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by PaulCumbria
20 Feb 2014, 2:57pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done
Replies: 433
Views: 70245

Re: Bedford turbo roundabout

ChrisPeck wrote:Here is an attempt at an explanation...
I hope this helps.

It has certainly helped me, Chris. I'm now confident that CTC agreeing to this spend was a crass decision on a grand scale, and that terminating my membership of CTC is definitely the right thing for me to do.
by PaulCumbria
20 Feb 2014, 12:56pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done
Replies: 433
Views: 70245

Re: Bedford turbo roundabout

I'm relieved, Gaz. I thought you might have found something new. I'm suitably impressed by your faith in the accuracy of that document. It totally misrepresents how Dutch turbo roundabouts function and, as no traffic speed measurements have been taken, we are invited to take the claims on before/aft...
by PaulCumbria
19 Feb 2014, 11:30pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done
Replies: 433
Views: 70245

Re: Bedford turbo roundabout

Having now read the summary of the funding bid I'd consider it a bold experiment, I hope it proves to be successful. Bold experiment?! Ye gods! In case I'm missing something fundamental (I don't think I am), can you point me in the direction of the funding bid summary that you found so persuasive, ...
by PaulCumbria
19 Feb 2014, 6:52pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done
Replies: 433
Views: 70245

Re: Bedford turbo roundabout

We can discuss the niceties about how, in theory, you might try to make zebras safe, accessible and useful for cyclists. But this is a scheme that isn't doing that. It is using £300k of cycle safety budget to build it, and expects cyclists to either: a) mix it with motor traffic on a busy roundabout...
by PaulCumbria
18 Feb 2014, 9:38pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done
Replies: 433
Views: 70245

Re: Bedford turbo roundabout

That's why I said design would 'effectively' require cyclists to dismount repeatedly. In theory you can cycle across the zebras, but you'll be frowned on by pedestrians, disapproved of by the Highway Code, and driven at by fast-moving traffic. If you're involved in any collision, YOU'LL be seen as c...
by PaulCumbria
18 Feb 2014, 7:46pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done
Replies: 433
Views: 70245

Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done

Anyone getting alarmed by the decision to spend £300k of cycle safety budget on a roundabout that generates higher vehicle speeds, higher throughput of vehicles, and is only used in the Netherlands when a high quality separated cycle facility is provided? In this instance it appears cyclists will be...
by PaulCumbria
29 Jan 2014, 7:43pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Safe cycling TV ad in news
Replies: 174
Views: 48706

Re: Safe cycling TV ad in news

It's been pointed out (by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group in its complaint to the ASA) that the Highway Code, as well as recommending cycle helmets, recommends pedestrians wear hi-viz after dark, so will the ASA ban any ads that don't comply with that, too? Anyone got a decent MP that may ...
by PaulCumbria
15 Jan 2014, 11:04am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Vehicle drivers acknowledging our courtesy
Replies: 31
Views: 18784

Re: Vehicle drivers acknowledging our courtesy

-1 Maybe it's just our narrow roads, but tractor drivers in south Lakeland are nearly always very courteous to me as a cyclist.
by PaulCumbria
13 Jan 2014, 6:08pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Ride Wide
Replies: 11
Views: 26900

Re: Ride Wide

I'm not sure where most of the foolishness in all this lies. Is it Clarkson himself, the UK's highest paid motoring journalist, who clearly doesn't know his subject? Is it his army of fanboys, who spew hatred for cyclists at the least encouragement from their motoring buffoon? Or is it the media the...
by PaulCumbria
12 Jan 2014, 5:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pace
Replies: 32
Views: 8534

Re: Pace

Have you read Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance? Read that, then dump your cycle computer, reject the tyranny of numbers and enjoy the ride. This doesn't mean you can't push yourself, gauge your progress and so on, but it will help to avoid the numbers taking over. For example: I know roug...
by PaulCumbria
12 Jan 2014, 2:51pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: The way skiing is going
Replies: 35
Views: 1710

Re: The way skiing is going

Meanwhile up here in Lakeland, the prevalence of people taking to the high fells without the basic gear seems to be on the increase. Nothing more than a photo of a map on your mobile phone seems to be the safety equipment of choice these days - why are we so schizophrenic when it comes to personal s...
by PaulCumbria
12 Jan 2014, 2:26pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Ride Wide
Replies: 11
Views: 26900

Re: Ride Wide

Geriatrix wrote:I think I made one comment in that spat & consequently got copied into every tweet that followed. :?

I've just started dipping my toes into the Twittersphere and that particular storm makes the worst outpourings in the Helmets sub-sub-section here seem like the voices of sweet reason herself...
by PaulCumbria
11 Jan 2014, 7:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The Bicycle Book by Bella Bathurst
Replies: 6
Views: 10900

Re: The Bicycle Book by Bella Bathurst

She also dismissed recumbents, which irritated me.
by PaulCumbria
11 Jan 2014, 7:25pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Ride Wide
Replies: 11
Views: 26900

Re: Ride Wide

...And it might have stopped that baggy oaf Clarkson tweeting garbage recently, too...
by PaulCumbria
10 Jan 2014, 4:40pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Vehicle drivers acknowledging our courtesy
Replies: 31
Views: 18784

Re: Vehicle drivers acknowledging our courtesy

Good thread! Courtesies outweigh rudeness many times over on my rides.

And a special mention for horse riders and dog walkers, who overwhelmingly show gratitude for considerate and patient cycling.