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by skrx
9 Sep 2009, 9:04pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: CTC and cycling to school
Replies: 21
Views: 1574

Re: CTC and cycling to school

I always reckon a good school needs no uniform. In my experience, schools only make a fuss about small things like sock colour etc. when other things (discipline, education, little things like that) are out of control. I think the theory is that uniform is the root of good discipline, so get that s...
by skrx
2 Sep 2009, 11:46pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Mini cabs appeal to use bus lanes
Replies: 30
Views: 3452

Re: Mini cabs appeal to use bus lanes

Then, horror of horrors, they get a private hire home with the week's shopping. From my casual observations at various supermarkets, including one I use in a pretty depressed area of Leeds when I shop for my own mother, this sort of "outrageous extravagence" goes on quite a bit. I've done...
by skrx
2 Sep 2009, 2:08pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Mini cabs appeal to use bus lanes
Replies: 30
Views: 3452

Re: Mini cabs appeal to use bus lanes

I don't understand why taxis get to use bus lanes either. Do they displace private car use like buses do (i.e. the average occupancy of a taxi is more than of a car?) Taxis presumably reduce demands on parking spaces, but instead increase congestion (by driving around empty). They can use bus lanes...
by skrx
21 Aug 2009, 4:09pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Which Insurance against cycle theft ?
Replies: 11
Views: 3599

Re: Which Insurance against cycle theft ?

I have the theft (etc) insurance that members of the London Cycling Campaign get a discount on. My bike was stolen over a month ago, and I'm quite disappointed on how long it's taken to sort out -- I still don't have a replacement! There was a post strike in London, but the company should have recei...
by skrx
21 Aug 2009, 11:10am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Use the cycle path
Replies: 99
Views: 11937

Re: Use the cycle path

With all the usable signposting going inwards only, the centre of Leicester must by now be full of dead bodies of cyclists who expired while trying to find the way back home... Leicester is "Environment City", so it makes sense that they want as many cyclists as possible in it! (Some of t...
by skrx
31 Jul 2009, 3:45pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Spot the road hump game
Replies: 16
Views: 1397

Re: Spot the road hump game

After a few months, Merton Council told me it wasn't their road, and to contact Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators. I did so, and have just received this reply: "I have been down and investigated the road humps that you are referring too. In the picture your bike unfortunately is coverin...
by skrx
15 May 2009, 9:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How to move bikes to Worcester from London?
Replies: 7
Views: 384

Re: How to move bikes to Worcester from London?

St Pancras has lifts everywhere now. You'll be completely step-free from the Eurostar train to the Circle Line train. I booked cycle reservations on a train using nationalexpresseastcost.com (doesn't need to be a journey on the east coast to use that site). It was in "advanced" after reser...
by skrx
11 May 2009, 6:29pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Postie's to loose their bikes
Replies: 21
Views: 2611

Re: Postie's to loose thier bikes

Article: http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/b ... 251923.ece

The postmen I see in London have massive carts full of mail (like this).

The Times article says a bike can't carry enough mail. Perhaps Royal Mail should consider cargo bikes.
by skrx
8 May 2009, 2:18pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Flourescent jackets on a summers day...
Replies: 67
Views: 2374

Re: Flourescent jackets on a summers day...

I just saw a group of schoolchildren (age 5-6 ish) walking round a vehicle-free park (no cars, no bikes) on a school trip. They were all wearing fluorescent jackets :-(
by skrx
30 Apr 2009, 2:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Time to cycle 8 miles roughly and bike advice
Replies: 21
Views: 30865

Re: Time to cycle 8 miles roughly and bike advice

A test run on a day off is the best plan, if it's a weekend there should be less traffic and you won't feel rushed. You can take some time to adjust the bike too. Where do you live? 8 miles through a large city on busy roads takes a lot longer than 8 miles between two villages, but you might find a ...
by skrx
28 Apr 2009, 10:03pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Spot the road hump game
Replies: 16
Views: 1397

Re: Spot the road hump game

I've contacted the London Borough of Merton. It could be the responsibility of the Putney and Wimbledon Commons Conservators, or indeed the golf club -- I expect they'll tell me if this is the case.
by skrx
27 Apr 2009, 10:27pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: stupid skool kidz
Replies: 21
Views: 1542

Re: stupid skool kidz

If you suddenly swerve I wish a good recovery when you are mowed down. I've "mown down" a child (about 3-4) when I was running fast along the pavement. It was 99% the child's fault -- he jumped out from behind a wall and said "Boo!" but obviously misjudged how fast I was going, ...
by skrx
27 Apr 2009, 2:36pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: My first commute in the rain
Replies: 21
Views: 1288

Re: My first commute in the rain

Cotton, especially the sort used in jeans takes a million years to dry, or it seems like that to me. Yeah, I agree. I wear jeans because that's just what everyone else wears (i.e. fashion). The only trousers I have that aren't jeans are these (but black), which are a really thin, light cotton (and ...
by skrx
27 Apr 2009, 2:13pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: My first commute in the rain
Replies: 21
Views: 1288

Re: My first commute in the rain

I'm wearing slightly damp jeans, but I really need to find alternative trousers -- I don't find jeans very comfortable anyway, and they're pretty much the worst choice for cycling in the wet. I have some light polyester-cotton trousers, and they're super comfortable, but they're the kind of thing to...
by skrx
27 Apr 2009, 12:57pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Spot the road hump game
Replies: 16
Views: 1397

Re: Spot the road hump game

I didn't see a warning sign. There might be one for people coming the other way (into the common), but I joined that road from an unpaved path. What they really need is some paint on the road. The other humps I saw on my route either had white boxes painted around them (for the ones with a gap in th...