October 02, 2009

Don't pick on me

Writing about web page http://irontwit.creativeblogs.net/2009/10/01/dont-pick-on-me/

Cyclists vs Drivers debates so often cause divides to expand rather than contract… good to see considered views.

Life’s too short for all this anger and hatred, let’s just accept that, take a deep breath…

Endnote: validity of stats here have seen debated elsewhere… it’s the sentiment rather than the stats that impress me.

June 19, 2009

Biketastic Event 2009

Writing about web page http://www.coventry.gov.uk/biketastic/

Biketastic Event 2009

Free of Charge

This event includes an organised bike ride for all ages starting from the War Memorial Park. There will also be fun activities such as a Get Cycling Roadshow, where you can try out all different sorts of bikes, the Big Green Bus, where you can find out about sustainable living and stalls with local traders who will have lots of lovely things to eat and drink. So bring your bike and join in!

January 20, 2009


OK bit personal this ‘cause today my precious nearly new MTB went walkabout :(

Sooooo after calls to campus security, local police and a chat with the new campus beat officer…

!WARNING! there is currently a serious threat of bike theft on campus with more than 20 bikes gone already this (calendar) year!!!

...of course had I known about such stats this morning my MTB would have been sat IN my office rather than locked up outside the main entrance to Medical School Building, Gibbet Hill Campus…

...however I DID NOT know about the stats :( and now the MTB has gone :(

DON’T get caught out!

February 22, 2008


At Thursday’s Environment & Amenities Committee it was agreed that the Bicycle User Group (BUG) be consulted before any proposals which impacted cyclists were finalised. So I’ve been asked to find a BUG contact name to help distribute details of any proposals.

The contact person need only send out the information via the mailing list or the blog:

1. email: bug@listserv.csv.warwick.ac.uk
2. Blog: http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/cyclingtowarwick/

If the email option is used, the contact person would have to forward whatever comments arose to whoever wanted the BUG’s opinions, as only people on the mailing list receive the BUG emails. That’s one of the reasons I prefer using the blog, as with that technology it’s easy to ensure that all comments on an entry are visible to any university member (or indeed any web user, if that’s how you set the parameters). Blog technology also handles images better than email and more than one comment can be seen at a time.

I can only fulfil the role of contact person up to June, as I’m departing the university at the end of the academic year.

Don’t be put off if you are not already registered as an administrator or author of the Blog, I can register you by inputting your “IT Services User Id” (mine’s pducbw) into an online form.

People registered as administrators of blogs.warwick.ac.uk/cyclingtowarwick/

Peter Elias, Robin Ball, Catherine Fenn, Richard Hicks, Alistair Lawry, Steve Rumsby, David Sait, Emily Polack, Mark Downes, Claudie Combelas, Tim Thornton, Andrew Dickerson, Andrew Marsh, Florian Theil, Jen Marsh, Trevor Brown, Sally Hicks, Sunil Chhita, Justine Pedler

I think that when someone adds a new entry or comments to an entry, all the people registered as administrators or authors are sent an email notification.

I’ll also email these words to bug@listserv.csv.warwick.ac.uk

February 14, 2008

Cycling conditions on campus

Fed up bike commuter wrote (07:30 today)

Actually the really important point is this: cycling is surprisingly unpopular at Warwick, every little new obstruction and difficulty will make it even less of an attractive option.

Personally, I am an ordinary commuter, not a cycling enthusiast. I choose my transport on a practical basis. I see very little advantage in cycling to Warwick. Obviously it is hard work, especially with a child. But more significantly, it is dangerous and clearly unwelcome. Routes are incomplete and full of permanent and temporary obstructions.

If the University wants more people to cycle, there must be a change of attitude throughout the university…

1. don’t let contractors wreck our routes.
2. don’t let staff drive vehicles and park on cycle paths.
3. provide complete safe routes, not just show-piece fragments for the press.
4. enforce road rules.
5. ensure that all drivers at Warwick (including those coming from very different cultures) understand our road laws.

February 12, 2008

The Bridge in Tocil Woods

It’s been discovered that the bridge on the track between main campus and Gibbet Hill needs replacing. As it’s feared that the bridge would collapse under the weight of a motor vehicle, their entry has been blocked by placing obstructions on either side of the bridge.

Tocil Woods Bridge view towards Gibbet Hill

There’s no problem in seeing the barriers. But what would happen if two cyclists approached the bridge at the same time in opposing directions?

The speed at which two cyclists approached the bridge would be the sum of their individual speeds, perhaps 20 to 40 mph. Cyclists would have to leave a gap of at least 40cm between their wheels and the barriers/railing as the latter are quite tall.

November 09, 2007

A solution to parking on campus

Writing about Cycle parking at WBS Scarman Rd from Graeme's blog

Use bicycles.

Parked at the side of a road, each car takes about 4/5 metres of linear space. If the space were used for cycle parking, by providing Sheffield stands, at right angles to the direction of traffic and a metre apart, the space currently used for each car would provide parking for 10 bicycles (two cycles per stand).

Looking at the car parking at Fairfax Street Coventry it seems about 15 square metres are needed per car. If an space of two metres is provided between each double row of bicycles, it appears once again that bicycle parking is ten times more space efficient than car parking.

September 24, 2007


The trench that they’ve just dug across the University ring road, by the boiler house, has really not been very well filled in. It isn’t nice to cycle across. I hope they’re planning on coming back to finish the job properly…

July 28, 2007

New edition of Coventry's cyclist's map

Writing about web page http://cyclemaps.coventry.gov.uk


Paper copies of the Cycle Map and Guide should be available in all Coventry’s libraries. Otherwise please contact Coventry council:

Joanne Rainbow
Work-Place Travelplan Co-Ordinator
Tel: 024 7683 1342
e-mail: joanne.rainbow@coventry.gov.uk

March 28, 2007

Cycle Track between Campus and Kenilworth

Sustrans, the civil engineering charity which designs and builds routes for cyclists, together with Warwickshire County Council are submitting a joint bid for National Lottery funding to build a cycle track between Kenilworth and the main campus.

The National Lottery needs to be convinced that the project is really needed and has significant support.

So if you think it’s a good idea get your colleagues, partners, families, friends to register their support by completing this simple form

Other local projects have hundreds of ‘Pledges of Support’, unfortunately, the same cannot be said for this one – yet.

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