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by Ron
20 Oct 2021, 4:46pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Sunderland LCWIP
Replies: 2
Views: 86

Re: Sunderland LCWIP

This plan is too restrictive, focussing only on active travel modes. People select their mode of travel from various options, and if we want people to adopt particular options then we would need to consider discouraging other options.
by Ron
29 Sep 2021, 3:22pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Return of the WIMPS
Replies: 50
Views: 2401

Re: Return of the WIMPS

Oldjohnw wrote: 29 Sep 2021, 5:35amCan someone tell me the appeal of it? The thought has not yet done anything for me.
I only did it after a proposed tour of Cornwall and Devon did not live up to expectations and decided to cycle home safe in the knowledge that I could jump on a train to get home when I got tired. I got home under my own power and decided to carry on to JoG.
The thought of a LeJog had never appealed to me, mainly because I had imagined it would require more fitness and stamina than I could muster. After completion I realised I had sufficient fitness and with that knowledge came the confidence to undertake longer tours.
I wouldn't be interested in doing another End to End, but would still recommend it for anyone as a good starter and confidence builder for more adventurous cycle touring in countries more sympathetic to the needs of cyclists.
by Ron
26 Sep 2021, 11:00pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Oxford quickways
Replies: 9
Views: 482

Re: Oxford quickways

Richard Fairhurst wrote: 24 Sep 2021, 11:14amThese are (I quote) "continuous and well-designed cycle lanes on main routes to improve traffic flow and safety".
I would be interested to hear what people think,
I think the authority is being devious in talking about "traffic" flow as if there was only one form of traffic on our roads and would be concerned the proposals are primarily intended to improve motor traffic flow.
by Ron
20 Sep 2021, 10:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Travelling without the Internet, possible?
Replies: 50
Views: 1645

Re: Travelling without the Internet, possible?

eileithyia wrote: 16 Sep 2021, 9:46amAm intrigued why you needed to contact the manager?
It's never a good move to risk antagonising the manager before you've put a tent peg in the ground :wink: .
As you say it can be difficult when there may be a language barrier.
by Ron
20 Sep 2021, 9:54pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Tain-JOG
Replies: 22
Views: 1414

Re: Tain-JOG

andrew_s wrote: 20 Sep 2021, 2:24am
Ron wrote: 14 Sep 2021, 2:33pm It's a pity the cairns are 'no entry' now.
It's a Covid thing - you can't socially distance inside as it's not big enough.
Thanks for that info.! :)
by Ron
15 Sep 2021, 1:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Travelling without the Internet, possible?
Replies: 50
Views: 1645

Re: Travelling without the Internet, possible?

pwa wrote: 15 Sep 2021, 10:53am and you can book accommodation ahead of time,
For some of us it would take the excitement out of touring if we knew in advance where we would sleep that night. :wink:
by Ron
15 Sep 2021, 1:19pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Greetings whilst riding
Replies: 146
Views: 7877

Re: Greetings whilst riding

On my first visit to the Lake District I went out for a walk in the hills and acknowledged others doing the same, as was my habit in my home territory. I soon realised this was not the thing do and simply adopted the local custom of avoiding eye contact. :D
by Ron
14 Sep 2021, 11:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Travelling without the Internet, possible?
Replies: 50
Views: 1645

Re: Travelling without the Internet, possible?

I never planned tours in any detail and used to buy maps as I needed them from book shops or tourist info. offices but as more people have adopted electronic facilities there are fewer of these around and the ones that are left have a more limited range.
I rolled up at a campsite in Germany and wasted a lot of time after finding the reception desk was not staffed, there was just a phone number to call, but no phone there to make the call with! Eventually someone with a 'phone got me in contact with the camp chief who just would not believe that I had no mobile 'phone.
So, yes it is possible to tour without modern communication technology but it is becoming ever more difficult as the years go by.
by Ron
14 Sep 2021, 2:33pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Tain-JOG
Replies: 22
Views: 1414

Re: Tain-JOG

nickyboy wrote: 5 Jul 2021, 9:40pmand then via Wasset to JoG
That would be Watten I think, how did it go?
[/quote] We were really pleased with going left at Lybster and via Watten. We drove back on the A9 and I would always recommend cutting off at Lybster, it's much nicer[/quote]
Good to hear :)
With a little planning and just a few extra miles there are numerous options between Inverness and the north coast.
It's a pity the cairns are 'no entry' now.
by Ron
7 Sep 2021, 9:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: cycling in Scotland
Replies: 5
Views: 329

Re: cycling in Scotland

uiende wrote: 7 Sep 2021, 4:51pm Any advice welcome. Which route is best??
I think the railway route would be best.
You could leave Inverness heading north over the Kessock bridge and when across look out for the signed route down to sea level and follow the road along the north shore to Redcastle then on to Muir of Ord for the A832 to Urray, Matrybank and Contin. I think the north shore is preferable to the south shore of the Beauly Firth as the road on the south carries commuters in a hurry!
by Ron
6 Sep 2021, 1:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Riding to the COP26 climate meetings from London
Replies: 123
Views: 3883

Re: Riding to the COP26 climate meetings from London

Dascmo wrote: 12 Aug 2021, 11:22pm A few questions:
- Do you know of any organized groups doing this ride?
https://pedalonparliament.org/were-peda ... u-join-us/
by Ron
26 Aug 2021, 9:48pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Tain-JOG
Replies: 22
Views: 1414

Re: Tain-JOG

nickyboy wrote: 5 Jul 2021, 9:40pmand then via Wasset to JoG
That would be Watten I think, how did it go?
by Ron
19 Aug 2021, 9:20pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Changes in transport costs.
Replies: 118
Views: 3312

Re: Changes in transport costs.

mjr wrote: 19 Aug 2021, 6:32pmWhy should motorists get only carrots and no bashing?
Who would you get to do the 'bashing'?
Any politician threatening to have motorists pay the true costs of their private motoring would be out on their necks at the next election.
by Ron
18 Aug 2021, 2:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: CAPE CORNWALL TO CAPE WRATH
Replies: 7
Views: 390

Re: CAPE CORNWALL TO CAPE WRATH

dodger1 wrote: 17 Aug 2021, 12:10pmI'm also thinking that a diversion through the Outer Hebrides and over to Ullapool would be interesting or, better still, avoiding Glasgow and opting for a route to Arran, then Kintyre and north to Oban before hopping over to Barra.Anybody tried this?
The Outer Hebrides route is popular and often referred to as "Barra to the Butt(of Lewis)", searching online should provide info. In the south Isles there are few options without retracing your steps, but in Harris you have to decide to view the fine sandy beaches of the west side, or the Golden Road on the east, no less picturesque but in a different way from the west side. It's a bit of a slog up the back bone of Harris, in Lewis there are options for round tours over to the west coast.
by Ron
7 Aug 2021, 12:59am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: SAFETY, Visibility
Replies: 172
Views: 4724

Re: SAFETY, Visibility

PFO wrote: 5 Aug 2021, 8:01pmSmall roads with tight curves do not always allow drivers much advance notice of cyclists ahead.
We cannot blame the roads.
It is the duty of the driver to observe road conditions ahead which may require action to safeguard other road users.This would include slowing down for "tight curves" in order to give sufficient space to avoid any obstruction which may be hidden by the curve.
The wearingof hi-viz by the cyclist will not offer any protection if the driver has chosen to drive at a speed which fails to allow sufficient length of clear road to provide braking distance.
A reduction in speed limits on rural roads would be a more effective safety measure than having cyclists wear hi-viz.