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by Wanlock Dod
18 Apr 2019, 10:12pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders
Replies: 86
Views: 2275

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

Are there any countries, or regions, which have achieved relatively high levels of cycling without significant levels of segregation?
by Wanlock Dod
13 Apr 2019, 8:11pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders
Replies: 86
Views: 2275

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

There certainly seems to be the possibility that installing cycle lanes on a road could deter uptake of cycling, thus demonstrating that cycling infrastructure doesn’t work and isn’t cost effective, provided the painted cycle lanes are narrow enough it could be a very effective way of prioritising m...
by Wanlock Dod
11 Apr 2019, 7:42pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders
Replies: 86
Views: 2275

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

It is the width that is the issue, less than 2 m is indicated as not good, and less than 1.5 m (with a painted line) is advised against. Insufficient width is noted as not being an appropriate reason for marking narrow cycle lanes on a road (i.e. no cycle lane markings would be better). I suppose th...
by Wanlock Dod
11 Apr 2019, 5:10pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders
Replies: 86
Views: 2275

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

Indeed, as noted above, this principle has been known about for quite some years already. The current Scottish guidance (dated 2010) includes reference to the issue, although I am not actually aware of any instances where the installation of paint only cycle lanes has not ignored the guidelines.
by Wanlock Dod
4 Apr 2019, 6:51am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should we stop using the word 'cyclists'?
Replies: 53
Views: 1392

Re: Should we stop using the word 'cyclists'?

Here is an example from a recent newspaper article It reports on a variety of road accidents. Firstly referring to people cycling “Two cyclists have been injured following collisions with cars”. A bit further down it gets to incidents which didn’t involve bikes “There were a number of other inciden...
by Wanlock Dod
2 Apr 2019, 9:12am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should we stop using the word 'cyclists'?
Replies: 53
Views: 1392

Re: Should we stop using the word 'cyclists'?

I’m pretty sure that I have read that somewhere in the US or Canada they managed to reduce some of these kinds of effects (it might have been resistance to providing cycle infrastructure) by having a campaign to encourage people to refer to people on bikes or some such. I suppose it makes the people...
by Wanlock Dod
30 Mar 2019, 12:27pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Insurance for cyclists again
Replies: 18
Views: 2820

Re: Insurance for cyclists again

Yet the police are investigating this incident where a pedestrian was pushed into the road. The offender was most likely unlicensed, unregistered, and uninsured but that hasn’t prevented it being investigated. No calls for greater regulation of pedestrians though. Apparently the Lordy lord in questi...
by Wanlock Dod
25 Mar 2019, 7:24pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: My Lidl helmet - and fall
Replies: 62
Views: 2218

Re: My Lidl helmet - and fall

There’s a lot to be said for not falling over, whether you are walking or cycling, protective equipment isn’t much of a solution. Personally I would go for a step-through bike, why make things difficult for yourself.
by Wanlock Dod
25 Mar 2019, 8:54am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Derby cyclists strip off to protest scrapping of bus and cycle lane
Replies: 6
Views: 3559

Re: Derby cyclists strip off to protest scrapping of bus and cycle lane

It is encouraging to see that cycling groups in Derby have realised that that probably the biggest reason for improving facilities for cycling is to tackle air pollution problems, rather than simply to do something for cyclists. The fact that councils throughout the country have been promoting this ...
by Wanlock Dod
18 Mar 2019, 3:28am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Insurance for cyclists again
Replies: 18
Views: 2820

Insurance for cyclists again

Lord Winston calls for urban cyclists to be licensed and insured from road.cc. Surely a driving license already represents the gold standard of licensing on the road? I wonder how many adult cyclists in towns and cities don’t already have a driving licence. If the concern is about danger to pedestr...
by Wanlock Dod
14 Mar 2019, 6:20pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: More cycling? Less motoring?
Replies: 52
Views: 7784

Re: More cycling? Less motoring?

Going car free in this country is always going to be a challenge, but there are probably quite a few households that could reasonably manage without a second car if they had an e-bike and a folding bike, at least in an urban area. That could transfer quite a few journeys from car to bike, and many o...
by Wanlock Dod
13 Mar 2019, 1:57pm
Forum: Women's cycling interests
Topic: What is stopping women from cycling?
Replies: 231
Views: 34893

Re: What is stopping women from cycling?

A series of Twitter posts by Rachel Aldred on why women don’t cycle.

Most of the first few posts seem to be about infrastructure issues.
by Wanlock Dod
13 Mar 2019, 11:59am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Riding in North Wales
Replies: 16
Views: 3328

Re: Riding in North Wales

Thanks for the suggestions folks. As I first started cycling to get to work at Kwik Slave perhaps I will take a trip to Prestatyn for a (hopefully) not too hilly outing. I would also rather like to visit Parys Mountain, although it’s probably not everybody’s idea of a great day out, if anybody can s...
by Wanlock Dod
12 Mar 2019, 6:51pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Riding in North Wales
Replies: 16
Views: 3328

Riding in North Wales

I will be having a bit of a holiday in North Wales in a few weeks time. It’s not somewhere I have cycled but I am hoping to use the time to build my fitness up to be able to ride a 300 km Audax a week later. I will be based near Llanberis and Bangor. Can anybody recommend any nice routes to ride? I ...
by Wanlock Dod
12 Mar 2019, 6:42pm
Forum: Women's cycling interests
Topic: What is stopping women from cycling?
Replies: 231
Views: 34893

Re: What is stopping women from cycling?

The issue of whether or not parents cycle is probably quite a relevant one. When I was at school neither of my parents cycled, my mum was absolutely clear that it was far too dangerous and that was quite a while ago now. I’m pretty sure that neither my brother or sister cycle, or their partners, so ...