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by skrx
28 Mar 2012, 5:29pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cheap train+bike combo?
Replies: 4
Views: 2835

Re: Cheap train+bike combo?

There are some surprisingly decent routes around Northolt. The A40 has an actual cycle path (!) along it (sometimes shared with pedestrians, but essentially empty). There are very few junctions, so it's mostly uninterrupted. See OpenCycleMap.org The canals are also nice, but again I've only cycled a...
by skrx
26 Feb 2010, 8:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Caught on Google Streetview with my bike!
Replies: 20
Views: 2319

Re: Caught on Google Streetview with my bike!

Link (There's a "link" button near the top-right of the image.)

Why was this trail/track chosen for StreetView? Anything special about it?
by skrx
1 Feb 2010, 5:56pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Residential Rat-Run - White Lines or .....
Replies: 30
Views: 3352

Re: Residential Rat-Run - White Lines or .....

I cycle along these roads for a good proportion of my route. One has cars on both sides. This is intentional (I found the council documents planning it), as it slows down the traffic (20mph limit) and reduces the appeal of the route as a rat-run. If there's a car coming towards me I pull to the side...
by skrx
2 Jan 2010, 12:20am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Collisions between motorcycles and cycles fell 40% after the
Replies: 21
Views: 4452

Re: Collisions between motorcycles and cycles fell 40% after the

BoJo should be thinking about CO₂, since London is currently on track to fail to meet the minimum standards for city air quality and get fined as a result. Although as niggle suggests, reducing congestion itself improves air quality. I would not ride a PTW down a bus lane as I see it as a route with...
by skrx
19 Nov 2009, 2:27pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Manchester-Ashton Trams extension
Replies: 10
Views: 1695

Re: Manchester-Ashton Trams extension

That's a bit strange. I would do something like this (based on what I've seen in Germany and France): http://forum.ctc.org.uk/download/file.php?mode=view&id=3241&sid=54d793c49f1d7e8be120ef60cd7d90d2 The northbound lane has room for a raised platform (level with the road where the zebra cross...
by skrx
19 Nov 2009, 12:50pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Manchester-Ashton Trams extension
Replies: 10
Views: 1695

Re: Manchester-Ashton Trams extension

A quick look at my nearest tram system via Google StreetView (I've never actually been to Croydon) suggests the rails are close to the middle of the road, but the roads are often so narrow that it's irrelevant. The only city with trams that I've spent more than a few hours in is Leipzig. Newer and m...
by skrx
18 Nov 2009, 5:28pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Today's cycling spin
Replies: 18
Views: 2090

Re: Today's cycling spin

If parking at out-of-town stations encourages people away from their cars that's OK by me. Also, cycle parking at railway stations can be very useful. I lock my bike at my local station at least once a week. I don't need the bike at my destination (Central London) as I'll be with friends (who also d...
by skrx
16 Nov 2009, 2:40pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Manchester-Ashton Trams extension
Replies: 10
Views: 1695

Re: Manchester-Ashton Trams extension

If you have time then you could go to a drop-in session: http://www.oldham.gov.uk/index/metrolink-drop-in.htm
by skrx
21 Oct 2009, 10:31pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: London Cycle Hire - 'Velons'
Replies: 14
Views: 1032

Re: London Cycle Hire - 'Velons'

Any volunteers to ride one to Land's End? :D
by skrx
12 Oct 2009, 10:51pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Proposed new NCN signs -- without distances
Replies: 36
Views: 2087

Re: Proposed new NCN signs -- without distances

I'm not sure that many people are going to download a 3mb pdf file just to wade to p 52 Sorry, I didn't realise 3MB might take a while for some people. The blog post covers the proposals for the direction signs, reading the PDF isn't really any benefit unless you want to write to the DFT about it. ...
by skrx
12 Oct 2009, 7:59pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Proposed new NCN signs -- without distances
Replies: 36
Views: 2087

Re: Proposed new NCN signs -- without distances

sirmy wrote:Not really a problem as, legally, road signs have to show distances in miles.


What I linked to is the Department for Transport's proposal to change this requirement.
by skrx
11 Oct 2009, 9:11pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Proposed new NCN signs -- without distances
Replies: 36
Views: 2087

Re: Proposed new NCN signs -- without distances

I sometimes follow the blue signed routes in London, especially if I don't know the way and haven't had time to consult a map. They are reasonably reliable and being mostly quiet routes it's more relaxing than trying to follow car direction signs through unfamiliar junctions. My concern is that &quo...
by skrx
10 Oct 2009, 4:53pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Proposed new NCN signs -- without distances
Replies: 36
Views: 2087

Proposed new NCN signs -- without distances

I've noticed some pedestrian signs in London where the "distance" is given in minutes. I think this is worse than having a distance -- I know how fast I can walk, and it's not the same speed as anyone else walks. And it's different if I'm carrying stuff, or it's busy, or raining, etc. The ...
by skrx
1 Oct 2009, 2:26pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Today's cycling spin
Replies: 18
Views: 2090

Re: Today's cycling spin

'Unelected' ministers are able to devote more of their time to reading the background information and grilling their civil servants, instead of dealing with Mrs Miggins's broken window - the 'glorified social work' which so many of our MPs find themselves doing. Having a constituency isn't a requir...
by skrx
30 Sep 2009, 1:21am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Today's cycling spin
Replies: 18
Views: 2090

Re: Today's cycling spin

to my surprise lots of these very smartly dressed people started getting out with briefcases etc. It took me a while to realise what was going on - those people had driven to this station out in the middle of nowhere, parked up by the side of the road somewhere and hopped on the train. In London, s...