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by boliston
19 Nov 2013, 4:07pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Can you ride on the footpath next to an A road?
Replies: 25
Views: 2685

Re: Can you ride on the footpath next to an A road?

my daily commute involves about a mile along a busy ring road that has a wide pavement and only a few peds on it, less than 5 over a mile on average. it's not marked as a cycleway but has more cyclists than peds and i've used it most days for the last 6 years and not been "booked" yet. you...
by boliston
19 Nov 2013, 10:27am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Do You Like Your Dahon Folding Bike?
Replies: 25
Views: 11981

Re: Do You Like Your Dahon Folding Bike?

the thing i like about small wheel bikes is the amazing manoeuvrability round obstacles such as those fences councils put to to stop people cycling straight onto main roads at crossings - i would not want to go back to 700c wheels again after 16"
by boliston
19 Nov 2013, 9:38am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Should I get a new computer?
Replies: 26
Views: 4003

Re: Should I get a new computer?

id say ubuntu has now got to the stage of being more user friendly than windows - it seems to recognise most hardware whereas i find w7 still needs faffing about with driver cds for some hardware and involves several restarts during the install process vs one restart with ubuntu
by boliston
18 Nov 2013, 4:59pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Another fatality in London
Replies: 51
Views: 3976

Re: Another fatality in London

i wonder why more cyclists than pedestrians are being killed by lorries at junctions in london as pedestrians are only separated from traffic *between* junctions?
by boliston
18 Nov 2013, 4:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Another fatality in London
Replies: 51
Views: 3976

Re: Another fatality in London

You would be surprised by the number of cyclists that claim segregation is *more* dangerous.
by boliston
14 Nov 2013, 5:31pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Being Hit
Replies: 29
Views: 4103

Re: Being Hit

definitely worth pushing for compensation for injury as well as just out of pocket costs such as the cost of a new bike etc
this is why its best to use a solicitor unless its a pure "damage only" accident as injury compensation is not easy to quantify like out of pocket costs are
by boliston
14 Nov 2013, 10:33am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A bad day in London
Replies: 87
Views: 9601

Re: A bad day in London

i think that "on road" cycle lanes are a cause of many of these conflicts and give a false sense of security to inexperienced cyclists. i'd prefer to see EITHER fully segregated cycle lanes OR cyclists using the normal traffic lanes Both suffer from exactly the same problem: They arrange ...
by boliston
13 Nov 2013, 1:27pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A bad day in London
Replies: 87
Views: 9601

Re: A bad day in London

i think that "on road" cycle lanes are a cause of many of these conflicts and give a false sense of security to inexperienced cyclists.

i'd prefer to see EITHER fully segregated cycle lanes OR cyclists using the normal traffic lanes
by boliston
6 Nov 2013, 9:31am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling Fine in Royal Park
Replies: 19
Views: 2983

Re: Cycling Fine in Royal Park

im sure that would only be a civil matter of trespass not a police matter
by boliston
24 Oct 2013, 10:07pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle Superhighway 2 (campaign discussion)
Replies: 79
Views: 38832

Re: Cycle Superhighway 2 (campaign discussion)

Simply painting an area on a road blue (or red) and passing it off as a "cycling facility" is just a scam to fob off cyclists and a way for council bosses to "tick boxes". Unless the road has almost zero traffic (so that cyclists and motor traffic can share the whole road space s...
by boliston
14 Oct 2013, 7:50pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Oh Dear...
Replies: 37
Views: 3949

Re: Oh Dear...

I think the main thing that would put me off a mway hard shoulder is the amount of c**p that collects there!

This is one of things I generally dislike about "on road" cycle lanes as opposed to roadside tracks with some degree of physical separation such as a raised curb.
by boliston
30 Sep 2013, 7:53pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Drink/driving: just a blip or a worrying trend?
Replies: 36
Views: 9735

Re: Drink/driving: just a blip or a worrying trend?

..... Someone well over the limit is one thing, but a good driver a bit over the limit may still be far better than an elderly but totally sober chap. I don't think age alone makes someone a more dangerous driver, unless of course they have a specific medical condition, such as severely reduced eye...
by boliston
27 Sep 2013, 5:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tarmac surfaces on former railway lines
Replies: 20
Views: 3399

Re: Tarmac surfaces on former railway lines

ive seen some cycle paths covered by street view - just been looking at the otterton to budleigh salterton path (national cycle route #2) on street view
by boliston
21 Aug 2013, 11:58pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Dangerous "tactile" surfaces on bike paths
Replies: 2
Views: 7692

Dangerous "tactile" surfaces on bike paths

I've recently started using a Brompton as my main bike (previously used an Orbea road bike but it got stolen) so have been making use of some local cycle paths rather than just using the road. One thing that I find annoying about bike paths are those annoying "tactile" surfaces that keep c...