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by FatBat
25 May 2017, 10:22am
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: "Don't forget to wear a helmet"
Replies: 116
Views: 6909

Re: "Don't forget to wear a helmet"

If it is true and I dont see why not, it will include a very large fraction of people who sustained other injuries that would have killed them if the head injury hadnt. The other big issue is the hypocritical bias to cycle injuries. No-one looks at any other group with the same detail as there is n...
by FatBat
9 May 2017, 1:47pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Forgotten Cycleways from the 1930's
Replies: 20
Views: 10541

Re: Forgotten Cycleways from the 1930's

I remember seeing one on Harpfield Road in Stoke-on-Trent ( https://www.google.com/maps/place/Harpfield+Rd,+Stoke-on-Trent+ST4+5LT,+UK/@52.994729,-2.2058205,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x487a6868b9fd4987:0x9e3ba3405aa2a247!8m2!3d52.994729!4d-2.2036318 ) when I was a kid - we used to pass it in the c...
by FatBat
20 Jun 2016, 1:55pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Intentional Close Pass, Adjacent To Cycle Path
Replies: 25
Views: 1511

Re: Intentional Close Pass, Adjacent To Cycle Path

If I open a new restaurant and nobody eats there, I would imagine that would be my fault, as my restaurant is obviously not serving what people want to eat at a price they are willing to pay. If I open a new shop and nobody shops there, I would imagine that is also my fault, as my shop is obviously ...
by FatBat
10 May 2016, 12:20pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Passing distance for cyclists petition
Replies: 59
Views: 4420

Re: Passing distance for cyclists petition

I guess everyone who signed will have received the same reply. I'm going to write to my MP, who is quite keen on cycling, asking for more pressure to be applied. I can think of three good reasons why we need this; It will remove any doubt about what constitutes an acceptable passing distance and is ...
by FatBat
9 Mar 2016, 4:11pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: cycling absurdities?
Replies: 12
Views: 1383

Re: cycling absurdities?

Attached is picture of the only "cycle parking" stand in a village near me.
by FatBat
2 Feb 2016, 3:23pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham
Replies: 238
Views: 13499

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

After trawling through a lot of the YouTube comments, I'm confused. Some people say that the Police failed to investigate and/or press charges, some are saying the CPS failed to prosecute, and others are saying that the case reached the magistrate's court and was thrown out. Has anyone pieced togeth...
by FatBat
15 Dec 2015, 4:19pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Sunderland city centre proposals - they can't have forgotten
Replies: 14
Views: 1272

Re: Sunderland city centre proposals - they can't have forgo

Of course, if someone were to suggest that the proposals be modified so that cyclists' needs are accommodated, the council would probably just convert all footways to shared-use and stick "Cyclists Dismount" signs at the myriad of pedestrian crossings. Job done.
by FatBat
15 Dec 2015, 9:28am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Sunderland city centre proposals - they can't have forgotten
Replies: 14
Views: 1272

Re: Sunderland city centre proposals - they can't have forgo

To be fair, you've got to admire their dedication to the art of the pedestrian crossing. We all know how much fun it is to stand and wait at the side of road in the pouring rain, and they've helpfully put in a junction where, in order just to cross from one side to the other, you can experience 5 of...
by FatBat
9 Jul 2015, 9:38am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Hypothecated VED?
Replies: 64
Views: 11777

Re: Hypothecated VED?

There is a silver lining - Osborne said it wouldn't be hypothecated until 2020, by which time we might have a different Government which could reverse the change. To me, the whole idea is bonkers. To paraphrases Winston Churchill; "Incomes may be taxed, fags may be taxed, beer may be taxed, hou...
by FatBat
15 May 2015, 11:07am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Give way lines on on-road cycle Lanes
Replies: 10
Views: 2677

Re: Give way lines on on-road cycle Lanes

During the consultation regarding that change in wording, I asked my MP to ask the Driving Standards Agency for the evidence that cycle facilities "can make your journey safer". The reply was something along the lines of "there is some evidence that advanced stop-lines reduce the acci...
by FatBat
4 May 2015, 2:14pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Give way lines on on-road cycle Lanes
Replies: 10
Views: 2677

Re: Give way lines on on-road cycle Lanes

I think this one trumps that one... Hopefully the Google Map link comes out properly ( https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.680179,-1.738244,3a,75y,90t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sOlW3O6JVaw6PfYCLSviSRw!2e0 ) A narrow cycle lane, in the door zone, which ends with a give way line at a side-road junction. So if ...
by FatBat
1 Apr 2015, 11:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Best Farcility of the Year?? £210,000 Wasted?? Chichester
Replies: 22
Views: 6827

Re: Best Farcility of the Year?? £210,000 Wasted?? Chicheste

DUAL. NETWORK. EVIL. BAD. WRONG. Indeed. In my days as a Transport Planner, my mantra to the highway engineers would be "Safe enough for the beginners, convenient enough for the confident". Obviously, they took no notice and then grumbled when their shiny new farcility was never used. Ho ...
by FatBat
11 Feb 2015, 12:51pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Talking to camera whilst driving?!
Replies: 3
Views: 3834

Re: Talking to camera whilst driving?!

I remember an item on our local news (Look North) from a few years ago, where a member of the public was complaining about a particular stretch of motorway being the "most dangerous road he's ever driven on" - it was the 5-lane section of M1 between Junctions 42 and 43, fact fans. Without ...
by FatBat
5 Jan 2015, 1:39pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Missed opportunity - or just a shameful waste?
Replies: 9
Views: 2994

Re: Missed opportunity - or just a shameful waste?

If that road was once a public highway (certainly looks like it was from the maps) and now is not, then it would need a Stopping-Up Order (under Section 248 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, if memory serves) to have been approved. Chances are this would have been done when permission for t...
by FatBat
5 Dec 2014, 10:01am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Removal of anti-cycling gates. How?
Replies: 274
Views: 48844

Re: Removal of anti-cycling gates. How?

In my limited experience, it is usually anti-cycling NIMBYs who pester the powers-that-be to install the anti-cycling barriers. Many years ago, I was working with a council who wanted to install a short section of off-road cycle path across a field on the edge of a built-up area. A local campaign wa...