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by amaferanga
29 Nov 2019, 7:31pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: TfGM - divesting themselves of some Cycle Hubs
Replies: 5
Views: 574

Re: TfGM - divesting themselves of some Cycle Hubs

How can you say that TfGM are pushing cycling away when they're working on ... increasing the number of dangerous farcilities that have long characterised Manchester's complete contempt for the safety of cyclists: https://www.cyclestreets.net/location/111508/ Again, this is Local Authorities, not T...
by amaferanga
29 Nov 2019, 1:42pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: TfGM - divesting themselves of some Cycle Hubs
Replies: 5
Views: 574

Re: TfGM - divesting themselves of some Cycle Hubs

The LAs are the ones that are failing to progress Bee Network schemes. Chris Boardman and his team basically said "here's the money, here's some training for every LA on how to build high quality infrastructure, now design schemes that are up to standard and will form part of a GM network and w...
by amaferanga
28 Nov 2019, 8:18pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: TfGM - divesting themselves of some Cycle Hubs
Replies: 5
Views: 574

Re: TfGM - divesting themselves of some Cycle Hubs

How can you say that TfGM are pushing cycling away when they're working on the Bee Network? Walking and cycling schemes worth almost £500 million are being led and developed with help from TfGM. They certainly aren't perfect, but TfGM employ folk with vast experience in successfully developing cycli...
by amaferanga
18 Nov 2019, 5:31pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?
Replies: 220
Views: 6707

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

Who wants change (to make a nicer/safer environment)? Almost everyone raises their hand..... Great, so in order to have this change YOU need to change. Now who wants to change (their own behaviours)? Almost no-one raise their hand. "Oh I didn't realise I'd have to change. Its not me that's the ...
by amaferanga
18 Nov 2019, 7:47am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?
Replies: 220
Views: 6707

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

Of course there's not much in the way of attractive alternatives in the UK. But where there's high quality cycle or walking routes that go where people want to go, there's high use levels. With public transport, if its convenient and reasonably priced, there's high use levels. All the evidence is th...
by amaferanga
17 Nov 2019, 3:42pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?
Replies: 220
Views: 6707

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

I'm not so sure either. Maye we're confused by cause and effect. Maybe the increase in usage is simply because of the increase in people 'needing' to drive somewhere. As any engineer will tell you, it doesn't actually matter how wide a conduit you make if the flow is throttled by interconnections. ...
by amaferanga
12 Nov 2019, 12:34pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?
Replies: 220
Views: 6707

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

The cheap/expensive parking issue is easily resolved - abolish free parking. I can see why you say that, but it was considered at a town close to where i live and it had to be abandoned due to the uproar. One problem was that in small towns there is lots of potential street parking a short walk fro...
by amaferanga
12 Nov 2019, 8:23am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?
Replies: 220
Views: 6707

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

One of the problems with most high streets in towns (perhaps not true for most cities) is that they're crap places to be. A thin strip of pavement next to queues of noisy cars belching toxic fumes doesn't sound like a place where many people would like to spend time. Take away the cars from the high...
by amaferanga
11 Nov 2019, 9:34pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?
Replies: 220
Views: 6707

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

Well many towns have ring roads or bypasses. So this could be emulated by simply creating zones within the town and removing through traffic. It can be done, but not until British people accept that there's a different (better) way to live where people are much less dependant on cars.
by amaferanga
11 Nov 2019, 9:16pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?
Replies: 220
Views: 6707

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

The best example of keeping through traffic out to create a liveable town that I'm aware of is Houten in the Netherlands. It's a wonderfully peaceful place that seems to function perfectly well despite limiting movements of cars and prioritising movement of people and people on bikes. I'd recommend ...
by amaferanga
19 Aug 2019, 9:45pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Is electric the end of the bike as we know it
Replies: 65
Views: 3946

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

I cycled in Copenhagen and the Netherlands (mostly Utrecht, day trip to Houten) this year. Experiencing it is everything. What I loved most - my partner (who rarely cycles in the UK due to fear of traffic) cycling everywhere. We used bikes to get everywhere - shops, sight seeing, out for dinner or t...
by amaferanga
18 Aug 2019, 10:32am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Sustrans Lejog route advice for south Manchester
Replies: 6
Views: 3301

Re: Sustrans Lejog route advice for south Manchester

Why on earth would you ever choose to cycle through Manchester?
by amaferanga
17 Aug 2019, 4:35pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Is electric the end of the bike as we know it
Replies: 65
Views: 3946

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

which of these journeys would you rather take, the blue route or the yellow route? This is from just outside of Amsterdam and is not untypical, were is the incentive for people to cycle in from the periphery when it takes you at least twice as far distance wise and increases the opportunities to ge...
by amaferanga
30 Apr 2019, 8:59pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders
Replies: 117
Views: 6019

Re: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders

Segregation works in the Netherlands. It works in Copenhagen. Those are real world examples that demonstrate that segregation on some roads does work. It hasn't worked in the UK because there's never been a joined up network that gets huge numbers of people where they want to go. But segregation is ...