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by Sares
6 Jun 2008, 5:58pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Gridlock and Road Rage Channel 4 9pm tonight (now)
Replies: 72
Views: 8047

Even where the Autobahn is unrestricted there is a recommended speed, and if you drive faster than this you could be considered to have more responsibility for any accident because of your higher speed.
by Sares
4 Jun 2008, 8:34pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Contra flow cycling:Kevin Mayne on Radio 4's Today Programme
Replies: 54
Views: 6979

If we don't ask for change, though, we get the status quo, and that is that cyclists are marginalised. It doesn't mean that everything should be done as on the continent (by all means keep some idiosyncrasies, and develop a really British cycling culture), but if there is a good idea, why not sugges...
by Sares
4 Jun 2008, 12:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Travelling light
Replies: 57
Views: 9345

I do types 2 and 3, usually depending on the steepness of the hills I expect to find! I usually tour with my husband, and this year we went out when I was 6 months pregnant so he carried the gear. We can get by comfortably with 1 Ortlieb rear-roll top bag each for type 2, and we usually take 2 panni...
by Sares
2 Jun 2008, 1:34pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Gridlock and Road Rage Channel 4 9pm tonight (now)
Replies: 72
Views: 8047

... but taken as a whole, city life is greener than country life. If you go back 100 years, then the country people all had a reason to be in the country (farming) and the city/town people a reason to be in town (some work that needed a higher density of people). They also had a different standard ...
by Sares
1 Jun 2008, 9:37am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Gridlock and Road Rage Channel 4 9pm tonight (now)
Replies: 72
Views: 8047

Yes, it's a difficult task indeed to moderate such that everyone thinks it's perfectly fair. The thread needed some trimming, it had gotten out of hand. The question I've been thinking about regarding gridlock is, do you think that rising petrol prices (which look likely to stay high, I think) will ...
by Sares
31 May 2008, 6:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle to Work scheme - large companies not offering it
Replies: 29
Views: 7561

The company I work for (5000+ employees) has been resisting offering it for health & safety reasons. Health & safety is a big motivator in the business culture of this company. However, a group of us have been trying to address those concerns and I think we have made quite a lot of headway. ...
by Sares
29 May 2008, 10:46am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Helmets
Replies: 371
Views: 26764

Ok, but they would need to both be able to ride and to fly off the bicycle in a realistic way.
by Sares
29 May 2008, 10:35am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Taking bikes by plane
Replies: 36
Views: 7514

Some would argue you shouldn't even think about it, that you should not go cycling anywhere you cannot easily take your bike by bus, boat and train. Do you think cyclists should place their touring plans under such a limitation, and put the final polish on their self-righteousness? Or do you think ...
by Sares
29 May 2008, 10:25am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Helmets
Replies: 371
Views: 26764

The crash-test dummy approach would require the dummies to be able to ride bicycles...I think this might be difficult. At least my mental image of it is rather comical!
by Sares
28 May 2008, 9:09pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Helmets
Replies: 371
Views: 26764

If I hit my head coming off at 40mph though, there is still some protection available. Devil's advocate: Energy in a crash rises by the square of the speed, though, so at 40mph you're having to absorb 11 times more energy than at 12mph (the approx helmet design speed), which may have passed the bou...
by Sares
28 May 2008, 12:23pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: arriva trains
Replies: 47
Views: 6644

Even on many Cross country services you can normally just turn up and go, no time restrictions. My husband uses their trains every day to get to work and it is rarely a problem. The reservation is just extra security. He doesn't normally get one, and when I was travelling the same way I didn't eithe...
by Sares
28 May 2008, 12:16pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Helmets
Replies: 371
Views: 26764

Well, to summarise the research I've read in the event of a crash where you hit your head, there are several categories. 1) Low speed crash, straight impact: helmet helps to absorb energy, and your brain is probably less affected than without helmet. 2) Low speed crash, rotational impact: helmet inc...
by Sares
27 May 2008, 7:22am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Helmets
Replies: 371
Views: 26764

david, I am somewhat perplexed at why you are trying to get such a definitive answer on cycle helmet protection from an online forum. You state that you were already aware of and have read the information that people on here have referred you to. If so, I would imagine it would be clear to you that ...
by Sares
19 May 2008, 8:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 20mph for residential areas across the country?
Replies: 39
Views: 4316

I think motorists' skills would be improved even if they expected to find only cars around the next bend. The number of drivers who will overtake another car (or cycle) on the wrong side of the road at a place with no forward visibility is truly frightening! People are not very good at self-control ...
by Sares
19 May 2008, 7:48pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: arriva trains
Replies: 47
Views: 6644

I think paying for bike tickets would help- after all, you may not get a seat for your passenger ticket, but the guard will let you on well after all the seats (spaces) are taken. There is often all sorts of potential space, just not allocated space. Some companies will let you use it (London Midlan...