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by George Riches
25 Aug 2010, 9:12am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Driver education
Replies: 38
Views: 2712

Re: Driver education

The idea of including cycling as part of the driving test is interesting but in practice I think would not have any real impact as it would certainly be done on a closed circuit in artificial surroundings. To my mind would-be drivers should demonstrate that they can competently cycle in traffic acr...
by George Riches
23 Aug 2010, 11:53am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A14 - THE ROAD IMPROVEMENTS THE COUNTRY CANNOT AFFORD
Replies: 41
Views: 2740

Re: A14 - THE ROAD IMPROVEMENTS THE COUNTRY CANNOT AFFORD

The economic case for more roads is often very dubious Wouldn't the government revenues be bolstered and the threat to vital services reduced if most of the motorway network were sold off for housing? We have a chronic shortage of housing in most parts of Britain. With the price of land zoned for bu...
by George Riches
20 Aug 2010, 2:22pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Stop Headway
Replies: 373
Views: 23667

Re: Stop Headway

Weird accents - American robots with a few Australian words!

Jeze Mate!
by George Riches
18 Aug 2010, 10:06am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Driver education
Replies: 38
Views: 2712

Re: Driver education

Sad to say but I think I read somewhere that the evidence shows that people don't take much notice of TV safety messages when the issue is other people's safety. Although I do think making successful completion of a cycling test a prerequisite for taking a driving test might be a good idea. So that ...
by George Riches
16 Aug 2010, 2:21pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: What ever happened to the Gentleman?
Replies: 62
Views: 4301

Re: What ever happened to the Gentleman?

There's a big gap between basic drives and how people behave. And often social forces induce people to behave in a worse way than they would otherwise.

I've read that bull terriers are quite nice dogs, unless their owners are nasty people.
by George Riches
14 Aug 2010, 6:58pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: What ever happened to the Gentleman?
Replies: 62
Views: 4301

Re: What ever happened to the Gentleman?

Lawrie9 wrote:We attractive male hunks suffer as well. Time and again women in cars and vans have shouted lewd suggestive remarks and don't think we hunks should suffer in this way.

Do they pinch you? Throw bottles if you give them a scowl?
by George Riches
13 Aug 2010, 9:13am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: What ever happened to the Gentleman?
Replies: 62
Views: 4301

Re: What ever happened to the Gentleman?

It's all about whether you treat those whom you desire sexually as people with real feelings and dignity or just as playthings, sex-objects.
by George Riches
10 Aug 2010, 11:44am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Local Transport Plan (3) Consultation
Replies: 10
Views: 823

Re: Local Transport Plan (3) Consultation

I wonder whether it might be a bit academic, given that the Department of Transport is going to have its budget cut by 40%.

So the big issue is what ought to be cut? All schemes to increase the car carrying capacity of roads if you ask me.
by George Riches
10 Aug 2010, 9:57am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Local Transport Plan (3) Consultation
Replies: 10
Views: 823

Re: Local Transport Plan (3) Consultation

Haven't some of the consultations long finished? E.g "The West Midlands Metropolitan Area Local Transport Plan (LTP3) will be a statutory document setting out the transport strategy and policies for the Metropolitan Area to 2026. LTP3 will supersede the current LTP2, which expires on 31 March 2...
by George Riches
6 Aug 2010, 2:39pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Copengaenize.com & Vehicular Cyclists
Replies: 88
Views: 5407

Re: Copengaenize.com & Vehicular Cyclists

in York they closed access to one street after 10.00am to allow it to become a pedestrian zone, but it resulted in cyclists being squeezed along a busy road and having traffic lights to delay their journey. And how do the pedestrians get to the street? By car I expect. A lot of pedestrianisation is...
by George Riches
4 Aug 2010, 9:31am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Newcastle's Critical Mass (Ms Piggy Rides)
Replies: 25
Views: 1872

Re: Newcastle's Critical Mass (Ms Piggy Rides)

How about a Naked Bike Ride? It worked for Bristol

More of a one-off than a ritual.
by George Riches
2 Aug 2010, 7:05pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Copengaenize.com & Vehicular Cyclists
Replies: 88
Views: 5407

Re: Copengaenize.com & Vehicular Cyclists

Traditionally it was assumed cycling provided cheap transport for those unable to afford a car. That certainly was the traditional working class attitude. I hope this is shifting with the sight of affluent people on bicycles. I've the impression that cycling levels are increasing in my neck of the ...
by George Riches
2 Aug 2010, 6:26pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Copengaenize.com & Vehicular Cyclists
Replies: 88
Views: 5407

Re: Copengaenize.com & Vehicular Cyclists

The challenge is getting less flat, blue collar towns and cities onto bikes, i.e., all those people driving short distances in cars, or commuting to satellite industrial estates. Hull AB: 12% C1: 22% C2: 19% D: 25% E: 23% Proportion of people traveling to work who do so by bicycle: 6.4% Birmingham ...
by George Riches
2 Aug 2010, 3:20pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Copengaenize.com & Vehicular Cyclists
Replies: 88
Views: 5407

Re: Copengaenize.com & Vehicular Cyclists

Based on observation of UK bike use I'd suggest takeup was generated by the location having a substantial counter culture/academic intelligensia/A-B group. Er like Hull? which apparently has the 5th highest cycle to work use in the UK. I'd suggest the ease with which a person can get about by car i...
by George Riches
1 Aug 2010, 9:15pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Stop Headway
Replies: 373
Views: 23667

Re: Stop Headway

Rotational acceleration levels
[...] Average rotational acceleration for size E were 5333 rad./sec 2 compared to J size of 13505 rad./sec.2 A small difference of just 3 cm resulted in the rotational levels increasing by 250%


An increase from 5333 to 13505 is a 150% increase not a 250% one.