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by Ben Lovejoy
18 Jul 2009, 8:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Insurance for Europe?
Replies: 2
Views: 157

Re: Insurance for Europe?

Listen to Climo. A friend had an accident in Germany. Helicopter air-lift from the scene of the accident to hospital, and air-ambulance back to the UK afterwards, neither of which would be covered by an EHIC card. Amex Travel Insurance picked up the tab for both. At £99/year for annual cover, or les...
by Ben Lovejoy
18 Jul 2009, 8:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling Jackets
Replies: 18
Views: 895

Re: Cycling Jackets

eVent. About twice your proposed budget, but well worth the money IMV:
http://www.benlovejoy.com/cycle/kit/waterproofs/
by Ben Lovejoy
17 Jul 2009, 4:18pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?
Replies: 422
Views: 14321

Re: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?

Tell me why these statements are not equally true in converse Because the real world is not binary. I officially give up at this point. 20mph limits are great. They will prevent all accidents, end world hunger and result in peace & prosperity in our time. All hail 20mph limits! Is the drink-dri...
by Ben Lovejoy
17 Jul 2009, 3:16pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?
Replies: 422
Views: 14321

Re: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?

The reason I choose to put so much emphasis on the 20 limit is that it can become an essential cornerstone to national and local policy on improving the street environment. A new limit would be emblematic of a legal and moral statement about what has gone wrong and how we (as society and government...
by Ben Lovejoy
17 Jul 2009, 2:04pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?
Replies: 422
Views: 14321

Re: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?

So if we consider 20mph zones to be more dangerous because cars are alongside for longer, and accept that 30mph is safer, surely 40mph is much safer again, and 50 or 60mph would be better still. We're back to this absurd polarisation again. It's really impossible to have a rational debate about the...
by Ben Lovejoy
17 Jul 2009, 1:19pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?
Replies: 422
Views: 14321

Re: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?

Do you really believe that the incredibly marginal increase in survivability from a 1mph reduction in speed will outweigh the likely increase in collisions? I missed this, where is the evidence? Posted earlier in the thread - read back up. Then it needs to be enforced. More of them there speed came...
by Ben Lovejoy
17 Jul 2009, 12:59pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?
Replies: 422
Views: 14321

Re: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?

I don’t believe that a 20mph limit will increase the accident rate. And if it did, I don’t believe it would be enough to exceed the survivability gain of reducing the limit by 10mph. But as we've seen, a 10mph reduction in limit = a 1mph reduction in speed. Do you really believe that the incredibly...
by Ben Lovejoy
17 Jul 2009, 12:39pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?
Replies: 422
Views: 14321

Re: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?

* Pedestrians become more risk taking in the 20 zone. Yes this could happen, but show me evidence that it happens on such a scale that deaths and injuries are higher than at 30. We have no reliable basis for comparison - see earlier in the thread. * Drivers don't concentrate as well at the lower sp...
by Ben Lovejoy
17 Jul 2009, 11:07am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?
Replies: 422
Views: 14321

Re: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?

The point about physics is there to underlined what can't be denied, according to those laws (in a collision), unless you don't believe in those laws of course. You haven't been reading what has been posted. It isn't just about physics when a collision occurs, it is at least as much about the likel...
by Ben Lovejoy
17 Jul 2009, 10:21am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?
Replies: 422
Views: 14321

Re: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?

Yep, could go either way. Again, we need to stop going for the simplistic 'reduce speeds and all will be fine' approach and start looking at what will actually make the difference.
by Ben Lovejoy
16 Jul 2009, 11:59pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?
Replies: 422
Views: 14321

Re: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?

As in "never allege an offence you cannot prove (nowadays apparently extended to cannot be bothered to prove.") STATS19 forms don't ascribe blame, and play no role whatsoever in prosecutions. They are exactly what the name implies: stats. There is absolutely no benefit to the police or an...
by Ben Lovejoy
16 Jul 2009, 11:12pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?
Replies: 422
Views: 14321

Re: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?

On the subject of child casualties that Ben Lovejoy alluded to, I think you may have this wrong Ben. Of the statistics I've seen (see link below) I haven't found any that group children as up to age 18. Either they are using a different definition for pedestrians, or this has changed in the last fe...
by Ben Lovejoy
16 Jul 2009, 3:11pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?
Replies: 422
Views: 14321

Re: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?

The speed reduction does seem to completely different to every other limit reduction measurement I've ever seen. But then these sorts of figures are very often nonsense. Take a road with unusually high casualties one year, take any step you like (speed limit reduction, camera, speed-humps, whatever)...
by Ben Lovejoy
15 Jul 2009, 1:58pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Route Planning - Old A9
Replies: 10
Views: 1219

Re: Route Planning - Old A9

Yes, how comfortable you are with traffic would be a factor. Personally I'm a London cyclist so considered the A9 practically traffic-free. :-)
by Ben Lovejoy
15 Jul 2009, 1:56pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LEJoG video log
Replies: 24
Views: 1256

Re: LEJoG video log

EdinburghFixed wrote:I just use ordinary NiMH rechargeables (2300mAh) and need one change to do a full week's commuting. I guess maybe 8 hours?

8 hours is very impressive. I'd like to basically be able to video a day's cycling continuously, using the 'save the last 5 minutes' button to store the interesting bits.