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by Pete Owens
27 Nov 2008, 4:49pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Leicester thinking big!
Replies: 28
Views: 3670

Re: Leicester thinking big!

Leicester consider free bikes for young people "Leicester City Council may give free bicycles to young people as an alternative to bus passes. Estimates indicate it would cost about £3m to give everyone a bike - cheaper than the £3.45m needed each year to provide free bus travel." Just th...
by Pete Owens
7 Nov 2008, 10:35pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Shared Use vs Segregated Traffic-Free Routes
Replies: 99
Views: 10845

If "segregation by a strip of grass" counts as an opinion on segregated paths rather than a misunderstanding of the question, I think the question cannot have been put clearly enough. I am sure that we would ALL (except those who never use cyclepaths as a matter of principle) much rather ...
by Pete Owens
4 Nov 2008, 11:37pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: new DfT cycle infrastructure design guidance published
Replies: 15
Views: 2754

Very dissapointing. The introduction and explanation are excellent. All the right principles and space requirements needed for cyclists. Unfortunately, when it comes down to the nitty gritty details (which is all the highwaymen will bother to read) all this is forgotten and the same rubbish standard...
by Pete Owens
20 Oct 2008, 10:56pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: HELP! Children under 10 not allowed to ride to school?
Replies: 49
Views: 7830

Re: HELP! Children under 10 not allowed to ride to school?

... She feels if she provides cycle storage [therefore encouraging cycling] and a child is injured on the way to/from school, she will be culpable. HCC Road Safety Team have apparently advised her as much. If she thinks she is liable for any cycle crashes of children she merely permits to cycle to ...
by Pete Owens
20 Oct 2008, 1:58am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Shared Use vs Segregated Traffic-Free Routes
Replies: 99
Views: 10845

This has absolutely nothing to do with segregation though. Cycling is just as common in towns in those countries where cycling is permitted on the roads. Of course it has. I don't understand your logic. If cycling is no more common in Dutch towns with cyclepaths than those without, how do you concl...
by Pete Owens
19 Oct 2008, 8:00pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Shared Use vs Segregated Traffic-Free Routes
Replies: 99
Views: 10845

...moving away from segregating vulnerable users, and have started implementing shared space schemes where cycle paths are ripped out... Oh! Really? Yes, really: http://www.ecoplan.org/wtpp/general/monderman-details.htm http://www.copenhagenize.com/2008/10/building-separated-bike-lanes.html Note th...
by Pete Owens
19 Oct 2008, 12:34am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Shared Use vs Segregated Traffic-Free Routes
Replies: 99
Views: 10845

It is not the signs that are the problem but the useless and dangerous facilities that make them nescessery in the first place. If you are riding on the pavement then you put yourself at risk at every junction and driveway you cross. The only way to do this safely is to dismount and to cross as a pe...
by Pete Owens
18 Oct 2008, 2:15am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Proposed (?) daytime headlamp use.
Replies: 88
Views: 7891

Think of a driver waiting to pull onto a busy roundabout. They are looking for a gap in a stream of traffic. the more that "traffic" is associated with pairs of lights the more likely you are to be mistaken for a gap. An exact description of how we all ride at night... presumably without ...
by Pete Owens
18 Oct 2008, 1:36am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Proposed (?) daytime headlamp use.
Replies: 88
Views: 7891

It will likely end up that way. After all, either bright police uniforms make people more visible, or they don't... You're left arguing that being more visible is a bad thing. Hrmm. You seem to be willfully avoiding the difference between conspicuity and visibility. If it became the fashionable for...
by Pete Owens
18 Oct 2008, 1:13am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Shared Use vs Segregated Traffic-Free Routes
Replies: 99
Views: 10845

Some more background reading for you: Such as the research showing how much safer it is to ride on the carriageway: http://www.cyclecraft.co.uk/digest/research.html and since you mention Copenhagen so much, the ECF report showing how cycle tracks reduce safety there: http://www.trafitec.dk/pub/Road...
by Pete Owens
18 Oct 2008, 12:24am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Shared Use vs Segregated Traffic-Free Routes
Replies: 99
Views: 10845

Given the level of resistance to any kind of change, from BOTH sides of the cycling/motoring advocacy divide, as indicated in many of these posts, it could be suggested that the Brits already have the road conditions they deserve. Motoring advocacy groups are in pretty universal agreement that cycl...
by Pete Owens
18 Oct 2008, 12:03am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Shared Use vs Segregated Traffic-Free Routes
Replies: 99
Views: 10845

the trouble with all of this is that £140 million quid has been lavished on LCN+, which remains, to put it very kindly, a minority interest amongst London's cyclists. Well it's time that it became a majority interest. Almost the entire populations of the Netherlands and Denmark can't be all wrong. ...
by Pete Owens
17 Oct 2008, 1:35am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Shared Use vs Segregated Traffic-Free Routes
Replies: 99
Views: 10845

Re: Shared Use vs Segregated Traffic-Free Routes

Dear CTC members We have been commissioned by Sustrans to carry out a review of the advantages and disadvantages of segregated and non-segregated traffic-free cycle and pedestrian routes. OK - now to answer your original question. You will gather from my previous post that I am not a particular fan...
by Pete Owens
17 Oct 2008, 12:46am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Shared Use vs Segregated Traffic-Free Routes
Replies: 99
Views: 10845

I like the solution they often have in the Netherlands. A path for cyclists at least 3m wide and a totally separate path for pedestrians. I agree. Given the colossal levels of cycling in the Netherlands and Denmark, segregating cyclists and pedestians from each other and from motor traffic seems to...
by Pete Owens
16 Oct 2008, 1:15am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Proposed (?) daytime headlamp use.
Replies: 88
Views: 7891

Motorcycles ride with their headlights on because it appears it is one way to be seen by motorists. If all vehicles had their lights on then they would lose this advantage. This is what I'm not so sure about. Without lights, a driver has to notice the cross-section of a motorbike / cyclist which is...