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by pga
4 Feb 2019, 6:07pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "Car dependency" - a depressing report
Replies: 52
Views: 5137

Re: "Car dependency" - a depressing report

Sadly most motorists do not see it that way. They love their cars, however much harm they do to themselves and the rest of us. Politicians of all parties take the short term view and protect the status quo. Even Caroline Lucas does not appear to ride a bike. The media does not help either. Even the ...
by pga
4 Feb 2019, 5:56pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Scrapped HS2 bike path "5 times better value"
Replies: 15
Views: 1805

Re: Scrapped HS2 bike path "5 times better value"

I attended the meeting where the HS2 cycleway was introduced. Yes there was scepticism about HS2 but if we could get a decent national cycleway on the back of it it was worth going along with it. Of course even then it was realised that this was perhaps going to be an attempt to encourage support fo...
by pga
26 Jan 2019, 12:21am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "Car dependency" - a depressing report
Replies: 52
Views: 5137

Re: "Car dependency" - a depressing report

Sadly developers are running rings round local authorities. They wine and dine local councillors who are no match for the smart buttock consultants employed by the developers. At the same time local planning staff have been cut to the bone and what remain are mainly young and inexperienced and again...
by pga
31 Dec 2018, 4:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Mudguards That Don't Affect Tyre Clearance - Gravel Bike
Replies: 29
Views: 1457

Re: Mudguards That Don't Affect Tyre Clearance - Gravel Bike

I fitted the Giant Defy mudguards on my Defy bike. With 25mm Gatorskins they spun round ok but there was little clearance for anything picked up off the road and spun round with the tyre, eg riding on newly gravelled roads was scary. I do not use any mudguards now preferring to be wet rather than an...
by pga
4 Nov 2018, 6:56pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: BC membership up
Replies: 109
Views: 4853

Re: BC membership up

I joined the then CTC in 1968 and am now a Cycling UK Life Member. I was a member of the British League of Racing Cyclists in its last year 1958 and a member of the British Cycling Federation, which united the BLRC and the National Cyclists Union, in its first year 1959. I am still a British Cycling...
by pga
4 Nov 2018, 6:21pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cost of Underpasses
Replies: 57
Views: 17392

Re: Cost of Underpasses

There is always a reluctance to provide underpasses as they do cost money. Nevertheless thery should, with bridges,always be part of any main road design. Yes.there are sometimes problems with underground services which favours bridges over underpasses but bridges are more vulnerable to inclement we...
by pga
29 Oct 2018, 11:25pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Budget 2018
Replies: 16
Views: 1070

Re: Budget 2018

Did I read correctly from a recent Cycling UK mailing that current spending on UK cycling was under £1 per head compared with £80 per head on roads? Alas, we have a government that seems completely oblivious to climate change and air pollution ignoring the latest reports from science and health lead...
by pga
23 Oct 2018, 10:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: French bike-friendly hotels
Replies: 8
Views: 514

Re: French bike-friendly hotels

Over the years we have never had anyproblems in finding secure under cover storage for bikes in French hotels of every type from one offs to chains. France is a cycling friendly nation.
by pga
6 Oct 2018, 6:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: AUK Finances
Replies: 49
Views: 2225

Re: AUK Finances

Well I seem to have produced some differing responses to my comment that Audax UK had become a bureaucracy. We are all entitled to our views in any healthy organisation but personal attacks are always unacceptable. I have been a cyclist since 1948 and have seen the many ups and downs of cycling in t...
by pga
6 Oct 2018, 5:34pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Milton keynes
Replies: 11
Views: 673

Re: Milton keynes

The MK Central Library stocks the new Redway map. The Super Redways have received no special treatment. NCN route 51 now diverted away from the City Centre. We don't cyclists getting in the way of our car driving shoppers do we? Of course none of us were consulted. Were Sustrans? The Gilligan Report...
by pga
6 Oct 2018, 5:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Off center pannier rack mounting (disc brakes)
Replies: 11
Views: 358

Re: Off center pannier rack mounting (disc brakes)

Fit aluminium or stainless steel spacers and precise length stainless steel bolts (online from China) to position the rack in the centre. Most recent bikes have recognised the problem and have made the effort to allow centre fitting racks. Alas the earlier Giant Liv models failed to do so, hence the...
by pga
24 Sep 2018, 7:52pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: AUK Finances
Replies: 49
Views: 2225

Re: AUK Finances

I first joined AUK in 1976. In those early days it was claimed that officialdom was not needed - keep it as simple as possible. Alas, over the years it has developed into a bureaucracy that would put the civil service to shame with more officers that you shake a stick at. When I got the official not...
by pga
24 Sep 2018, 6:39pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Future of Urban Mobility
Replies: 9
Views: 842

Re: Future of Urban Mobility

The 1966 Census shows amazingly large numbers still cycling to work. In Hull 28,990 or 24.2 per cent of residents living and working in the area cycled to work. However, this percentage was low compared with Boston 48.9 per cent and the magnificent March 57.0 per cent. Surprisingly the New Towns had...
by pga
24 Sep 2018, 6:04pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Milton keynes
Replies: 11
Views: 673

Re: Milton keynes

The latest Redway map (2018) for the first time identifies Redway Super Routes. These go horizontally and vertically (as the grid roads) rather than diagonally. A Redway map is really essential and even then the links to and from the surrounding countryside are not shown very clearly. Local cyclists...
by pga
24 Sep 2018, 5:53pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Electric car charging to kill off segregated cycle lanes
Replies: 66
Views: 2599

Re: Electric car charging to kill off segregated cycle lanes

While I agree with most of points made here in sunny Milton Keynes (yes, still sunny after all these years!) we are threatened on the Redway cycleway network by driveless vehicles. These would take up most of the 3m Redway width. Untested they are to be launched on us anyday. Big business involved o...