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by Pete Owens
22 Aug 2019, 12:00am
Forum: On the road
Topic: the right road at the right time
Replies: 35
Views: 2062

Re: the right road at the right time

... i saw two riders together inching up. they had lights but they weren't great ones. ahead of them another lady rider on her own with better lights but clearly struggling in the conditions. no rider was easy to see.... So lets get this straight. You claim to have had difficulty seeing them at all...
by Pete Owens
21 Aug 2019, 6:16pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: the right road at the right time
Replies: 35
Views: 2062

Re: the right road at the right time

i understand that. i saw these riders as i'm (i suppose) more vigilant than many in looking for cyclists on that road. too many twists and dips for me to ride that in those conditions. it really was foul/dangerous. So here we have a motorist telling cyclists that they shouldn't be in a particular p...
by Pete Owens
19 Aug 2019, 4:42pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: the right road at the right time
Replies: 35
Views: 2062

Re: the right road at the right time

The only difference then is that you had the option of the M62 if conditions were particularly severe. That would be a very long diversion on a bike even if it was permitted. If conditions a severe, windy, wet etc then cyclists are likely to choose the route that crosses the lowest pass/minimises th...
by Pete Owens
19 Aug 2019, 3:07pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: the right road at the right time
Replies: 35
Views: 2062

Re: the right road at the right time

now i realise that they may have had no alternative to use that route at that time but am left wondering how many here would choose to do the same? Well you obviously thought it the road suitable for your journey, so it seems odd to question why other people might be using the same road at the same...
by Pete Owens
16 Aug 2019, 5:44pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: congestion, roads discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 2160

Re: German wants to reserve bikespace, roads discussion

Certainly the state should be actively discouraging car use by taxing it to compensate for the external costs (eg pollution) imposed on society. We should regulate the safe design and operation - just as we do with private operators of other transport modes (indeed the conflict of interest in the s...
by Pete Owens
16 Aug 2019, 2:05am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: congestion, roads discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 2160

Re: German wants to reserve bikespace, roads discussion

It shows there was probably suppressed demand. Not even that. In economic terms demand is measured in terms of how much people are prepared to pay for a good or service. (and note pete75 that means a direct charge for that particular service). So unless that road is tolled the demand measured by th...
by Pete Owens
16 Aug 2019, 1:13am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: congestion, roads discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 2160

Re: German wants to reserve bikespace, roads discussion

Now I am a leftie. I am happy to see us contribute taxes to provide facilities for the general good of society. It is good that people who cannot afford the necessities of life are provided for - ie free health and education from the general purse, I would like to see greater funding for social hou...
by Pete Owens
14 Aug 2019, 11:53pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: congestion, roads discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 2160

Re: German wants to reserve bikespace, roads discussion

It shows there was probably suppressed demand. Not even that. In economic terms demand is measured in terms of how much people are prepared to pay for a good or service. (and note pete75 that means a direct charge for that particular service). So unless that road is tolled the demand measured by th...
by Pete Owens
14 Aug 2019, 5:42pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Is electric the end of the bike as we know it
Replies: 65
Views: 3416

Re: Is electric the end of the bike as we know it

No - In the same way that mopeds never did. The original mopeds were just power assisted bicycles in the way ebikes are now until they morphed into small motorbikes.
by Pete Owens
13 Aug 2019, 3:02pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Reward for reporting idling cars.
Replies: 82
Views: 3225

Re: Reward for reporting idling cars.

Also introducing blanket 20mph speed limits as EVs work most efficiently at this speed, well 18-20mph apparently. No, the point of the 20mph limit is to reduce the pollution from ICE tail pipes. ... with the added bonus of making the streets safer for us. The fact that EVs are more efficient at 20m...
by Pete Owens
13 Aug 2019, 2:06pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: High Court confirms loophole in mobile phone driving law
Replies: 41
Views: 4424

Re: High Court confirms loophole in mobile phone driving law

For example, I always use my phone whilst driving - it connects through Bluetooth to my car radio and streams music (i.e. as a music player) and the car radio controls the iPhone (next track, previous track, pause, volume, etc.). But to do that it always also connects as a hands free device so if I...
by Pete Owens
13 Aug 2019, 11:28am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Reward for reporting idling cars.
Replies: 82
Views: 3225

Re: Reward for reporting idling cars.

it didn't take long for someone to incorrectly use the term whataboutery, Perfectly correct useage. The subject is curbing the toxic emissions produced by motors - a subject that you avoid addressing at all by attempting to conflate it with other issues. This is exactly the whataboutism tactic - an...
by Pete Owens
13 Aug 2019, 12:22am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Reward for reporting idling cars.
Replies: 82
Views: 3225

Re: Reward for reporting idling cars.

But this is still ignoring that the electricity and production parts of electric motor vehicles that use fossil fuels, I didn't think it would be long before someone tried to distract from the subject by resorting to whataboutery: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whataboutism It happens whenever solut...
by Pete Owens
12 Aug 2019, 5:36pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Reward for reporting idling cars.
Replies: 82
Views: 3225

Re: Reward for reporting idling cars.

The "rewards for reporting idlers" is a relatively minor point of the Bluebrite proposals though. The increases in VED and fuel tax, ULEZ charging and default 20mph are more significant IMO. ^ This ^ We have a longstanding problem with illegal and dangerous levels of pollution in many of ...