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by skrx
17 Apr 2009, 7:20pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: The danger of railings?
Replies: 16
Views: 1977

Re: The danger of railings?

I suppose the question is, how many cyclist deaths are caused by railings, compared with pedestrian deaths prevented (whether inattentive commuters, or kids running out, etc. etc.) In some places, e.g. Kensington High Street, all the railings were removed for pedestrian safety. Removing them meant ...
by skrx
17 Apr 2009, 11:41am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Guardian 04.10.08: Be the best at road cycling
Replies: 6
Views: 571

Re: Guardian 04.10.08: Be the best at road cycling

I've been trying to keep mine above 90, but it's still taking some practice. I don't have a computer to do it, so I'm just counting. "(0)RIGHT left right (1)LEFT right left (2)RIGHT" should be 90rpm.
by skrx
17 Apr 2009, 9:17am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Electric cars
Replies: 18
Views: 1395

Re: Electric cars

Westminster already have some on-street charging bays (I think the only ones in the country?). They're "free", but you have to register to use them (£75 a year). Some of their multi-storey car parks have charging bays, to use them it's £231 a year (but parking is free). There's no reason t...
by skrx
14 Apr 2009, 5:46pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Actions and Consequences
Replies: 49
Views: 2503

Re: Actions and Consequences

I'm not a lawyer, and I don't know if this is how things work. It's how I think things should work. For C and D, because you intended to kill her, you should face a criminal penalty (fine, community service, prison). You can also be sued by the woman's next of kin in the case of D (they get compensa...
by skrx
14 Apr 2009, 4:06pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Welcome to the real world, Sam
Replies: 22
Views: 1991

Re: Welcome to the real world, Sam

Well, not always. Some years ago, when she was still driving, my Mum parked outside her house on a wet and windy Christmas Eve .The car was parked on the correct side of the road. An elderly cyclist, presumably with his head down against the wind cycled straight into the back of her car. Luckily, h...
by skrx
12 Apr 2009, 1:21am
Forum: On the road
Topic: The Silliest Comment You've Had...
Replies: 76
Views: 3991

Re: The Silliest Comment You've Had...

A child caught my eye today, he was leaning on a bollard right at the edge of the road, and was quite young -- shorter than the bollard. I wondered if he was lost, as it was a road next to Clapham Junction Station (which proclaims itself to be "Britain's busiest station"). But as I went pa...
by skrx
8 Apr 2009, 2:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike lights in the daytime
Replies: 62
Views: 2315

Re: Bike lights in the daytime

When fuel prices went up last year, airlines were saving weight wherever they could. Swapping steel buffet trolleys for aluminium and removing in flight magazines were two things I saw mentioned.

A short-haul flight produces about 10 times as much CO2 as a high speed train.
by skrx
7 Apr 2009, 12:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Idiot at level crossing
Replies: 12
Views: 1770

Re: Idiot at level crossing

Full barriers - gates or booms, are only used where their operation is under human observation. I think. They're used at the crossings near me, but maybe they're under CCTV observation. (And there are 16 trains per hour off peak. My record for being held up is 7 consecutive trains! Luckily on the w...
by skrx
7 Apr 2009, 10:29am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike lights in the daytime
Replies: 62
Views: 2315

Re: Bike lights in the daytime

I turn on my rear flashing LED light all the time. I bought it at the start of the year, have used it for at least an hour every day (~100 hours so far), and it's still going fine. I don't bother turning on the front light unless visibility is poor. It probably isn't much use a lot of the time (like...
by skrx
5 Apr 2009, 5:43pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: I'm thinking of sending my videos to no.10
Replies: 6
Views: 418

Re: I'm thinking of sending my videos to no.10

You should send it to your MP rather than Gordon Brown (unless you live in his constituency). See http://www.writetothem.com/ I don't see why anyone would suggest you shouldn't do this. But make sure to emphasize that you don't want cycle lanes painted on the pavement, but instead things like lower ...
by skrx
5 Apr 2009, 5:40pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bikes one way, train back, and bikes on trains
Replies: 23
Views: 2142

Re: Bikes one way, train back, and bikes on trains

If the government gave a flip about Climate Change they would mandate that bike facilities on a train have to be provided. They don't care though. They do require bike facilities on trains. I can't remember where I read this -- it may have been an answer to a question to the Mayor of London asking ...
by skrx
5 Apr 2009, 5:32pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Idiot at level crossing
Replies: 12
Views: 1770

Re: Idiot at level crossing

This morning I heard about a cyclist getting killed at Baschurch level crossing, last night. I know Baschurch very well as my daughter attended the school there. Secretly I was hoping the crossing barriers will be found to be faulty and no blame attached to the cyclist. With this being fresh in my ...
by skrx
5 Apr 2009, 5:09pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Do you wear a helmet?
Replies: 240
Views: 12444

Re: Do you wear a helmet?

I dont mind wearing one when out for the day, though I usually dont. NUKe's point about wearing one for group rides strikes me as sound, and well timed as I expect to try my first such ride shortly. What I dont want is to be obliged to wear one just to pop out to the shops. Enormously inconvenient ...
by skrx
1 Apr 2009, 10:19am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Congestion Charge for Cyclists in Bristol
Replies: 5
Views: 545

Re: Congestion Charge for Cyclists in Bristol

No doubt Top Gear will cover it on their re-focused show: http://www.bbc.co.uk.tscc.org.uk/presso ... gear.shtml
by skrx
31 Mar 2009, 10:45am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Folding Bikes
Replies: 54
Views: 4372

Re: Folding Bikes

Bikes and public transport are all part of an integrated alternative to the car and the train companies should stop wasting so much space on trains with coffee bars and other nonsense and get the basics correct, I can carry a flask if I want coffee! The packed commuter trains in the south-east don'...