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by George Riches
21 Oct 2010, 12:21pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle paths unsafe?
Replies: 286
Views: 15237

Re: Cycle paths unsafe?

Lots of A roads already have cycle paths on one side. Has it helped? No. They are poorly designed, and seldom have safe provision at slip roads and junctions where cyclists are most likely to be at risk. They are bumpy, poorly maintained and accumulate rubbish and broken glass faster than it is rem...
by George Riches
20 Oct 2010, 10:39am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bicycle Tax
Replies: 94
Views: 4755

Re: Bicycle Tax

"On loads of money being spent on cycling facilites" .... Cyclenation, the federation of UK cycling campaign groups reported in its March 2010 newsletter that in England, outside the cycle spending hotspots, an average of 70p per head per year is spent on cycle specific facilities. Assumin...
by George Riches
20 Oct 2010, 9:27am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar tape plugs
Replies: 17
Views: 1508

Re: Handlebar tape plugs

Thanks for all the leads.

If / when another falls out, I'll try the Duct tape on the inside of the handlebar and then work up to the more expensive ideas.

I'll also keep hold of any wine bottle corks/plugs that come my way.
by George Riches
18 Oct 2010, 12:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar tape plugs
Replies: 17
Views: 1508

Re: Handlebar tape plugs

ersakus wrote:I have used a glue similar to epoxy resin flexy and very strong. Glues plastic to metal very well. I don't remember what type it was but I can have a look for you.

Thanks, but I don't think it needs to be flexible. Just OK on plastic - I'll roughen the plastic before use.
by George Riches
18 Oct 2010, 9:54am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar tape plugs
Replies: 17
Views: 1508

Re: Handlebar tape plugs

I haven't had much success with wrapping more around the plugs, as the wrapping tends to be pushed towards the end of the bar on pushing the plug in. Perhaps I should have tried putting the wrapping on the inside of the bar rather than on the outside of the plug. The design of the plugs I have been ...
by George Riches
17 Oct 2010, 10:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar tape plugs
Replies: 17
Views: 1508

Re: Handlebar tape plugs

Thanks, I wasn't using a good search term.
These Hope brand models seem to be almost the same dimensions to the old white rubber one pictured above. 28mm diameter outside the tube, 20mm inside.
by George Riches
17 Oct 2010, 9:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar tape plugs
Replies: 17
Views: 1508

Handlebar tape plugs

I find that plugs like these: Handlebar tape bung (Custom).jpg often come out of the handlebar. Which can lead to this: Handlebar tape bung crushed (Custom).jpg Does anyone know where the old-fashioned ones with screws can be bought? An example: Handlebar tape bung with screw (Custom).jpg With these...
by George Riches
14 Sep 2010, 6:23pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle paths unsafe?
Replies: 286
Views: 15237

Re: Cycle paths unsafe?

Just looking on the map at Coventry, [...] Junction 3 on the M6 is near to one rail line, could a park and ride by rail, about 4 miles into the centre reduce road traffic to Coventry and Nuneaton There's a long-term aim of Warwickshire & Coventry councils to set up a frequent railway service be...
by George Riches
14 Sep 2010, 1:40pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle paths unsafe?
Replies: 286
Views: 15237

Re: Cycle paths unsafe?

Whatever way the standards are written, it doesn't overcome the problem of the size of the number obtained by dividing the costs of a standards-compliant solution by the number of new cycle journeys it is likely to create. Australia is not known for its high level of cycle use. It is known for havin...
by George Riches
14 Sep 2010, 11:03am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle paths unsafe?
Replies: 286
Views: 15237

Re: Cycle paths unsafe?

Are the UK DoT guidelines much different than the Austrialian? Are the published Sustrans standards much different? Isn't the real problem that making paths up to standard costs too much? So the proponents of cycle paths are faced with the dilemma; either a path which doesn't meet the standards or n...
by George Riches
14 Sep 2010, 9:48am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle paths unsafe?
Replies: 286
Views: 15237

Re: Cycle paths unsafe?

Nottingham named England's least car-dependent city

[...]Nottingham's investment in 30 miles of cycle tracks
[...]Milton Keynes has 270km of cycling and walking routes [...]The lonely life of a cyclist in Milton Keynes

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by George Riches
14 Sep 2010, 9:35am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle paths unsafe?
Replies: 286
Views: 15237

Re: Cycle paths unsafe?

Segregation might work in people's dreams, but surveying the practice leads one to appreciate the remark " Every nightmare starts as a dream " Nevertheless we do have an uphill struggle trying to convince people that traffic reduction is practical. One idea for city centres is to move car ...
by George Riches
10 Sep 2010, 7:01pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Help save Royal Mail bikes
Replies: 23
Views: 2763

Re: Help save Royal Mail bikes

[...] surely that should be spelling out a message to those at the centre who dream up these less than useful campaigns. More on touring and less on largely irrelevant issues please Is much effort being put into the campaign by people working for the CTC? Or is it the case that the effort is largel...
by George Riches
9 Sep 2010, 3:12pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle paths unsafe?
Replies: 286
Views: 15237

Re: Cycle paths unsafe?

If it's a case that excellent design features for cyclists are as abundant as the rubbish we all chunter about, the only problem for somebody editing "brilliant cycle facility of the month" would be selecting the best. Some people say that you learn more from your mistakes than your succe...
by George Riches
9 Sep 2010, 9:23am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle paths unsafe?
Replies: 286
Views: 15237

Re: Cycle paths unsafe?

As ever for a cycling project (and I'm not having a dig at CTC in any way) there are plans afoot but it's a case of as and when the funding becomes available. Doesn't the Cambridge Cycle Campaign have something (cyclestreets) that allows something called geotagging? I.e. linking a photo and some so...