Understanding Walking and Cycling

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"Oxford city is gridlocked. Our beautiful streets are blighted by traffic jams morning and evening. With more vehicles crossing the ring road, journey times both by bus and car are increasing. Air pollution exceeds safe levels in many of our congested streets."

Proposals to do something about it: "traffic control points" and a workplace parking levy.

Worth trying. Hope it's done with decent evaluation and as an experiment which can be modified.

Jonathan

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On my bike last week, I was on a roundabout and a car coming onto the roundabout sideswiped me resulting in cuts, scraps, bruises oh yeah and a fractured pelvis. Thank goodness for my helmet though, it was split nearly in half. What I’m really saying here is ....... racing, riding, short trips, out with the kids, always wear a helmet.

By the way, I have no idea who the driver was, the police are trying to find them.

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Very sorry to hear that, John.

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Just back from walking in Slovenia with... Walk Slovenia. Same group (with additions and subtractions) since 2004 so we're getting the hang of it. But this one was special.

Beautiful Alps and foothills, not a drop of rain and, more importantly for me, not too hot.

Single centre with walking mostly from where we were staying but a couple of van trips.

The couple who ran the hotel and led the walks were exceptional. Everything was thought through and everything worked. Food and drink were excellent with a strong emphasis on local and traditional produce. And home distilling seems to be going great.

But beyond that they were wonderful company. And that added a lot because the history of Slovenia isn't easy. Borders and bunkers all over the place and I'm still trying to get my mind round it.

Red squirrel and chamois and a lot of fire salamanders. Three species of viper, didn't see any of course but nice to know that they're around. Griffon vultures and Alpine choughs. Fascinating fungi.

Jonathan

 

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Thanks Jonathon I'll check them out, looks interesting 

 

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Doh! Wrong thread, should be here.

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Discussion of the effects of pedestrianisation on retailers in town and city centres.

Any useful analyses out there?

I found The Pedestrian Pound. Lots of examples and some attempt at reviewing the literature.

Jonathan

 

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My granddaughter's school is just starting a reward system for walking to school for at least five minutes at least twice a week. 

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A good reward scheme would be for those walking to leave 15 mins before those being driven, who could instead pick up litter on the playing field to get their 15 mins of exercise. ;)

James