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by atlas_shrugged
3 Mar 2020, 10:15am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Increase cycling - Build airfields
Replies: 30
Views: 1149

Increase cycling - Build airfields

I have been using the below data visualiser to view cycling hotspots. The usual candidates show high levels of cycling e.g. Oxford, Cambridge, York etc. What interested me were other hotspots around the country with high levels of cycling. Quite often these places turn out to be airfields: https://d...
by atlas_shrugged
3 Mar 2020, 9:07am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Accident Police not doing anything!
Replies: 43
Views: 2276

Re: Accident Police not doing anything!

Default liability is the solution to this. Vulnerable road users should get immediate compensation from the insurance companies. This takes everything out of the hands of a defective system. I have experienced much better driving when I have been cycling on the continent (F, D, NL, A, B). For exampl...
by atlas_shrugged
2 Mar 2020, 8:04pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Accident Police not doing anything!
Replies: 43
Views: 2276

Re: Accident Police not doing anything!

Sympathies with this crash caused by the motorist. Can you sue the driver in a civil case based on a no win no fee basis? After all the if you are a pedestrian at fault, because you cross on a red light, or you are looking at a phone, then it is *always* the cyclists fault. In these cases the female...
by atlas_shrugged
29 Feb 2020, 9:09pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Promoting Safety for Vulnerable Road Users
Replies: 8
Views: 624

Re: Promoting Safety for Vulnerable Road Users

I found the recommendations a bit limp wristed: Data from crashes need to be released much sooner to the general public. The exact position of a crash would be helpful in order to identify dangerous junctions etc. The current practice of hiding all evidence for up to three years before releasing thi...
by atlas_shrugged
28 Feb 2020, 12:59pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Worcestershire’s new railway station cycle friendly??
Replies: 5
Views: 363

Re: Worcestershire’s new railway station cycle friendly??

What does someone in a wheelchair have to do?

Why can these cretins not build simple underpasses?
by atlas_shrugged
28 Feb 2020, 12:54pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Reducing UK HGV miles for loads resistant to rail container traffic?
Replies: 64
Views: 2435

Re: Reducing UK HGV miles for loads resistant to rail container traffic?

The magnificent Swiss forced all through lorry traffic to go on trains and built at great expense tunnels through the Alps to help with this. For whatever reason putting freight on rail in the UK is really expensive. Is this because of the unions, management, lack of rail investment, or all of those...
by atlas_shrugged
27 Feb 2020, 2:03pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: The Royal Parks Movement Strategy
Replies: 1
Views: 255

Re: The Royal Parks Movement Strategy

Sent off my complaint that cycling within the parks is not supported. Some reasons for believing this: 1) Cycling and pedestrians brought into deliberate conflict e.g. at Speakers Corner when cycles could be easily routed around Speakers Corner. 2) The use of the word 'considerate' whenever they tal...
by atlas_shrugged
16 Feb 2020, 4:51pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Future of humans driving motor vehicles.
Replies: 37
Views: 1236

Re: Future of humans driving motor vehicles.

I think yes. But then it depends what you define as a motor vehicle. I personally like to include mobility buggies into this category. I will never forget Steven Hawkins zipping around Cranebridge in his personal electric powered mobility buggy. He only had movement in his fingers and this could ope...
by atlas_shrugged
12 Feb 2020, 3:58pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 250 Miles
Replies: 42
Views: 1753

Re: 250 Miles

Alternatively compare two UK towns that are quite close to each other. Cambridge and Royston. Cambridge has loads of cycle accidents and some deaths. Nearby Royston has very few cycle accidents and no deaths. Just based on accidents/death rates Royston should be a very safe place to cycle compared t...
by atlas_shrugged
12 Feb 2020, 3:52pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 250 Miles
Replies: 42
Views: 1753

Re: 250 Miles

> Little Hollands” :shock: The Netherlands had the worst death rates for cyclists, in Europe last year. Nope. Not true. NL has a very high rate of cycling, much higher than elsewhere, and it is true this can cause more deaths. But this stat is meaningless and unfair to use as a comparison. There are...
by atlas_shrugged
11 Feb 2020, 8:20pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling Minister
Replies: 6
Views: 565

Re: Cycling Minister

And bizarrely whilst at Oxford or Cambridge they will have cycled quite a bit - since students are banned from having cars. But when it comes to doing anything to Prioritise Active Travel when in power then they are wanting. The exceptions may be: Boris: London cycle super-highways Gilligan: Running...
by atlas_shrugged
6 Feb 2020, 11:15am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Up for a ride?
Replies: 280
Views: 72422

Re: Up for a ride?

Should we postpone to a later date as +50mph gusts forecast for Sunday? Your call Cookie.
by atlas_shrugged
6 Feb 2020, 8:41am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Garmin vs Smartphone - are Garmin maps "special"?
Replies: 41
Views: 1332

Re: Garmin vs Smartphone - are Garmin maps "special"?

I think the whole world is waiting for a colour eInk SatNav so that there is a high resolution screen which is easily readable in bright sunlight and which has minimal drain on a battery like a Kindle does. The screen does not need fast update rates for walking or cycling (satnavs) which is unlike a...
by atlas_shrugged
19 Jan 2020, 11:08am
Forum: On the road
Topic: BLACK ICE & How to stay safe road riding in winter.
Replies: 84
Views: 3520

Re: BLACK ICE & How to stay safe road riding in winter.

Sorry about the crash.

The Windcheetah trike was developed specifically to allow cycle training to continue during the winter months.
by atlas_shrugged
15 Jan 2020, 7:40pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Up for a ride?
Replies: 280
Views: 72422

Re: Up for a ride?

Sign me up. Have a whole bunch of mince pies to ride away!