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by basingstoke123
1 Feb 2019, 12:51am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Elderly drivers: when is it time to hand over the car keys?
Replies: 168
Views: 7573

Re: Elderly drivers: when is it time to hand over the car keys?

One of these he reasons I chose the diagram was the mention of younger people. What used to happen was that the Parents would move as they got older, but their children would "inherit" the rural home. This maintains an age range This was common on farms. The parents would move into an ann...
by basingstoke123
1 Feb 2019, 12:40am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Elderly drivers: when is it time to hand over the car keys?
Replies: 168
Views: 7573

Re: Elderly drivers: when is it time to hand over the car keys?

A popular argument, but for many present rural dwellers, if they had not had a car in the first place, or been unable to drive for any reason they would never have moved to a rural location. The opposite is actually the real problem. Many rural communities are having problems because people are bei...
by basingstoke123
29 Jan 2019, 10:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cats
Replies: 17
Views: 2288

Re: Cats

The real danger around these parts is pheasants - they are particularly stupid creatures...... They run to the side (and it's easy to think they are escaping, like most animals would do), however they then come back at you and sometimes repeat this 'movement' several times :roll: It's as if they ar...
by basingstoke123
29 Jan 2019, 10:45pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "Car dependency" - a depressing report
Replies: 52
Views: 5220

Re: "Car dependency" - a depressing report

I thought the planning game was pretty well settled now. 1) Apply for planning permission, including lots of proposals for cycle friendly infrastructure, landscaping, children’s play areas, community facilities etc. 2) Get awarded planning permission 3) Apply for a variation removing requirement fo...
by basingstoke123
29 Jan 2019, 1:14am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Elderly drivers: when is it time to hand over the car keys?
Replies: 168
Views: 7573

Re: Elderly drivers: when is it time to hand over the car keys?

When people live in areas that have no, or minimal public transport they are making a choice.... But to live in such areas and run a car you have to have the income to do it.... If you can afford to live in these sorts of rural areas, you can afford to move to more urban locations. That's the choic...
by basingstoke123
28 Jan 2019, 11:49pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cats
Replies: 17
Views: 2288

Re: Cats

bogmyrtle wrote:If you put yourself at cats eye level there isn't much of s bike that's visible to them.


Cats eyes just stare back at me!
by basingstoke123
24 Jan 2019, 12:10am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Salisbury plain
Replies: 18
Views: 2526

Re: Salisbury plain

I realise that this is not quite Salisbury Plain, but slightly east (and north of Andover). We all know that the Roman's built nice straight roads. Not always! Here is a half circle Roman road, 4 miles long, Chute Causeway. Once you get up there, the road is flat. In the middle are some step descent...
by basingstoke123
20 Jan 2019, 6:04pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Elderly drivers: when is it time to hand over the car keys?
Replies: 168
Views: 7573

Re: Elderly drivers: when is it time to hand over the car keys?

The problem with fixed legal restrictions based on age is that these apply legally to everyone, and cover ALL situations. The 1% (figuratively) of those affected who are unable to work - too bad. The law has to work equally in central London as in rural Devon. If there are problems with increased ri...
by basingstoke123
18 Jan 2019, 6:44pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: NCN5 Blockage due to Roadworks
Replies: 13
Views: 1792

Re: NCN5 Blockage due to Roadworks

PS Official guidance is provided in Traffic Advisory Leaflet 15/1999 which makes it rather dated. At the time, I did have an exchange of views with the author which concluded with him telling me that it was aimed a "professionals" rather than cyclists. https://webarchive.nationalarchives....
by basingstoke123
16 Jan 2019, 11:14pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: WHAT!
Replies: 60
Views: 5626

Re: WHAT!

Talking of ANPR, we've parked at Bristol Airport on occasion, and as you enter, you press a button and the machine spits a card for you to keep. On leaving, you go to a booth, insert your card, pay, then it spits it back at you and you push the card in the exit barrier machine and leave. I wonder i...
by basingstoke123
16 Jan 2019, 9:23am
Forum: On the road
Topic: NCN5 Blockage due to Roadworks
Replies: 13
Views: 1792

Re: NCN5 Blockage due to Roadworks

Have you contacted Sustrans? They need to update their website to say that the route is blocked. I haven't looked at the links provided and don't know the area. But a similar thing happened on the NCN23 into Basingstoke. https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=101006 The road diversion w...
by basingstoke123
15 Jan 2019, 11:31pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should cyclists be allowed to use (some) M-way hard shoulders?
Replies: 44
Views: 3670

Re: Should cyclists be allowed to use (some) M-way hard shoulders?

If I understand correctly, the only reason that some A roads are still called 'A roads' and not 'motorways' is because several categories of users are prohibited from using motorways. There might be no physical difference to a motorway, but reclassifying it as a Motorway would require providing alte...
by basingstoke123
11 Jan 2019, 2:15pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Trucks Do Not Have Cyclist-Obscuring Blind Spots
Replies: 161
Views: 7509

Re: Trucks Do Not Have Cyclist-Obscuring Blind Spots

DHL - Drop it, Hide it, Loose it. But I was told that by someone who had a temporary job as a multi-drop driver with competitor Omega (as it was then). That was before the days of smart phones and Google Maps, so drivers had to know the delivery area well. Distribution and delivery is not as easy as...
by basingstoke123
5 Jan 2019, 9:12pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "Car dependency" - a depressing report
Replies: 52
Views: 5220

Re: "Car dependency" - a depressing report

brynpoeth wrote:Times changed, how? Surely people had to eat back then, just as much :?

The evidence would suggest that people now eat more? The growing population (at individual level, that is) cannot be due only to less physical activity.
by basingstoke123
30 Nov 2018, 8:37pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: BBC New website media request - What do you think of the government's new proposals for cycling?
Replies: 17
Views: 2654

Re: BBC New website media request - What do you think of the government's new proposals for cycling?

The only commonality between pedestrians and cyclists is that both use human energy as a means of transport. Apart from that they are vastly different - but not according to the Government. The political reality is that they are both "active travel" and AT is having (relatively) large amo...