The Tragic Proliferation of ‘Drive-Cycling’

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Re: The Tragic Proliferation of ‘Drive-Cycling’

Postby pwa » 19 Sep 2018, 8:28pm

Lance Dopestrong wrote:You don't mind air pollution in the name of pleasure?

Not here, no. I live in a quiet spot with relatively little traffic so the odd extra car makes no real difference to the generally very good air quality. The only time I worry about vehicle exhausts is when a school bus goes past.

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Re: The Tragic Proliferation of ‘Drive-Cycling’

Postby reohn2 » 19 Sep 2018, 8:38pm

Lance Dopestrong wrote:You don't mind air pollution in the name of pleasure?

If all the cyclists in all the world stopped using a car it wouldn't add up to very much reduction in pollution.

However if all the motorists in all the world were prevented(by the many means available to governmental authorities)from using their cars for journeys of 5miles or less it would add upto quite a reduction in pollution.

Also if cyclists were prevented from using their car to transport it to a place where they can enjoy a ride,their pleasure renewal of mind body and spirit and possibly their physical health could be at risk.
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Re: The Tragic Proliferation of ‘Drive-Cycling’

Postby Lance Dopestrong » 19 Sep 2018, 8:44pm

pwa wrote:
Lance Dopestrong wrote:You don't mind air pollution in the name of pleasure?

Not here, no. I live in a quiet spot with relatively little traffic so the odd extra car makes no real difference to the generally very good air quality. The only time I worry about vehicle exhausts is when a school bus goes past.

An honest response ;)
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Re: The Tragic Proliferation of ‘Drive-Cycling’

Postby brynpoeth » 19 Sep 2018, 8:57pm

Lance Dopestrong wrote:
pwa wrote:
Lance Dopestrong wrote:You don't mind air pollution in the name of pleasure?

Not here, no. I live in a quiet spot with relatively little traffic so the odd extra car makes no real difference to the generally very good air quality. The only time I worry about vehicle exhausts is when a school bus goes past.

An honest response ;)

The pollution is blown back to Caerdydd where the visitors likely come from :?
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Re: The Tragic Proliferation of ‘Drive-Cycling’

Postby mmcnay » 19 Sep 2018, 10:42pm

I like getting out on my bike. I usually ride from the house. But, for a change I get on the train and cycle home from somewhere more distant. I've taken the bikes out in my car - the boy is seven - and then we've cycled the last couple of miles into the city to do a bit of shopping. I drove down to Dorset recently. Dropped the boy at his grandparents and went for a three day tour. It was lovely.

I've read a lot about air quality on this thread -and car drivers, unnecessary driving etc. To really think about air quality think about the cities in China and India where they produce most of the rubbish we get through. We've mostly exported terrible air quality. So, if you own anything made in these countries, or others with similar lax laws on pollution - you've made bad air quality for Chinese children. Not to mention been part in slave like working conditions for other human beings.

Talking of the labour conditions of the Chinese factory workers reminds me of the even worse tragedy. The African children down mines to supply the metals necessary to make our computers go. Proper youngsters. 5, 6, 7 years old. Now that is a tragedy. And one every member of this forum is complicit in. (Me included.)

Some of the non-car drivers live in cottages and burn wood. They might have TVs. They might fly to Spain for a holiday. If they life and breath a normalish life, then they are contributing to pollution, to bad air quality, to slavery, to the exploitation of children etc etc.

Basically, we are all sinners. And there are some terrible tragedies out there. If we focus on our own part in those tragedies, rather than pointing the finger at others, we might be able to do something about them.

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Postby Lance Dopestrong » 19 Sep 2018, 10:50pm

Don't just focus on it, but take some action.
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Re: The Tragic Proliferation of ‘Drive-Cycling’

Postby Cugel » 20 Sep 2018, 10:01am

reohn2 wrote:There's non so boring as those who claim a holier than thou approach to whatever the subject.......


We virtue signallers cannot help it if you secretly find our superior modes and immaculate behaviours enviable, then cover your longing to emulate us with irrelevant criticisms. No, we can't.

Anyway, I know that my pearls of wisdom are fascinating to all right-thinking folk and only of no interest to the porcine, who are bored with everything except a muddy root or the swill bucket! :-)

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Postby reohn2 » 20 Sep 2018, 7:45pm

Cugel wrote:
reohn2 wrote:There's non so boring as those who claim a holier than thou approach to whatever the subject.......


We virtue signallers cannot help it if you secretly find our superior modes and immaculate behaviours enviable, then cover your longing to emulate us with irrelevant criticisms. No, we can't.

