Skyscrapers and Cyclists

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Skyscrapers and Cyclists

Postby mercalia » 20 Aug 2019, 6:19am

Tougher building rules for skyscrapers have been drawn up by the City of London because of concerns that a high-rise, urban microclimate will generate winds capable of knocking over cyclists and pedestrians.


In the UK, the dangers of tall buildings creating wind tunnels have been most evident in Leeds, where the Bridgewater Place tower has caused multiple road closures and the death of a pedestrian when a lorry was blown over.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/201 ... pedetrians

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Re: Skyscrapers and Cyclists

Postby Sweep » 20 Aug 2019, 7:42am

Interesting.
Unfirseen perils of the modern world.
I went on a city of london walk a couple of years ago visiting temporary outside artworks. Some had been temporarily lashed down with rigging for safety after wind problems, some were covered or had safety barriers round them, or looked like they were about to fall apart
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Re: Skyscrapers and Cyclists

Postby ChrisButch » 20 Aug 2019, 8:12am

Not so new. I was once knocked over by a vortex below the towers of York Minster.

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Re: Skyscrapers and Cyclists

Postby Mick F » 20 Aug 2019, 12:07pm

Have you been to Manhattan?

There's a building there called the Flatiron.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flatiron_Building

When it opened, it was the talk of the town due to the winds blowing up ladies' dresses! :lol:
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Re: Skyscrapers and Cyclists

Postby reohn2 » 20 Aug 2019, 12:13pm

Hate skyscrapers with a passion :twisted:
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Re: Skyscrapers and Cyclists

Postby mercalia » 20 Aug 2019, 12:35pm

cant say I have noticed. Living in London i'll have to go have a look or a blow :lol:

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Re: Skyscrapers and Cyclists

Postby mattheus » 20 Aug 2019, 1:23pm

reohn2 wrote:Hate skyscrapers with a passion :twisted:


It doesn't help that London seems to have deliberately chosen a shockingly ugly mish-mash over the last decade or so.

If I lived there I'd be ashamed.

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Re: Skyscrapers and Cyclists

Postby reohn2 » 20 Aug 2019, 1:32pm

mattheus wrote:
reohn2 wrote:Hate skyscrapers with a passion :twisted:


It doesn't help that London seems to have deliberately chosen a shockingly ugly mish-mash over the last decade or so.

If I lived there I'd be ashamed.

Manchester is getting as bad.
Note,I avoid going to cities if at all humanly possible.
I find London the most soul destroying city I've visited,the tube makes me almost physically sick,and that's saying something as a one time miner for 16 years.
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Re: Skyscrapers and Cyclists

Postby Mick F » 20 Aug 2019, 5:05pm

If I never go to London again in my life, I will die a happy man.
Horrible place.
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Re: Skyscrapers and Cyclists

Postby Tinpotflowers » 26 Aug 2019, 4:40pm

Mick F wrote:If I never go to London again in my life, I will die a happy man.
Horrible place.


What makes you say that?

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Re: Skyscrapers and Cyclists

Postby rjb » 26 Aug 2019, 4:48pm

if you find yourself in the capital i can recommend this free attraction at the top of the "Walkie Talkie"with fanastic views across across the metropolis. Sits between St Pauls and the Tower of london. And it can be very windy at street level due to the high rise buildings. Booking beforehand is essential.
https://skygarden.london/
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Re: Skyscrapers and Cyclists

Postby softlips » 27 Aug 2019, 9:56am

Tinpotflowers wrote:
Mick F wrote:If I never go to London again in my life, I will die a happy man.
Horrible place.


What makes you say that?


Yes, what is this based on?

I used to think London was a huge place and didn’t particularly like it. Over ten years working there most weeks I really like it now. I now feel it’s quite a small city, it’s easy to walk between most places (although I’m happy to walk an hour or more). The cycling there (which I started last year) is great. I love the huge amount of green spaces. I wish when younger I’d lived there a while.


Although, I’m currently looking for a home to retire to on the south coast.

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Re: Skyscrapers and Cyclists

Postby mattheus » 27 Aug 2019, 10:13am

softlips wrote:
Tinpotflowers wrote:
Mick F wrote:If I never go to London again in my life, I will die a happy man.
Horrible place.


What makes you say that?


Yes, what is this based on?

I used to think London was a huge place and didn’t particularly like it. Over ten years working there most weeks I really like it now. I now feel it’s quite a small city, it’s easy to walk between most places (although I’m happy to walk an hour or more). The cycling there (which I started last year) is great. I love the huge amount of green spaces. I wish when younger I’d lived there a while.


Although, I’m currently looking for a home to retire to on the south coast.


"based on" ??? It's just opinion! Why are you any more right than Mick?!

Incidentally, walking for an hour will (easily) get you across the "City of London" - but Greater London is about 600 square miles. More if you go by other terminology. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London#Scope

It would take several hours to just walk one of the longer underground lines.

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Re: Skyscrapers and Cyclists

Postby Mick F » 27 Aug 2019, 7:01pm

It's a city.
It's a big city.
It's not only a big city, it's BIG city.

Also, one of the things that gets up the noses of just about everyone up-country, up-north, out-west, Scotland, Wales, and the NE and anywhere else maybe .............. even in other cities ................. is that we get rammed down our throats is London Centric. London London London.

There's a whole world out there, and there's a whole country out there too and there are many other fine cities. London centric-ness gets up my snot-box.
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Re: Skyscrapers and Cyclists

Postby Tinpotflowers » 4 Sep 2019, 11:20am

Mick F wrote:It's a city.
It's a big city.
It's not only a big city, it's BIG city.

Also, one of the things that gets up the noses of just about everyone up-country, up-north, out-west, Scotland, Wales, and the NE and anywhere else maybe .............. even in other cities ................. is that we get rammed down our throats is London Centric. London London London.

There's a whole world out there, and there's a whole country out there too and there are many other fine cities. London centric-ness gets up my snot-box.


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