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by George Riches
3 Nov 2010, 10:26am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Unwise Undertake?
Replies: 51
Views: 4065

Re: Unwise Undertake?

Of course, if you lot didn't make so much fuss about cycle lanes needing to be wide, there'd be a median strip, 3m traffic lanes and a 1m mandatory cycle lane, and that lorry would have been doing nearer 20mph in the first place (and the lycra-warrior cyclist would probably have been in the primary...
by George Riches
2 Nov 2010, 7:11pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle paths unsafe?
Replies: 286
Views: 15237

Re: Cycle paths unsafe?

I think the junction design is pretty poor. Note that in the case of pedestrian traffic, motorists have the chance to first make the turn then check for pedestrians. This means that the pedestrians (who aren't moving very fast) are in a direction of less than 90 degrees from straight-on. At the spee...
by George Riches
2 Nov 2010, 6:58pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Unwise Undertake?
Replies: 51
Views: 4065

Re: Unwise Undertake?

I don't think anyone on bicycle, in car or driving a bus should ever undertake a moving vehicle, unless they can see over its top.
by George Riches
2 Nov 2010, 5:28pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle paths unsafe?
Replies: 286
Views: 15237

Re: Cycle paths unsafe?

I don't know Dutch law. Nevertheless while yielding to traffic coming from your nearside (commonplace on the continent) is one thing, yielding to fast traffic coming from an angle of almost 180 degrees on your nearside is pretty difficult. Whatever the legal position, I wouldn't recommend passing tr...
by George Riches
2 Nov 2010, 1:17pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle paths unsafe?
Replies: 286
Views: 15237

Re: Over there

squeaker wrote:In a velomobile, but it gives you the idea of how it could be. 2m22s had me clutching the brake levers though :shock:

He's a pretty poor cyclist - overtaking on the nearside at a junction with traffic moving on his offside.
by George Riches
31 Oct 2010, 12:33pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle paths unsafe?
Replies: 286
Views: 15237

Re: Cycle paths unsafe?

The CTC and its acolytes largely reject segregation on the Dutch model because they say it's dangerous, in spite of overwhelming evidence - not just in the Netherlands - of the success of the Dutch model's success in making cycling mainstream. No. The view of most CTC members is that they reject se...
by George Riches
30 Oct 2010, 8:48pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle paths unsafe?
Replies: 286
Views: 15237

Re: Cycle paths unsafe?

I support cycle paths when they are of a good enough standard. And even when they are a good enough standard for myself (a CTC doderer who typical takes two hours to cover 25 miles), I'd support the right of faster cyclists to use the carriageway. Cycle paths should be good enough to entice cyclists...
by George Riches
30 Oct 2010, 6:31pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle paths unsafe?
Replies: 286
Views: 15237

Re: Cycle paths unsafe?

If you zoom out out you will see that Earl Shilton already has a bypass - the M69 runs parallel to the A47, and within half a mile of the new bypass - so there should be no significant through traffic in the village. Presumably the whole thing has been sitting on the local highway departments wish ...
by George Riches
30 Oct 2010, 6:08pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle paths unsafe?
Replies: 286
Views: 15237

Re: Cycle paths unsafe?

Have you ever cycled in a Dutch town? I mean that as a genuine question. It's not like these issues haven't been faced before. There are no barriers to proper facilities in UK cities which didn't also exist in cities in other countries where they have managed to introduce decent facilities despite ...
by George Riches
29 Oct 2010, 9:35am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle paths unsafe?
Replies: 286
Views: 15237

Re: Cycle paths unsafe?

When we see a major congested 4-lane urban A road transform into a cycling haven through 20mph limits I will take notice. If it is congested, won't average speeds be far less than 20 mph? Peak would be higher, but a lot of the time the traffic would be stopped. If the road is urban, where would a c...
by George Riches
28 Oct 2010, 11:38pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle paths unsafe?
Replies: 286
Views: 15237

Re: Cycle paths unsafe?

visit Milton Keynes and see how the how one of the most extensive networks of segregated paths has resulted in the most car-dependent city in the UK. I don't think the cycle paths are a cause of Milton Keynes being car-dependent, more that Milton Keynes was designed to be car dependent. The pretenc...
by George Riches
28 Oct 2010, 1:45pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle paths unsafe?
Replies: 286
Views: 15237

Re: Cycle paths unsafe?

you have no idea about human nature. The crux of it all: people don't like cycling with traffic. While you continue to overlook this most basic fact, you'll never understand why the UK has such dismal cycling rates. Whenever I hear the phrase "human nature" I reach for my ear defenders. P...
by George Riches
28 Oct 2010, 1:38pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle paths unsafe?
Replies: 286
Views: 15237

Re: Cycle paths unsafe?

In the crowded environment of most British towns and cities, I don't see where a network of "segregated" facilities which really are segregated (as opposed to 20 metres of segregation followed by some place where traffic crosses the path) and of a reasonable width could be built.
by George Riches
24 Oct 2010, 7:04pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle paths unsafe?
Replies: 286
Views: 15237

Re: Cycle paths unsafe?

I'll say only that safety is not the only consideration, and while you could theoretically convince people that cycling on the road is safer, you will never convince them that's not more stressful and less enjoyable, because well, it pretty much is more stressful and less enjoyable except for a ver...
by George Riches
23 Oct 2010, 11:31am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle paths unsafe?
Replies: 286
Views: 15237

Re: Cycle paths unsafe?

Three big problems with the segregationist argument: 1) People do have minds. It's not just the physical infrastructure that matters, the issue of how people use the infrastructure is critical. 2) There's an "us and them" attitude to motorists. No matter what a cyclist does it's always the...