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by pga
17 Oct 2020, 6:00pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Northampton Cycling and Walking Plan
Replies: 1
Views: 126

Re: Northampton Cycling and Walking Plan

Even the mildest of challenges to motor vehicle dominance is usually opposed by vehemence rather than logic. The case for cycling and walking is obvious but the public sadly in most cases is unaware, and if it is, chooses to ignore it. The cost benefits of building safe and attractive cycling and wa...
by pga
11 Sep 2020, 10:54pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Aren't Electric Scooters illegal?
Replies: 28
Views: 964

Re: Aren't Electric Scooters illegal?

Three E scooter hire companies are undergoing trails in Milton Keynes at the moment. The MK Cycling Forum have not been consulted as yet but we are pressing for representation on the assessing group. They are being allowed on the Redway and some roads, and perhaps on leisure routes through the parks...
by pga
17 Aug 2020, 12:32am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Highway Code revisions: Consultation open until 27 October 2020
Replies: 159
Views: 4856

Re: Highway Code revisions: Consultation open until 27 October 2020

Generally I welcome the proposed changes to the Highway Code. However there remain several areas that concern. In most of our European neighbours the legal responsibility for incidents involving motor vehicles and other road users is placed on the motorist unless the other road user was negligent. C...
by pga
5 Aug 2020, 11:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Erotica and retro-cycling
Replies: 54
Views: 2568

Re: Erotica and retro-cycling

I did go to the Cycling Erotica exhibition at the Mildenhall Cycle Rally several years ago. There was one room with a sign on the door warning those of a certain age might be advised to not go in. It did not stop me of course. As to the Eroica events. The original one is in Italy on gravel roads. To...
by pga
8 Jul 2020, 7:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Daniel Rebour; a cyclist's eye view
Replies: 51
Views: 1264

Re: Daniel Rebour; a cyclist's eye view

Thanks Brucey for taking me back to the wonderful world of Rebour. I have been a fan for years.
by pga
16 May 2020, 12:06am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Junction improvements - Council's obligation to consult ?
Replies: 8
Views: 544

Re: Junction improvements - Council's obligation to consult ?

The level of consultation varies from one local highway authority to another. When I was the Oxfordshire Cycling Officer in the 1990s I did cycling audits on highway schemes both at design stage and on completion. I worked alongside the highway engineers which helped. I also encouraged the Council t...
by pga
15 May 2020, 11:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Mudguards
Replies: 59
Views: 2122

Re: Mudguards

You could write a book on mudguards. I have mixed feelings about mudguards. Hence I have some with and others without. As I commented recently, when I was younger most club cyclists had a frame built to measure and then built it up ourselves. In those long ago days mudguard eyes and wide tyre cleara...
by pga
13 May 2020, 1:53am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: How to get things done: Chris Boardman
Replies: 65
Views: 2827

Re: How to get things done: Chris Boardman

We are at a crossroad in more ways than one. The Coronavirus has given us an opportunity to reshape what kind of society we want. When we get through the present situation do we want to carry on as before or do we want to make the radical change that climate crisis, a far bigger challenge than the p...
by pga
13 May 2020, 1:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mavic going bust
Replies: 21
Views: 1299

Re: Mavic going bust

Another sad day. I raced on Mavic rims for years - black MA40s with Campag hubs built by the top local wheel builder. MA2s with Campag hubs coped with touring and Audax. In those days most of us had frames built to our specification, Brian Rourkes in my case, and built them up and serviced them ours...
by pga
29 Apr 2020, 12:17am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is cycling for a 71 year old legal?
Replies: 60
Views: 2359

Re: Is cycling for a 71 year old legal?

The present situation is quite clear. You can cycle or walk whatever your age. This is important to keep fit both physically and mentally. This builds up the immune system to fight illness. However there is a threat on the horizon - the fear of over 70's being forced to stay indoors at all times whi...
by pga
28 Feb 2020, 11:24pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Worcestershire’s new railway station cycle friendly??
Replies: 5
Views: 458

Re: Worcestershire’s new railway station cycle friendly??

Why is not the local authority carrying out a cycling audit at design stage to sort out this kind of problem?
No excuse for this kind of professional incompetence.
by pga
11 Feb 2020, 4:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Working as cycle tour guide
Replies: 12
Views: 2071

Re: Working as cycle tour guide

I am a cyclist and rambler. I have led guided day and longer rides and walks for many years for family, friends and club members. I have also led for cycling and walking holidays companies during that period. I generally prefer to lead cycling tours with family, friends and club members. These are p...
by pga
11 Feb 2020, 4:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Birmingham to London via the canals.
Replies: 18
Views: 2628

Re: Birmingham to London via the canals.

The Grand Union through Milton Keynes is not perfect bu much better than the Redway for going through the town. You can ride on the towpath but the canal has leisure routes on both sides as well for much of the way. There are cycling friendly refreshments on route - Camphill Vegetarian Cafe in Wille...
by pga
27 Jan 2020, 3:49pm
Forum: Cycling UK Member Groups and Affiliates
Topic: WINSFORD , NORTHWICH,MIDDLEWICH, CHESHIRE, NEW GROUP any interest.
Replies: 9
Views: 8545

Re: WINSFORD , NORTHWICH,MIDDLEWICH, CHESHIRE, NEW GROUP any interest.

Does not the Weaver Valley Cycling Club fill the bill? I was a active member in the 1960's and 1970's. In those days we raced and toured, had club runs with off road sections and held weekly club nights. We acted as the local section for the CTC. These were great days and main road riding was still ...
by pga
4 Dec 2019, 12:14am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Camping touring vs B&B touring - how much extra weight?
Replies: 52
Views: 3129

Re: Camping touring vs B&B touring - how much extra weight?

In the 1950's when we were young and poor we curled in our oilskin cycle capes and slept in a field,or if we were lucky in a barn, as best we could. We always got an early start - just to keep warm. Then as we got a pay packet we used the extensive range of youth hostels in the UK and Europe, plus c...