At a party with one of Ken Livingstone's advisors
Posted: 10/01/2008 at 11:19
Posted: 14/01/2008 at 12:56
Thanks for sharing that with us Jimbo. Gives all of us who ride in London an interesting insight into what may lurk ahead and why, and reminds us what everyday people think of bikers/ biking (in this case government agency employees). Hopefully the psychologists will have a positive impact, but we'll probably be paying congestion charge by then!
I love the bit about our "affinity, comraderie, and sense of togetherness". I'll drink to that. It's refreshing that in this day and age a relatively small group of people sharing the same passion can have an impact on government decisions.
Posted: 23/01/2008 at 00:53
I don't live in London and at the moment don't have the threat of a congestion charge... but it is only a matter of time! The fact that bikes do not contribute to congestion rarely figures in the thoughts of politicians. They are only interested in statistics. These say that bikes are dangerous and accidents involving them are more likely to be serious (or fatal even) than those involving cars alone. What they fail to take into account is that the accident rate would be dramatically reduced if we reduced the number of cars! While there are a number of bikers who seem to confuse the road with racetrack and ride around like an extra from "Mad Max" they are the minority (probably due to their own ignorance of the risks they take) and the vast majority of bikers treat city driving with the respect it requires. Reducing the cars will never completely eradicate motorcycle accidents but it will reduce them substantially.
Touching on one of Jimbo's points about employers being unwilling to embrace bikes, we do have one forward thinking employer up here in Leeds. Our NHS Trust has limited car parking resources and issues staff with parking permits according to need. Those staff who qualify for a permit have to pay for the privilage (not sure exactly how much but £30-£40 sort of thing). However if that person comes in on a bike, powered or pedal, they can give up their permit and park for free with one big bonus. They can purchase a "book of tickets" that allows them to use their car for a certain number of days per year to cope with really bad weather, illness, injuries etc. The only draw back is they have to purchase their entire allowance of tickets up front (unused ones are reimbursed at the end of the year).
This has to be one of the best bits of joined up thinking to come from a major employer ever.
My own employer does allow us to use bikes for business, we can even use our car allowance to buy them! They also provide covered bike parking at most of their sites. This is one the largest companies in the world so thankfully not all employers are completely anti bike!
Posted: 18/03/2008 at 10:00
Posted: 18/03/2008 at 13:53
In terms of congestion it is true that bikes take up far less room than a car, but do need more space. You try riding as close to hundreds of bikes as we drive next to hundreds of cars, I for one am not happy riding a few feet from another bike.
On whether it is better to bike than drive. My bike (VMax) is only just better on petrol than the car. I can only take 1 passenger and the car can hold 6, a set of tyres for the car is just a tad more expensive than a pair for the bike, the car gets an oil change every 20k the bike barely manages 4k. I could go on
If you look at it logically, and you could get everyone to carshare, then bikes are not the way to end congestion.
They're just more fun.
Posted: 13/04/2008 at 00:54
Is there some mileage in setting up a VD rideout to London ?
Nothing threatening, just a show of how, when we want to, bikers can pull together a lot of people when we want to. Bums on seats matter to the political flunkies.
We can do it one of two ways;
1- Register it with the police forces en route and the Met in London, agree a route, blah, blah, blah. Lots of meetings, lots of wasted time and red tape.
2- Flashmob it, make it a spontaneous event, people come together, ride, depending on numbers, go to The Ace for lunch or summat, chill out, then disperse back home. No agg, no big thing, no demo, just a big ride out for the sake of it. Get enough people and it will make the news.
Any takers for a Saturday one week in 2008 ?
Posted: 23/04/2008 at 23:32
Posted: 06/05/2008 at 09:37
Yeah, glad Ken's been binned, he's quite mad you know ?
I'll knock up a new thread on general forums and see what interest there would be for a spontaneous meet up in town one sunny weekend.... watch this space !
Posted: 06/05/2008 at 10:05
Posted: 06/05/2008 at 10:34
Posted: 06/05/2008 at 10:51
I think burty is right a lot of time, but I'll post something, guage interest and then see what happens when the weather looks good so all the fair weather types don't get rain spots on their chrome parts...
Posted: 15/05/2008 at 13:30
Posted: 15/05/2008 at 13:36
I've never seen a muscle car in london with more than 2 people in it and i know they use a shit load more petrol than a vmax.
Posted: 22/09/2008 at 08:56
So, the bus lanes thing is what I always thought.
There arguments are:
1) You slow down traffic... Well, im going faster than a ten ton bus or a peddle powerd bike
2) It is to do with stoppping more cars and getting people on busses... So why are Taxis alowed to use bus lanes? Surely they use twice as much fuel and cause twice as much congestion as a car. I realy don't understand why Taxis are in bus lanes. They also have a habit of stopping wherever they want, even if there is a line of busses behindm as long as it saves them time.
3) Cyclists will be less safe/feel less safe... Be less safe? Compared to the aformentiond ten ton bus overtaking them? As long as they ride safly they will be fine. Unlike a car we care about hitting cyclists, if only because we will be off as much as they are, with a large bike on our legs. Feel less safe? So? I probably shoulden't bring this up, but if someone dosen't feel safe on a bike, even though statistics show thay are, then they should walk..
Now I know this is nothing to do with these arguments, but to do with Buses, Taxis, and the cycle lobby, wanting to keep there toys to themselfs.
Posted: 21/01/2009 at 13:53
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