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  • trying to look positively at a piece I just read in the sunday times,
    no i didnt buy it.
    Kulveer ranger Bozzas transport advisor says that "Were cracking down, cyclists are being fined for riding on pavements, if they dont want to pay they can go on a training course"
    could be plenty work coming up for trainers, a bit like all those naughties that go on speed awareness courses, or they could be dreaming and just woke up in bed,
    next, the article mentions the national cycle network and the superhighways in the same breath, which is a joke, as the two things are utterly different.,and please someone correct me, utterly shit missed opportunity.
    finally, its written like as if the reader wouldnt actually consider using the hire bikes or actually moving their carcasses, the tone is more like "thats nice dear, pass the butter, shall we go and pick up some groceries on the Kings Road"

  • Two half hour documentaries, Radio 4.

    Longest two half hours of my life, I would have cried if I had any emotions.

  • So you sat through them both? You big soft ball of lambswool.

  • Dave Moulton made a reply about the Copenhagenize 'vehicular' cyclist article;

    http://davesbikeblog.squarespace.com/blo­g/2010/7/15/labels-and-other-bs-from-cop­enhagen.html

  • interesting news about bike lane segeration in Sweden;

    http://www.thelocal.se/27192/20100612/

  • "Bikeability, the national learning scheme which currently teaches road craft to 350,000 bike riding children a year has set a target of topping 500,000 by 2012."

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/7935114/­Mid-life-crisis-Get-on-your-bike.html

    phew! so at least a couple more years of work...

    (and what bike did you by on your mid-life crisis?
    That's when i got my black and white mean machine)

  • glad we have plenty to do then.....
    heres a song I know youre gonna love David
    YouTube- ‪Balkan Beat Box - Cha Cha‬‎

  • You're starting a new thread *M.F?

    Guess the previous poster's music taste

    glad we have plenty to do then.....
    heres a song I know youre gonna love David
    YouTube- ‪Balkan Beat Box - Cha Cha‬‎

    That aint bad when in the right mood I like the brass sound... bit strident for me at the moment
    6/10

  • not cycle training exactly, but I'm being the "expert" on what sounds a bit dragons den style invention show for cBeebies. I've had to sign a Non-disclosure form and everything, so it's pretty serious (if not quite dancing on ice) will post a link if it makes it to air!

  • ha,
    cBeebies,
    now I know you have really regressed to the age of the people you work with....
    (sounds great jea-lous)

  • I didn't think bus drivers need cycle training when they're already pretty considerated toward cyclists on the road.

    why not toward HGV? or taxi drivers for that matter?

  • I didn't think bus drivers need cycle training when they're already pretty considerated toward cyclists on the road.

    why not toward HGV? or taxi drivers for that matter?

    No harm done by training them Ed.
    Lambeth council who are funding this have been training HGV drivers for a while now
    http://www.lcc.org.uk/documents/Cycle%20­awareness%20for%20HGV%20drivers.pdf

    the scheme may be rolled out to other HGV companies accross london

    (Riding to work this morning with one of my fellow instructors from CTUK, she was blown a kiss and shown a smile by a veolia rubbish collection truck driver -perhaps recently trained to love two wheeled HPVs)

  • I didn't think bus drivers need cycle training when they're already pretty considerated toward cyclists on the road.

    why not toward HGV? or taxi drivers for that matter?

    Ed, judging from the number of trainees who ask me about how to deal with buses your admiration is not universal. Part of that, admittedly, is cyclists not taking primary position in bus lanes because they think they don't need to when there are no 'normal' road users around them. But part of it is bus drivers cutting in just before bus stops, ignoring the forward boxes and other less than considerate manouevres. My view is that many bus drivers are considerate but that the ones that aren't can be dealt with fairly easily if you adopt good road positioning and think, and plan, ahead when you see a bus stop. Buses are, at least, predictable in their routes/stops.

  • Agreed with that ^. More often recently Im letting buses pull away from me (partly because its fun drafting them) but simply because if theres a big enough gap they will overtake me again soon anyway.
    One thing that I was told by bus drivers is that they run on timetables that allow them no time for slack, so when they do drive like nodders booting it between gaps, just remember it could be because they are on stupidly tight timetables.

  • (and what bike did you by on your mid-life crisis?
    That's when i got my black and white mean machine)

    As you know, I love a Steamroller!
    http://www.lfgss.com/album.php?albumid=2­10&pictureid=2949
    (and a mid-life crisis)

    But Dave, have you plugged those bare bar ends up yet...?

    ;0)

  • As you know, I love a Steamroller!
    http://www.lfgss.com/album.php?albumid=2­10&pictureid=2949
    (and a mid-life crisis)

    But Dave, have you plugged those bare bar ends up yet...?

    ;0)

    you do love a steamroller and i apprecieate why.
    The bars are plugged just an optical illusion with those black bar end pugs. Should i replace with white wine corks to avoid people making that mistake?

  • you do love a steamroller and i apprecieate why.
    The bars are plugged just an optical illusion with those black bar end pugs. Should i replace with white wine corks to avoid people making that mistake?

    Leffe corks work a treat - with a little judicious trimming

  • Something on BBC news about cycle England being scraped in the cuts along with the bikeabilty training in Schools.

  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/7­956939/Cycling-Proficiency-test-facing-a­xe.html
    Fears are growing, blah blah blah
    heres the rub
    "The Cabinet Office is reviewing all arms length bodies and an announcement will be made in due course.”
    “The coalition Government is absolutely committed to supporting sustainable travel initiatives - including cycling - and we are in the process of considering how this best can be achieved.”
    we will see.

  • I sure as hell hope they don't cancel the schools training as I personally think this is the real key to a long term strategy in terms of a change in culture in regards to cycling. I know I'm perching to the converted here however I still wish to pointlessly state my opinion.

  • Everyone is welcome here Tommy.
    My more experienced colleagues might know more about this than I do but I also think that in fact it is often parents who stand in the way of their children cycling. Not being cyclists themselves they believe it is too dangerous for their offspring even after they have had training in school. So possibly it is just as important to get parents cycling as it is to train their children. I'm optimistic that all the people in their twenties who are taking up cycling, whether they have training or not, will be more encouraging when their children start to want to ride to school.

  • very unlikely that Bikeability will be discontinued, the £ is peanuts in the scheme of government spending, what remains to be seen is whether the £ directed stays similar, with a recognition that it is money well spent as part of sustainability, or, Cycling England is wound down for the savings. Which would leave many cycle training project developments searching for hard to find £. The decision will say a lot about this Coalitions true colours, but we cant expect to hear it until after autumn spending review when Daft announce plans.
    Parents are indeed the key to creating new generations of riders, even after working with a school directly for 18 months, getting them new bikestores, changing the roads outside, doing cycle training, instigating in lots of culture change within the school-- the final daily decision rests upon the parent/carer.
    Good to think as you say that the current generation ride more, so the uptake and culture change will happen for their children, with everything else going on around oil prices etc etc, it has to.

  • ^^was going to add my two cents but it turned into an anti-coalition rant and i thought better of it :)

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