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by iviehoff
10 Sep 2017, 2:26pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: School requires helmets on journey to school
Replies: 36
Views: 2518

Re: School requires helmets on journey to school

I would challenge the school's ruling,ismit legal to demand a student has a helmet if they ride their bike to and from school? ..... My interpretation is that they have been clever in their wording in that they have said "A student entering or attempting to leave the school by bicycle and not ...
by iviehoff
10 Sep 2017, 11:56am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: School requires helmets on journey to school
Replies: 36
Views: 2518

School requires helmets on journey to school

I've put this here, not in the helmet forum, because of the similar recent topic on an employer doing the same. Please keep the discussion to matters that keep it out of the helmet forum. My daughter has just started at secondary school (generally believed a very excellent school) and, would you kno...
by iviehoff
30 Mar 2017, 9:00am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Portugal with a 3 speed folding bike
Replies: 4
Views: 512

Re: Portugal with a 3 speed folding bike

Never seen a campsite in Portugal, and I've done about 5 cycle tours there. That's probably because they are along the coast rather than inland where the better cycling is. One of the horrors of cycling in the coastal strip is eucalyptus plantations. For the first few hundred metres you think this i...
by iviehoff
29 Mar 2017, 9:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Norway
Replies: 10
Views: 735

Re: Norway

You'll find there is still extensive snow cover at low level if you go to northern Norway in May. The snow doesn't usually melt in Tromso until some time into May, and Tromso is far from being the coldest place. Early June can still be pretty cold too, even in the south. Most people say Nordkapp is ...
by iviehoff
12 Mar 2017, 8:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Argentina and South America route advice - Carretera Austral?
Replies: 7
Views: 294

Re: Argentina and South America route advice - Carretera Austral?

Thanks for both you replies. I hadn't realised the ferry service was not running at that time and I am not so keen on retracing routes. Going to do more research! The Austral region of Chile has weather like Norway. Would you go cycling in Norway in the winter? As it happens there's more ferries in...
by iviehoff
19 Jan 2017, 6:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Tactile Paving Slabs
Replies: 40
Views: 4049

Re: Tactile Paving Slabs

They aren't unnecessary - the cycle track is part of the pavement, and it is therefore perfectly permissible for a pedestrian to use that space. If there was nothing there then the VRU would be unaware that this wasn't simply a normal pavement. The Dutch don't find it necessary. [Sarcasm] Must be r...
by iviehoff
18 Jan 2017, 8:58am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Are flashing cycle lights safe?
Replies: 23
Views: 2331

Re: Are flashing cycle lights safe?

Part of the issue with flashing lights is that the government's daft regulations actually requires lights of certain types to be flashing. Not that many of the lights you can buy in fact comply exactly with the regulations, which are written on the assumption we mostly use carbon filament lights. Th...
by iviehoff
18 Jan 2017, 8:48am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclist punched unconscious in road rage
Replies: 32
Views: 3109

Re: Cyclist punched unconscious in road rage

Hopefully, even with a lenient sentence, he's learned a salutary lesson. Out in the world of pub punch-ups in rough parts of town, I guess you'll find a first offence of ABH on an otherwise clean record will only get you a suspended sentence. If they learn to keep out of pub punch-ups as a result, ...
by iviehoff
13 Jan 2017, 8:48am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How to travel the world with no money?
Replies: 32
Views: 3186

Re: How to travel the world with no money?

Why would you find it unacceptable to accept hospitality? That's not what I said. I have accepted hospitality while travelling. What I found immoral is, knowing that people are sometimes moved to give hospitality to interesting passers-by, maximising the opportunity for it. It's a bit like what con...
by iviehoff
9 Jan 2017, 4:35pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Speeding Penalties in Switzerland
Replies: 39
Views: 3232

Re: Speeding Penalties in Switzerland

In the Nordic countries, penalties for speeding are based upon the driver's income. A similar scheme was enacted in Britain, with an initial pilot period to check it worked before full roll-out. The pilot study, which took place in south Wales, indicated problems. So rather than fix the clearly fix...
by iviehoff
9 Jan 2017, 4:14pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cyclists demonised in paper, todays metro
Replies: 44
Views: 4105

Re: Cyclists demonised in paper, todays metro

Meanwhile: Motorist assaults Jeremy Vine as he cycled down a street http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-37223235 Motorist assaults two men http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3880328/Angry-motorists-assaults-two-men-Port-Melbourne-road-rage-attack.html Motorist assaults pedestrian http:/...
by iviehoff
9 Jan 2017, 3:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How to travel the world with no money?
Replies: 32
Views: 3186

Re: How to travel the world with no money?

Alastair Humphreys' http://www.alastairhumphreys.com/ initial cycling around the world was done at about 50p a day for food and lodging. When he ate from his own funds, it was pasta or rice with nothing on, and he just stealth camped if he had to, so actually most of what he did spend money on was f...
by iviehoff
9 Jan 2017, 2:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Lord Heseltine gets five points?
Replies: 36
Views: 2796

Re: Lord Heseltine gets five points?

..and is fined £5000 after knocking down and seriously injuring a cyclist: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jan/06/michael-heseltine-fined-knocking-cyclist-off-bike-northampton-magistrates Is this a just penalty, bearing in mind that the politician showed considerable remorse for his actio...
by iviehoff
9 Jan 2017, 2:31pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Speeding Penalties in Switzerland
Replies: 39
Views: 3232

Re: Speeding Penalties in Switzerland

In the Nordic countries, penalties for speeding are based upon the driver's income. A similar scheme was enacted in Britain, with an initial pilot period to check it worked before full roll-out. The pilot study, which took place in south Wales, indicated problems. So rather than fix the clearly fix...
by iviehoff
1 Jan 2017, 7:21pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: IMPORTANT - APPCG 2017 Justice for Cycling Inquiry!!
Replies: 16
Views: 3209

Re: IMPORTANT - APPCG 2017 Justice for Cycling Inquiry!!

To spell it out, this is a self-selected committee, rather than one appointed by Parliament. My vote would go for delegating cyclists' response to Martin Porter QC AKA the Cycling Silk who seems to have a generally good grasp of the legal issues and the ability to articulate them. Such committees c...