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Saturday, March 17, 2012
Reject EU (Motorcycle) 'Anti-tampering' legislation, this included Art 18 & 52, that will prevent owners customising their bikes and/or using after market parts.
Responsible department: Department for Transport
This will automatically become UK law soon and it means that bikers will not be able to customise their bikes in anyway or use cheaper (still safe & approved) 'after market' parts making it too expensive for the average rider – None of these directions make any sense at all and will not improve safety in anyway; just line the pockets of the large foreign bike manufactures.
Bikers wil be singled out by the police and stopped and emissions checked; this is discriminatory.
They also propose to ban filtering through traffic, which would be dangerous for air-cooled machines that could blow up in traffic and is the extreme of nanny state interference.
Banning of motorcycles over 7yrs old in Urban areas.
Clearly the EU intent to eradicate ALL motorcycles in the future and this is the thin end of the wedge...nanny state at its worst and it must be stopped right now!
This EU legislation must be rejected by the UK government ."
(You must be a British citizen or normally live in the UK to create or sign this e-petition)
FTW SIGN THE PETITION HERE
Posted by shaun at Saturday, March 17, 2012
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Monday, March 12, 2012
At the end of the 19th century, the only people who used bicycles in China were foreigners who lived in Shanghai. During those times, no self-respecting Chinese who had even the tiniest of wealth would consider moving around on his own. He would instead take the sedan chair, or if he were inclined to use the latest mode of transport, use a rickshaw which was invented in 1870.
It was only during the 20th century that imported, and therefore expensive, bicycles were sold to the Chinese. But sweating and exercise did not fit into the Chinese way of life, so in the beginning only the nouveau riche, especially those who have gone abroad to study and have lived among bicycle-riding people. The prostitutes ("sing-song girls") who worked in the ports open to foreign trade were also avid users of the bicycle. They had relatively good income and were already living on the margins of polite society anyway.
During the 1920s, when the 6-day work week became common in the cities and people had free time for themselves that enthusiasm for the bicycle rose.
The bicycle industry in China began in the 1930's, when assembly plants for foreign-made bicycles were first established. China-made bicycles came in the 1940s. The founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949 was a turning point for the bicycle industry. The Party decided to promote the bicycle as the people's vehicle and started a massive production drive. Bicycles were taken into account in city planning and those who used bicycles to travel to and from work were given benefits. China's first Five-Year Plan included the growth of the bicycle industry by 60 percent, and by 1958, China was producing more than a million bicycles annually.
By the way, the bicycle is called zi xing che (自行车) in Chinese, meaning, self-driven transport.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
'Regrettably, Pashley is one of the last three ‘traditional’ companies to produce bicycles in the UK, the other two being Moulton and Brompton. The economic and social reasons for this could probably fill a tome or two, but it means Britons are left with three highly individual manufacturers that embody distinct aspects of British culture. The Pashley Guv’nor is king of the cycling castle, still made by hand in their Stratford-upon-Avon plant.'
'Like Triumph motorcycles, the BMC Mini, and Land Rover, each Pashley is designed and built specifically with local conditions in mind, but their appeal has extended globally. The Guv’nor has generated almost a cult following, due to their hand built quality and regal stature. There’s even a dedicated forum of fans in The Guvnor’s Assembly. The Guv’nor is still the perfect vehicle for navigating country paths, cobbled lanes and, now, the streets of every international city.'
Read more: www.cycleexif.com/pashley-guvnor
Posted by shaun at Sunday, March 11, 2012