Montague folding bike

Montague folding bike

I saw this cool bike on The Gadget Show a couple of years ago and was impressed. It looks and feels like a normal bike but folds down to a compact 35″ x 12″ x 28″. This means you can easily fit it into a car boot or on a train. Although I have a bike rack, I like the idea of this as it is quick and practical and doesn’t compromise on your choice of bike if you like something big with a 700c wheel. They even do mountain bikes.

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Well it has been 50 years since Dr. Beeching’s report which lead to the closing of several branch lines all over Britain. Some stations closed on existing lines could be re-opened but the lines will never be recovered because they have since been turned into roads or housing. I’ve thought to myself, what if instead of cutting services, they had improved them by electrification. Most of Europe is electrified now and has efficient trains crossing international boundaries where as Britain (excluding money pot London) is only just starting to electrify more than just the main routes. Here are Network Rail’s current electrification plans.

I was recently in Manchester and rode the Metro link tram into town. We bought tickets via a ticket machine and what I found was a single was £3.50 and a return was £3.70. Why the prices are so similar I have no idea. For the sake of 20p I got a return even though the odds were that we would come back in a taxi.

I think this sort of pricing is fairly common although I haven’t seen this closer to where I live (West Yorkshire). But the other problem with buying tickets is when you decide what you want you are guessing what will happen in the future… Yesterday I bought a day rider bus ticket (same as a return costing £3.80). However, I got a lift back with a friend so I could have got away with just a single (£2.50). This is where the card payment system adopted by large cities wins in my opinion.

Just pay for what you use, when you use it!

How about a heated road that glows in the dark! The Dutch are on the case with special paint which glows at night.

See this BBC news report for more details

China yesterday opened a new 2000km long high speed train line connecting Beijing in the north with Guangzhou in the south. Not without it’s problems this line has already had a troubled beginning with a crash killing 40 and part of the line being washed away by a flood. Still it shows how progressive China is right now.

Chinese bullet train. Pic: South China Morning Post.

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    Here is the BBC’s report on the world’s longest rail line.

    South China Morning Post’s article

  • Well, here’s another reason not to own a car. Because the laws are changing regarding the gender of a car owner, insurance premiums will go up! Of course they go up, they have to make their money somehow!!

    Insurance companies have always given better deals to women drivers as they are less likely to crash. Just like unemployed people are more likely to crash! (rant over)