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by Sares
17 May 2009, 12:44pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle to Work Scheme
Replies: 20
Views: 3363

Re: Cycle to Work Scheme

We've been working on getting one at my place of work for about 2 years (objections were on health & safety grounds), but it's just been approved!
by Sares
19 Nov 2008, 12:37pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: What can we do to encourage more women to cycle?
Replies: 358
Views: 43415

A couple of the girls at work say that they would cycle but that they find it uncomfortable. Anyone have any good recommendations for ladies seats? (also they probably have the seat height set wrong) My wife tried a female specific Specialised Body Geometry saddle on one of her bikes and promptly m...
by Sares
13 Jul 2008, 8:47pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Trains: Difference between Canada and the UK
Replies: 2
Views: 841

Canadian trains exist only for tourists, so they probably make more effort there. They leave Toronto heading west 3 times a week ...and regularly arrive hours late in Vancouver on the west coast. The one from the east coast to Toronto leaves 6 times a week. They may make it easy to take a cycle on b...
by Sares
8 Jul 2008, 2:56pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: To make the roads safer - first remove the regulation
Replies: 63
Views: 8304

Even at peak times in the central Midlands where I am, drivers do not have to wait very long to overtake safely, and if it is really that busy and narrow a road, they are usually travelling very slowly and it isn't me who is holding them up. So if they are very impatient, it is usually unreasonable....
by Sares
7 Jul 2008, 2:21pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: To make the roads safer - first remove the regulation
Replies: 63
Views: 8304

I think a good part of our problem is that we tend to see the road as 'my space' and the pavement as 'their space' with regard to people on foot. This isn't really true. While vehicles are prohibited from travelling on the pavement, people are not prohibited from walking on the road- the Queen's Hig...
by Sares
6 Jul 2008, 4:44pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle to Work scheme - large companies not offering it
Replies: 29
Views: 7561

If you can contact everyone in the company and ask them to reply to you if they are interested, that I think could help. This is what we did- so we could tell them that the info and request were on behalf of more than 50 people, and that their reply would be sent to all the interested employees. I d...
by Sares
3 Jul 2008, 10:05am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: For CTC Members? CTC and Climate Change Policy
Replies: 43
Views: 5335

Since cycling is inherently green, then a climate change policy and improving the lot of cyclists should be mostly complimentary. The CTC should also be able to (and has in the past) been able to take advantage of funding for climate change projects. If we ignore this opportunity, then I think we as...
by Sares
3 Jul 2008, 8:30am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle to Work scheme - large companies not offering it
Replies: 29
Views: 7561

Good idea but there is no one of that level in my office- they are all at head office I think. Nor is there anyone with that sort of influence. We do have a few interested people who are trying to get the message across to people at that level, but it's not easy to see them personally, as we don't h...
by Sares
2 Jul 2008, 12:44pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle to Work scheme - large companies not offering it
Replies: 29
Views: 7561

The report that we sent in to the HR department can be found here under Cycling and Health - What's the evidence? It's the third report down from the top, and covers just about everything. We also sent them an email with the report summarised as HR probably didn't read it... We also tried to show ho...
by Sares
2 Jul 2008, 12:04pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "And make no mistake, cyclists are criminals"
Replies: 276
Views: 18332

Do you believe a 30mph limit is set because it would be dangerous to go over 30mph? Not at all, it's set at 30 because it would be dangerous to exceed 40 - compensation for human nature is built in (I'll add here that this isn't true for ALL roads, but generally that's part of the process of speed ...
by Sares
2 Jul 2008, 11:56am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: How does one try out a recumbent?
Replies: 8
Views: 3749

How does one try out a recumbent?

I'm interested in trying a recumbent, but I don't know where I would find one as the LBS doesn't stock them, and I don't know anyone who has one. Are there any bike shops that do have them, or rental places where you could take one out for the day?

Thanks!
by Sares
1 Jul 2008, 9:39am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.
Replies: 410
Views: 24445

It seems that the main conflict is between the irreconcilable "It's possible (for most/all)" and the "It's impossible (for most, with some exceptions), with several people arguing each of these positions. However there is a big difference between "I could" and "I should...
by Sares
1 Jul 2008, 8:07am
Forum: On the road
Topic: close to being killed today. pedestrian refuge
Replies: 13
Views: 1784

Yes, definitely write to the company- I had a near miss with a Robert Wiseman lorry where it overtook far too close and the company seemed to take the matter very seriously. Companies have a reputation to uphold, so they are much more inclined to listen to you and act on it than individual drivers. ...
by Sares
30 Jun 2008, 1:10pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Friends of the earth
Replies: 24
Views: 2228

The trouble with the overpopulation argument is that the people who are overpopulating and the ones who are overconsuming are usually not the same ones. In sub-Saharan Africa, the average woman has 5 or 6 kids. But her whole family probably uses substantially less resources than a single British chi...
by Sares
30 Jun 2008, 11:48am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycle Lanes on roundabouts.
Replies: 13
Views: 1694

Another point is that due to the circular shape of roundabouts, you are least visible to vehicles entering the roundabout if you are closer than 1.5m or so to the edge (with cycle lane or not). You are therefore more likely not to be seen and be struck or cut up when crossing an entrance. Those roun...