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by ChrisButch
31 Aug 2020, 11:39am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What is a gravel bike ?
Replies: 98
Views: 3155

Re: What is a gravel bike ?

What is misleading for a potential UK customer about the term 'gravel bike' is that the gravel roads for which they're primarily conceived, widespread in the USA, barely exist in the UK. They're properly constructed and maintained roads, built with traditional Macadam upward-grading structure, but w...
by ChrisButch
26 Aug 2020, 8:46pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Petition for trespass
Replies: 13
Views: 441

Re: Petition for trespass

Anyone coming on our land without permission will be shot on sight. On another thread about the book of trespass I believe you said you didn't mind if people walked through your land, or something like that. Have you had a change of heart? Sorry but I remember the most useless things at times. The ...
by ChrisButch
25 Aug 2020, 9:11am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tandem frame flex + sturmey
Replies: 13
Views: 466

Re: Tandem frame flex + sturmey

Is that an Evans tandem? The glimpse of the name on the frame looks as if it might be. If so, it would be coeval with the bike on which I had my first cycling experience - initially in a Watsonian sidecar, subsequently as stoker with Kiddiecranks.
by ChrisButch
8 Aug 2020, 11:03am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Public Footpaths - cycling?
Replies: 189
Views: 5886

Re: Public Footpaths - cycling?

Navara wrote:.I've always got the impression that had bikes and horses been given the same access as walkers the Right to roam act would never have gone through.Just my opinion.

Not just yours. A near-certainty, I would say. It would never have made it through the Lords.
by ChrisButch
6 Aug 2020, 5:18pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Planning system changes
Replies: 0
Views: 105

Planning system changes

The Government plan for radical reform of the planning system has cropped up a number of times on other threads. The importance of this for cycling infrastructure is that, at the moment, most new local road developments, including cycling provision, are funded not by local authorities but by the dev...
by ChrisButch
4 Aug 2020, 12:52pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Highway Code revisions: Consultation open until 27 October 2020
Replies: 140
Views: 4237

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

One point about 'Dutch reach' which I haven't seen mentioned is that it's presumably far easier to become habitual in a left-hand drive car. That's because you use your right hand, which for the majority is the dominant hand. In the UK it will be more of a challenge to get general acceptance when yo...
by ChrisButch
31 Jul 2020, 2:27pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Highway Code revisions: Consultation open until 27 October 2020
Replies: 140
Views: 4237

Re: Highway Code revision - hierarchy of road users

Is that enough to make the old men in limos running some councils order their car-crazy highways departments to rewrite their design handbooks (or adopt someone else's) and possibly retrain a few crap designers? No, it isn't. What it does, however, is add significant power to the arguments of young...
by ChrisButch
31 Jul 2020, 12:35pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Highway Code revisions: Consultation open until 27 October 2020
Replies: 140
Views: 4237

Re: Highway Code revision - hierarchy of road users

I suspect that unless national government starts putting motorway-like sums into cycling infrastructure, most of it will continue to be funded by builders and this announcement does not appear to require councils to spend builders' funding only on standards-compliant stuff. What we really need is f...
by ChrisButch
29 Jul 2020, 1:30pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Residents to get new decision-making powers in England cycling 'revolution'
Replies: 14
Views: 534

Re: Residents to get new decision-making powers in England cycling 'revolution'

The Panglosses of my acquaintance are rather nicer than the Jeremiahs. Most of us, I guess, are somewhere in between, and sway one way or the other as the wind blows.
by ChrisButch
29 Jul 2020, 12:53pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Residents to get new decision-making powers in England cycling 'revolution'
Replies: 14
Views: 534

Re: Residents to get new decision-making powers in England cycling 'revolution'

Experience shows that residents want through traffic banned but to retain complete access for themselves. ie They are generally opposed to self-enforcing schemes with bollards and expect access restricted by signs, becoming very frustrated when there isn't enforcement 24/7. AFAIK, this is one of th...
by ChrisButch
28 Jul 2020, 5:29pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Highway Code revisions: Consultation open until 27 October 2020
Replies: 140
Views: 4237

Highway Code Revision - hierarchy of road users.

Hard to keep up with today's sequence of government pro-active travel announcements. Now consultation lanched on Highway Code revision, to include: " An explicit road user hierarchy, with vulnerable road users at the top. This means priority for those walking and cycling over those turning at s...
by ChrisButch
28 Jul 2020, 11:38am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Residents to get new decision-making powers in England cycling 'revolution'
Replies: 14
Views: 534

Re: Residents to get new decision-making powers in England cycling 'revolution'

I can't see this getting anywhere unless change is imposed. Also, as far as I can tell, councils don't have to do this unless they want to. I can very well imagine that some councils would just look at that and decide they don't need money for cycle routes, especially if they are going to be *inspe...
by ChrisButch
28 Jul 2020, 8:41am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Infrastructure/policy guidance for councils
Replies: 16
Views: 492

Re: Infrastructure/policy guidance for councils

And guess what, Government answers a plea in a CUK Forum thread... "Active Travel England, to be led by a yet-to-be-appointed commissioner for walking and cycling, will refuse to fund paint-only bike lanes – without physical barriers or protection from cars – or routes where cyclists and pedest...
by ChrisButch
28 Jul 2020, 8:18am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Residents to get new decision-making powers in England cycling 'revolution'
Replies: 14
Views: 534

Residents to get new decision-making powers in England cycling 'revolution'

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jul/27/residents-to-get-new-decision-making-powers-in-cycling-revolution " Residents will get powers to banish through-traffic from local streets and councils will be prevented from building substandard cycle lanes under what Downing Street has billed a...
by ChrisButch
25 Jul 2020, 8:27am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Infrastructure/policy guidance for councils
Replies: 16
Views: 492

Re: Infrastructure/policy guidance for councils

In my view this is the key issue if any real progress is to be made towards useful infrastructure. Given that successive governments are adamant that delivery of cycling infrastructure is a matter for local authorities, there are only going to be results if planning legislation is far more specific ...