North Shore Times : January 24th 2013
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FREE COFFEE & MUFFIN 4971147AE IN BRIEF The wheels on the bus ... The US may have the highest density of cars per head in the world, but more and more Americans are taking the bus. A new study says intercity bus travel in the US was up 7.5 per cent year on year, with one advantage being that it's cheaper than taking a train or plane and you don't have to deal with security queues as you do at airports. While we're on the bus: it appears that since 2006 the bus industry in the US has grown between 5 and 10 per cent a year, and noticing this could be why Chinese car maker BYD is to open an electric bus factory in California. The company will produce between 50 and 100 electric buses at the yet-to-be- named site in 2014 increasing to 500 a year for 2015. Quad safety By DAVE MOORE There's plenty of talk going on about quad bikes these days. How- ever, with all the sugges- tions about helmets, registration and roll-over bars very few people have actually mentioned that these toy-like vehi- cles are actually not easy to drive. The reason they aren't is that they require a whole new language of what is elegantly called 'Body English.' They also require the body strength to be able to apply it, which is why I'd not advise those slightly built among us, however tall or old they are to try and keep up with experienced riders, especially on rough and unfamiliar terrain. Not only will they tire very quickly, they can find themselves -- with the machine's unusual centre of gravity -- unable to compensate for the behaviour of the quad cycle. This is because quads have a very narrow track -- the measurement between the wheels, side to side -- and a very short wheelbase -- the distance between the front and rear axles. With a foot- print area that's only a fraction the size of an SUV, tractor, or farm truck, a quad is several times more susceptible to pitching and leaning, without much notice, to the effects of potholes, bumps, changes of ter- rain, and surface tex- ture. After years of trailbike riding and off-road driv- ing, I too felt confident I could master these vehi- cles quickly. But it wasn't until the end of an embarrassing and salutary two day Aust- ralian dirt safari, that I started to do things prop- erly. I'm 1.88m and 100kgs plus, but my strength and ability to compen- sate for the vagaries of a quad's behaviour was tested to exhaustion very quickly. I can only imagine how alcohol and a lighter, less resilient and probably weaker body even than mine would have coped. My advice to anyone before going near a quad is to get some training, get advice on your requi- red equipment and learn as much as you car first. Watch the trainers and experts and notice how much time they have to spend out of the seat, balancing with their legs, arms and upper bodies against the considerable side forces they experience while riding. They'll also tell you why and how to become as competent as they are. The Ministry of Busi- ness Information and Employment website advises that: Riders must be trained/experi- enced enough to do the job. Choose the right vehicle for the job. Always wear a helmet.'' But the entry worth noting on their website is the following: Don't let kids (under 16s) ride adult quad bikes.'' By adult quad bikes, the Ministry means machines of 90ccs and above. That a machine with such a small engine size should be the cut off is worth noting too, and that as the Ministry's site says: Quad bike manufacturers set mini- mum ages for using their bikes based on the age when young people have sufficient strength, body weight and mental ability to master the safe riding techniques.'' The site also says that farmers who don't follow these safety steps risk penalties under the Health and Safety in Employment Act if some- one working on their farm is seriously injured or killed. Quad bikes are not all terrain vehicles even if some makers do call them ATVs -- they can't actually go everywhere or do everything. Respect their limits, and make sure everyone follows these safety steps. The site at: www.dol. govt.nz/quad-bikes/ factsheet.asp also has links for training oppor- tunities, and is worth a visit.
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