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by John Holiday
6 Apr 2021, 9:30am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Local elections 2021
Replies: 97
Views: 4847

Re: Local elections 2021

Good idea. In North Wales, the existing PCC is retiring. Have been trying to find out Candidates attitude to Road Safety , having been told by current PCC that”Road Safety is not a North Wales Police priority “!!
by John Holiday
22 Feb 2021, 4:52pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Less policing ‘causing rise in road deaths in England and Wales’
Replies: 55
Views: 3354

Re: Less policing ‘causing rise in road deaths in England and Wales’

Inappropriate speed is the major factor in most collisions.
I won’t call them ‘accidents’, as there is usually an element of negligence involved.
Remember being told this by Policemen in his Accident Investigation labelled van.
We have to get this over to drivers, who are totally isolated and insulated in their armoured boxes.
Welsh Assembly bringing in blanket 20mph speed limits in 2023.
by John Holiday
20 Feb 2021, 6:04pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Less policing ‘causing rise in road deaths in England and Wales’
Replies: 55
Views: 3354

Re: Less policing ‘causing rise in road deaths in England and Wales’

Indeed, sadly missed.
We could certainly do with someone with his drive & determination!
by John Holiday
20 Feb 2021, 3:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Less policing ‘causing rise in road deaths in England and Wales’
Replies: 55
Views: 3354

Re: Less policing ‘causing rise in road deaths in England and Wales’

As a Community Speed Watch volunteer, am not surprised by this data. Bearing in mind the cost of a Serious Accident, it is surprising that more effort is not made on Traffic Policing. We were shocked to be told that “Road Safety is not a North Wales Police priority “!
by John Holiday
1 Feb 2021, 2:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New tourer - 1x vs 3x
Replies: 85
Views: 3392

Re: New tourer - 1x vs 3x

Much interesting detail, but note your original comment on discounting Rohloff and belt.
Having had a Rohloff on my Raven for over twenty years, would be reluctant to use derailleur.
Remember a comment from colleague who said “I could have bought a Rohloff for all the replacement parts I’ve had over the years “!
They are not cheap, but quality and long lasting with minimal maintenance, unlike derailleur.
by John Holiday
4 Jan 2021, 4:28pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Two metre clearance
Replies: 21
Views: 1986

Re: Two metre clearance

True regarding Police presence.
Not sure that many drivers are sufficiently observant to recognise a helmet mounted camera.
Certainly true about caution when riding trikes or recumbents, as I know from riding my Newton trike & Windcheetah recumbent.
Safe cycling.
by John Holiday
3 Jan 2021, 4:01pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Two metre clearance
Replies: 21
Views: 1986

Two metre clearance

Think that I may have discovered a way of persuading drivers to give riders plenty of clearance- tow a trailer!
Was out this afternoon litter picking on local Sustrans routes , but had to ride down busy roads to get there. Almost without exception was given plenty of clearance & some inquisitive looks. Only exception the impatient idiot in an Audi and another in a Seven Series BMW! How dare I delay them for a few seconds!
by John Holiday
31 Dec 2020, 2:29pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Benefits of painted cycle lanes?
Replies: 50
Views: 3658

Re: Benefits of painted cycle lanes?

Unfortunately, painted lines never saved anyone, & are only applied by Highways Authorities personnel who don’t ride& only think of motor vehicles.
The best idea is the “armadillos” spaced at about five metre intervals. Give drivers a nasty jolt if they encroach!
by John Holiday
22 Nov 2020, 5:06pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Road safety weak/week
Replies: 18
Views: 1020

Re: Road safety weak/week

Our local Community Speed Watch team have been busy in North East Wales this week in support of Brake Road Safety week.
Logged our usual mass of inconsiderate drivers exceeding the limits, although as the number recorded is diminishing slightly, perhaps they are getting the message.
However, without enforcement & penalties, I fear nothing much will change.
by John Holiday
21 Nov 2020, 3:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Unidentifiable tandem rear wheel motor
Replies: 8
Views: 481

Re: Unidentifiable tandem rear wheel motor

I had the battery of my five year old Emu rebuilt by north London firm. Very pleased with it. Look up
On Google.
by John Holiday
16 Nov 2020, 4:05pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: What can i do as an individual?
Replies: 25
Views: 1409

Re: What can i do as an individual?

Agree that Lycra clad image is not conducive to encouraging greater take up.
All the photos one sees of riders in Netherlands etc. are all in everyday clothes & no helmets.
by John Holiday
16 Nov 2020, 4:00pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: There’s no better time for cities to take space away from cars
Replies: 22
Views: 1758

Re: There’s no better time for cities to take space away from cars

As a National Standards Instructor and Community Speed Watch volunteer, am well aware of hazards of speeding drivers.
Unfortunately, the Police & Judiciary doesn’t treat offenders seriously enough to deter.
by John Holiday
10 Nov 2020, 11:17am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 48 tonnes HGV's for road-rail freight - good or bad?
Replies: 48
Views: 3296

Re: 48 tonnes HGV's for road-rail freight - good or bad?

Madness, as has already been pointed out .
Damage from these huge vehicles has been clearly proven.
Get more heavy distribution on rail, not road.
The poor visibility in many trucks has still not been addressed.
by John Holiday
9 Nov 2020, 4:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Flying with folding bikes?
Replies: 17
Views: 1027

Re: Flying with folding bikes?

Have frequently traveled by air with Brompton in a case & front bag as ‘carry on’.
Obviously large case is a nuisance if you need to move on, but great for fixed centre use.
by John Holiday
6 Nov 2020, 4:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Derailleur guards
Replies: 17
Views: 841

Re: Derailleur guards

Well worth fitting. At our Bike refurbishment charity,we see numerous bent hangers.
Prefer hub gears personally!