies: 33
Views: 18474

Re: Gateshead cycling provision

If anyone is interested this is Gatesheads cycling forum http://www.gatesheadcycling.org.uk/. You get the idea of the councils' philosophy from Neils postings. Gateshead doesn't have a cycling officer but Neil sort-of has the role. Gateshead firmly believes in cycling farcilities well below the nati...
by pwward
13 Dec 2012, 2:18pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: New research on relative risks of different modes.
Replies: 42
Views: 2784

Re: New research on relative risks of different modes.

I'm very persuaded by CJ's argument This recent research from Norways's Institute of Transport Economics would seem to add weight to the view that in places where cycling has become sportified, it's also becomes apparently more risky as utility cycling levels fall. I guess once helmets and day glow ...
by pwward
23 Jun 2012, 10:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Buying a budget touring bike
Replies: 27
Views: 11454

Re: Buying a budget touring bike

I watched ebay for a month or two and bought a 'Dave Yates' steel framed fast tourer/audax bike from a fellow 6 footer. It was made for him by the frame builder but fits me fine. Over the 2 months I saw a number of other bikes that would have been fine for less than £500. I think, like you, I like t...
by pwward
20 Jun 2012, 9:13am
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Weird helmet psychology
Replies: 18
Views: 1220

Basic physics

Helmets probably provide some protection against linear acceleration forces when the head is struck. They are overcome at about 13mph, equivalent to a fall from 1-1.5m. Once shattered the forces are transmitted to the head as if no helmet was worn. As energy = 1/2 mass x velocity squared, at an impa...
by pwward
18 Jun 2012, 6:35pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling campaigners attack European Commission report
Replies: 5
Views: 9949

Re: Cycling campaigners attack European Commission report

Kate and her mum came to speak to the Newcastle Cycle Campaign about this. I was impressed by their approach. They have clearly researched it well and are using good evidence based arguments, not emotional ones. There are genuine blind spots on lorries. This problem will not be cured by driver educa...
by pwward
16 Jun 2012, 12:03pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Helmets and Highway Code
Replies: 5
Views: 713

Re: Helmets and Highway Code

It says 'should' as opposed to 'must'. There is no helmet law. A legal opinion from a QC about this is here.

http://www.2tg.co.uk/assets/docs/articl ... 7_3_12.pdf
by pwward
6 Jun 2012, 1:35pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Pedestrian Islands
Replies: 19
Views: 13202

Re: Pedestrian Islands

I was raising the issue of narrow cycle lanes as a way of letting the original poster know there are issues at Gateshead council to do with cycling facilities.. They have , how should one say it, form. Cycle lanes and Sustrans routes are not directrly related in this instance to the new traffic isla...
by pwward
5 Jun 2012, 7:57pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Pedestrian Islands
Replies: 19
Views: 13202

Re: Pedestrian Islands

I've contacted the local CTC rep and she cannot recall being consulted about this matter. Incidentally CTC and other local cycling groups have objected to Gatesheads' policy of 'installing' 1.2m wide cycle lanes (and narrower in places). Recently they have put in 1.2m wide lanes adjacent to parked c...
by pwward
24 Jan 2012, 10:29pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Dft publication: helmets might lead to risk compensation.
Replies: 10
Views: 844

Dft publication: helmets might lead to risk compensation.

My attention is drawn to this document. It's encouraging to see some official acknowledgement of this idea, albeit in a rather obscure and long paper. http://assets.dft.gov.uk/publications/pgr-roadsafety-research-rsrr-theme2-researchreport18-pdf/rsarr18.pdf p31-32 Start quote Children may learn to r...
by pwward
14 Dec 2011, 9:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Speed cushions
Replies: 23
Views: 1883

Re: Speed cushions

pwward - thanks for the link - it will cost money to download, so I'll consult our section treasurer.

Have another look, it's free. You just have to register.
by pwward
13 Dec 2011, 2:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Speed cushions
Replies: 23
Views: 1883

Re: Speed cushions

This might be helpful to you. It's only recently published. P25 is particularly relevant, discussing both road narrowings and speed cushions and tables.



http://www.trl.co.uk/online_store/repor ... safety.htm
by pwward
1 Dec 2011, 12:02pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: DfT report on Infrastructure and Cycle Safety
Replies: 2
Views: 1112

DfT report on Infrastructure and Cycle Safety

This has just been published by the Transport Research Laboratory. http://www.trl.co.uk/online_store/reports_publications/trl_reports/cat_road_user_safety/report_infrastructure_and_cyclist_safety.htm It's one of the surviving strands of the culled Cycle Safety study announced in 2009. They find good...