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by basingstoke123
4 Mar 2020, 12:32am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: HS2
Replies: 608
Views: 79972

Re: HS2

Utter madness. Have never had a reasonable explanation as to why we cannot extend existing infrastructure & run longer trains, rather than destroying huge swathes of valuable countryside by new line. How about the "reasonable explanation", repeated, over and over and over again, by pe...
by basingstoke123
25 Feb 2020, 12:43am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Commuting tips
Replies: 24
Views: 1146

Re: Commuting tips

Another essential item (in my view) is a good pannier (and carrier). Far better than a rucksack on your back. If at all possible, try to get one with a side pocket, which is very useful for all those small things like lights, glasses (or glasses case). My current pannier lacks a side pocket, and I f...
by basingstoke123
11 Jan 2020, 10:17am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle Facility of the Month?
Replies: 18
Views: 1229

Re: Cycle Facility of the Month?

Maybe it has helped a bit. New "facilities" in my nearest town aren't all to my taste, taking cyclists on a convoluted and slow passage around roundabouts that I would normally do on-road in seconds, but I don't see any really daft examples among the newer stuff. But then you are on recor...
by basingstoke123
11 Jan 2020, 12:24am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle Facility of the Month?
Replies: 18
Views: 1229

Re: Cycle Facility of the Month?

Maybe it has helped a bit. New "facilities" in my nearest town aren't all to my taste, taking cyclists on a convoluted and slow passage around roundabouts that I would normally do on-road in seconds, but I don't see any really daft examples among the newer stuff. I suspect the improvement...
by basingstoke123
9 Jan 2020, 10:38pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle Facility of the Month?
Replies: 18
Views: 1229

Cycle Facility of the Month?

The Warrington Cycle Campaign http://www.warringtoncyclecampaign.co.uk/ seems to have stopped updating its amusing and informative Cycle Facility of the Month. I would always have a look at the start of each month. But the most recent one is for February 2019. Is this because there are no new exampl...
by basingstoke123
3 Nov 2019, 4:55pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycle Warning Triangle Roadsign
Replies: 25
Views: 3812

Re: Cycle Warning Triangle Roadsign

Cycle warning signs absolve councils from all responsibility for accidents where the cycle path designs are poor. Just by magic a sign negates all the danger away. Once a cycle warning sign is placed there then there is never ever ever ever a cycle accident at that spot ever. A bit like putting up ...
by basingstoke123
21 Oct 2019, 9:05pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should we be pushing for greater fairness in C2W?
Replies: 32
Views: 1755

Re: Should we be pushing for greater fairness in C2W?

Imho I think it really only benefits the highest tax rate employees. However salary sacrifice can also affect pension I believe. Whether that makes it less of a benefit I don't know enough to say. It may also affect redundancy payments. Probably only of interest if you have been with an employer fo...
by basingstoke123
1 Oct 2019, 10:36pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: congestion, roads discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 3017

Re: congestion, roads discussion

Mike Sales wrote:Being well off enough to afford running a car is a constraint on choice of where to live.

Being well off enough to choose where to live or to move is an even bigger constraint.
by basingstoke123
1 Oct 2019, 12:41am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: congestion, roads discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 3017

Re: congestion, roads discussion

Yes, but hopefully horizon has done this or seen something written by someone who has to make such a statement with so much certainty. Isn't it obvious that those too poor to afford a car will have to travel by bus? No. Isn't it obvious that those people may have bought a car before they became poo...
by basingstoke123
28 Sep 2019, 1:06pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Jaywalking is now a thing in the UK
Replies: 37
Views: 2126

Re: Jaywalking is now a thing in the UK

I had no idea that if you pressed the button and the traffic cleared after you press it, the lights won't change. I guess that's down to the detector things on top. Its clever but for someone raised in a country where jaywalking is illegal it kind of goes against the grain. I think that some lights...
by basingstoke123
23 Aug 2019, 12:56am
Forum: On the road
Topic: the right road at the right time
Replies: 35
Views: 2297

Re: the right road at the right time

do you avoid using certain roads at certain times under certain weather conditions? .. '.- a busy link between manchester and the M1 sheffield area which is a popular route for HGVs. conditions were awful - a strong crosswind from the south-west and lashing rain. up ahead on the main climb i saw tw...
by basingstoke123
20 Jul 2019, 3:37pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Red means STOP! or How I began to hate cyclists.
Replies: 166
Views: 13670

Re: Red means STOP! or How I began to hate cyclists.

A red light with a sensor to change it that does not detect a cyclist is not defective it's just been designed without taking into account all potential road users. It's a failure of planning, design or installation. If it's working as designed can you still go through on red or is it better to wal...
by basingstoke123
18 Jul 2019, 11:09pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Red means STOP! or How I began to hate cyclists.
Replies: 166
Views: 13670

Re: Red means STOP! or How I began to hate cyclists.

There's an on demand light junction near me and it doesn't always detect my bike. I get off my bike and walk out round the junction to carry on. Nobody else on a bike seems to do that as far as I've seen. It's just that I do it because of the principle. I can't criticise others if I don't do what I...
by basingstoke123
27 May 2019, 11:54pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Grrr - Lidl replaces Sheffield stands with Wheel Benders
Replies: 43
Views: 2217

Re: Grrr - Lidl replaces Sheffield stands with Wheel Benders

The Brighton Hill Retail Park, in Basingstoke, sometime last year replaced the poorly located Sheffield stands with .... more car parking. Removed cycle racks - streetview https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.2505621,-1.109621,3a,75y,153.21h,58.13t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sa2pZITq53WB_ma-AfPlriA!2e0!7i16384...
by basingstoke123
20 May 2019, 10:47pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Is it legal to cycle whilst using phone?
Replies: 45
Views: 2341

Re: Is it legal to cycle whilst using phone?

When comparing driving and cycling while using a phone (or being drunk, or falling asleep), it's a matter of balance.