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Old 10-04-04, 02:51 AM   #1
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Important: New Labours Transport policies

Hi everyone im currently in my last year of university and Im currently carrying out my stupid disertation research into New Labours Transport Policies concerning cycling.

Part of my research invovles interviewing cyclists so If you would be kind enough to answer a few questions (see below) I would be most grateful.

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How often do you use your bike?

Why do you use your bike?

What is it that you enjoy about cycling?

How safe do you feel cycling on the roads within your local borough?

Have you noticed any significant differences/changes in other road users attitudes towards you when cycling on the roads in your local borough?

Have you noticed any changes in road design/layout over the years?

Do you see these changes as a step forward for encouraging more people onto their bikes or a hindrance?

How confident are you when it comes to riding amongst other road users – e.g. cars, motorbikes, buses lorries and so on?

What suggestion for changes would you want to see being made to the current road networks in your local borough?

How cycle friendly would you say the current situation is on a scale of 1-5 with 1 being the lowest and 5 the highest?

How would you describe your day-to-day experiences of riding in the roads?

Have you or any other cyclists, cycling organisations, cycling clubs in your area been involved in council plans to improve the roads?

If ‘no’. Would you like to see the council getting the people directly affected by these changes involved more, basically would like to have a say in providing for cyclists in the future?

What would you like to see happen in the future?
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Old 10-04-04, 03:32 AM   #2
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How often do you use your bike? 6-7 days a week

Why do you use your bike? I have no other mode of transportation, and hate the bus. Plus it's fun to ride.

What is it that you enjoy about cycling? Getting around the city faster than the cars. Oh, and the Saturday night drunken rides are fun too!

How safe do you feel cycling on the roads within your local borough? Pretty safe. But I'm probably not the best judge. It's my skills that I trust, not the other drivers.

Have you noticed any significant differences/changes in other road users attitudes towards you when cycling on the roads in your local borough? Not really. They're maybe a little more courteous as my skills improve and I move closer to their speed.

Have you noticed any changes in road design/layout over the years? No - there were bike lanes all over Minneapolis when I moved here.

Do you see these changes as a step forward for encouraging more people onto their bikes or a hindrance? This city is pretty bike-friendly, so yeah.

How confident are you when it comes to riding amongst other road users – e.g. cars, motorbikes, buses lorries and so on? Confident enough to ride brakeless and drunk

What suggestion for changes would you want to see being made to the current road networks in your local borough? I'd like wider shoulders in the residential areas. Also, they need to stop doing the concrete slabs - all our roads are built on concrete, which causes 4" wide cracks every 20 feet or so in a lot of places. It's kind of painful to ride on some streets.

How cycle friendly would you say the current situation is on a scale of 1-5 with 1 being the lowest and 5 the highest? 3.5

How would you describe your day-to-day experiences of riding in the roads? Fun! I love swimming through traffic.

Have you or any other cyclists, cycling organisations, cycling clubs in your area been involved in council plans to improve the roads? Not that I know of, but maybe. I don't really go for the whole club ride thing. The only group ride I go on is a bunch of us getting together and riding on Saturday nights, and we're all a bunch of degenerate bikers...

If ‘no’. Would you like to see the council getting the people directly affected by these changes involved more, basically would like to have a say in providing for cyclists in the future? Nah. To much work.

What would you like to see happen in the future? I'd like to ride faster. I'm getting there, slowly but surely.
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Old 10-04-04, 04:20 AM   #3
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I suspect this is primarily a UK based survey, but I'll have a crack right now regardless.

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How often do you use your bike?
Every day.

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Why do you use your bike?
Transport, recreation, soul rejuvenation.

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What is it that you enjoy about cycling?
Through the week it's simply the best transport option in the city -- cheap, and much quicker than sitting in gridlock for two hours. On the weekends and my tours I can escape the city and really get close to nature.

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How safe do you feel cycling on the roads within your local borough?
Pretty safe, although probably less so than other areas I've visited.

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Have you noticed any significant differences/changes in other road users attitudes towards you when cycling on the roads in your local borough?
Not really. Gold Coast drivers have a reputation as the worst in Australia, and that hasn't changed. Having said that, I notice their abuse a lot less than I used to now that I've learned to cultivate my arrogance.

