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by pwward
21 Feb 2007, 4:47pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling with 1 year old on my Dawes Galaxy
Replies: 9
Views: 2206

I found the Bobike setup great for around town and delivering the toddler to the nursery. I carried the older child on the back in a rear seat and from 7m old the baby in the Bobike. After about age 18m-2 years they get too big for the Bobike. We used a trailer when they got older, but they are a fa...
by pwward
20 Feb 2007, 3:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Sciatica
Replies: 5
Views: 938

Keep on cycling. Activitiy is good for it wether it's swimming, cycling or walking. Worst thing you can do is deliberatley rest.
by pwward
13 Feb 2007, 8:05pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Road Pricing, Poll
Replies: 72
Views: 13631

I realise we are debating something that has never been tried anywhere so it's really down to opinion. I can't see this overflow effect CJ predicts happening. Small roads don't go where most drivers want to go. Congestion is on city roads, motorways, main trunk routes and in densely populated areas....
by pwward
12 Feb 2007, 6:07pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Road Pricing, Poll
Replies: 72
Views: 13631

I guess there is no reason why petrol taxes cannot stay as well as road pricing. It would certainly hit drivers pockets hard but could be offset by a a reduction in income or sales tax or other taxes. Those of us who are not big drivers would be doubly better off, less busy roads and we keep more of...
by pwward
11 Feb 2007, 10:11pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Road Pricing, Poll
Replies: 72
Views: 13631

The proposal is for all roads to be priced, in rural and city areas and with prices varying according to the time of day and over time how busy they are. The BBC summarised it a while back. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4610755.stm) This will be more effective at controlling pollution than fuel tax...
by pwward
11 Feb 2007, 4:41pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Road Pricing, Poll
Replies: 72
Views: 13631

Why would across the board road pricing make any difference to driving on smaller roads? One of the aims is to make all driving more expensive. If minor roads become busier then you just increase the cost of driving on them.
by pwward
11 Feb 2007, 12:40pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Road Pricing, Poll
Replies: 72
Views: 13631

As motoring has got cheaper relative to incomes since the 70's it is not surprising that more people are driving. If the trend is to be reversed then it has to be made more expensive and for me the fairest way is road pricing. Petrol taxes are less fair because they penalise people in rural areas an...
by pwward
9 Feb 2007, 8:12pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Use of helmets promoted by local authorities
Replies: 7
Views: 2523

OCC statement needs challenging.

You can challenge OCC to justify themselves on 2 levels: 1. That cycling is dangerous enough to justify the exhortation to wear a helmet. 2. That a helmet will be of use in the event a car hits you. The promotion of cycle helmets rests on 1. being a given. But is it not the case (http://www.cyclehel...
by pwward
22 Jan 2007, 10:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Drop vs Straight handlebars – your advice please
Replies: 27
Views: 20911

I only have one bike. When I'm out in Northumbria on a country ride I am glad of my drops. When I'm commuting through Tyneside I keep wishing I'd opted for straight handlebars. I miss the precise control, decent brakes and faster gearshifting straight handlebars allow...but then I have another long ...
by pwward
21 Jan 2007, 10:33am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Helmets
Replies: 198
Views: 27633

Risk compensation is not the only explanation..

As an aside the journal 'Injury Prevention' has a bit of relevent debate on it's eletter page in response to an editorial about helmets at present. http://ip.bmj.com/cgi/eletters?lookup=by_date&days=90 Risk compensation is one possible explanation for the failure of helmets to reduce head injuri...
by pwward
18 Jan 2007, 8:21pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Helmets
Replies: 198
Views: 27633

Many thanks for a reasoned bit of debate. Drossall ' For example, seat belts did produce a real safety improvement for car occupants.' Rear seatbelts became compulsory for under 14's in September 1989 in Britain. Adams studied statistics for children killed and injured in rear seats using Road Accid...
by pwward
13 Jan 2007, 7:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes on trains in Andalucia
Replies: 5
Views: 2827

Bikes on trains in Andalucia

Anyone have experience of taking their bike on Andalucian trains?

I am planning a trip Malaga to Cadiz via Ronda and Grazalema and hope to get the train back. I don't want to arrive and find out it isn't allowed.