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by Barks
18 Mar 2019, 9:09am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Traffic policing in th Wild West
Replies: 17
Views: 3213

Re: Traffic policing in th Wild West

Enforcement and punishment, or fear of them, are the only things that would work At the moment we have the worst combination of low enforcement levels and weak punishment, the best example of the latter being not issuing driving bans once 12 points accumulated. Sorry but if you or your family absol...
by Barks
18 Mar 2019, 8:58am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Decathlon lightweight tents
Replies: 90
Views: 5986

Re: Decathlon lightweight tents

The DD range of kit looks very lightweight and reasonably priced ... especially the sleeping bags .... anyone had much bad weather experience of the mesh inner and tarp combo ? I have used this combo for over two years on a number of long hikes weekly mileage around 100) and a couple of weeks in th...
by Barks
17 Mar 2019, 6:24pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Decathlon lightweight tents
Replies: 90
Views: 5986

Re: Decathlon lightweight tents

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by Barks
17 Mar 2019, 6:15pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Decathlon lightweight tents
Replies: 90
Views: 5986

Re: Decathlon lightweight tents

I use a DD Hammocks mesh inner with bathtub floor, tarp and inner well under 1kg - admittedly on a bike 2kg is less of an issue but I also use mine fir long distance backpacking. Apart from the weight I find the flexibility of the tarp is a great improvement over a tent and if erected low at one end...
by Barks
17 Mar 2019, 3:04pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Decathlon lightweight tents
Replies: 90
Views: 5986

Re: Decathlon lightweight tents

At just over 2kg the Ukralight 2 is way too heavy. A DD Hammocks 3m square tarp and mesh inner come under 900 g and less than the cost of this Decathlon effort. Much more versatile and probably more robust.
by Barks
27 Feb 2019, 9:06am
Forum: On the road
Topic: How NOT to behave in a traffic altercation ;)
Replies: 9
Views: 3769

Re: How NOT to behave in a traffic altercation ;)

And the driver tried to hide the fire extinguisher behind his back - he needs time in prison.
by Barks
16 Feb 2019, 1:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "Elderly drivers can't cope with modern traffic" - wrong argument?
Replies: 62
Views: 11006

Re: "Elderly drivers can't cope with modern traffic" - wrong argument?

Knackers wrote: you're more likely to see a vehicle actually doing 30 in a 30. It's a trend that's very slowly been growing over the last decade or so. (I'm even starting to see folk doing 20 in a 20!) I’d generally agree with that but it’s the ones that don’t/won’t comply that present the greatest ...
by Barks
15 Feb 2019, 8:11pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "Elderly drivers can't cope with modern traffic" - wrong argument?
Replies: 62
Views: 11006

Re: "Elderly drivers can't cope with modern traffic" - wrong argument?

If Today’s cars were stripped of all the bolt on safety features, ambulance crews were restricted 1960s techniques and equipment and we done away with air ambulances then we would see death rates back up to 70s levels without any doubt. There is no excuse for drivers to flaunt the law, we now have t...
by Barks
15 Feb 2019, 10:01am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "Elderly drivers can't cope with modern traffic" - wrong argument?
Replies: 62
Views: 11006

Re: "Elderly drivers can't cope with modern traffic" - wrong argument?

Many drivers cope perfectly well with all these groups - the problem is that far too many drivers have no regard for the laws, guidance and conventions that apply to using cars on the roads or indeed other users of the road irrespective of their ‘group’ and this includes other car drivers who are op...
by Barks
14 Feb 2019, 5:05pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: It's green so I'm going!
Replies: 19
Views: 6178

Re: It's green so I'm going!

At our local Town, the zebra crossing was replaced by the pelican, and now because of quite light traffic at times (small market town) pedestrians often press the button to find that there is a large gap in the traffic and they cross safely before the lights have changed - the knock on effect is th...
by Barks
9 Feb 2019, 5:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Close pass by rail replacement bus
Replies: 12
Views: 4255

Re: Close pass by rail replacement bus

All that should be necessary to identify the offender is time and place - they will be running to a timetable so narrowing down the actual vehicle/driver should not be that difficult - just report it and follow up accordingly.
by Barks
9 Feb 2019, 5:49pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: BMW driver walks free from court after deliberately running over cyclist
Replies: 96
Views: 14913

Re: BMW driver walks free from court after deliberately running over cyclist

Fastpedaller wrote: His act was attempted murder, and the sentencing should reflect that and prevent as much as possible a repeat of the same. I agree entirely but as we have seen from other incidents there appears to be legal cultural aversion to calling out such blatant acts of aggression when usi...
by Barks
6 Feb 2019, 8:37am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A Burkean moment for transport
Replies: 17
Views: 6363

Re: A Burkean moment for transport

I was once told that the most carbon efficient decision is to run your old ICEcar as long as possible - the carbon footprint of building the car greatly exceeds that of the lifetime fuel used irrespective of type or efficiency. Does anybody know the truth of this? I’m pretty sure though that if it i...
by Barks
3 Feb 2019, 5:57pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Carol Boardman death - case sent for trial
Replies: 133
Views: 17095

Re: Carol Boardman death - case sent for trial

My thoughts are that all serious driving offences including excessive speeding should come with an automatic ban and a requirement to sit a test within 6 months of the ban end - the problem though is how to ensure the bans are observed, we already have a serious problem with this and those driving w...
by Barks
29 Jan 2019, 7:40am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Increasing cyclist numbers?
Replies: 44
Views: 3581

Re: Increasing cyclist numbers?

Surely this question should be broken down into two parts, cycling for fun/fitness/leisure and utility cycling. While the former is great for nations fitness and well being and has been growing in parallel to UK international competition succcess, surely the big concern should be about whether or no...