Anyway, I know that my pearls of wisdom are fascinating to all right-thinking folk and only of no interest to the porcine, who are bored with everything except a muddy root or the swill bucket! :-)

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Re: The Tragic Proliferation of ‘Drive-Cycling’

Postby brynpoeth » 21 Sep 2018, 8:30am

Tolerance? Do driving cyclists, do you, belong to the tiny minority of motorists who observe traffic law, stop signs, maximum speed limits?

I belong to that tiny minority, do not drive much now :wink:
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Re: The Tragic Proliferation of ‘Drive-Cycling’

Postby landsurfer » 21 Sep 2018, 8:41am

I'm driving to Lincoln on Saturday morning, about 0630 and parking up near RAF Scampton.
I will then have an enjoyable few hours riding a 62 mile loop before loading my bike onto the big diesel truck and driving home .... HUZZAH !
Absolutely nothing tragic about my day ..... :)
It gets better, on Sunday, having loaded up the kayaks, my grandson and I will drive the 73 miles to Bridlington, park up at the north beach and paddle off to explore the cliffs ....
The weekend may even end with some "Drive- Shopping" .....
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Re: The Tragic Proliferation of ‘Drive-Cycling’

Postby rmurphy195 » 21 Sep 2018, 11:16am

I have to ask - given the title of this thread, and its location (Campaigning and Public Policy) - is it the OP's intention to kick off a campaign to ban "Drive-Cycling"?
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Re: The Tragic Proliferation of ‘Drive-Cycling’

Postby brynpoeth » 21 Sep 2018, 11:22am

recumbentpanda wrote:Well, I guess this thread went pretty much as I suspected it might. I can see the logic in many of the points, but still, every time I ride past a car with bike racks parked near to a cycle only route, I can’t help feeling depressed. Somehow, by creating off road infrastructure we have ended up turning cycling from a fuel free way of getting around to just another reason for burning gas.

True, many people, including me, like to ride without the ever present threat of the motor car, but for that to result in yet more car journeys just seems wrong, and more than slightly mad, even if on the surface, for each individual, it seems a logical thing to do.

Anti-car? Yes, yes I am. There will always be legitimate uses for powered vehicles, but currently I think we are ‘car-sick’ and drive-cycling is just another symptom.

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A lot of people drive with bikes on the roof or back of the car, looks hazardous, maybe the cops could pull them over to check whether the machines are properly secured
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Re: The Tragic Proliferation of ‘Drive-Cycling’

Postby brynpoeth » 21 Sep 2018, 11:25am

rmurphy195 wrote:I have to ask - given the title of this thread, and its location (Campaigning and Public Policy) - is it the OP's intention to kick off a campaign to ban "Drive-Cycling"?

S/he has not posted for a while, you could send a pm to ask, hope the answer appears here

I rather wish I lived in Birmingham and could cycle the fascinating canal towpaths by cycle only (fixie) :wink:
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Re: The Tragic Proliferation of ‘Drive-Cycling’

Postby rmurphy195 » 25 Sep 2018, 4:47pm

brynpoeth wrote:
rmurphy195 wrote:I have to ask - given the title of this thread, and its location (Campaigning and Public Policy) - is it the OP's intention to kick off a campaign to ban "Drive-Cycling"?

S/he has not posted for a while, you could send a pm to ask, hope the answer appears here

I rather wish I lived in Birmingham and could cycle the fascinating canal towpaths by cycle only (fixie) :wink:


You woldn't want to use a fixie - lots of people and children (on and of bikes (ok), mobility scooters (ok), unrestrained and badly-controlled dogs (not OK), kids on motorbikes (not OK) so you have to keep slowing down!
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Re: The Tragic Proliferation of ‘Drive-Cycling’

Postby brynpoeth » 25 Sep 2018, 4:54pm

rmurphy195 wrote:
brynpoeth wrote:
rmurphy195 wrote:I have to ask - given the title of this thread, and its location (Campaigning and Public Policy) - is it the OP's intention to kick off a campaign to ban "Drive-Cycling"?

S/he has not posted for a while, you could send a pm to ask, hope the answer appears here

I rather wish I lived in Birmingham and could cycle the fascinating canal towpaths by cycle only (fixie) :wink:


You woldn't want to use a fixie - lots of people and children (on and of bikes (ok), mobility scooters (ok), unrestrained and badly-controlled dogs (not OK), kids on motorbikes (not OK) so you have to keep slowing down!

Positive thread alert, +1!
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