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Have you noticed any changes in road design/layout over the years?
The council here have tried hard, there are a lot more bike lanes and so forth here than there used to be. However, these are not always helpful.

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Do you see these changes as a step forward for encouraging more people onto their bikes or a hindrance?
Probably more of a placebo effect than anything else. Having said that, I only ever use the "facilities" that it suits me to use, so I don't really know how others feel about them.

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How confident are you when it comes to riding amongst other road users – e.g. cars, motorbikes, buses lorries and so on?
The more traffic there is, the better I like it. There's something in that. Gridlock is easier to negotiate than pretty much anything else I experience. In other situations, I've found that if you act like a vehicle, generally you'll be OK.

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What suggestion for changes would you want to see being made to the current road networks in your local borough?
A greater police presence.

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How cycle friendly would you say the current situation is on a scale of 1-5 with 1 being the lowest and 5 the highest?
I'd probably give it about a 2 -- mainly due to the sort of people who live on the Gold Coast.

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How would you describe your day-to-day experiences of riding in the roads?
It all depends on which roads on which day. Surfers Paradise through the week is chaotic at best. On the other hand, my weekend excursions into the mountains are usually far more pleasant and calm.

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Have you or any other cyclists, cycling organisations, cycling clubs in your area been involved in council plans to improve the roads?
I've been sort of affiliated with Bicycle Gold Coast for a while, but I'm in the process of questioning whether the efforts toward "facilities" are really helping. Personally I'd rather focus on improving the roads we have, rather than trying to build a "separate but equal" secondary transportation network in an urban area where there just isn't any space to do so.

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If ‘no’. Would you like to see the council getting the people directly affected by these changes involved more, basically would like to have a say in providing for cyclists in the future?
This is a tough one. My initial instict was to say "yeah, get the real world cyclists who use the roads everyday to decide what happens". However, attempts in that direction have historically been hijacked by the recreation-only riders, who generally want facilities that are pretty useless to a transportational cyclist (remember, I still have to get to work on time). To be honest I've become that cynical about the whole project that I rarely think about questions like this (and the one below) anymore. I just deal with whatever the road presents to me on any given day.

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What would you like to see happen in the future?
<idealist mode on>I'd like to see governments and cycling advocates focus less on "facilities" and realise that the road network we already have is the only one that will ever take us everywhere we need to go. I'd like to see order restored to these roads, rather than the urban chaos I ride through everyday.</idealist mode>
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Old 10-04-04, 09:16 AM   #4
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Name --Catatonic

How often do you use your bike? --everyday

Why do you use your bike? --i have many bikes, one is for commuting and general utility, and I also have a few for recreational riding

What is it that you enjoy about cycling? --after the bike is paid for, its a very inexpensive and healthy thing to do...I also find it rather fun.

How safe do you feel cycling on the roads within your local borough? --half and half, there are still some drivers that think they need to run me off the road or similar bad behavior.

Have you noticed any significant differences/changes in other road users attitudes towards you when cycling on the roads in your local borough? The regulares in the area seem to be more tolerant of me after riding around here for about a year.

Have you noticed any changes in road design/layout over the years? Nope

Do you see these changes as a step forward for encouraging more people onto their bikes or a hindrance? Can't say, no changes means there is not forward or backwards

How confident are you when it comes to riding amongst other road users – e.g. cars, motorbikes, buses lorries and so on? -- Of myself, very. Of the rest of the folks I would say I have confidence in at least half of them.

What suggestion for changes would you want to see being made to the current road networks in your local borough? Smoother pavement...some of the areas are incredibly rough, almsot to teh point of being dangerous for roadbikers.

How cycle friendly would you say the current situation is on a scale of 1-5 with 1 being the lowest and 5 the highest? between a 3 and 4....lets jsut say 3.

How would you describe your day-to-day experiences of riding in the roads? Pretty decent really.

Have you or any other cyclists, cycling organisations, cycling clubs in your area been involved in council plans to improve the roads? Not sure.

