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 31 
 on: August 28, 2014, 07:30:31 AM 
Started by corium - Last post by Dave
I've never understood why it's recommended that we have a bell on a bicycle. I'm not a regular cyclist but I can shout ten times louder than any bell should I need to warn someone.

True enough, but a bell is more polite than SHOUTING!   Wink

 32 
 on: August 27, 2014, 08:54:03 PM 
Started by corium - Last post by tonyjones
The canal towpath, certainly from Brabyn's Brown to the aqueduct, is heavily used by people on foot.

Walkers, couples and small groups,
Families out for an afternoon walk, with small children, pushchairs, dogs, and grandparents,
Dogwalkers with dogs running loose.

And then you get these !"£$%$%^% people on bicycles who come along peddling for all they are worth expecting everyone to get out of their way, there are a few who do have some sense of fair play.

I look forward to seeing one end up in the canal !

 33 
 on: August 27, 2014, 04:50:34 PM 
Started by Franz - Last post by sgk
Planning permission was granted in June 2014 for a change of use from pub to residential dwelling.

Detailed in planning ref DC/055093 which can be viewed via Stockport Council planning site http://planning.stockport.gov.uk/PlanningData/AcolNetCGI.gov

 34 
 on: August 27, 2014, 03:41:56 PM 
Started by corium - Last post by Howard
You forgot to mention that whilst most cyclists on the footpath don't seem to have have a bell they assume walkers have a detection system that can detect them coming up silently from behind

I've never understood why it's recommended that we have a bell on a bicycle. I'm not a regular cyclist but I can shout ten times louder than any bell should I need to warn someone.

 35 
 on: August 27, 2014, 12:59:52 PM 
Started by corium - Last post by corium

rsh writes:
....but canal towpaths are not intended for cyclists, they are intended for horses and pedestrians.  And the Peak Forest towpath is a good place to witness another form of anti-social behaviour by cyclists, who sometimes ride much too fast and seem to expect walkers to step aside and flatten themselves into the hedge as they shoot past!  Roll Eyes

You forgot to mention that whilst most cyclists on the footpath don't seem to have have a bell they assume walkers have a detection system that can detect them coming up silently from behind

 36 
 on: August 27, 2014, 12:56:24 PM 
Started by corium - Last post by corium
Well let's hope there is some improved service. The ticket machine was broken Sat - Tuesday at least, so not able to collect prepaid tickets & of course the booking office was having a break when my wife went to ask how she was supposed to travel.

 37 
 on: August 27, 2014, 12:47:36 PM 
Started by corium - Last post by Dave
That's interesting - as Victor says, it would be even more interesting to find out whether the system actually works.

 38 
 on: August 27, 2014, 12:12:05 PM 
Started by Franz - Last post by BennyBlue
Planning permission was granted in June 2014 for a change of use from pub to residential dwelling.

 39 
 on: August 27, 2014, 08:24:57 AM 
Started by corium - Last post by Victor M
I have now had a response from TfGM and I have copied it below, it appears that a disabled person needs to contact Northern Rail 24hrs. in advance and they will organise someone to be there! Any volunteers to put this to the test?

Here is a copy of the email I received yesterday

This is a matter for the train operator to deal with and I suggest you contact Northern Rail direct.

However, before doing so, check the website;

http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations_destinations/disabled_passengers.aspx

The site states;

‘Information for disabled passengers

Travel Assistance
Accessible stations and Stations Made Easy
Mobility ScootersDiscounts
Train Facilities

Further Information This page is a summary of information available on the National Rail Enquiries website to help make your journey go as smoothly as possible. Clicking on underlined words will take you to a page containing more detailed information on each topic.

Travel assistance
 
Rail services are now far more accessible than they were in the past and many disabled people are able to use the rail network without assistance.

We will always do our best to help disabled passengers that need assistance, but if you need help when travelling by rail, it is best to book assistance in advance so that we can ensure that any help you may need is provided.

In particular, we would recommend that you book assistance if you:
•    Have a mobility or other disability that means you find getting on and off trains difficult;
•    Are a wheelchair user (on most services you will need to use a boarding ramp and, on some services reserve a wheelchair space on the train service you wish to use);
•    Are a mobility scooter user (there are restrictions on different train operators which need to be checked, a boarding ramp will be required and possibly a reservation for the space onboard).
•    Have a sight impairment and need guiding around a station or help boarding and alighting from your train;
•    Have difficulty walking long distances – at some stations we can provide a station wheelchair or, at some larger stations, access to an electric buggy.


We recommend that you book help 24 hours before you travel. This enables us to: give you as much information as possible before your travel; make alternative arrangements for you if the station is not step free or not staffed at the time you wish to travel; and ensure that there are enough staff for all the assistance requests at a station. Overall, this allows us to provide you with the best possible assistance on the day’.

Also, please see attached (the Northern Rail Disabled Persons Guide ‘Making Rail Accessible’) which outlines the matter in detail.

The issue is one for Northern Rail to deal with, and they can be contacted on textphone 08456 045 608 or by email to- 

assistance@northernrail.org

I hope this helps.



 40 
 on: August 27, 2014, 08:00:45 AM 
Started by corium - Last post by Dave
I can see Henrietta's point, though maybe she over-eggs the pudding a bit!  But the way occasional groups of weekend cyclists form a 'peloton' and block one carriageway of a road, with no thought to allowing other traffic to pass safely, is blatantly selfish and anti-social, and also potentially dangerous.

Marpleexile writes
it is an odd phenomenon that causes some people to get irrationally irate at being held up by a cyclist, but to merely get a bit miffed at a tractor or similar slow moving motor vehicle.

....but tractor drivers are normally (a) going for a short distance, often just a few hundred yards, and (b) often very considerate, ready to pull over to allow other vehicles to pass, unlike the 'peloton'. 

rsh writes:
the Peak Forest Canal is perfect to avoid Strines Rd and the A6, but the towpath is too often a narrow and uneven wasted opportunity.

....but canal towpaths are not intended for cyclists, they are intended for horses and pedestrians.  And the Peak Forest towpath is a good place to witness another form of anti-social behaviour by cyclists, who sometimes ride much too fast and seem to expect walkers to step aside and flatten themselves into the hedge as they shoot past!  Roll Eyes

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