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by PaulCumbria
26 Apr 2014, 2:55pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Another helmetted cyclist with a lesson for us all
Replies: 211
Views: 5014

Another helmetted cyclist with a lesson for us all

My local paper has just run a story entitled "Cycle helmet saved my life". It concerns a cyclist who crashed descending The Struggle, near Ambleside in Cumbria. If you don't know it, The Struggle is a very steep and narrow, twisty, poorly-surfaced mountain descent, bordered by plenty of ha...
by PaulCumbria
28 Mar 2014, 3:20pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done
Replies: 433
Views: 70254

Re: Bedford turbo roundabout - NOW SUSPENDED

Here's the reality. Motorcyclists don't take islands slowly - in fact islands are used as an object to aid "getting one's knee down". I thought we took exception to ignorant "all cyclists jump red lights" assumptions? So why is it OK to ignorantly lump motorcyclists together in ...
by PaulCumbria
28 Mar 2014, 9:54am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done
Replies: 433
Views: 70254

Re: Bedford turbo roundabout - NOW SUSPENDED

Ok, please can we drop the 'racing line' nonsense? If I'm descending a series of mountain hairpins on a bike, I check for oncoming traffic, then enter wide, cut across to the apex and exit wide - so do you, most likely. This isn't a 'racing' line, it's the safest line. We could slow to walking pace ...
by PaulCumbria
28 Mar 2014, 12:06am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done
Replies: 433
Views: 70254

Re: Bedford turbo roundabout - NOW SUSPENDED

What you call a 'racing' line many motorcyclists would consider to be the safest route to take - through an otherwise empty roundabout, for example. There are certainly occasions when the safest route for a two wheeler, powered or not, involves smoothing out curves and bends like this. These are not...
by PaulCumbria
27 Mar 2014, 6:43pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done
Replies: 433
Views: 70254

Re: Bedford turbo roundabout - NOW SUSPENDED

So this scheme now descends into total farce. It appears that the Motorcycle Action Group has been campaigning in opposition to this scheme, on the grounds that the raised kerb lane dividers are dangerous for motorcycles and, um, cyclists. Yes, that's right, while the CTC approves of a farcical desi...
by PaulCumbria
22 Mar 2014, 11:27pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A rant about Rule 170 Highway Code
Replies: 55
Views: 10662

Re: A rant about Rule 170 Highway Code

Increasingly, engineers are installing 'side road entry treatments', with the footway material extended across the side road entry on a raised table. This encourages pedestrians to stroll across, taking their due priority and implicitly reminding drivers turning that they must give way. Great idea.
by PaulCumbria
22 Mar 2014, 11:13pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A Plea for BRIGHT Clothing
Replies: 219
Views: 18575

Re: A Plea for BRIGHT Clothing

Is there really much difference between saying you think it's clever to wear it and saying you think others should wear it? To me, this is the crux of the matter. I'm increasingly of the opinion that, if we look at what works for very safe cycling nations (i.e. nothing special at all), then the bes...
by PaulCumbria
7 Mar 2014, 9:47pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done
Replies: 433
Views: 70254

Re: Bedford turbo roundabout

When I started this thread I asked whether anyone else was alarmed by this spend of cycling safety funding. I also intimated why it (obviously) alarms me - apparent misapplication of the Turbo design, in a manner that may do little or nothing to improve cycle safety. From the ensuing debate (not all...
by PaulCumbria
4 Mar 2014, 1:36pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done
Replies: 433
Views: 70254

Re: Bedford turbo roundabout

Another analysis of Turbogate - no succour for the fans, I'm afraid:
http://www.cycling-embassy.org.uk/blog/ ... -turbogate
by PaulCumbria
24 Feb 2014, 10:01pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done
Replies: 433
Views: 70254

Re: Bedford turbo roundabout

So PaulCumbria would have left some money unspent, I guess, despite ChrisPeck's fear that it would mean less money in future rounds. Not quite. I wouldn't have left money unspent - the funding arrangements would have failed to deliver sufficient good quality schemes. Unless the abject failure of lo...
by PaulCumbria
24 Feb 2014, 5:44pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done
Replies: 433
Views: 70254

Re: Bedford turbo roundabout

The suggestion that those of us critical of this scheme should be proposing alternatives is wide of the mark. The funding initiative invited Local Authorities to submit schemes, not members of the public or cycling lobby organisations. It offered no time for proper discussions between parties about ...
by PaulCumbria
24 Feb 2014, 2:45pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done
Replies: 433
Views: 70254

Re: Bedford turbo roundabout

Here's an excellent analysis of why this is such a terrible decision and why we really should be moving on from two-tier provision. It also explains why use of these zebras is not going to increase cycling safety - far from it. http://www.cycling-embassy.org.uk/blog/2014/02/24/turbogate-should-repre...
by PaulCumbria
21 Feb 2014, 3:00pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done
Replies: 433
Views: 70254

Re: Bedford turbo roundabout

Like all the applications to the 'Cycle Safety Fund', this scheme is designed to improve 'safety', not volumes of cyclists, thus if any monitoring takes place it will be focused on safety. The more I read, the more I fret. "IF" any monitoring takes place?! I do hope that's just a slip-up....
by PaulCumbria
21 Feb 2014, 12:02am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done
Replies: 433
Views: 70254

Re: Bedford turbo roundabout

Poynton What is depressing about this issue is that, as Squeaker has pointed out, we CAN deliver genuinely bold, innovative work in the UK. Poynton is a spectacular example of this. I'm very proud to have been involved in the Poynton scheme (in a very small way). The key difference there was that t...