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by Whimwham7
1 Oct 2013, 2:54pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: The £42m Sideshow
Replies: 344
Views: 21792

Re: The £42m Sideshow

From a 2008 document http://www.ctc.org.uk/sites/default/files/file_available-to-everyone-no-log-in-required/ltn208.pdf 7.4.2 Cycle lanes should be 2 metres wide on busy roads, or where traffic is travelling in excess of 40 mph. A minimum width of 1.5 metres may be generally acceptable on roads wit...
by Whimwham7
1 Oct 2013, 2:42pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Surrey cycling - Public meeting 28 Nov.
Replies: 25
Views: 14361

Re: Surrey cycling - Public meeting 28 Nov.

I forwarded this thread to someone I know who lives in the Leatherhead/Box Hill area of Surrey and who is a regular commuting, touring, leisure and utility cyclist. Her reply was quite interesting. It seems that the good folk of Surrey might have some degree of justification in their complaints. &qu...
by Whimwham7
30 Sep 2013, 4:48pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: The £42m Sideshow
Replies: 344
Views: 21792

Re: The £42m Sideshow

Back to topic, certainly the British way of keeping speeds low on country roads such as this is to remove the white lines down the middle, perhaps this is a treatment which could be applied to more roads? I know it's already happened in some places as I've cycled down roads which have obviously use...
by Whimwham7
30 Sep 2013, 4:44pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: The £42m Sideshow
Replies: 344
Views: 21792

Re: The £42m Sideshow

Should this road have a parallel cycle path https://www.google.co.uk/maps/preview#!data=!1m8!1m3!1d3!2d-2.308863!3d54.803804!2m2!1f193.67!2f87.59!4f75!2m4!1e1!2m2!1sGIHHv2VUfx_3mvh6m4gikw!2e0&fid=5 hell no; it's a perfect cycling road as it is. The Dutch would often disagree and do this: http:/...
by Whimwham7
27 Sep 2013, 12:46pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: The £42m Sideshow
Replies: 344
Views: 21792

Re: The £42m Sideshow

They get it wrong in NL, but they don't get it WRONG to the extent of being utterly unusable on account of being "designed" by someone who isn't a cyclist and has no intention of doing anything other than ticking the "money spent on x meters of cycling facility on Doom Street" b...
by Whimwham7
27 Sep 2013, 12:29pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: The £42m Sideshow
Replies: 344
Views: 21792

Re: The £42m Sideshow

So, my opinion is that it is very difficult to make a jump from 'non-cyclist' to 'happy on four lane interchanges', however it is easier to go from 'non-cyclist' to 'cycle path cyclist' to 'quiet road cyclist' to 'main road cyclist' to 'complex junction cyclist'. But t get this far you need several...
by Whimwham7
26 Sep 2013, 5:49pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: The £42m Sideshow
Replies: 344
Views: 21792

Re: The £42m Sideshow

But look what happens when the roads are closed. Look at Skyrides. Look at RideLondon. Look at the car park of forestry parks with cycle trails of a weekend. Admittedly all those are leisure cycling, but equally look at the Bristol-Bath rail trail. Packed, all of them. The BBRT is creaking at the s...
by Whimwham7
26 Sep 2013, 4:47pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: The £42m Sideshow
Replies: 344
Views: 21792

Re: The £42m Sideshow

So, my opinion is that it is very difficult to make a jump from 'non-cyclist' to 'happy on four lane interchanges', however it is easier to go from 'non-cyclist' to 'cycle path cyclist' to 'quiet road cyclist' to 'main road cyclist' to 'complex junction cyclist'. But t get this far you need several...
by Whimwham7
26 Sep 2013, 12:24pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: The £42m Sideshow
Replies: 344
Views: 21792

Re: The £42m Sideshow

Quite a lot of comment has been that we need "Dutch style" infrastructure, i.e. cycle paths. Perhaps the Dutch are beginning to learn from UK standards - http://homepage.ntlworld.com/pete.meg/wcc/facility-of-the-month/April2010.htm or http://homepage.ntlworld.com/pete.meg/wcc/facility-of-t...
by Whimwham7
23 Sep 2013, 10:10pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Shared Use Cycleways and Pedestrians
Replies: 53
Views: 16269

Re: Shared Use Cycleways and Pedestrians

But what if all the paths were as described. Why would a cyclist need roads? Because, with a moment's thought you would realise that it is physically impossible to construct a "good quality" cycle path alongside (or convenient to) EVERY road in the country. And that is without thinking ab...
by Whimwham7
23 Sep 2013, 10:06pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Shared Use Cycleways and Pedestrians
Replies: 53
Views: 16269

Re: Shared Use Cycleways and Pedestrians

snibgo wrote:They would be roads without motorists. Which reminds me of an idea I have of errecting bollards at strategic places...


Please don't do that. A cycling acquaintance of mine has a habit of colliding with bollards - and that is on a cycle path!
by Whimwham7
23 Sep 2013, 9:53pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: The £42m Sideshow
Replies: 344
Views: 21792

Re: The £42m Sideshow

Wow, frank discussion, that’s what I was hoping for – and be assured, I don’t take any of your criticisms personally. Many points have been made, and it would take a long time to respond to them all. Most of the replies seem to be in favour of segregated cycle routes, contrary to my standpoint. Fair...
by Whimwham7
23 Sep 2013, 5:04pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Shared Use Cycleways and Pedestrians
Replies: 53
Views: 16269

Re: Shared Use Cycleways and Pedestrians

Personally, I loath and detest shared use paths and avoid them whenever possible. Cycles are vehicles and should (in my opinion) ALWAYS use the carriageway. Where a road is "unsafe", perhaps through being a 70 mph racetrack or other valid concern, it is usually possible to find an alterna...
by Whimwham7
23 Sep 2013, 4:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Shared Use Cycleways and Pedestrians
Replies: 53
Views: 16269

Re: Shared Use Cycleways and Pedestrians

We are experiencing a significant problem in the Deeside,North Wales/Chester area with inappropriate riding on the shared traffic free paths. A number of road Clubs appear to be using the routes for high speed rides/races which is causing considerable problems. Which highlights one of the many prob...
by Whimwham7
23 Sep 2013, 4:09pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Shared Use Cycleways and Pedestrians
Replies: 53
Views: 16269

Re: Shared Use Cycleways and Pedestrians

Personally, I loath and detest shared use paths and avoid them whenever possible. Cycles are vehicles and should (in my opinion) ALWAYS use the carriageway. Where a road is "unsafe", perhaps through being a 70 mph racetrack or other valid concern, it is usually possible to find an alternat...