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by Pete Owens
28 Sep 2020, 12:41am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 'Rat-running' increases on residential UK streets as experts blame satnav apps
Replies: 61
Views: 1486

Re: 'Rat-running' increases on residential UK streets as experts blame satnav apps

My memories of Skipton as a road user goes back to the late 1950s. I've absolutely no data about traffic levels but it seems as busy now as ever; through traffic has been bypassed but there's much more local traffic, including from a larger area. The evidence for that is the expansion of car-parkin...
by Pete Owens
25 Sep 2020, 6:18pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 'Rat-running' increases on residential UK streets as experts blame satnav apps
Replies: 61
Views: 1486

Re: 'Rat-running' increases on residential UK streets as experts blame satnav apps

Satnavs make very little difference most people travel on familiar roads so discover the quickest route through a network. Change the sequence on a set of lights and traffic adjusts very quickly.

Charging on the other hand balances supply and demand through the price mechanism to suppress demand.
by Pete Owens
24 Sep 2020, 7:47pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Petition on planning laws
Replies: 5
Views: 317

Re: Petition on planning laws

Planning permission and building regulations are separate issues. Planning permission deals with what you should be allowed to build on a particular plot of land - building regulations deal with the details of how things should be built wherever that happens to be. The big issue at the moment is the...
by Pete Owens
22 Sep 2020, 11:53pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Operation Close Pass
Replies: 32
Views: 1256

Re: Operation Close Pass

alanesq wrote:I thought that whilst never going to be admissible in court

I don't see why it shouldn't be.
by Pete Owens
19 Sep 2020, 5:07pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Dangerous "tactile" surfaces on bike paths
Replies: 62
Views: 9161

Re: Dangerous "tactile" surfaces on bike paths

"as likely as not" means that half of the paving is incorrect. Are you sure about that? Its probably more than half. I look forward to seeing the evidence that supports your assertion. In the meantime, here is the result of an actual study. https://www.hse.gov.uk/research/hsl_pdf/2005/hsl...
by Pete Owens
19 Sep 2020, 12:44am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Dangerous "tactile" surfaces on bike paths
Replies: 62
Views: 9161

Re: Dangerous "tactile" surfaces on bike paths

mikeymo wrote:
Pete Owens wrote:They already have 2 styles in place since it is as likely as not that you will find the wrong sort of paving at any particular location.


"as likely as not" means that half of the paving is incorrect. Are you sure about that?

Its probably more than half.
by Pete Owens
18 Sep 2020, 6:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Uber car - software problem
Replies: 40
Views: 2454

Re: Uber car - software problem

The problem was not the lack of sensors - the crossing pedestrian was detected long before they would have been visible to a human driver. The issue was what the software did with that information. And the more serious problem was that the developers were relying on a human operator to be able to ov...
by Pete Owens
18 Sep 2020, 6:29pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Dangerous "tactile" surfaces on bike paths
Replies: 62
Views: 9161

Re: Dangerous "tactile" surfaces on bike paths

They already have 2 styles in place since it is as likely as not that you will find the wrong sort of paving at any particular location.
by Pete Owens
18 Sep 2020, 12:09am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Dangerous "tactile" surfaces on bike paths
Replies: 62
Views: 9161

Re: Dangerous "tactile" surfaces on bike paths

good morning, It would appear that little thought has be applied by the grumblers as to why there is a need for tactile surfaces, bordering on selfishness! With any needed provision there will be winners and losers, in this case the visually impaired have been thought of and given due regard. So wh...
by Pete Owens
17 Sep 2020, 9:08pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Operation Close Pass
Replies: 32
Views: 1256

Re: Operation Close Pass

We called them "Swedish lollipops" and used them a lot in the 80s and 90s. I remember them. I never saw anybody other than utility riders using them, and very very few at that. I've never used one, but if they 'add width' say 50cm, then (hopefully) another vehicle will give an extra 50cm?...
by Pete Owens
16 Sep 2020, 11:49pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Dangerous "tactile" surfaces on bike paths
Replies: 62
Views: 9161

Re: Dangerous "tactile" surfaces on bike paths

Having the visually impaired know not to step onto a cycletrack e.g. by a kerb is a much better idea. The visually impaired do not want to be anywhere near a cycle track because they are more in fear of cycles than they are of motor vehicles because they do not hear the cycles approach. Warning vis...
by Pete Owens
15 Sep 2020, 2:21pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Operation Close Pass
Replies: 32
Views: 1256

Re: Operation Close Pass

fastpedaller wrote:What happened to the old 'reflector on a stick'

Problem with the reflectors on stocks is that the sticks were rather less than 1.5m long.
by Pete Owens
13 Sep 2020, 11:57pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: BRITISH CYCLING AND HSBC UK CELEBRATE TWO MILLION MORE PEOPLE CYCLING AND EXTEND RELATIONSHIP INTO 2021
Replies: 17
Views: 794

Re: BRITISH CYCLING AND HSBC UK CELEBRATE TWO MILLION MORE PEOPLE CYCLING AND EXTEND RELATIONSHIP INTO 2021

CUK stated 32% increase in cycling miles 2018 from 1998 however an increase of population of circa 18% in the same period negates much of that, cycling has remained at 1% of all miles and 2% of journeys. BC are lying UK population 1998 = 58 million 2018 = 66 million By my calculation that is a grow...
by Pete Owens
5 Sep 2020, 12:52am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cambridge sees sense at last
Replies: 6
Views: 375

Cambridge sees sense at last

It looks like Cambridgeshire Council has finally realised the danger that cycle lanes cause at junctions, so is putting up signs to warn cyclists not to use the cycle lanes they have installed: https://www.cyclestreets.net/location/151001/
by Pete Owens
1 Sep 2020, 9:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Reduced Speed Limits
Replies: 80
Views: 2226

Re: Reduced Speed Limits

.. We really shouldn't be blasting through urban areas as fast as we can pedal and pose every bit as much danger as a car driven at the same speed. Much less danger, cycle + rider weigh much less than a motor vehicle While that is true for less massive objects it isn't the case once you reach a sim...