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by Pete Owens
15 Jan 2021, 9:16pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Benefits of painted cycle lanes?
Replies: 45
Views: 2056

Re: Benefits of painted cycle lanes?

OK, so unusually for cyclists, it seems we all agree: Cycle lanes are a bad thing. The next thing is to work out how to persuade the authorities to remove them from the roads. I have been trying for 15 years without success. Has anyone else managed to get a cycle lane painted out, and if so what arg...
by Pete Owens
9 Jan 2021, 3:41am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Benefits of painted cycle lanes?
Replies: 45
Views: 2056

Re: Benefits of painted cycle lanes?

You couldn't find a pic of an Edinburgh cycle lane of at least minimum width? Substandard cycle lanes are crap. No one defends them. Yet curiously, every intervention you have made in this thread has been on the side of those defending them, including this one. VinceLedge was clearly defending them...
by Pete Owens
9 Jan 2021, 12:32am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Kensington & Chelsea Cycle Lane Removal - Controversy
Replies: 16
Views: 935

Re: Kensington & Chelsea Cycle Lane Removal - Controversy

Given that the purpose of cycle lanes is to speed up motor traffic by clearing us out of the way... And here were lots of us thinking the main idea was to enable safe, reasonably pleasant routes for relatively inexperienced riders like primary school children who shouldn't be expected to mix it wit...
by Pete Owens
8 Jan 2021, 12:49am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Kensington & Chelsea Cycle Lane Removal - Controversy
Replies: 16
Views: 935

Re: Kensington & Chelsea Cycle Lane Removal - Controversy

Pete is of the vehicular cyclist mindset so inherently against any sort of protected cycle lanes that might allow the less confident, less able and very young/old to cycle without feeling like they're about to meet a squishy end. And it is precisely because I am a cautious cyclist who doesn't want ...
by Pete Owens
7 Jan 2021, 11:04am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Benefits of painted cycle lanes?
Replies: 45
Views: 2056

Re: Benefits of painted cycle lanes?

There are quite a few of these in Edinburgh, which actually work fine, Cycle lanes in Edinburgh have exactly the same baleful effects as they have everywhere else. They result in motor vehicles passing cyclists closer and at higher speeds. If, like traffic engineers, you consider the unimpeded flow...
by Pete Owens
6 Jan 2021, 4:51pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Kensington & Chelsea Cycle Lane Removal - Controversy
Replies: 16
Views: 935

Re: Kensington & Chelsea Cycle Lane Removal - Controversy

Given that the purpose of cycle lanes is to speed up motor traffic by clearing us out of the way, it is hardly surprising that they found that removal of a cycle lane resulted in slower traffic.

What is surprising is for cyclists to argue that high speed motor traffic is desirable.
by Pete Owens
5 Jan 2021, 3:16pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Benefits of painted cycle lanes?
Replies: 45
Views: 2056

Re: Benefits of painted cycle lanes?

There's one of those 'door zone' lanes in Spencer Road, Wigan, they should have saved the paint, you have to be on the extreme right of the lane to avoid being doored, plus car driver's vision and cyclist's vice-versa is obscured coming out of drives. P1140346.JPG Here and back up the road on Googl...
by Pete Owens
2 Jan 2021, 2:01am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Benefits of painted cycle lanes?
Replies: 45
Views: 2056

Re: Harms of painted cycle lanes?

And of course it becomes positively dangerous rather than simply uncomfortably narrow if you use it to channel cyclists into the dooring zone of a parking bay - Maudlin Street Bristol: https://www.google.com/maps/@51.4581131,-2.5964467,3a,75y,21.58h,84.68t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sVqj4_jNLtKdVlOm_NQ8nUQ!...
by Pete Owens
2 Jan 2021, 1:37am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Benefits of painted cycle lanes?
Replies: 45
Views: 2056

Re: Harms of painted cycle lanes

And to see how much less space cyclists get when subjected to those 1.5m cycle lanes take a look at: http://www.warringtoncyclecampaign.co.uk/report/cycle-lanes.pdf Or indeed any of the other more quantitative studies. The issue is not whether cyclists can physically fit within the confines of a cyc...
by Pete Owens
28 Dec 2020, 9:21pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Benefits of painted cycle lanes?
Replies: 45
Views: 2056

Re: Benefits of painted cycle lanes?

Is anybody aware of any published studies demonstrating the benefits of cycle lanes that are marked by paint only? I’m aware that there are several studies of passing distances left by overtaking vehicles and that some of them suggest closer passing where painted lanes exist, but there doesn’t seem...
by Pete Owens
20 Dec 2020, 11:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dangerous front lights
Replies: 70
Views: 2940

Re: Dangerous front lights

Oh dear, yet another driver not looking properly blames the victim for their own carelessness.

We can add this to the list of lame excuses for SMIDSYs. Lights too dim, Lights to bright, No lights, Too many lights, clothing the wrong colour, time of day too dark, time of day too light....
by Pete Owens
13 Dec 2020, 2:01pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling UK campaign - Ask your council for cycle space during lockdown
Replies: 54
Views: 2425

Re: Cycling UK campaign - Ask your council for cycle space during lockdown

Fortunately Warrington has removed most of the farcilities it installed during the first lockdown.
Worryingly, they have just been awarded another tranche of cash to put in some more.
by Pete Owens
11 Dec 2020, 4:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Broken windows policy - STOP signs!
Replies: 233
Views: 19837

Re: Broken windows policy - STOP signs!

My dream is that the cops employ thousands of civilians to stand by stop signs to teach drivers to read, stop signs could be a high priority for a while until drivers have been taught to read My dream is that millions would lose their licences Given how extraordinarily rare stop signs are in the UK...
by Pete Owens
11 Dec 2020, 12:52am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclist died after relying on rear brake on Dales descent due to failed front brake
Replies: 50
Views: 3389

Re: Cyclist died after relying on rear brake on Dales descent due to failed front brake

Given that the front brake normally accounts for around 70% of your stopping power it was a lot worse than 50% compromised. If you are going down a steep hill then your weight shifts forward even more than braking on the flat so your rear brake is not going to contribute significantly to slowing yo...
by Pete Owens
10 Dec 2020, 11:52pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: How long before someone ends up in the canal
Replies: 122
Views: 2920

Re: How long before someone ends up in the canal

About a quarter of a mile: https://www.cyclestreets.net/journey/72466415/#fastest Though you would be in real trouble if you carried along the canal as far as the Warrington Boundary - where the cycleway simply ends at a bridge with a set of steep narrow steps leading up to the road: https://www.cyc...