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Say what you like but this bike stuff is just an attack approach.

It might as well be a gender change for innocents.

All being used against logic.

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You'll be pleased to know that Warsaw is doing cycle paths quite well.

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TPTB don't want it to be done well.

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I suspect that is true enough.

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Is bicycle resistant like vaccine hesitant? Traffic engineers nearly always get it wrong, but that's because they act on inaccurate presumptions. Any impediment to driving will be fiercely attacked by most motorists, unless they directly benefit from it, so shunting traffic away from their neighborhood is acceptable, even if they have to drive a trifle farther. Most bicycle "safety" infrastructure increases the likelihood of crashes- because most crashes are rider only- so poorly maintained and constricted lanes and paths become hazardous. Intersections are the most likely collision nexus for bicycles and vehicles. Drivers like for and only see "traffic", so moving cyclists outside of the traffic lane increases their invisibility. Glad you're having an interesting trip. I walked around Oxford but I was young. Nederlands did go through some bicyclist/ motorist wars in the 80's to get where they are now.

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Good points. But for those wars the Dutch had, at least the cycling infrastructure advocates had something to gain. When Groningen did cycling for example they didn't bother with a few experimental streets out of the main part of town. They did the whole centre of the city. My concern is that these sort of ventures as Oxford is doing have not enough gains for the fights involved.

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Hated the Netherlands.

Rather the risk of being mugged in New York than injured by an entitled cyclist on the *foot*path.

Not going back there.

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I shall do some cycle path reporting from Netherlands next week. Warsaw in the next few days.

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A stoned Dutchman on a fietspad was run down by a drunk Dutchman on a bike. Did they split the bill?

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Why was the man on a bike running.

Of course the stoned one hit his head on the flagstones.

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My friend in Melbourne has this theory that evolution will take out anyone who can't hear an electric scooter behind them.

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I hope that there's enough time for that.

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