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by ian s
17 Feb 2019, 9:10pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: RTW cyclist fined £75 for cycling through Bedford town centre during prohibited hours
Replies: 65
Views: 2491

Re: RTW cyclist fined £75 for cycling through Bedford town centre during prohibited hours

Living very near Bedford I really don't see why he would try to cycle through the pedestrian area. Fortunately it is small, ( a length of Midland Road and a few adjacent streets) and the traffic in the adjacent streets is seldom all that bad.I really don't see what grounds he would have for not payi...
by ian s
2 Jan 2019, 8:08pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why we shouldn't be too eager to campaign for segregated cycling facilities
Replies: 75
Views: 6810

Re: Why we shouldn't be too eager to campaign for segregated cycling facilities

Had an interesting discussion with a local cycling group at a local event last summer. They want cycle paths etc. I told them that I want less cycle paths; what I want is space and respect on the roads, because, being realistic, there will never be cycle paths beside/in parallel with all roads. They...
by ian s
2 Jan 2019, 8:02pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Novel overtaking move this morning
Replies: 20
Views: 1979

Novel overtaking move this morning

I was proceeding through a local village, where the road is a succession of bends, a car was behind me waiting for a good view before passing me, when we were both overtaken by a pickup completely on the wrong side of the road around a blind bend. What, if anything, was the driver thinking?? It is d...
by ian s
29 Nov 2018, 10:07pm
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: 2957

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

This business of the "Dutch reach" is being rendered much more difficult than it once was because of the design of the cars themselves. In the past the internal door release lever was typically just in front of the driver's body, and it was actually difficult to reach it with the hand on t...
by ian s
13 Dec 2017, 3:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Working out a gradient
Replies: 49
Views: 2307

Re: Working out a gradient

For non rack railways the difference between sine and tangent is inconsequentially small. I have always understood all geographical gradients to be "sine", rather than tangent, because that is what a measuring wheel will measure when rolled along the hill, or a surveyors chain will measure...
by ian s
15 Oct 2017, 12:58pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Would you cycle on a 'shared' pavement on the wrong side of the road?
Replies: 37
Views: 2477

Re: Would you cycle on a 'shared' pavement on the wrong side of the road?

Sustrans routes..... awful. There is one near where I live, why do one side of a rectangle where three will do, and it is not as though the straight route is a problem to cycle.

Get rid of Sustrans as soon as possible
by ian s
13 Oct 2017, 12:20pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Oxford city centre to be zero emission by 2020
Replies: 51
Views: 2935

Re: Oxford city centre to be zero emission by 2020

Don't worry, Bigjim, nature will sort us out eventually. There will be an outbreak of some virus or antibiotic resistant bacterior that will wipe out a substantial proportion of the population, that is if the nuclear warheads don't do it first. It will be traumatic when it happens, but bliss for tho...
by ian s
13 Oct 2017, 8:06am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Oxford city centre to be zero emission by 2020
Replies: 51
Views: 2935

Re: Oxford city centre to be zero emission by 2020

The last I knew there were no electric lorries available so it will be interesting to see how the shops etc get their stock delivered. Sounds like are typical barmy ill thought out politicians idea to me. Serve them right if it simply kills the town centre.
by ian s
12 Oct 2017, 10:48am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Front Light for daytime
Replies: 85
Views: 6220

Re: Front Light for daytime

Like many others before me, I detest the idea of lights during daylight hours, and I therefore urge you not to use lights during daylight hours
by ian s
11 Oct 2017, 8:01am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: How to stop dooring
Replies: 38
Views: 2713

Re: How to stop dooring

This business of the "Dutch reach" is partly due to car design. These days the internal door release is normally towards the leading edge of the door, whereas 20 and more years ago it was in the centre of the door. I have not tried in my current car but I suspect that I could not reach the...
by ian s
9 Oct 2017, 8:22am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: How to stop dooring
Replies: 38
Views: 2713

Re: How to stop dooring

If only all cyclists would stop cowering in the gutter and assert their place on the public highway such events would be much less frequent. However, in Bedford there are instances of marked cycle lanes passing marked car parking places which put the cyclist in exactly the wrong place, just where do...
by ian s
18 Sep 2017, 1:50pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Petition on road taxes/fuels
Replies: 36
Views: 2763

Re: Petition on road taxes/fuels

Profpointy wrote - "And yet it seems to me that virtually every bit of cycle infrastructure or lane actually makes cycling worse so "if it hasn't worked so far" why would we want more of it." Exactly - I don't, repeat don't, want more GB cycling infrastructure. As for those misgu...
by ian s
18 Sep 2017, 12:58pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Petition on road taxes/fuels
Replies: 36
Views: 2763

Re: Petition on road taxes/fuels

MJR writes "That hasn't worked so far, Why should it work now?" I don't believe it has seriously been tried so far. I believe in the West Midlands they tried a bit with cycling policemen, but certainly not a nationwide campaign to educate motorist to give cyclists adequate space. So it is ...
by ian s
18 Sep 2017, 8:26am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Petition on road taxes/fuels
Replies: 36
Views: 2763

Re: Petition on road taxes/fuels

I don't want more dual use cycle paths and totally impractical cycle routes which is what so many local authorities in GB provide. What I want is driver education so that cyclists become treated as road users not obstructions. The place for bicycles is on the roads. Also driver education shouldn't c...
by ian s
5 Sep 2017, 9:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cotter Pin Press/Removal Tool
Replies: 18
Views: 1477

Re: Cotter Pin Press/Removal Tool

I agree with Brucey, I always use a car ball joint splitter like the one shown; they work a treat