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by basingstoke123
9 Dec 2010, 11:12pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: DfT transport stats 2009
Replies: 25
Views: 1484

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: 1484

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: 4160

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: 4728

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: 4728

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: 3620

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...
by basingstoke123
4 Oct 2010, 7:51pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling is amongst the most dangerous ways to travel
Replies: 26
Views: 2051

Re: Cycling is amongst the most dangerous ways to travel

It would also be very interesting to know for each group, what proportion were caused by the person who died, by a third party or a genuine accident. Someone who is a safe cyclist / driver / rider will have fewer accidents than the 'average'. In 'high risk' (due to you own risk taking or lack of ski...
by basingstoke123
4 Oct 2010, 12:39am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling is amongst the most dangerous ways to travel
Replies: 26
Views: 2051

Re: Cycling is amongst the most dangerous ways to travel

I hate lifts. Theres something that *bleeps* me up! :shock: :shock: :shock: I take the stairs at work most of the time. And how many people fall down stairs? I trust that if you decline to use the expensive lift provided for your safety and convenience, then at least, you put on a helmet before tac...
by basingstoke123
19 Apr 2010, 7:09pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Do NOT ride at night - health warning
Replies: 18
Views: 3145

Re: Do NOT ride at night - health warning

A couple of the more memorable warnings that I've seen: On the door of a hotel gym: "do not use if unfit". And in Mexico a warning sign next to a small cliff (a couple meters high) where you could safely dive into the sea. The sign gave several reasons not to dive in, the final one being '...
by basingstoke123
5 Apr 2010, 7:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Faster in the rain?
Replies: 21
Views: 1107

Re: Faster in the rain?

I find that the threat of rain makes me go faster, as I try to arrive before the next storm arrives :)
by basingstoke123
29 Sep 2009, 12:36am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Planning Policy Guidance on Cycle Parking
Replies: 26
Views: 1758

Re: Planning Policy Guidance on Cycle Parking

Cycle parking and cycle racks - how hard can it be? The problem is that most people who specify and install cycle racks have never tried locking a cycle to one. What's obvious to you and me, isn't to them. And they assume that reputable suppliers would only sell cycle racks that were fit for purpose...
by basingstoke123
28 Sep 2009, 11:04pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Sue heads for Court, helmets case, down under
Replies: 62
Views: 6988

Re: Sue heads for Court, helmets case, down under

The most likely explanation for the increase in the accident rate in Australia is the 'safety in numbers' effect (see http://www.ctc.org.uk/desktopdefault.aspx?tabid=5225 ). One of the big problems I have with mandatory helmet laws is that if this reduces the number of people cycling (as observed in...
by basingstoke123
29 Aug 2009, 10:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Mobile Phone tracking
Replies: 22
Views: 1011

Re: Mobile Phone tracking

I am not aware of any emergency texting number. Regarding emergency calls: In Europe, it is a regulatory requirement that a phone can always make an emergency call, if possible. You don't need to be in the coverage area of your own operator - any operator will do. (This is why phones sometimes displ...
by basingstoke123
25 Apr 2008, 8:18pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling whilst at work - legal position
Replies: 13
Views: 2032

Do employers do a risk assessment before letting people drive cars in connection with their work? My company appears to! It has numberous procedures relating to driving, company cars etc. I had to use my car this week for work (very rare), so I though I would just double check with HR that I would ...
by basingstoke123
21 Mar 2008, 9:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How many of you always wear a helmet?
Replies: 291
Views: 23580

Example to follow up on comments made by Si and bovlomov: A 12 year old boy sadly lost his spleen in a freak bike accident last year after loosing control when going to fast. Leason learnt: always wear a helmet (not 'cycle more carefully'!). And his parents now want to make wearing a helmet compulso...