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  1. Living streets Sheffield (formerly the pedestrians' association) works closely with cyclesheffield. Vulnerable road users, be they cyclists or pedestrians are often the same person and have the same needs to encourage safe active travel. The national living streets organisation also works with cycling groups. Pedestrians and cyclists share many common objectives and both forms of transport are marginalised at the expense of motor vehicles. That's why both groups support continuous segregated cycling and walking routes which take priority over motor traffic. Eg where left-turning traffic crosses the foot way/cycle-way Both groups are opposed to simply painting white lines on pavements a this helps neither group. Both support the concept of shared space if its well designed and gives sufficient space to all users Both groups strongly support the 20 mph urban speed limit Cycle Sheffield support and promote Living streets policy on ending dangerous pavement parking. Both groups support the removal of the discriminatory anti motorbike barriers that blight many of the traffic-free cycling and walking routes. They don't stop motorbikes but do badly impact on the disabled users who might be on mobility scooters or hand tricycles Unfortunately none of these things will satisfy the press in its need for click-bait stories
  2. Barkers Pool? Castle Square in front of the Bankers? Both are cycle routes through pedestrian areas. Barkers Pool is part of the Peak district Anniversary route opened back in the 90s. The one outside the bankers is signposted as the cycle route to Fargate. The old city centre ambassadors used to be hot on cycling through pedestrian zones till they got called to account for threatening a councillor with a fine for riding along Norfolk St perfect legally behind the peace garden . Not the cleverest thing to be doing in front of Howden House while your boss is watching They've long since stopped going after anyone cycling safely . Bigger problem down the Moor used to be bike thieving from the racks on Earl St . Not sure if it still is but whenever I went to the opticians they would ask you to bring the bike in for safety Does the Moor still have its own private security like it used to when Scottish widows owned it?
  3. The old through cycle route from South Lane , Cumberland St is no more . It was removed to build the Moor Market and the cheese grater.
  4. Road resistance, engine friction etc are all generally linear in proportion with speed increase and are relatively low components of the force a car has to overcome once it's up and rolling. An average person can push a 1-tonne car at walking speed on the flat then keep it moving. Air resistance is the largest force you have to counter. This goes up in proportion to speed squared. Small change in speed is a bigger change in air resistance, and what you've got to put in the keep the thing moving. So jumping from 40 to 70 has a big effect on air resistance and fuel consumption. I suspect the small amount of time saved going down the parkway at 70 then still having to queue at the end anyway will in no way compensate for the increase in fuel consumption and associated pollution
  5. These all offend me. I believe the grapevine article about stringing barbed wire across cycle routes has now been reported to the police https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/stretford-dad-scarred-life-after-11616764 https://metro.co.uk/2016/11/14/cyclist-almost-decapitated-after-barbed-wire-is-strung-across-bike-lane-6257899/ https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/barbed-wire-boobytrap-discovered-at-throat-height-by-cyclist-on-footpath-a6928561.html
  6. How about grapevine magazine's "joke" about stringing razor wire to decapitate cyclists? Free speech, poor taste, or incitement to do harm? https://kofthep.com/2019/06/16/i-heard-it-through-the-grapevine-sorry-marvin/
  7. I suppose I'm a petrol head, part of a drag racing team that runs a 7 second blown alcohol big block Chevy so not the greenest person in the world but Id happily give up my private car money pit before giving up my bicycle. I couldn't function without the convenience of the bike or ebike. I see people in that traffic jam out past ASDA every morning crawling down the parkway one person in each vehicle and I actually feel quite sorry for them. Its as if like in their mind there is no other way. Maybe there isn't so thats all of our faults. Anyway private car ownership may be a thing of the past in the next 20 years, although I'm still sceptical that level 5 autonomous vehicles will exist by then. The jump from level 3 tech to level 5 is just too big, and we struggle at level 3 even now https://www.citymetric.com/transport/car-ownership-its-way-out-could-public-transport-go-same-way-4640 Also in Bristol, they call it car blindness. https://www.bristol247.com/opinion/your-say/bristol-has-become-car-blind/
  8. Getting back on topic, barriers to cycling to work. This could be a game changer, particularly in Sheffield where 51 % of commutes to work are under 5 km , 77% are under 10km and hills are seen as an issue https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-ushers-in-new-era-of-green-commutes-with-e-bike-cycle-to-work-scheme More companies are giving up on workplace parking https://road.cc/content/news/261595-hsbc-uk-cuts-90-cent-staff-car-parking-encourage-workers-bikes And the under 25s are turning their back on car ownership and not even taking driving tests. Its no longer seen as a right of passage moment as it was for my generation The days of the single occupancy private car with a driver and 80% unused seats are numbered
  9. Remember 1990. Thatcher narrowly won the first round of votes but not by enough , saw the writing on the wall and dropped out . The rest is History, they chucked both Heseltine and Thatcher Now I know the process has changed now but the if " anyone but Boris group" are canny they about the maths that will stop him ever reaching the grass roots vote.
