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by rower40
16 Oct 2010, 2:12pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bicycle Tax
Replies: 94
Views: 4723

Re: Bicycle Tax

Excuse me while I take this one step further... Should pedestrians not pay some sort of "road tax"? Other road users pay for the privilege of using the roads, so why not pedestrians? Monies raised could be hypothecated to enhance walking infrastructure and crossing-the-road training. It co...
by rower40
23 Aug 2010, 8:07pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A14 - THE ROAD IMPROVEMENTS THE COUNTRY CANNOT AFFORD
Replies: 41
Views: 2724

Re: A14 - THE ROAD IMPROVEMENTS THE COUNTRY CANNOT AFFORD

The junction at the western end of the A14, where it meets the M1 and M6, is a classic british muddle/fudge. The bridge under the M1 was designed just to take local traffic between the villages of Catthorpe and Swinford, but now takes all the westbound traffic, and M6-to-A14 eastbound traffic. Exper...
by rower40
2 Aug 2010, 10:25pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Pedestrian crossing question
Replies: 14
Views: 1660

Re: Pedestrian crossing question

Bollards could injure and maim.
Whereas spikes will just hurt the motorist in his wallet - by causing him to have to replace all four tyres.
(I assume "spikes" mean a police "stinger"-like device.)
by rower40
29 Jul 2010, 6:57pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Child scratched car parked on pavement
Replies: 131
Views: 8801

Re: Child scratched car parked on pavement

Just for the fun of it :D : What if your bike gets damaged when locked to a lamp post or railings ON THE PAVEMENT? Handlebar width might be similar to that of a car with wheels on the kerb... Then I, and my wallet, take the hit. If I leave my bike ANYWHERE, be it on someone else's private property,...
by rower40
26 Jul 2010, 5:06pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: James Cracknell severely injured
Replies: 36
Views: 2327

Re: James Cracknell severely injured

My helmet has a mirror built-in. (In fact three mirrors in a periscope-stylee arrangement.) I now can't ride without it - I've got so used to glancing up into the brim of the helmet to see what's behind me. If it weren't for the likely laughter from the riverbank, I'd wear it while rowing, to see wh...
by rower40
17 Jul 2010, 9:50pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Helmet - recent accident
Replies: 212
Views: 8452

Re: Helmet - recent accident

I personally don't believe that the CTC should allow helmets on club rides. It does cycling a huge disservice to portray it as dangerous, and since helmet promotion ALWAYS reduces cycling levels, there is a strong argument that if the CTC should become a charity with the declared aim of promoting c...
by rower40
12 Jul 2010, 4:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Idiot Driver day?
Replies: 21
Views: 1251

Re: Idiot Driver day?

I'm going to dig out my helmet-cam, find out how to work it, attach it to my helmet, and then start keeping records. Partly for those really close overtakes, drivers on phones, RLJing cyclists. Mostly for those overtakes that are so close that I wake up in hospital, or not at all. Then at least my n...
by rower40
13 Jun 2010, 10:12pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Common myths.
Replies: 44
Views: 2458

Re: Common myths.

Riding 2-abreast is illegal. Evidently the same selective vision that leads to "Sorry Mate I Didn't See You" causes the motorist to edit out the words "More Than" in the highway code rule: You should not ride more than two abreast. ... and cyclists to edit out the remainder of t...
by rower40
6 Jun 2010, 6:55pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Common myths.
Replies: 44
Views: 2458

Re: Common myths.

Riding 2-abreast is illegal.

Evidently the same selective vision that leads to "Sorry Mate I Didn't See You" causes the motorist to edit out the words "More Than" in the highway code rule:
You should not ride more than two abreast.
by rower40
24 May 2010, 4:17pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Strange place names
Replies: 146
Views: 17280

Re: Strange place names

And for an uncomfortable night's sleep, there's always Sandy, Beds.
by rower40
27 Apr 2010, 2:39pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: door zone
Replies: 13
Views: 797

Re: door zone

Wasn't it "Richard's Bicycle Book" (Richard Ballantine) that suggested the scenario of a motorist using the right-hand rear door to remove a snooker cue from their car?
The door zone just keeps getting bigger...
by rower40
27 Apr 2010, 2:25pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Best Sustrans (NCR) routes??
Replies: 28
Views: 1472

Re: Best Sustrans (NCR) routes??

mw3230 wrote:PPEASO - previous poster expressed a stupid opinion*

* I just made this up, it's not a recognised abbreviation but don't you think it would be useful at times


Excellent. I am definitely going to steal that.
by rower40
26 Apr 2010, 3:16pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Best Sustrans (NCR) routes??
Replies: 28
Views: 1472

Re: Best Sustrans (NCR) routes??

I used NCN route 5 this morning to get from Abingdon to Didcot. I'd never done the route before, and was trusting to MemoryMap GPS and Google Earth. Adequate surface, no boggy bits (Brompton-friendly!), suitable signage. An enjoyable commute, almost wholly traffic-free (at 6.30 am).
by rower40
6 Apr 2010, 9:37pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: What’s Cambridge doing right?
Replies: 28
Views: 2327

Re: What’s Cambridge doing right?

I would be very interested to know how many of the Cambridge student cyclists contine to use a bike as their primary transport following their graduation and subsequent relocation to cities and towns where cycling is not regarded as being normal Me! :mrgreen: I graduated from Cambridge over 20 year...
by rower40
30 Mar 2010, 5:32pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Police enforcing ASL - honestly!
Replies: 38
Views: 2203

Re: Police enforcing ASL - honestly!

However when they choose to do so, they do quite effectively get 100% compliance with petty offences. An obvious example is a petty offence worth just a £50 fine and no penalty points but if a Police Officer saw it they would slam on the brakes and go into pursuit. You probably cant think of the of...