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by wjhall
11 Jun 2020, 6:34pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: SIGLE<DUAL FLOW CYCLE LANES
Replies: 12
Views: 699

Re: SIGLE<DUAL FLOW CYCLE LANES

A lane like that pictured would probably make me ride on the road unless it was really awful. The lanes are not wide enough a... .... ... I would think that a contra flow type lanes as above would be awful when it stopped, passed a junction etc. Also they have to have the left hand lane closest to ...
by wjhall
17 May 2020, 8:06pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Covid 19 outbreak - arguing about Stats (again)
Replies: 412
Views: 10849

Re: Covid 19 outbreak - arguing about Stats (again)

The Guardian report from two days ago (1) suggests that, among other factors, there could be some development of herd immunity in London, but only claims that serology tests show that 10 % of people might have had it, which is vastly below the 70 % figure for herd immunity that has been kicking arou...
by wjhall
17 May 2020, 4:51pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Grant Shapps, Transport Minister
Replies: 41
Views: 4675

Re: Grant Shapps, Transport Minister

Since no one is interested in my suggestion that more venal politicians would be a good idea, I will leave it alone for now and turn to the prediction about public behaviour and the forthcoming golden age of cycling. It seems to be too early to make any judgements about what is actually happening. T...
by wjhall
17 May 2020, 4:39pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Covid 19 outbreak - arguing about Stats (again)
Replies: 412
Views: 10849

Re: Covid 19 outbreak - arguing about Stats (again)

. . . I think exact references aren't given because they'd contradict the claim. Instead, handwaving seeks to waste other people's time. The more fundamental point is that to make the assertions you made, without references, which now seem to turn on whether risk and risks have different meanings i...
by wjhall
17 May 2020, 4:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice on gears, please! They're not what I remember!
Replies: 172
Views: 6721

Re: Advice on gears, please! They're not what I remember!

I can't remember using them in an emergency stop but may have done. If I was going at speed or downhill, I would have had my hands on the drops. This comment that for speed downhill, you used drops and Lollykat's comment that she used them by squeezing the bend confirm the problems with suicide lev...
by wjhall
16 May 2020, 10:01pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Covid 19 outbreak - arguing about Stats (again)
Replies: 412
Views: 10849

Re: Covid 19 outbreak - arguing about Stats (again)

... If you can't be bothered to provide links to articles, they probably aren't relevant. On the contrary, it is you who wish to challenge some very detailed data that are accepted scientific wisdom, common knowledge and summarised quite well in newspaper articles. If you wish to challenge the acce...
by wjhall
16 May 2020, 9:51pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclist Dismount sign for a railway crossing : Why?
Replies: 41
Views: 1863

Re: Cyclist Dismount sign for a railway crossing : Why?

I grew up in a very flat town with a level crossing in the middle, and high cycling levels. Everyone, including me, cycled to and from across it all day without the slightest concern. I suspect that I would probably do the same today for a well maintained urban level crossing with barriers adjacent ...
by wjhall
16 May 2020, 9:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice on gears, please! They're not what I remember!
Replies: 172
Views: 6721

Re: Advice on gears, please! They're not what I remember!

This discussion does need a little more clarity about the distinction between old style suicide levers and modern in-line or cross-top brakes, which are completely different animals in both design and performance. Looking at them will tell you why, and also leave you wondering why suicide levers wer...
by wjhall
14 May 2020, 9:13pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Covid 19 outbreak - arguing about Stats (again)
Replies: 412
Views: 10849

Re: Covid 19 outbreak - arguing about Stats (again)

The reality is that for people of working age the risks from coronavirus are small, [...] T...t. What evidence do you have for that being reality? Early returns from Spain and the USA suggested an unmitigated R0 nearing 3, a 14-20% hospitalisation rate and a 1-2% ICU rate, .... The age profile for ...
by wjhall
13 May 2020, 4:25pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Grant Shapps, Transport Minister
Replies: 41
Views: 4675

Re: Grant Shapps, Transport Minister

... One simple idea to get your head around, folks, is this: Shap is interested in cycling for two reasons: One - to get workers into work so money can be made and taxes paid. Two - to further his career. Which is what is needed, two good solid reasons that will stand the test of time. Or possibly ...
by wjhall
3 May 2020, 5:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is cycling for a 71 year old legal?
Replies: 60
Views: 2308

Re: Is cycling for a 71 year old legal?

....twisted albeit practical mind appreciated it :: all the best 'Twisted' is a bit harsh. At my age, sixty-seven, these things start to become very practical questions. I just hope that I have the courage of my convictions when the time comes. More generally, in the current context, I think a grea...
by wjhall
3 May 2020, 4:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is cycling for a 71 year old legal?
Replies: 60
Views: 2308

Re: Is cycling for a 71 year old legal?

Sweep wrote:...

Elderly folk go out walking with fleeces stuffed with a selection of sweetmeats/meat ...?
not getting at you - all the best


Splendid suggestion! Walk far enough into the mountains that no one will be inconvenienced. Just need to remember to brief any companions not to tell anyone.
by wjhall
3 May 2020, 4:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is cycling for a 71 year old legal?
Replies: 60
Views: 2308

Re: Is cycling for a 71 year old legal?

Reminds me of a story from my late father in law's cycling buddies. They were out riding one day and one fell down dead. The other 70-80 year olds gathered around and the general consensus was "lucky b*stard". The risk with dying of old age whilst out road cycling is that you are easily a...
by wjhall
3 May 2020, 4:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is cycling for a 71 year old legal?
Replies: 60
Views: 2308

Re: Is cycling for a 71 year old legal?

The problem is that it doesn't refer to "vulnerable person" .... . It does use the term after the definition, but always to enable others to help rather than to add any restrictions on the vulnerable person. Jonathan To return, briefly, to the original question, as Jonathan points out, yo...
by wjhall
30 Apr 2020, 8:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: France & getting by with limited french
Replies: 99
Views: 3405

Re: France & getting by with limited french

... .... Swiss French uses the new numbering scheme too. I travel there quite often for work and the youth are also moving away from using genders for inanimate objects. There seem to be arguments that as far as French is concerned the septante, nonante system is the oldest, having been abandoned i...