  10. Indeed. I worked for a government establishment in the early 80s (hint..its in Berkshire). One afternoon wandering across the far end of the site with my boss I found literally tonnes of coal had been stockpiled, the full length of an old runway. What's all that for I? asked, "wait and see" was his fairly chilling reply. Thatcher set the trap, Scargill fell for it. This was a full year before the strike started People generally have forgotten about Orgreave outside of South Yorkshire. When I explain where I work now, geographically If I refer people to the battle of Orgreave and get blank looks
  11. We seem to have strayed way off topic again (two cars drove through a red light in front of a police car today on Bernard Road today..police took no action) More interesting and relevant story is coming out about HSBC https://road.cc/content/news/261595-hsbc-uk-cuts-90-cent-staff-car-parking-encourage-workers-bikes "HSBC UK, which has sponsored British Cycling since 2017, is to cut 90 per cent of staff car parking spaces at two new regional centres in a bid to get employees cycling." And an update on the work place parking levy which is being considered in Sheffield. This was used in Nottingham to fund the tram extension https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-47089134
  12. Friday night VNV Nation, Sunday night SLF and Eddie and the Hot Rods. Both were packed out
  13. I think you might need to check a map of the Peak District national park boundary. https://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting/maps/constituent-authorities
  14. Local inspector attended our forum meeting on Monday after a spate in burglaries and car thefts this spring. I'm not going to go into the politics of it (we all know about the massive cuts in numbers of uniformed officers) but he now has just two officers to cover city centre, upperthorpe, Walkley Broomhall, crosspool and Deepcar, not including the few PCSOs. When he joined the police 20 years ago he had a sergeant stationed in each area What did shock me was the time spent dealing with mental health and domestics. 60% of their time is now dealing with mental health problems picking up the sort of issues that used to be dealt with by the NHS. Made worse by a big reduction in the number of mental health nurses. The good news on our burglary epidemic is that 4 suspects have been arrested, 2 are on remand and 2 on bail and it seems to have calmed down Not so good news, they won't be coming out to any car crimes unless there is the possibility of DNA evidence. The advice was to keep using the online reporting systems even if an incident seem minor as it builds up a pattern for them to target resources.
  15. A number of loyalists and republicans are under investigation as new evidence arises. This false information about amnesties keeps being spread BRIEFING PAPER CBP 8352, 19 March 2019 Investigation of Former Armed Forces Personnel who served in Northern Ireland https://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-8352 Prosecutions of Armed Forces personnel during the Troubles Any fatalities involving the Armed Forces were investigated by the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) at the time and, in some cases, prosecutions were brought against military personnel. In most cases those fatalities were a direct result of operations and “centred around the key issue of whether the soldier had the right to open fire in the particular circumstances pertaining at the time”. This resulted in a number of convictions, although in the majority of cases the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland directed that there was no case to answer, or the defendants were acquitted at trial. Good Friday Agreement and “On the Runs” The 1998 Good Friday Agreement made no provision for the investigation or prosecution of former members of the Armed Forces, focusing instead upon the early release of prisoners affiliated to 5 Commons Library Briefing, 19 March 2019 paramilitary organisations. There was no amnesty for crimes which had not yet been prosecuted. From 2000 to 2014, the UK Government operated an administrative scheme by which individuals suspected of terrorism crimes in Northern Ireland could find out whether they were at risk of arrest or prosecution if they returned to the UK. The collapse of a trial in 2014 led to a judge-led review. The report of that review criticised the scheme for systematic failings, but emphasised that it did not constitute an amnesty or immunity from prosecution.
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