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by basingstoke123
14 Feb 2011, 8:51pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: I can't renew with CTC with this policy.
Replies: 149
Views: 6875

Re: I can't renew with CTC with this policy.

I doubt very much whether the police would prosecute over cycling on the pavement unless it was an unaccompanied adult. In Basingstoke I have yet to see the police (or more likely 'pretend' Police - aka PCSOs) cycling on the roads. They always stick to the pavements (although I did once see a coupl...
by basingstoke123
12 Feb 2011, 9:56pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: I can't renew with CTC with this policy.
Replies: 149
Views: 6875

Re: I can't renew with CTC with this policy.

Clearly over the past 20 years the UK approach to catering for cyclists has been quite poor. CTC/Sustrans/DFT have not come up with the right approach or effective. I would try standards for roads and cycling facilities. At some point, there was a fundamental change in this country towards cycling:...
by basingstoke123
9 Feb 2011, 9:59pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: I can't renew with CTC with this policy.
Replies: 149
Views: 6875

Re: I can't renew with CTC with this policy.

Much (nearly all?) of the cycling provision in this country is sub-standard. I realise that often compromises have to be made due to limited space, limited money, existing physical features. But what I find so frustrating are facilities that are made substandard for no reason other than incompetence...
by basingstoke123
7 Feb 2011, 3:56pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Another Criminal Cyclist?
Replies: 22
Views: 1839

Re: Another Criminal Cyclist?

thirdcrank wrote:NB - it is illegal to cycle on some roads which have traffic regulation orders banning cyclists, signed thus:

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Normally this sign is found on signposted cycle routes :)
by basingstoke123
5 Feb 2011, 8:43pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: MP cycling expenses shock horror
Replies: 53
Views: 3565

Re: MP cycling expenses shock horror

I've found that regular commuting across town wears things out far quicker than doing a similar distance as leisure cycling in the countryside, despite much lower average speeds. I suspect that its due to cycling in all weathers and that crossing town is a lot more stop/start. Also, maintenance, cle...
by basingstoke123
14 Jan 2011, 1:12am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bike lights at £50, £100.... really?
Replies: 82
Views: 6070

Re: Bike lights at £50, £100.... really?

@Basingstoke123 Interesting re your comment on the diff between Alkalines and rechargeables. My new '3W' LED light came with Alkaline batteries but I had bought 1000mAh rechargeable AAAs. I certainly tried both and to be honest there is no discernable difference using the naked eye nor when I use m...
by basingstoke123
13 Jan 2011, 3:00pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bike lights at £50, £100.... really?
Replies: 82
Views: 6070

Re: Bike lights at £50, £100.... really?

The wattage is just a measure of how much power it uses. Using watts to describe light power is a carry over from incandescent bulbs. But it gets you in the ball park. I've only been buying high output LEDs for the past few years but to my eyes at least there isn't that much difference between mult...
by basingstoke123
15 Dec 2010, 12:23am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Strict liability
Replies: 6
Views: 822

Re: Strict liability

The Channel Islands are sort of part of the UK (Crown Dependency of the United Kingdom), but are not members of the EU. The maximum speed limit on Guernsey is only 35mph (not sure why anyone living there would want a Porsche - but you do see them. Only time they would get out of 1st is when reversin...
by basingstoke123
11 Dec 2010, 11:25pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: DfT transport stats 2009
Replies: 25
Views: 1482

Re: DfT transport stats 2009

Maybe recessions are good for the world. Hmm, now there's a thought. Quite probably. Overall, consumption will reduce, which I think is good for the world. People will reduce discretionary travel to save money. However, commuting travel will be more mixed - some people will stop commuting because t...
by basingstoke123
9 Dec 2010, 11:12pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: DfT transport stats 2009
Replies: 25
Views: 1482

Re: DfT transport stats 2009

Two people walking into town together would count as two journeys, but only one journey if they rode together in a car (or on a tandem?). I don't think so. The surveys are travel diaries for individual people. So Fred records that he drove 4 miles today, and Mary records that she was a passenger in...
by basingstoke123
8 Dec 2010, 11:55pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: DfT transport stats 2009
Replies: 25
Views: 1482

Re: DfT transport stats 2009

Distorted in that the average miles per eligible driver is far far higher than that shown. Around 15 Million people hold a UK driving license. So if UK population is 61M then the average miles would be 13,578 per eligible driver (based on the quoted 3339 miles for every person in UK) I wonder if mo...
by basingstoke123
8 Nov 2010, 9:38pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cyclists fined for no lights
Replies: 62
Views: 4121

Re: Cyclists fined for no lights

So I think if around a fifth of night time fatals are unlit cyclists then lights are a good idea. Or put another way your're 80% more likely to be killed if you have lights! I think we need more information to draw conclusions. A pair mile risk would be more informative, as would knowing whether th...
by basingstoke123
20 Oct 2010, 12:24am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bicycle Tax
Replies: 94
Views: 4681

Re: Bicycle Tax

Nuts. Shop keeper: Are those nuts (for use with bolts, not by squirrels) for use on a cycle? Cyclist: Yes, Why? Shop keeper: in that case, there's an extra 5% VAT Cyclist: oh! ah, actually, I only need one of the nuts in the bag. So, that would be 5/6 = 0.83% Shopkeeper: And that pad lock and chain ...
by basingstoke123
16 Oct 2010, 11:00pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bicycle Tax
Replies: 94
Views: 4681

Re: Bicycle Tax

VED and fuel duty pays for roads? Right, like VAT on shoes pays for pavements? Or duty on a pint at you local pays for pubs? Tax is tax is tax - no one likes paying tax. There is no connection between what is taxed and how the money is spent (or wasted). The government will tax whatever it can, base...
by basingstoke123
13 Oct 2010, 9:10pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Policeman told off Advanced Stop Line infringer
Replies: 26
Views: 3550

Re: Policeman told off Advanced Stop Line infringer

I sometimes wonder if the dangers of an ASL far outweigh any benefits. To make use of an ASL safely, you need to understand the phasing and timings of the traffic lights, which should not be the case. If there is only a short queue ahead of you, the ASL offers little benefit compared with taking a p...