Banging on about bikes

On yet more disconnected traffic news

On yet more disconnected traffic news

Following my recent post on the failure of a multitude of news outlets to join the dots between various “good” and “bad” news stories about cars (https://bangingonaboutbikes.wordpress.com/2017/01/05/on-a-new-year-and-the-same-old-disconnected-thinking-about-cars/), it will come as little surprise that nothing has changed only a couple of...

On where we’re up to on the Prestwich High Street plans

It’s hard to say really. The whole thing seems to be a bit of a mess right now. I originally wrote about this scheme here: https://bangingonaboutbikes.wordpress.com/2015/12/03/on-why-its-crucial-to-get-cycling-right-in-prestwich/ and those thoughts are still very much valid, albeit now tinged by an unhelpful dose...

On how we can’t rely on Greater Manchester Police to keep us safe

On how we can’t rely on Greater Manchester Police to keep us safe

Postscript (9 May 2018): the issues discussed in this post have been superseded and are dealt with here: https://bangingonaboutbikes.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/on-how-to-report-bad-driving-online-greater-manchester-polices-operation-considerate-reporting-capability/. I’m leaving the below post as it is so we can see the development of these processes over the last couple of...

On how (not) to counter the “road tax” argument

On how (not) to counter the “road tax” argument

We looked at some brief points on “road tax” here: https://bangingonaboutbikes.wordpress.com/2015/12/10/on-why-the-road-tax-argument-is-bullshit/. This post looks in a bit more detail at ways of dealing with the mouth-breathers who invoke that pathetic line of non-reasoning and seeks to debunk a commonly used retort....

On why “cyclists” are so hated.

On why “cyclists” are so hated.

There is no denying that the hard-of-thinking hate “cyclists”. “Cyclists”, that prescribed, impenetrable group of road users afforded special rights to use the roads without any of the administrative overheads foisted on the poor, downtrodden motorist. “Cyclists”, that group of slow-moving...

On why the “road tax” argument is bullshit

On why the “road tax” argument is bullshit

I originally wrote a really long post on this, parts of which I may still use in other polemics, but I think the main points are best expressed succinctly as follows: “Road tax” is an erroneous colloquialism for Vehicle Exise Duty,...