Search found 404 matches

by OldGreyBeard
21 Apr 2011, 11:54am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Wheeling channels
Replies: 20
Views: 3110

Re: Wheeling channels

As already pointed out there needs to be wheelchair access elsewhere anyway, so I'd probably base a decision on whether to use the ramp or the stairs on whether I had a particularly heavy bike or panniers or trailer with me, and how much of a shortcut the stairs-with-gutter gave me. The height of t...
by OldGreyBeard
21 Apr 2011, 11:25am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Wheeling channels
Replies: 20
Views: 3110

Re: Wheeling channels

Haven't got gradient figures, but the railway steps I've used in Belgium, with bike gutter, seemed exactly the same as those here. Wheeling the tandem up and down them was easy enough though [even with panniers]. The trailer I had to unhitch and lug up separately, but TBH I was simply grateful for ...
by OldGreyBeard
21 Apr 2011, 9:31am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Wheeling channels
Replies: 20
Views: 3110

Re: Wheeling channels

[XAP]Bob wrote:Trailerw/trikes/wheelchairs?

Fair point and one I'd forgotten about and I own a trailer! Thanks :D
Also don't forget pushchairs
by OldGreyBeard
20 Apr 2011, 11:09pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Wheeling channels
Replies: 20
Views: 3110

Re: Wheeling channels

I think in the case in the photo that it was a new staircase and therefore easier to use shallower gradient.

I'd be interested to know if the Dutch use anything as steep as 50% for a new build.
by OldGreyBeard
20 Apr 2011, 9:16pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Wheeling channels
Replies: 20
Views: 3110

Wheeling channels

I am seeking readers experiences with wheeling channels as found on footbridges. The reason is that I am commenting on a planning application which includes a new set of steps up frm a canalside path, not a towpath, to a bridge. The steps include a wheeling channel the angle of which is 26 degrees w...
by OldGreyBeard
18 Apr 2011, 11:40am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Counting cyclists
Replies: 15
Views: 1093

Re: Counting cyclists

My works is similar. We have bike boxes strategically placed around the site at various depts/offices. User/occupancy is counted at turned 9am in order to estimate if correct numbers of boxes are optimally placed, very good! But we had 4 boxes near my dept entrance and we have 5-6 users on differen...
by OldGreyBeard
17 Apr 2011, 11:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Counting cyclists
Replies: 15
Views: 1093

Re: Counting cyclists

In this case the opposite is true. There are more spaces than advertised.
by OldGreyBeard
17 Apr 2011, 5:10pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Counting cyclists
Replies: 15
Views: 1093

Re: Counting cyclists

I have discovered that London Midland (Train Operating company on the West Coast Main Line) don't count the number of bicycles or motorbikes parked at their stations. Their website is even incorrect about the number of cycle parking spaces at two of the stations near me. The fact that the parking is...
by OldGreyBeard
11 Apr 2011, 5:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Top boxes for bicycles
Replies: 4
Views: 706

Top boxes for bicycles

Has anyone tried using a hard top box like you get for motorbikes with a bicycle? The idea being it would provide somewhere to store a helmet etc when leaving a bike at stations.
by OldGreyBeard
4 Apr 2011, 6:05pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Don't ride, won't ride - Article in Cycle April 2011
Replies: 53
Views: 3100

Re: Don't ride, won't ride - Article in Cycle April 2011

I don't think you can really discount the students as part of the reason why cycling is successful in Oxford. They have been the core of the cycling culture there for decades. And you might equally say that cycle tracks wouldn't work, because you need 70 years of Dutch cycling culture to have the e...
by OldGreyBeard
4 Apr 2011, 3:39pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Don't ride, won't ride - Article in Cycle April 2011
Replies: 53
Views: 3100

Re: Don't ride, won't ride - Article in Cycle April 2011

I don't think you can really discount the students as part of the reason why cycling is successful in Oxford. They have been the core of the cycling culture there for decades. They even have registration numbers of their bikes! I think you may be thinking of somewhere else. Probably the same place ...
by OldGreyBeard
4 Apr 2011, 1:25pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Don't ride, won't ride - Article in Cycle April 2011
Replies: 53
Views: 3100

Re: Don't ride, won't ride - Article in Cycle April 2011

The main stats I look at are census journey to work - which excludes students because that doesn't count as work. Oxford's typical main road facility is cycle lanes. There are some tracks, but they're mostly peripheral. Honest. Well, you know Oxford better than I do as I only visit a few times a ye...
by OldGreyBeard
4 Apr 2011, 12:24pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Don't ride, won't ride - Article in Cycle April 2011
Replies: 53
Views: 3100

Re: Don't ride, won't ride - Article in Cycle April 2011

I'm not sure what point you are making. Any which way, car use is pretty low, and isn't semi-homicidal. When we cycle with small children, we take the quiet route; when they're a bit older (9+), we show them how to use the main roads (including how to take care around buses). When they're 11 they u...
by OldGreyBeard
3 Apr 2011, 7:29am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Don't ride, won't ride - Article in Cycle April 2011
Replies: 53
Views: 3100

Re: Don't ride, won't ride - Article in Cycle April 2011

I don't expect instant results but I do hope things are better in 10 years time. In 10 years time, oil prices will have risen and fuel duty will have fallen to keep motorists reasonably happy. To make up the shortfall in taxes, the increasingly popular transport mode of cycling will be taxed. Sorry...
by OldGreyBeard
2 Apr 2011, 8:41pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Don't ride, won't ride - Article in Cycle April 2011
Replies: 53
Views: 3100

Re: Don't ride, won't ride - Article in Cycle April 2011

What struck me about the article is that I don't remember reading such a candid article in Cycle before about why people won't cycle that didn't propose training of cyclists as the away forward. This article makes a pretty strong emphasis of the need to change the cycling environment both shared wi...