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by Pete Owens
4 Nov 2019, 5:01pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: What's the legal position?
Replies: 72
Views: 3753

Re: What's the legal position?

This is the same pathetic excuse offered by Sustrans apologists. They start by saying how wonderful the National Cycle Network is then when you point out how awful it is in practice suddenly it is nothing to do with Sustrans. It simply will not wash - you chose to praise Boardman - well this is what...
by Pete Owens
4 Nov 2019, 4:40pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?
Replies: 220
Views: 5531

Re: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?

Answer to OP. Not always. For example Porthmadog was a horrible place to approach in the holiday season 10 years ago. In July and August mile long queues and a desperately congested center were part of everyday life. Certainly from an entirely auto-centric POV adding new capacity by building new ro...
by Pete Owens
4 Nov 2019, 2:58pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: What's the legal position?
Replies: 72
Views: 3753

Re: What's the legal position?

Just what happens when you put someone who thinks cycle lanes are a good idea in charge.
by Pete Owens
4 Nov 2019, 11:53am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?
Replies: 220
Views: 5531

Re: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?

A few months ago the Welsh Government decided to cancel the proposed M4 Relief Road at Newport, and to look for alternative ways of dealing with the increase in traffic. Perhaps a small baby step is towards the realisation (that seems sadly lacking among the auto-fixated contributors to this thread...
by Pete Owens
4 Nov 2019, 1:30am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?
Replies: 220
Views: 5531

Re: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?

It is a mistake to focus on bypasses. They are seen by highwaymen as a link in the chain of improving a particular road, to enable more and more traffic. The villagers my be fighting for their village to be bypassed to relieve an unbearable situation. The Highwaymen see it as a part of a grand sche...
by Pete Owens
30 Oct 2019, 1:14am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Any experiences of Nu-flex as a cyclepath surface ??
Replies: 103
Views: 3227

Re: Any experiences of Nu-flex as a cyclepath surface ??

That's not through woodland, it's nearly new, and it looks like a carriageway to me. Which is exactly the point I was making. When they construct roads through woods they build proper foundations and cover them with tarmac they don't cover them with flexible surfacing on assumption that the constru...
by Pete Owens
29 Oct 2019, 6:08pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Any experiences of Nu-flex as a cyclepath surface ??
Replies: 103
Views: 3227

Re: Any experiences of Nu-flex as a cyclepath surface ??

Some of it is follows former railway. In some places the A66 uses that line. I think the place that they are talking about is a bit that was washed away in the floods four years ago. At least part of it was narrow twisty duck-boarding cantilevered out over the river and really wasn't suitable for cy...
by Pete Owens
29 Oct 2019, 4:43pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: What's the legal position?
Replies: 72
Views: 3753

Re: What's the legal position?

The OP made no mention of a marked cycle lane.

One of the reasons that marked cycle lanes are such a bad idea is that they encourage the sort of dangerous manoeuvre described.
by Pete Owens
29 Oct 2019, 1:42pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Shared Space, Poundbury Poynton and elsewhere
Replies: 32
Views: 1585

Re: Shared Space, Poundbury Poynton and elsewhere

Shared space schemes - the ones officially designated as such, rather than medieval market squares or modern pavementless residential closes - seem to make it easier to cross the road Indeed - that IS what the main purpose of the design is. And for pedestrians THE key problem with busy streets is t...
by Pete Owens
29 Oct 2019, 11:59am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Any experiences of Nu-flex as a cyclepath surface ??
Replies: 103
Views: 3227

Re: Any experiences of Nu-flex as a cyclepath surface ??

A "tarmac" path through a woodland will be a disaster. Tree roots will push through and it will become unrideable. A forgiving surface is needed through woodland. Proper foundations are what is needed. Even in the UK we are perfectly capable of constructing tarmac routes through woodland ...
by Pete Owens
29 Oct 2019, 11:48am
Forum: On the road
Topic: What's the legal position?
Replies: 72
Views: 3753

Re: What's the legal position?

mjr wrote:Could you vary your route to use any of the infrastructure being created by Boardman?

And to see the latest cunning plan Boardman is subjecting the cyclists of Manchester to take a look at:
https://www.cyclestreets.net/location/111508/
by Pete Owens
28 Oct 2019, 4:45pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Shared Space, Poundbury Poynton and elsewhere
Replies: 32
Views: 1585

Re: Shared Space, Poundbury Poynton and elsewhere

That is just another example of the "It has no been done in the UK yet therefore it cannot be done in the UK in future" attitude. Back in 2007 when MfS was first published there were no purpose designed shared space schemes within the UK. At that time they would have needed to look to the ...
by Pete Owens
27 Oct 2019, 2:03am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Shared Space, Poundbury Poynton and elsewhere
Replies: 32
Views: 1585

Re: Shared Space, Poundbury and elsewhere

My mistake. Well, I did say "IIRC" and in fact I didn't RC. I can explain exactly why: it was indeed that Gurniad article and at the end of it is a link to an article on the RNIB site about the difficulties for blind people of navigating Queen Mother Square. The two had become mixed in my...
by Pete Owens
25 Oct 2019, 5:05pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Shared Space, Poundbury Poynton and elsewhere
Replies: 32
Views: 1585

Re: Shared Space, Poundbury and elsewhere

IIRC the article said the fatal crash happened in Queen Mother Square, If this is the article: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/oct/24/prince-charles-poundbury-town-duchy-of-cornwall-accused-of-putting-aesthetics-before-safety Then it doesn't mention the specific location. However, it does ...
by Pete Owens
25 Oct 2019, 4:08pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Shared Space, Poundbury Poynton and elsewhere
Replies: 32
Views: 1585

Re: Shared Space, Poundbury and elsewhere

Brilliant example up in this part of the world in Poynton: See the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-vzDDMzq7d0 The effect has been utterly transformational. Council-owned video says council did the right thing - what a shock(!) :roll: Clearly, you have never actua...