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by Pete Owens
30 Jun 2009, 1:37am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?
Replies: 422
Views: 14269

Re: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?

I wouldn't bother, if someone doubts that the harder you hit them the more likely they are to die then they are beyond reasonable argument. Do you really have so little faith in your argument that you see the need to respond in this fashion to anyone who disagrees with you? No, I only respond that ...
by Pete Owens
30 Jun 2009, 1:31am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?
Replies: 422
Views: 14269

Re: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?

Lowering speed limits would not increase traffic flow but absolutely DOES increase journey times. Only if you are concerned about how quickly you reach the back of the next queue. I presume that you have never seen the variable speed limits on the M25 and M42 And I went on to explain: "While t...
by Pete Owens
29 Jun 2009, 11:46pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?
Replies: 422
Views: 14269

Re: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?

people dont have to move away & then commute longer distances to work. In the Netherlands the approach to cyclists is massively different to ours. Indeed, they pioneered speed reduction methods such as traffic calming, homezones, and shared space. they have a very impressive record on pedestria...
by Pete Owens
29 Jun 2009, 11:22pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?
Replies: 422
Views: 14269

Re: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?

NUKe wrote:
I could probably find it given time But Baddia sums it reasonably well.


I wouldn't bother, if someone doubts that the harder you hit them the more likely they are to die then they are beyond reasonable argument.
by Pete Owens
29 Jun 2009, 11:20pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?
Replies: 422
Views: 14269

Re: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?

Lowering speed limits would not increase traffic flow but absolutely DOES increase journey times. Only if you are concerned about how quickly you reach the back of the next queue. I presume that you have never seen the variable speed limits on the M25 and M42 While the peak flow on motorways is ach...
by Pete Owens
29 Jun 2009, 11:03pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?
Replies: 422
Views: 14269

Re: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?

2nd gear driving at 20mph increases pollution massively Oh dear, we are clutching at straws now. There are two common misconcetions why those who like speed get taken in by this myth. Often they compare the quoted fuel efficiency for a steady 56mph with that for the stop go urrban cycle and conclud...
by Pete Owens
29 Jun 2009, 7:03pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Another worryingly inaccurate and misleading petition
Replies: 27
Views: 2001

Re: Another worryingly inaccurate and misleading petition

Kind of sums up the problem though. How is that the stats given above show the risk of fatality roughly equal per million hours travelled for car occupant & cyclist when these stats: http://www.dft.gov.uk/adobepdf/162469/221412/221549/227755/328843/pedalcyclistfsheet07.pdf show that per billion...
by Pete Owens
28 Jun 2009, 12:19am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?
Replies: 422
Views: 14269

Re: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?

If you cannot control your speed AND keep fully aware of all that is going on around you then you are not fit to hold a driving licence. If I were world dictator, the requirements for holding a driving licence would be much more stringent, but I am not, and they are not. We have to deal with the wo...
by Pete Owens
27 Jun 2009, 11:58pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?
Replies: 422
Views: 14269

Re: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?

it will annoy them but the reality is that it'll make little or no difference to their journey times. I can cycle to work in the same amount of time that it takes to drive, and that's when the traffic is free flowing, mostly because I catch the cars up at the frequent traffic lights. Going home I g...
by Pete Owens
27 Jun 2009, 11:37pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?
Replies: 422
Views: 14269

Re: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?

20 zones can be appropriate in certain locations, but a blanket/default 20mph limit would suffer the same problem as any artificially-low limit: drivers would spend more time staring at their speedos than they do looking at the road. If you cannot control your speed AND keep fully aware of all that...
by Pete Owens
27 Jun 2009, 1:22am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: What to do about Primary Roads? (Ghost bike for Marie Vesco)
Replies: 30
Views: 2731

Re: What to do about Primary Roads? (Ghost bike for Marie Vesco)

I'd be interested to know what the casualty figures are actually like on open DC (excuding slip roads, which as we've discussed you can easily negotiate providing you're not racing in a TT). Excluding slip roads is not an option for those who actually ride on DCs, so why exclude them from the figur...
by Pete Owens
27 Jun 2009, 1:01am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: What to do about Primary Roads? (Ghost bike for Marie Vesco)
Replies: 30
Views: 2731

Re: What to do about Primary Roads? (Ghost bike for Marie Vesco)

One of the worst aspects of the "busy roads are unsuitable for cycling" argument is the effect it has on highway engineers. I often find myself running into a brick wall trying to persuade them to adopt cycle friendly designs, but to them there is no point - it will by a busy road - thus u...
by Pete Owens
26 Jun 2009, 11:49pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?
Replies: 422
Views: 14269

Re: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?

Yes, Indeed it should campaign on this in priority to all other issues. We need to reclaim city streets as places places for the local population to enjoy and not simply as conduits for motor vehicles, with humans treated as second class citizens. 20 mph is the maximum speed that we as as a species ...
by Pete Owens
26 Jun 2009, 7:52pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Road deaths down....
Replies: 12
Views: 697

Re: Road deaths down....

"who's asking cyclists" [regarding the Dft consultation ] Anyone is at liberty to reply to the consultation, and I imagine the CTC certainly will be providing a formal response But I'd urge every keen cyclist to chip in their ten pen'orth also. Remember to do this within the next 7 days !...
by Pete Owens
22 Jun 2009, 11:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: What to do about Primary Roads? (Ghost bike for Marie Vesco)
Replies: 30
Views: 2731

Re: What to do about Primary Roads? (Ghost bike for Marie Vesco)

Whether or not high speed roads are suitable for cycling depends on the details of design. Junctions with high speed slip roads are pretty nasty, as are large multilane roundabouts. On links the key issue is width of the nearside lane. Modern single carriageway highways have wide lanes and plenty of...