Bye-bye bike parking?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by wafflycat, 15 Nov 2007.

  1. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7095884.stm

    Includes:--

    "How do you terror-proof a major public building without turning it into a fortress? Benches and water walls are in, bike racks could be out and those pretty shrubs... they'll need to be well pruned." (my bold)

    ;):biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:
     
  2. OP
    OP
    wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7095884.stm

    Includes:--

    "How do you terror-proof a major public building without turning it into a fortress? Benches and water walls are in, bike racks could be out and those pretty shrubs... they'll need to be well pruned." (my bold)

    :blush::biggrin::tongue::sad:
     
  3. jiggerypokery

    jiggerypokery Über Member

    Location:
    Solihull
    I was just thinking about that very same article and headline. No where in the article does it say anything about bike racks, inf act would not a set of racks like the sort of 'n' shaped ones outside libraries create a usefull blockade if they are in deep enough foundations?

    And how much semtex can you carry in your saddle bag anyway?

    Not sure who it was but I recall a forum member being upbraided by the police about chaining his bike to railings because it was a terrorism risk type thing and the forum member asking the officer if he really did think that terrorists hid bombs in pushbikes lol
     
  4. jiggerypokery

    jiggerypokery Über Member

    Location:
    Solihull
    I was just thinking about that very same article and headline. No where in the article does it say anything about bike racks, inf act would not a set of racks like the sort of 'n' shaped ones outside libraries create a usefull blockade if they are in deep enough foundations?

    And how much semtex can you carry in your saddle bag anyway?

    Not sure who it was but I recall a forum member being upbraided by the police about chaining his bike to railings because it was a terrorism risk type thing and the forum member asking the officer if he really did think that terrorists hid bombs in pushbikes lol
     
  5. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Until a while back, nobody really thought terrorists would be able to Hijack 4 jet airliners in the land of the free and fly them into significant buildings...

    A bicycle frame filled with explosives could make a mess of a lot of people. Bikes attached to railings, posts, bus stops, bike stands are pretty prevelant in cities, if it WAS to be done, life would get a bit difficult for cyclists.
    It's not impossible.
     
  6. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Until a while back, nobody really thought terrorists would be able to Hijack 4 jet airliners in the land of the free and fly them into significant buildings...

    A bicycle frame filled with explosives could make a mess of a lot of people. Bikes attached to railings, posts, bus stops, bike stands are pretty prevelant in cities, if it WAS to be done, life would get a bit difficult for cyclists.
    It's not impossible.
     
  7. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    People have been making car bombs for donkeys years. Difference with bike locks is that they tend to be right up close to buildings; if bike bombs are genuinely feared, that would have to change.
     
  8. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    People have been making car bombs for donkeys years. Difference with bike locks is that they tend to be right up close to buildings; if bike bombs are genuinely feared, that would have to change.
     
  9. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    bike frames packed with explosives were routinely used in Vietnam
     
  10. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    bike frames packed with explosives were routinely used in Vietnam
     
  11. jiggerypokery

    jiggerypokery Über Member

    Location:
    Solihull
    I stand corrected on the bike-bomb thang ;)
     
  12. jiggerypokery

    jiggerypokery Über Member

    Location:
    Solihull
    I stand corrected on the bike-bomb thang :blush:
     
  13. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    Ouch. Were they effective?
     
  14. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    Ouch. Were they effective?
     
  15. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    Well, you only ever stole one bike !!
     
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