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by Wanlock Dod
24 Jan 2021, 9:13pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Levelling up?
Replies: 46
Views: 2407

Re: Levelling up?

From the point of view of a London commuter before lockdown, the premise is not true. Cycling increased massively, mostly on normal roads. Would that by any chance be the same London that has seen a fairly significant investment in relatively good quality protected routes for cycling in the past de...
by Wanlock Dod
24 Jan 2021, 8:13am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Levelling up?
Replies: 46
Views: 2407

Re: Levelling up?

If more people, and I don't mean Dutch numbers, rode on the roads we have today then we wouldn't need cycle lanes. Is it more cost, time and effort effective to change enough minds to reach that point of critical mass, or is it better to ask for handouts from local councillors? I am firmly of the f...
by Wanlock Dod
8 Jan 2021, 10:33pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Levelling up?
Replies: 46
Views: 2407

Re: Levelling up?

We live in a small town of approximately 29000 people. There have been a couple of initiatives in the last year or two which have resulted in the introduction of the classic sub-standard British cycling facility. In my experience these require people on bikes to have a substantially higher level of...
by Wanlock Dod
7 Jan 2021, 8:33pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Benefits of painted cycle lanes?
Replies: 45
Views: 2072

Re: Benefits of painted cycle lanes?

Substandard cycle lanes ... we could usefully discuss whether and in what circumstances they are better than nothing (which is going to vary from road to road and person to person) ... Given that there is quite a lot of evidence to indicate that they encourage close passing by people driving, and a...
by Wanlock Dod
5 Jan 2021, 8:23pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Benefits of painted cycle lanes?
Replies: 45
Views: 2072

Re: Benefits of painted cycle lanes?

..., but vehicularists never want to leave it at that and work on what we agree on. They never seem able to resist suggesting that crap cycle lanes work as intended as part of some conspiracy. Given that there has been a couple of decades of implementation of painted cycle lanes in some areas it se...
by Wanlock Dod
4 Jan 2021, 3:52pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Benefits of painted cycle lanes?
Replies: 45
Views: 2072

Re: Benefits of painted cycle lanes?

I’m a bit surprised that so far nobody has suggested that the opportunity for councils to claim that they have done something for cyclists without inconveniencing drivers in any way might be viewed as a benefit, although it is admittedly one that is only available to councillors and council staff. P...
by Wanlock Dod
28 Dec 2020, 7:49pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Benefits of painted cycle lanes?
Replies: 45
Views: 2072

Benefits of painted cycle lanes?

Is anybody aware of any published studies demonstrating the benefits of cycle lanes that are marked by paint only? I’m aware that there are several studies of passing distances left by overtaking vehicles and that some of them suggest closer passing where painted lanes exist, but there doesn’t seem ...
by Wanlock Dod
26 Dec 2020, 7:40pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: It's not cycle deaths ita brain injury that helmets protect
Replies: 13
Views: 618

Re: It's not cycle deaths ita brain injury that helmets protect

Having just read two issues cover to cover (including adverts) in under six hours I was dismayed to seeing active shots of cyclists without helmets. At school two friends were in a bike accident.... The author of the original post certainly presented the simple activity of riding a bike as a rather...
by Wanlock Dod
11 Nov 2020, 8:16pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Gutted by poor covid cycle project
Replies: 20
Views: 1215

Re: Gutted by poor covid cycle project

A possible benefit of the miss use of the Tranche 1 funding is that it has probably made it quite easy to identify those local authorities, be it the councillors or the officers, that have no interest in providing safe routes for active travel and are really only motivated by a kind of virtue signal...
by Wanlock Dod
3 Nov 2020, 5:38pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Gutted by poor covid cycle project
Replies: 20
Views: 1215

Re: Gutted by poor covid cycle project

Here is an extract out of the letter from the Department for Transport (dated 27th of May) about the indicative allocations of funding for the Emergency Active Travel Fund. Emphasis in the text below is mine, but are the points that I think are probably most relevant to your situation. The amounts a...
by Wanlock Dod
31 Oct 2020, 10:02pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Gutted by poor covid cycle project
Replies: 20
Views: 1215

Re: Gutted by poor covid cycle project

My city put in such a good bid that they got more funding that they asked for..... Hoever, months later, all we have are some more painted lanes and a few with bollards or wands. Several parts of the scheme have been put off to tranche 2. I was so proud of my city, now I feel gutted and let down......
by Wanlock Dod
16 Jul 2020, 9:08pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Less policing ‘causing rise in road deaths in England and Wales’
Replies: 32
Views: 1015

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

Any proposals for how to design the incentives to encourage the enforcers to behave accordingly? How about basing targets on reductions in numbers of casualties rather than fines handed out. The casualty reductions could even be targeted at pedestrians and cyclists because they are perhaps a bit le...
by Wanlock Dod
11 Jul 2020, 3:46pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Hit from behind while commuting - advice please!
Replies: 82
Views: 3674

Re: Hit from behind while commuting - advice please!

I thought that this kind of situation was the only one where there is a strict liability assumption as far as incidents on roads in this country are concerned, these sources would seem to confirm that. https://www.injurylawyers4u.co.uk/2014/news/the-rear-end-shunt-is-the-following-driver-always-to-b...
by Wanlock Dod
14 Jun 2020, 11:29am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Use of cycle lanes / paths
Replies: 36
Views: 1260

Re: Use of cycle lanes / paths

I would have no problem with mandatory use of cycling facilities provided that they meet a set of minimum standards for width, surface quality, directness, convenience, etc... This would mean, for example, priority at side roads amongst other things. I know of no routes in Little Britain that would ...
by Wanlock Dod
12 Jun 2020, 7:59pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Absolute beginner needing advice
Replies: 41
Views: 2195

Re: Absolute beginner needing advice

1) a comfortable one.
2) you basically need to be fit enough to survive the first few days, after that you will be an experienced cycle tourist and be capable of making it up as you go along.