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by Wanlock Dod
12 Jun 2019, 7:25am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: E-Cargobikes Do 30 Daily Drops Compared To 12 By Van
Replies: 0
Views: 208

E-Cargobikes Do 30 Daily Drops Compared To 12 By Van

E-Cargobikes Do 30 Daily Drops Compared To 12 By Van
“If you look at traffic speeds in London, it is traveling at the same speed it was in 1880, when it was horses and carts,”
by Wanlock Dod
10 Jun 2019, 2:20pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Presumptive liability
Replies: 19
Views: 716

Re: Presumptive liability

I think presumed liability would be a good thing and doesn't seem to have much drawback, but it's not going to help that many more people cycle and we probably need more people cycling before it has enough political support to pass. By the way, it would also probably mean that many cyclists would n...
by Wanlock Dod
6 Jun 2019, 6:03pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Helmet discussions in York
Replies: 44
Views: 1636

Re: Helmet discussions in York

There doesn’t seem to be any shortage of studies on cycle helmets that have found any beneficial effects to be very marginal. We could just keep on doing more of them, finding the same marginal and insignificant protective effects, in the hope that eventually one will provide the holy grail of a rea...
by Wanlock Dod
6 Jun 2019, 3:38pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Helmet discussions in York
Replies: 44
Views: 1636

Re: Helmet discussions in York

Is there really anybody who doesn’t use the “safety benefit” as a performance benefit though? Some of the evidence presented by the first speaker in the discussion pointed directly at helmeted cyclists being more at risk (i.e. more likely to crash). Risk compensation, or the homeostasis of risk, is ...
by Wanlock Dod
6 Jun 2019, 9:59am
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Helmet discussions in York
Replies: 44
Views: 1636

Re: Helmet discussions in York

...The WHO speaker needs to look again at the evidence... The WHO speaker made it quite clear that they were prepared to be selective about the evidence that they consider relevant. Risk is a function of hazard and exposure. The WHO speaker focused on the hazard, and chose not to consider exposure ...
by Wanlock Dod
6 Jun 2019, 7:58am
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Helmet discussions in York
Replies: 44
Views: 1636

Re: Helmet discussions in York

It used to be widely accepted that smoking was beneficial to health, although it is not a view that many hold these days. There are countless issues where the evidence is much less clear cut than we might like, and in those cases we (as a society) still need to try to find the most beneficial soluti...
by Wanlock Dod
5 Jun 2019, 9:14pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Helmet discussions in York
Replies: 44
Views: 1636

Re: Helmet discussions in York

It seems to be a consistent theme for Australians to focus on the reductions in numbers of injuries that resulted from compulsory helmets, whilst at the same time dismissing the effects on numbers of cyclists. As far as I can recall the helmet promoter was the only speaker to admit to not believing ...
by Wanlock Dod
5 Jun 2019, 5:55pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Helmet discussions in York
Replies: 44
Views: 1636

Re: Helmet discussions in York

I found it to be an interesting discussion with three very different presenters. The first took a more epidemiological approach to consider risks to cyclists and how they seem to be adversely affected by helmet laws. The second took an approach more focused on protection at an individual level. The ...
by Wanlock Dod
20 May 2019, 6:01pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Radio panel discussion about road behaviour
Replies: 39
Views: 1613

Re: Radio panel discussion about road behaviour

It is also relevant to consider how many journeys it takes for a billion kilometres to be reached. It would be many more journeys by bike, which are typically shorter and slower than car journeys. This is arguably another factor which tends to make journeys by bike seem relatively dangerous for pede...
by Wanlock Dod
18 May 2019, 9:07pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Mysterious falling off bike
Replies: 21
Views: 1246

Re: Mysterious falling off bike

Something slippery on the road surface perhaps?
by Wanlock Dod
15 May 2019, 8:31pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Big Bike revival ... yet more helmet normalising!
Replies: 124
Views: 3601

Re: Big Bike revival ... yet more helmet normalising!

Edinburgh cycling must be in an even worse state than I realised! It is estimated that 3% of journeys in Edinburgh are made by bike in the 2017 Annual Cycling Monitoring Report, and it has the highest level of cycling in the whole of Scotland. In the grand scheme of things cycling there really isn’...
by Wanlock Dod
15 May 2019, 7:29pm
Forum: People, Events & Rides
Topic: Velo Midlands
Replies: 25
Views: 1000

Re: Velo Midlands

It is hardly surprising that closed roads events are as popular as they are given the conditions for cycling these days. It certainly makes a nice change to know that there won’t be any motorised traffic to contend with.
by Wanlock Dod
15 May 2019, 7:21pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Radio panel discussion about road behaviour
Replies: 39
Views: 1613

Re: Radio panel discussion about road behaviour

...My best guess is that most of the complaints are about cyclists winning, particularly the red light thing. I think this is pretty close to the mark, and add to that the steadily increasing levels of traffic making driving less convenient (less chance of overtaking a cyclist without waiting for o...
by Wanlock Dod
15 May 2019, 8:37am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why not a campaign for 20mph speed limit in Scotland, like Wales?
Replies: 55
Views: 1612

Re: Why not a campaign for 20mph speed limit in Scotland, like Wales?

Personally I would rather somebody was ignoring a 20 mph speed limit and doing 27 mph than ignoring a 30 mph speed limit and doing 32 mph. It might not seem like a big difference in speeds but the higher speed results in 40% more energy, so can do more damage. It would give me more time to cross the...
by Wanlock Dod
14 May 2019, 2:01pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why not a campaign for 20mph speed limit in Scotland, like Wales?
Replies: 55
Views: 1612

Re: Why not a campaign for 20mph speed limit in Scotland, like Wales?

According to road.cc they won’t be backing the proposal any way because they have decided that it wouldn’t work. It seems very similar to the justification for not bothering with segregation, we have decided it wouldn’t work so we aren’t going to try. Rather ironically they claim “We are now active...