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by pwward
18 Nov 2011, 2:02pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: arguing against compulsion for training
Replies: 18
Views: 1153

Re: arguing against compulsion for training

I wrote to 20 councils at random asking them this question: Dear Sir/Madam, I am a medical Dr researching the topic of helmet compulsion and cycle training. I hope you may be able to tell me whether participants in cycle training events in xxxxx are told they must wear helmets. It may be there is no...
by pwward
14 Nov 2011, 1:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Folding Bikes
Replies: 13
Views: 2132

Re: Folding Bikes

I had a previous model, bought in 2007. I used it quite intensively for a year and found it good to ride. It doesn't fold up very small though, important if it's in a car. Bromptons do fold very small (I have one now). The main problem was a crack in the frame, near where the seat post come out. I'm...
by pwward
20 Oct 2011, 7:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Wrong is oh so many ways
Replies: 15
Views: 2260

Re: Wrong is oh so many ways

I'm really impressed by the way the cyclist handled that. Kept cool, stood his ground. Well done mate.
by pwward
16 Sep 2011, 7:22pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Anyone else having cycle lane width problems?
Replies: 55
Views: 7345

Anyone else having cycle lane width problems?

Up here in Gateshead we have a council with a frenzy for building cycle lanes. They have put in a few good ones and also some well designed ASL's but mostly it amounts to re-badging pavements and painting on the roads. The big problem for the local CTC rep and I is they are ignoring national guideli...
by pwward
7 Sep 2011, 7:15pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Some people are blinded & rude!
Replies: 10
Views: 931

Re: Some people are blinded & rude!

I sometimes say when people are judgemental about this that I think they are setting a bad example by wearing a helmet. What better way to portray cycling as dangerous and give it a bad image.
by pwward
20 Jun 2011, 10:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Suitable Radio for camping
Replies: 17
Views: 3511

Re: Suitable Radio for camping

Another vote for the Tecsun PL 380. Fantastic sound quality, stereo via headphones, excellent battery life, comprehensive SW LW MW and FM coverage. I've taken it cycling and ski touring in Scandinavia. Comes in a nice neoprene pouch. Also has alarm, thermometer, pop up toaster, 4wd, etc etc.
by pwward
14 May 2011, 3:29pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Sportives, helmets
Replies: 3
Views: 464

Re: Sportives, helmets

These ones don't insist on helmets. Maybe there are others?

http://www.northernrockcyclone.co.uk/
http://www.colombachemoclassic.org.uk/index.php
by pwward
18 Apr 2011, 8:13pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Jenny Jones (Green AM London) sez taxis are a menace
Replies: 23
Views: 2574

Re: Jenny Jones (Green AM London) sez taxis are a menace

It will be interesting to see if any Taxi drivers are on the forum and weigh in in defence of their colleagues.

I suspect being a taxi driver and being a cyclist might be extremely rare.
by pwward
1 Mar 2011, 10:36pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: CTC and Dutch-standard facilities
Replies: 191
Views: 11767

Re: CTC and Dutch-standard facilities

I've always assumed a good reason for CTC's pro roads policy is the pragmatic issue of resources. Holland has about £26 per person to spend on cycle infrastructure and has had this level of funding for years. (http://www.fietsberaad.nl/index.cfm?lang=nl&section=nieuws&mode=newsArticle&re...
by pwward
25 Feb 2011, 4:40pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Just stay home..
Replies: 12
Views: 1049

Re: Just stay home..

An email I wrote to the council cycling officer prompted this reply: http://www.cyclenewcastle.co.uk/ghoststreet It's sad to see the 'dangerisation' of cycling and walking so firmly entrenched at council level. I suspect those of us who want a 'danger reduction' approach to road safety rather than a...
by pwward
24 Feb 2011, 9:44pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Just stay home..
Replies: 12
Views: 1049

Just stay home..

http://waronthemotorist.wordpress.com/2011/02/22/just-stay-indoors/ A wonderful example of shroud waving, counter productive propaganda from Newcastle Road Safety team. I'm a primary school governor in the city and am trying to whip up a crowd to meet with Cheryl Ford, the councils road safety lead....
by pwward
13 Feb 2011, 7:49pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle tracks 'safer than cycling on streets'
Replies: 72
Views: 5584

Re: Cycle tracks 'safer than cycling on streets'

Just a point of information. This study was nothing to do with the British Medical Journal. It was published by Injury Prevention , a journal within the BMJ 'stable' but with different editorial policies and standards. Having said this it doesn't really matter exactly who published it. The paper sho...
by pwward
29 Jan 2011, 11:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Weather in Andalucia, early March
Replies: 3
Views: 434

Re: Weather in Andalucia, early March

Changeable, a bit like April in UK. Can be pretty chilly and rainy away from the coast near the Ronda hills. You could be lucky and have a whole week of sun though. Lovely quiet roads usually.
by pwward
19 Nov 2010, 9:38am
Forum: On the road
Topic: New Zealand: living in the past with regards road safety?
Replies: 6
Views: 814

Re: New Zealand: living in the past with regards road safety?

I worked there a year in 2008 and commuted 8km each way by bike. Drivers are most unsympathetic to cyclists and I was more nervous than here. Main roads between towns are awful with v heavy traffic going fast on quite narrow roads. It seemed to me the lack of cyclists is the main problem. As drivers...