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by dave holladay
21 Jul 2011, 3:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Harwich-Esbjerg Ferry!
Replies: 21
Views: 3261

Re: Harwich-Esbjerg Ferry!

I tried contacting PR and media to get statement - following up from CTC members who were also having problems, after a month with no acknowledgement I contacted CEO (UK) and got an acknowledgement - now a month later still no response but it is clear that they operate a yield management system whic...
by dave holladay
18 Jul 2011, 7:46am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Intersting blog about cycle parking at Tesco
Replies: 19
Views: 3996

Re: Intersting blog about cycle parking at Tesco

The TRL study many years ago, backed up by CTC member surveys notes that Cyclists are generally in higher income groups, and for those who can give up car ownership we tend to boost household income by around 20% (Mr Osborne tak tent - an easy way to increase the resource of disposable income is to ...
by dave holladay
18 Jul 2011, 7:27am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bikes on Trains
Replies: 35
Views: 3978

Re: Bikes on Trains

Geriatrix is correct about the complexity of the problem. First the DfT sets the terms of the franchise - how many trains they want to run and how much they will pay to do this for most rail services (carrying passengers does not generally make money - the old railway sold a package of travel and fa...
by dave holladay
18 Jul 2011, 12:16am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bikes on Trains
Replies: 35
Views: 3978

Re: Bikes on Trains

Richard actually hits the point. The DfT specifies franchises down to the number of trains they will authorise purchase and leasing of trains and a bean counter outlook that requires fixed seating to cram in the maximum passenger load for just a couple of hours per day. One interesting spat at the m...
by dave holladay
15 Feb 2011, 12:49pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A place to record cyclists using trains
Replies: 220
Views: 31833

Re: A place to record cyclists using trains

No criticism implied - It becomes almost a habit to count the bikes i bike racks and bikes & passengers on a train. I also find int fascinating to ask other people who I meet on a train about how they use bikes with trains - you find out so many interesting details about commuting and leisure cy...
by dave holladay
14 Feb 2011, 7:26pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A place to record cyclists using trains
Replies: 220
Views: 31833

Re: A place to record cyclists using trains

Funnily enough Scotrail's PR man e-mailed me with a picture of ... the new bike racks at Haymarket today. I thought HST' (diesel 125's) had 5 hooks - and the design is pretty clunky and space inefficient separate door at very front, and sometimes the guard lets you walk through into the saloon 225's...
by dave holladay
5 Jan 2011, 8:15pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A place to record cyclists using trains
Replies: 220
Views: 31833

Re: A place to record cyclists using trains

Met First GW Customer Relations Officer at Oxford Station in December - he'd had report of 'exceptionally helpful' staff West of Exeter - 14 bikes on 2-coach Class 142 (98 seats)... awesome. Anyone on that train or know of the event?

Dave
by dave holladay
13 Dec 2010, 6:44pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: HSAW - Section 3 Duty of care
Replies: 5
Views: 1054

Re: HSAW - Section 3 Duty of care

There would seem to be a parallel in under reporting along with the Stats 19 (injuries which prompt the report of a road crash) where an immense level of under reportiung is suggested for non fatal crashes. I'm fairly sure that a similar under reporting takes place for falls on stations and especial...
by dave holladay
10 Dec 2010, 1:54pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: HSAW - Section 3 Duty of care
Replies: 5
Views: 1054

HSAW - Section 3 Duty of care

There is a duty of care to employees that is understood as part of H&S legislation but equally there is a duty of care to non-employees (ie the general public) on a site, and from the external impacts of that site. Thus if someone slips or falls on ice & snow (or a defective surface) that ha...
by dave holladay
10 Dec 2010, 1:22pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: What a helpful train operator - any feedback?
Replies: 0
Views: 566

What a helpful train operator - any feedback?

I learned from Sources in SW England that in what seems to be an incredible feat of fitting quarts into pint pots, that 14 cycles and riders were accommodated on a 'nodding donkey' 2-car Class 142 Pacer train - total seated capacity <100 seats. So we can presume that over 15% of the fare-paying pass...
by dave holladay
30 Nov 2010, 12:40pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Hilly Bus Lanes
Replies: 43
Views: 2636

Re: Hilly Bus Lanes

I do this, but after I nearly came a cropper I'd advise caution. Even though I signalled, the bus pulled into the car lane and nearly ran into me. We had words at the next bus stop, where both of us apologised. So I'd suggest checking the bus very carefully for any indication (of the flashing kind ...
by dave holladay
30 Nov 2010, 6:43am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Hilly Bus Lanes
Replies: 43
Views: 2636

Re: Hilly Bus Lanes

I think a few folk need to read the Highway Code again (if you are in/on a slow moving vehicle you should pull over occasionally to allow faster vehicles to overtake) - and also realise that the law may feel their collar if they persist in cycling and obstructing following traffic. Unfortunately thi...
by dave holladay
30 Nov 2010, 6:23am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A place to record cyclists using trains
Replies: 220
Views: 31833

Re: A place to record cyclists using trains

Thanks Simon - you are the IT catch-up/sweeper for this I guess. Recent travels include 08.38 LEI-SHF 4 standard solos in van of Meridian unit (222) and couple of folders - most bikes off at Loughborough, 1 at Derby 17.14 SHF-MAN - slow train - 2 coach Pacer - internal layouts are so variable - this...
by dave holladay
2 Nov 2010, 9:30am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Saving time & money - the attraction of cycle-rail commuting
Replies: 10
Views: 2271

Re: Saving time & money - the attraction of cycle-rail commuting

Cheese Head

Noted but there are a) buses/express coaches and b) some remarkable ways round/cut offs - and even if this does not work - there will always be some exceptions to the 'rule'
by dave holladay
2 Nov 2010, 9:00am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: london stations' policy to carry folded bikes
Replies: 56
Views: 14450

Re: london stations' policy to carry folded bikes

Thanks David - I try to be informed about the things I speak out about and aspire to being as well versed as the great men of The Renaissance :idea: It may be a useful detail to work on with Brompton (they won't have any spare time to do it), to highlight the fact that a Brompton is light but may we...