If ‘no’. Would you like to see the council getting the people directly affected by these changes involved more, basically would like to have a say in providing for cyclists in the future? sure.

What would you like to see happen in the future? -- better bike lanes, without being blocked by various concrete dividers and whatnot, along with more responsive traffic signals.
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Old 10-04-04, 11:41 AM   #5
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Name - Andrew Purves

How often do you use your bike? - 3 or 4 times a week

Why do you use your bike? - transport and recreation

What is it that you enjoy about cycling? - I am in control of the speed I travel, my speed is not dictated by the traffic around me.

How safe do you feel cycling on the roads within your local borough? - generally safe

Have you noticed any significant differences/changes in other road users attitudes towards you when cycling on the roads in your local borough? - no

Have you noticed any changes in road design/layout over the years? - no

Do you see these changes as a step forward for encouraging more people onto their bikes or a hindrance? Not applicable

How confident are you when it comes to riding amongst other road users – e.g. cars, motorbikes, buses lorries and so on? - very confident in Montreal, in other places I am cautious until I know how aware of bicycles other road users are

What suggestion for changes would you want to see being made to the current road networks in your local borough? - fix the road surfaces and move the storm drains of from the edge of the road

How cycle friendly would you say the current situation is on a scale of 1-5 with 1 being the lowest and 5 the highest? - 4

How would you describe your day-to-day experiences of riding in the roads? - good

Have you or any other cyclists, cycling organisations, cycling clubs in your area been involved in council plans to improve the roads? - Velo Quebec is the main advocacy gruop aound here

If ‘no’. Would you like to see the council getting the people directly affected by these changes involved more, basically would like to have a say in providing for cyclists in the future? - these contacts seem to get hijacked by recreational cyclists (not necessarily bad)

What would you like to see happen in the future?[/QUOTE] - fix the road surfaces and move the storm drains of from the edge of the road. Also more provisiion for bikes on trains and busses.
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Old 10-04-04, 07:28 PM   #6
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Hi everyone im currently in my last year of university and Im currently carrying out my stupid disertation research into New Labours Transport Policies concerning cycling.

Part of my research invovles interviewing cyclists so If you would be kind enough to answer a few questions (see below) I would be most grateful.

Thanks Mike
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How often do you use your bike?
several times / week

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Why do you use your bike?
recreation, transportation, exercise

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What is it that you enjoy about cycling?
freedom, mechanicals, exercise, aesthetics, efficiency

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How safe do you feel cycling on the roads within your local borough?
reasonably

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Have you noticed any significant differences/changes in other road users attitudes towards you when cycling on the roads in your local borough?
Some motorists have become more aggressive or rude, but no strong trend.

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Have you noticed any changes in road design/layout over the years?
Bike lanes have become more common in some areas, have been deleted in others.

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Do you see these changes as a step forward for encouraging more people onto their bikes or a hindrance?
Bike lanes are controversial, but they can help calm traffic and encourage more cycling, if properly designed and implemented.

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How confident are you when it comes to riding amongst other road users – e.g. cars, motorbikes, buses lorries and so on?
I am confident of MY skills, but I do have some reservations about the skills of a small percentage of motorists. This is by far my greatest safety concern.

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What suggestion for changes would you want to see being made to the current road networks in your local borough?
Calm traffic at high-speed free merges and diverges.

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How cycle friendly would you say the current situation is on a scale of 1-5 with 1 being the lowest and 5 the highest?
In my city, 4. In the surrounding county, 3.

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How would you describe your day-to-day experiences of riding in the roads?
Usually pleasant and uneventful.

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Have you or any other cyclists, cycling organisations, cycling clubs in your area been involved in council plans to improve the roads?
Yes, several times.

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If ‘no’. Would you like to see the council getting the people directly affected by these changes involved more, basically would like to have a say in providing for cyclists in the future?
I have suggested that our (citizen volunteer) traffic commission should include at least one advocate for cyclists and pedestrians.

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What would you like to see happen in the future?
Greater education of all road users. Greater individual accountability for all road users, particularly motorists. Improved transportation options for those who cannot or should not drive.
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