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by amaferanga
19 Aug 2019, 9:45pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Is electric the end of the bike as we know it
Replies: 65
Views: 3416

Re: Is electric the end of the bike as we know it

I cycled in Copenhagen and the Netherlands (mostly Utrecht, day trip to Houten) this year. Experiencing it is everything. What I loved most - my partner (who rarely cycles in the UK due to fear of traffic) cycling everywhere. We used bikes to get everywhere - shops, sight seeing, out for dinner or t...
by amaferanga
18 Aug 2019, 10:32am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Sustrans Lejog route advice for south Manchester
Replies: 6
Views: 2928

Re: Sustrans Lejog route advice for south Manchester

Why on earth would you ever choose to cycle through Manchester?
by amaferanga
17 Aug 2019, 4:35pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Is electric the end of the bike as we know it
Replies: 65
Views: 3416

Re: Is electric the end of the bike as we know it

which of these journeys would you rather take, the blue route or the yellow route? This is from just outside of Amsterdam and is not untypical, were is the incentive for people to cycle in from the periphery when it takes you at least twice as far distance wise and increases the opportunities to ge...
by amaferanga
30 Apr 2019, 8:59pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders
Replies: 117
Views: 4897

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

Segregation works in the Netherlands. It works in Copenhagen. Those are real world examples that demonstrate that segregation on some roads does work. It hasn't worked in the UK because there's never been a joined up network that gets huge numbers of people where they want to go. But segregation is ...
by amaferanga
21 Feb 2019, 3:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Long tail cargo (possibly e-bike), or regular bike for commuting with 1 child in hilly town
Replies: 11
Views: 1699

Re: Long tail cargo (possibly e-bike), or regular bike for commuting with 1 child in hilly town

I have had a Kona Ute since about 2009. If you look around you can get them used for about £400 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Kona-Ute-original-cargo-utility-bike-2-child-seats-and-panniers-/254097084405 But you'll need to keep an eye out as they are quite rare. They are quite heavy but for journeys o...
by amaferanga
8 Jan 2019, 8:24pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: help needed with new road layout proposal from council, is this ok?
Replies: 7
Views: 3043

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

Looks like a downgrade for pedestrians - making them wait at a signalised crossing instead of being able to cross without waiting. Its standard prioritising motor traffic over active travel and exactly what they shouldn't be doing.
by amaferanga
3 Jan 2019, 6:08pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why we shouldn't be too eager to campaign for segregated cycling facilities
Replies: 75
Views: 12637

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

When I used the term "cycling culture" I was referring to places like the Netherlands where cycling is seen as the default mode of transport for short distances. Possibly not the right term to use I guess. And I agree that much more is needed in the UK than just a few segregated lanes. A j...
by amaferanga
2 Jan 2019, 8:31pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why we shouldn't be too eager to campaign for segregated cycling facilities
Replies: 75
Views: 12637

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. The...
by amaferanga
21 Dec 2018, 8:58am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why we shouldn't be too eager to campaign for segregated cycling facilities
Replies: 75
Views: 12637

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

In Greater Manchester we now have a team working with Chris Boardman that will be changing our streets and roads to make them more appealing and safer for people riding bikes and people walking. They key here really is that it's trying to enable walking and cycling for people that don't currently se...
by amaferanga
11 Nov 2018, 5:44pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Electric cars
Replies: 107
Views: 2680

Re: Electric cars

The Scottish government have installed rapid chargers in most towns so Scottish charging infrastructure is currently better than that in England or Wales where the networks just cherry pick the most profitable locations. Ecotricity having a monopoly on motorway service areas and providing a crap and...
by amaferanga
11 Nov 2018, 5:22pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Electric cars
Replies: 107
Views: 2680

Re: Electric cars

Practical question - this is only hypothetical because I have no present plans to switch to plug-in - but if ever.... If you wanted a dedicated charge point then it sounds like you'd need to dig a trench and run a cable to your garage. It'd be expensive and disruptive, but you could reduce costs a ...
by amaferanga
11 Nov 2018, 5:14pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Electric cars
Replies: 107
Views: 2680

Re: Electric cars

..... and I will not pay £200 of my own money to change mt home charger to fit the Ioniq. Less than £100 for a new cable with type 2 connector, sell old cable for >£50 and 30 minutes of your time to swap the cable. I did just this when I moved from a Vauxhall Ampera (type 1) to Ioniq Electric (type...
by amaferanga
4 Nov 2018, 6:41pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Trains...why?
Replies: 299
Views: 19179

Re: Trains...why?

What about cyclists on Snake Pass? And for that matter, cyclists on the A61? I used to use that road to escape Sheffield for the Peaks and was quite glad it was 'only' a 30mph limit. I would rather cycle the Snake Pass with motorbikes whizzing by at 100mph than the Woodhead Pass with convoys of HGV...
by amaferanga
4 Nov 2018, 4:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Trains...why?
Replies: 299
Views: 19179

Re: Trains...why?

Your thinking for motorway speed limits is flawed for the many reasons given up thread. Any two lane single carriageway roads should be restricted to a maximum of 50mph with many restricted to much less. I disagree. The A57 Snake Pass has been "restricted" to 50mph and that is a joke.Apar...