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by Pete Owens
24 Jun 2019, 11:29am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Zebra Crossings
Replies: 13
Views: 367

Re: Zebra Crossings

This would be the very same Chris Boardman who was railing against substandard infrastructure only last week: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jun/17/painted-bike-lanes-waste-money-cycling-commissioners Now he is arguing to do pedestrian crossings on the cheap. What is really needed in this...
by Pete Owens
20 May 2019, 2:53pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Radio panel discussion about road behaviour
Replies: 39
Views: 1678

Re: Radio panel discussion about road behaviour

But those figures DO account for exposure; they ARE counting urban deaths and vehicle mileage. And actually even then the figures flatter cycling - you should really divide by passenger km rather than vehicle km.
by Pete Owens
20 May 2019, 1:54pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Radio panel discussion about road behaviour
Replies: 39
Views: 1678

Re: Radio panel discussion about road behaviour

The difference between cyclists and motorists breaking the law is huge,whereas cyclists for the most part pose only damage to themselves,motorists pose danger to everyone outside their vehicle with little chance of danger to themselves. Actually the difference isn't as huge as we'd like to think. T...
by Pete Owens
16 May 2019, 2:06pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling MP: worthy example or exploiter?
Replies: 31
Views: 921

Re: Cycling MP: worthy example or exploiter?

IMO, MPs ought to be made to ride bikes. I'm happy for their mileage allowance to be paid. I'd even punt for a little extra. Or perhaps their mileage rate should be limited to the cycle rate for journeys of less than 10 miles. If they want to take a large metal box with them they should do it at th...
by Pete Owens
14 May 2019, 9:45am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why not a campaign for 20mph speed limit in Scotland, like Wales?
Replies: 55
Views: 1729

Re: Why not a campaign for 20mph speed limit in Scotland, like Wales?

A while ago any thread on anything vaguely safety related would be hijacked by helmet advocates. Anyone trying to follow the subject of the thread would have to wade through many posts reiterating "The Helmet Debate" - whatever the notional subject of the thread. The solution was the sub-f...
by Pete Owens
30 Apr 2019, 6:06pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders
Replies: 117
Views: 4312

Re: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders

There may indeed be many different reasons for the radical decline in cycling. However, a common finding from numerous surveys and other investigations is that the fear of motor traffic is a very major barrier to cycling in the UK. (https://www.cycling-embassy.org.uk/wiki/barriers-cycling). All you...
by Pete Owens
25 Apr 2019, 4:27pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders
Replies: 117
Views: 4312

Re: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders

Both a bit off the point. If the 50s could have lasted forever, so might have those "relatively high levels of cycling without significant levels of segregation." But then if the 50s lasted forever, we wouldn't even be here. Not to forget that since the 50s segregation has been the domina...
by Pete Owens
25 Apr 2019, 4:02pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders
Replies: 117
Views: 4312

Re: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders

It's not dangerous Of course it is - and very obviously so. I don't believe even you are daft enough to make a habit of undertaking left turning vehicles. Highway engineers understand this which is why you have not been able to find a single example of conflicting lane markings for proper traffic t...
by Pete Owens
23 Apr 2019, 5:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders
Replies: 117
Views: 4312

Re: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders

It is still as stupidly dangerous a manoeuvre - whatever euphemism you would prefer to use.
by Pete Owens
23 Apr 2019, 10:49am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bath Spa traffic debate
Replies: 34
Views: 1388

Re: Bath Spa traffic debate

And it looks as if they have wimped out and exempted cars from the clean air zone:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-47454884
by Pete Owens
23 Apr 2019, 10:21am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders
Replies: 117
Views: 4312

Re: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders

infrastructure doesn't cause conflicts at junctions, Of course it does (again assuming that you use "infrastructure" to mean "segregation" for the purpose of argument) by its very nature. Conflicts between cycles going straight on and vehicles turning into side roads exist alrea...
by Pete Owens
23 Apr 2019, 10:10am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders
Replies: 117
Views: 4312

Re: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders

StephenW wrote: there were too few intersections with no infrastructure to be valid. So what they are actually comparing is a very specific arrangements of segregation (one-way track bent away from the road) to other segregated layouts then simply assuming unsegregated roads correspond to whichever...
by Pete Owens
18 Apr 2019, 6:55pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders
Replies: 117
Views: 4312

Re: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders

It may be a good idea to read the thread ... Perhaps you have not made such comments in this particular thread - which is why I specifically referenced other ones such as the recent one about trucks unloading. actions that would be entirely unproblematical were it not for the existence of cycle pat...
by Pete Owens
18 Apr 2019, 10:09am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders
Replies: 117
Views: 4312

Re: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders

Mjr prefers a separate infrastructure for cycling. This seems to avoid the fundamental issue (dangerous driving) and is likely to be far more expensive than more traffic police and prosecutions etc.. This is a false dichotomy in any case - segregation causes conflicts at junctions - thus requiring ...
by Pete Owens
17 Apr 2019, 12:06am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders
Replies: 117
Views: 4312

Re: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders

... here is a quote from a 2017 paper by Schepers et al: "The overall safety effect of one-way bicycle paths on busy streets is positive. Dutch research indicates the likelihood of BMV crashes at unsignalized intersections is some 45% lower with a bicycle path deflected between 2 and 5 metres ...