Gaz featured on Guardian Blogs!!!

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by downfader, 17 Apr 2010.

  1. downfader

    downfader extimus uero philosophus

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    'ampsheeeer
  2. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    Oh yes, that's my comment!!! Hahahahahaha!
     
  3. gb155

    gb155 Fan Boy No More.

    Location:
    Manchester-Ish
    Quite :thumbsup:
     
  4. Downward

    Downward Veteran

    Location:
    West Midlands
    So what's the point of these blue strips then ?!
    Looks too confusing for motorists. So many cyclists too, There were more in the 1st shot then I see on the way to and from work alltogether.
     
  5. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    It is a lovely shade of blue....but that's about as useful as it gets in my opinion. It continues to encourage cyclists to gutter hug and to filter up the left.

    Get rid of this guff, get some signage up that lets everyone know to look out for cyclists (should be doing that anyway) and some signs that warn of 'cyclists in the middle of the lane', especially at pinch points.

    Then sell stickers for cyclists to put on their cars (for the days that they drive) saying 'Sorry I'm holding you up. I'm not on my bike today :sad:'

    Sorted. :smile:
     
  6. Jezston

    Jezston Über Member

    Location:
    London
    Those blue strips are garish and ugly, as well as being mostly useless.

    I can see them being used as nothing more than a stick to bash cyclists with even further.

    "Bloody cyclists caused our streets to look ridiculous!"

    "Oi! You're supposed to be in that blue bit! Get off the road!"
     
  7. Cool_Mint

    Cool_Mint New Member

    Great video (makes me want to buy my own bike cam) but that typo is driving me nuts - "man whole cover".
     
  8. Tinuts

    Tinuts Wham Bam Helmet Cam

    Location:
    London, UK.
    Yes, I see it's only taken 10 posts on that blog before we get the usual neanderthal anti-cyclist comment.

    To quote just one, "Cyclists are just ruining our roads". Funny, from my perspective it would seem to be motorists who have the monopoly on road-ruining.
     
  9. gaz

    gaz Cycle Camera TV

    Location:
    South Croydon
    Not the first time i've featured in his blog.
    It gets some coverage of the issue at hand from the people that use it. lets hope that someone listens.
     
  10. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

    Location:
    Logopolis
    Much more interesting than the photos I've seen of it so far.
     
  11. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    The blue strips are an attempt to copy 'the trademark "Copenhagen Blue" ®/™ bicycle lanes' which look like this:
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    but without bothering to put any real effort into it, a complete waste of money, but then that is what you get for voting Tory. If you want real infrastructure you need to vote for grown up politicians, and there in lies the rub, we don't have many (if any) in this country ;)
     
  12. Chrisc

    Chrisc Über Member

    Location:
    Huddersfield
    And when they said cycle superhighways I was imagining Dutch style segregated routes away from traffic, not a bit of blue paint. Why would I think that? Oh yes SUPERHIGHWAY, misnomer methinks.
     
  13. OP
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    downfader

    downfader extimus uero philosophus

    Location:
    'ampsheeeer
    As Ti pointed out:
    Have left a detailed reply to him and I await the comments about "self righteousness" :smile:
     
  14. stowie

    stowie Guru

    Looking at the Copenhagen picture, the blue is used to prioritise cyclists at a junction, whereas TfL are using the blue lanes on the easy stretches and pretty much giving up at junctions, bus stops or anything else that is remotely difficult.

    The beginning of the video also shows a narrow strip of blue paint (too narrow for the number of cyclists in the video), but the road markings for cars haven't changed, so it looks like 1.5 lanes for cars. This will surely create all sorts of confusion - should that bus be in the left lane blocking the "superhighway" or not? Why not extend the cycle lane across the whole inside line, at least that will make it a bit clearer.

    It is a load of rubbish. Sad, as I thought Boris might make a better fist of the cycle stuff seeing as he cycles. I don't think any party has got any real engagement with cycling - just waffle and encouraging noises about "critical mass" of cycling.
     
  15. Origamist

    Origamist Guru

    Location:
    Sandbach
    Good vid and second link to the blog...

    The smurf ASL/feeder at Tooting Bec was only put in a couple of weeks ago. The 249 bus is allowed to turn right there though.

    They are doing the work in stages, so it is still unclear how the CS will eventually look. However, at the moment things are still not looking promising: the lanes are little more than indicators of the route.

    The implementation of the additonal measures (i.e not just the blue paint) will be important too, but it's harder to judge the impact of this.
     
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