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by jimcoates
Mon 10 Oct 2011, 9:06 pm
Forum: Cycling discussion
Topic: Cyclists, Pedestrians and Cars all doing bad!
Replies: 91
Views: 2810

Re: Cyclists, Pedestrians and Cars all doing bad!

I saw this article in The Age the other day and it flicked a light on upstairs. This was confirmed for me later when I was driving and decided to conduct a little experiment. I made sure that I drove exactly (or as close as possible) to the speed limit and watched the cars around me. I then saw that...
by jimcoates
Wed 01 Dec 2010, 9:38 pm
Forum: Cycling discussion
Topic: Weekly helmet thread - Vancouver's MHLs
Replies: 41
Views: 1711

Re: Weekly helmet thread - Vancouver's MHLs

I've got a bit of an educational activity for everyone. Take time out to watch the TV series "Firefly" (only available on DVD) and/or the movie "Serenity"(created by Joss Whedon, also responsible for "Buffy, the vampire slayer). I think Firefly is the best Sci Fi TV series I...
by jimcoates
Tue 30 Nov 2010, 9:19 pm
Forum: Cycling discussion
Topic: Weekly helmet thread - Vancouver's MHLs
Replies: 41
Views: 1711

Re: Weekly helmet thread - Vancouver's MHLs

Oh, and by the way Captain Slow. We do allow behaviour which clearly effects public health. We allow people to smoke, drink and overeat without control and in fact allow the promotion of these activities to minors. The MHL's as a public health measure is very contentious and the evidence is not at a...
by jimcoates
Tue 30 Nov 2010, 9:12 pm
Forum: Cycling discussion
Topic: Weekly helmet thread - Vancouver's MHLs
Replies: 41
Views: 1711

Re: Weekly helmet thread - Vancouver's MHLs

Marx, we were trying to have a sensible argument. Since most of the rest of the world does not have MHL's and it is likely that the number of helmetless riders worldwide outnumbers those wearing helmets and since many of the people involved in this argument are indeed sensible and intelligent people...
by jimcoates
Tue 30 Nov 2010, 9:06 pm
Forum: Cycling discussion
Topic: Weekly helmet thread - Vancouver's MHLs
Replies: 41
Views: 1711

Re: Weekly helmet thread - Vancouver's MHLs

To Captain Slow. Of course you can't **** in a pan and throw it out the window. That is a behaviour that affects others. The argument should have been "Can you **** in a pan and keep it in your own room?" To which the resounding answer is "yes!" unless it gets stinky and the smel...
by jimcoates
Sun 28 Nov 2010, 10:05 pm
Forum: Cycling discussion
Topic: Weekly helmet thread - Vancouver's MHLs
Replies: 41
Views: 1711

Re: Weekly helmet thread - Vancouver's MHLs

This has a fair bit of potential to stir an argument. It'll be interesting. I disagree strongly with MHL's for a few reasons. Firstly, does government and society have the right to enforce certain behaviours "for your own good" (FYOG). I don' t think so and I would think that most of us wo...
by jimcoates
Thu 10 Jun 2010, 5:24 am
Forum: Cycling discussion
Topic: Bicycle Hire Scheme commenced today
Replies: 170
Views: 6589

Re: Bicycle Hire Scheme commenced today

I've read a few people saying that they think they will only use the bike share system spontaneously. The problem is that you can't use it spontaneously (unless you happen to be the sort of person who carries your helmet with you just in case). The helmet laws WILL kill the system.
by jimcoates
Tue 18 May 2010, 8:35 pm
Forum: Parents and teachers discussion
Topic: Wheening her off training wheels
Replies: 16
Views: 3179

Re: Wheening her off training wheels

I forgot in the last message, get rid of the training wheels entirely. They are just trouble and will cause your child to crash. With the scooting process they are entirely unneccessary, the child uses their own feet to keep themselves upright.
by jimcoates
Tue 18 May 2010, 8:30 pm
Forum: Parents and teachers discussion
Topic: Wheening her off training wheels
Replies: 16
Views: 3179

Re: Wheening her off training wheels

I took the pedals, cranks, chain etc off my child's bike and then got them to go with me everywhere I went (we live in a very cycle and pedestrian friendly suburb). They started out just shuffling,then learnt to scoot, then started long glides between scoots. At some stage you see them start to stee...
by jimcoates
Tue 24 Nov 2009, 12:18 pm
Forum: Parents and teachers discussion
Topic: When can they ride independently on the road?
Replies: 20
Views: 3580

Re: When can they ride independently on the road?

There is some useful information within some of the documents on this site http://www.cyclingresourcecentre.org.au/18/Education_Children I had a look at this document. I didn't find it very useful. It seems to be more designed for newer riders who want to ride with their kids. Mostly old advice abo...
by jimcoates
Mon 23 Nov 2009, 4:09 pm
Forum: Parents and teachers discussion
Topic: When to progress to the You Yangs??
Replies: 8
Views: 2079

Re: When to progress to the You Yangs??

I took my son to the you yangs at age 6 and a half. He coped fine with the bottom end of Kurrajong Plantation but didn't like going uphill (who does?) I've been thinking about taking a group of 7-8 year olds there and riding from the junction track downhill to the bottom carpark. Should be easily do...
by jimcoates
Mon 23 Nov 2009, 4:02 pm
Forum: Parents and teachers discussion
Topic: When can they ride independently on the road?
Replies: 20
Views: 3580

When can they ride independently on the road?

My son is now 7 and a half, so he'll be riding off to mates places by himself sometime in the next couple of years. Has any one seen any good advice (hopefully backed by some good research or solid justification about how to decide when they are ready to ride on the road by themselves? I seem to rem...
by jimcoates
Mon 23 Nov 2009, 12:13 pm
Forum: Parents and teachers discussion
Topic: Which helmet??
Replies: 26
Views: 4278

Re: Which helmet??

just another thought on helmets. I'm philosophicall opposed to giving helmets as presents. I give my kids new helmets whenever I feel it is needed or appropriate. I even give them if comfort or fashion is an issue. Anything that encourages my kids to wear their helmet. I too often see kids at my son...
by jimcoates
Wed 11 Nov 2009, 8:05 pm
Forum: Parents and teachers discussion
Topic: Which helmet??
Replies: 26
Views: 4278

Re: Which helmet??

Just to inject a bit of a sour note about helmets. The Australian Standard is a minimum standard, it doesn't mean the helmet is good. I see plenty of helmets worn by kids which are very poorly adjusted and don't sit properly because the straps won't stay adjusted and the back adjustment won't stay p...
by jimcoates
Thu 15 Oct 2009, 11:32 am
Forum: Parents and teachers discussion
Topic: looking for a primary school cycling program
Replies: 9
Views: 2228

Re: looking for a primary school cycling program

Simon, I never did find any useful programs. Pete's suggestion is the best. I ride with my kids on local bike paths and footpaths, going to school, shops etc. As a general rule, I stay off the roads, except in very quiet streets. I am a confident and competent rider but still find it too hard to man...

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