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by Pete Owens
26 Jan 2019, 1:38am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "Car dependency" - a depressing report
Replies: 52
Views: 5823

Re: "Car dependency" - a depressing report

Ahh new-towns - the most car-dependent settlements in the country. And not by accident, but because the planners forced developers to design them around the needs of cars, rather than people. Presumably during that time those plans will have required developers to provide excessive car parking (whil...
by Pete Owens
19 Jan 2019, 12:10am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should cyclists be allowed to use (some) M-way hard shoulders?
Replies: 44
Views: 4178

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

The reason for banning cyclists (along with other slow vehicles such as tractors) is not safety, but to avoid slowing the flow of traffic. Motorways are our safest roads - so long as you were only riding from one junction to the next and not attempting to filter across slip roads it would in most ca...
by Pete Owens
18 Jan 2019, 11:37pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: The Science of Cycle Helmet Safety
Replies: 50
Views: 1214

Re: Is there a multi impact helmet?

This seems to be a curious enquiry.

How frequently do you anticipate banging your head?
by Pete Owens
13 Jan 2019, 3:17pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Fear.
Replies: 35
Views: 4073

Re: Fear.

It is just primitive tribalism - people belong to their own tribe and conform to the social norms of that tribe and reject others. Any identifiable minority will experience the hate - it is all the same - whether it is hating Blacks or Jews or Muslims or Gays or Mexicans or Catholics or Manchester U...
by Pete Owens
8 Jan 2019, 11:46pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: help needed with new road layout proposal from council, is this ok?
Replies: 7
Views: 1715

Re: help needed with new road layout proposal from council, is this ok?

The entire aim of the scheme is to increase motor traffic volumes to the expense of all other considerations - which of itself will be bad for cyclists. To take each of the proposals individually: Measure 1: Traffic lights on roundabouts such as this tend to make things easier for cyclists. Argue fo...
by Pete Owens
20 Dec 2018, 11:48pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why we shouldn't be too eager to campaign for segregated cycling facilities
Replies: 75
Views: 6950

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

When it comes to segregation I'm with Rosa Parks. The only purpose of it is to keep us prevent us from causing as much as a seconds delay to the all important people in motors - at the expense of our safety and convenience. When they first started building them back in the '30s they were honest abou...
by Pete Owens
2 Dec 2018, 8:16pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Commitment to Cycling in West Sussex
Replies: 5
Views: 1638

Re: Commitment to Cycling in West Sussex

I found this enquiry on the web. The problem with many authorities is all they think they need do is produce a strategy = job done. I'm not sure WSCC knows what segregated infrastructure is as they have sacked their cycling officers. Also WSCC seems keen on soft spending eg bikeability which is ess...
by Pete Owens
30 Nov 2018, 1:48am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bath final day Air pollution consulation
Replies: 23
Views: 2714

Re: Bath final day Air pollution consulation

https://www.google.com/maps/@51.4018433,-2.326306,3a,75y,108.35h,97.63t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1szU51CEeG3yUZjm5YaPXxzA!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo1.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DzU51CEeG3yUZjm5YaPXxzA%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D337.73196%26pitch%3D0%...
by Pete Owens
30 Nov 2018, 1:24am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bath final day Air pollution consulation
Replies: 23
Views: 2714

Re: Bath final day Air pollution consulation

Presumably the charge would apply to my own car going to the car park beside the Hilton, which I used recently. My wife and I stayed at the hotel for a couple of nights and parked the car in that car park. The car stayed there, unused, until we left. I wonder what we would have done if there had be...
by Pete Owens
29 Nov 2018, 7:52pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bath final day Air pollution consulation
Replies: 23
Views: 2714

Re: Bath final day Air pollution consulation

This is really good news. Councils up and down the country have known that legal pollution limits were being breached in their areas for years, yet have failed to take any meaningful action due to fear of motorists. I'm sure the government's plan was to wait till we leave the EU - then legalise the ...
by Pete Owens
17 Nov 2018, 2:40am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Hoax Farcility.
Replies: 34
Views: 4511

Re: Hoax Farcility.

3 posts in 6 years is hardly obsessive. I'm sure you've posted more often than that on many topics. Three posts on this thread. I have started to notice cryptic and hostile reference to Warrington Cycle Campaign on several occasions on different and completely unrelated threads - for example in his...
by Pete Owens
15 Nov 2018, 2:04am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Hoax Farcility.
Replies: 34
Views: 4511

Re: Hoax Farcility.

This seems to be somewhat of an obsession of yours, which presumably means you are a fan of NCN 4. Perhaps if you could come up with a photo and suitably humorous caption for this bit of c**p just around the corner I could replace it: https://www.google.com/maps/@51.6624843,-4.0793451,3a,15y,308.83h...
by Pete Owens
15 Nov 2018, 12:54am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Sustrans Report "UK Cycle Network is unsafe for children"
Replies: 53
Views: 4366

Re: UK cycle newwork unsafe for children

You might think that an apology is in order but that says more about your attitude than than the cycle paths. You are forgetting that it is Sustrans themselves who are finally admitting that the network is rubbish. A bit of humility following that would be entirely in order. And actually my dislike...
by Pete Owens
15 Nov 2018, 12:38am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Are Strava heatmaps reliably indicative of general cycling activity?
Replies: 40
Views: 1058

Re: Are Strava heatmaps reliably indicative of general cycling activity?

It only takes a cursory glance at the heatmap to see that it is completely unrepresentative of everyday cycling. The people who use strava tend to be competitive riders measuring their performance. Even if they also happen to be utility cyclists I very much doubt they will be recording their local t...
by Pete Owens
15 Nov 2018, 12:19am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Sustrans Report "UK Cycle Network is unsafe for children"
Replies: 53
Views: 4366

Re: UK cycle newwork unsafe for children

So finally they acknowledge what some of us have been telling them for 20 years that their network is c**p. You would think that at this point an apology would be in order, but no, just a request to give them even more money.