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by Pete Owens
17 Dec 2009, 9:12pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Real bike maps
Replies: 9
Views: 1377

Re: Real bike maps

We based the warrington map on the cyclenation standard.

see:
http://www.warringtoncyclecampaign.co.uk/map.htm

It would be good to be able to have a standard set of tags for open street map with the same classifications
so that cyclestreets could pick them up.
by Pete Owens
27 Nov 2009, 9:43am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Not convinced on cycle lanes
Replies: 301
Views: 13285

Re: Not convinced on cycle lanes

I was under the impression that recent reports from Portsmouth showed greater speed reduction where average speeds were higher. "1) Average speed on all the 20 mph roads had dropped by 0.9 mph 2) Average speed on the 20 mph roads where previously the mean speed was above 24 mph had dropped by ...
by Pete Owens
27 Nov 2009, 8:45am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Not convinced on cycle lanes
Replies: 301
Views: 13285

Re: Not convinced on cycle lanes

re-edited for clarity
by Pete Owens
27 Nov 2009, 2:37am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Not convinced on cycle lanes
Replies: 301
Views: 13285

Re: Not convinced on cycle lanes

Take a look at: http://www.warringtoncyclecampaign.co.uk/report/cycle-lanes.pdf to see how cycle lanes that just about comply with minimum standards, (certainly better than anything in Oxford) reallocate road space away from cyclists - and that is before you allow for the problems caused by parked ...
by Pete Owens
27 Nov 2009, 1:51am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Not convinced on cycle lanes
Replies: 301
Views: 13285

Re: Not convinced on cycle lanes

Despite all the 'evidence' to the contrary I don't find motorists overtake any closer whilst I'm in the cycle lane. Perhaps it's different if the cycle lane is on a narrow section of road (most of the one's I use aren't). Have you ever actually made a direct comparison of how close motorists pass w...
by Pete Owens
24 Nov 2009, 2:52am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Not convinced on cycle lanes
Replies: 301
Views: 13285

Re: Not convinced on cycle lanes

It's a bit chicken and egg. Splashing paint about is part of reinforcing the legitimacy (indeed primacy) of the presence of cyclists on the road. except that it does exacly the opposite - and marginalises cyclists to the gutter. Over time motorists get the message. Yes they start shouting " ge...
by Pete Owens
24 Nov 2009, 2:36am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Not convinced on cycle lanes
Replies: 301
Views: 13285

Re: Not convinced on cycle lanes

The evidence is that painting cycle lanes on links and across side-road junctions (in the context of 30ft roads) reduces accidents (Nigel Coates, Oxford City Council, Velocity 1997 proceedings). The issue at junctions is much less severe for cycle lanes than for off road facilities - and I would ha...
by Pete Owens
24 Nov 2009, 1:44am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Not convinced on cycle lanes
Replies: 301
Views: 13285

Re: Not convinced on cycle lanes

I really don't understand what cyclists in general or me in particular, stand to gain by surrendering the amount of road recommended by the Highway Code for a strip in the gutter whether it extends across a junction or not. Basically, you have two broad policy choices if you want to make conditions...
by Pete Owens
24 Nov 2009, 1:40am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Not convinced on cycle lanes
Replies: 301
Views: 13285

Re: Not convinced on cycle lanes

Looking specifically at cycle lanes, you seem to feel that continuity is an important point. That is only feasible on wide roads, particularly dual carriageways, but that's just where a cyclist is unnecessarily constrained by a lane within the nearside lane (back to the Highway Code.) On narrower r...
by Pete Owens
24 Nov 2009, 1:21am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Not convinced on cycle lanes
Replies: 301
Views: 13285

Re: Not convinced on cycle lanes

Pete Owens I'm not sure where you feel that pragmatism takes over from what might be called philosophy. I presume it's accepted that not so long ago, cycling was a practical and feasible way of travelling all sorts of distances along main roads. I don't think cycling was ever considered a feasable ...
by Pete Owens
21 Nov 2009, 2:36am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Not convinced on cycle lanes
Replies: 301
Views: 13285

Re: Not convinced on cycle lanes

Pete Owens I'm not sure if I've understood your stance correctly but you seem to be saying that the future for cycling in the UK is in urban utility riding - on roads made safe for cycling and that cycling beyond connurbations should only be leisure cycling, on routes chosen for their attractivenes...
by Pete Owens
21 Nov 2009, 2:15am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Not convinced on cycle lanes
Replies: 301
Views: 13285

Re: Not convinced on cycle lanes

I am genuinely interested to discover a location in which all the possible destinations within a 10 mile radius are served by direct trunk routes. Trying to head north out of Towcester in Northhamptonshire (I think) is pretty bad. It is cut off by the A43 and the A5, neither of which are safe to cy...
by Pete Owens
21 Nov 2009, 1:51am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Not convinced on cycle lanes
Replies: 301
Views: 13285

Re: Not convinced on cycle lanes

Just to be clear about the context - the subject of this post is the relevance of trunk roads to cyclists rather than what specific measures would be appropriate to encourage cycling along those routes. My comment that these roads are irrelevant to cyclists applies specifically to trunk roads rather...
by Pete Owens
20 Nov 2009, 2:09am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Not convinced on cycle lanes
Replies: 301
Views: 13285

Re: Not convinced on cycle lanes

Why on earth would you choose to ride on a cycle path right next to a noisy road when you could choose a quiet country lane. Because the main road is in the valley, whereas the quiet country lane goes over the top of the hill! Apart from urban bypasses it's invariably the quieter road route that go...
by Pete Owens
20 Nov 2009, 12:31am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Not convinced on cycle lanes
Replies: 301
Views: 13285

Re: Not convinced on cycle lanes

Most of us want to see many more people cycling as a means of transport, an increase by a factor of 10 would do for starters and we'd still be massively outnumbered by cars. We should be aiming much higher - more like 25% to 30% of all journeys. How we achieve that is a matter of opinion.Equating s...