The "Right to Ride", Vehicular cycling etc - an opinion

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pj.mcnally
The "Right to Ride", Vehicular cycling etc - an opinion

I was reading Freewheeler’s excellent site a few days back, and realized that there’s no comments section! So I came here.

I’m not in the UK right now, and am missing out on helping CEGB get started. I’ll be back (in Oxford) in June.

Freewheeler prompted me to think seriously about VC, the “right to ride”, and the CTC’s role as a collaborationalist organization.

I got to thinking about my loved ones, as you do, and an energetic blog post was the result:

http://triptogenetica.blogspot.com/2011/05/vehicular-cycling-right-to-ri...

But, how do i move forward with this? How can I help?

Jim

Unfortunately, you’re also going to be missing out on the next meeting which will be in Manchester on Saturday 21st May. We’ll be agreeing our Governance and Constitution and then we shall be sorting tasks. We are developing a Wiki on Infrastructure Standards if you would like to carry out research and assist. In the meantime, if you have any further ideas on how you would like to see the Embassy develop then let me know.

darditti
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I liked the blog post. Very well put, and the thoughts on family and the pros and cons of getting them cycling in the current environment very pointed. I liked the BMA/setting-up of the NHS analogy, never thought of that one, but quite accurate. And you are right to point to the nonsense of the idea of “sharing the road” between totally dissimilar modes of transport. You made me think about this more clearly – just the complete nonsense of the concept in a scientific sense, never mind any politics – like what would equitable sharing of roadspace between cars and bikes actually mean: equal numbers? equal areas of roadspace (huge gain for cycling)? equal danger? equal kinetic energy (even bigger gain)? Just thinking about this makes clear the nonsensicality of the idea of “sharing the road” between cars and bikes.

I’m sure you will be able to help. Hope to meet you at some future event.

David

salty

Very well put, I agree wholeheartedly. I have been thinking along these lines since my son has started riding 4-5 miles into town with me this year. We spend most of the time on the pavements, but if it’s a quiet Sunday morning I have been slowly introducing him to roads. Whilst trying to teach him to ‘take the lane’, avoid parked car door-zones, not filter near buses and other such practices my heart has been in my mouth. There’s no way I’d let him go out on his bike alone.

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