|Originally posted by SYSTEM-J |
Of course. Why is that remotely strange? At 8pm I'm not at work. I'd rather have daylight then so I can continue to do things outdoors. Who does anything interesting at 7 am? You're either working or commuting.
It's wouldn't be sunny at that time in winter here anyway. It's currently getting dark at about 6pm. After this weekend that will become 5pm. In the depths of December it's pitch black at 4pm. This is depressing during the week and even worse at the weekend. That extra hour of daylight is shunted to early morning when I'm either asleep or staggering home from a party, and the rest of my day is curtailed.
Who benefits from this shift? The vanishingly small percentage of children who cycle to school unaccompanied, according to Trance-MB, in another example of TA's ludicrous bike safety zealotry. Possibly the breed of sad bastard who gets up at 5 am and does everything before work, and who's asleep at 9 pm anyway.
And yes, I was getting confused about which is which. In the UK we just call it British Summer Time and Greenwich Mean Time. Calling summer hours "Daylight Saving" is an open admission that we're willfully pissing an hour away in winter. Seriously. Get it binned off. I couldn't feel more strongly about this.
You are aware that winter time is the normal time? The summer time was introduced to have an hour longer daylight in the evening (and by that saving energy, although not everyone agrees it actually saved energy), not the winter time. To choose for summer time and drop winter time doesn't make any sense to me.
You act like you think summer time is the normal time, but my points are only valid when choosing summer time as normal time and the negative impact in winter. More bikers in the dark in the morning will result in more accidents without any doubt.
Holland has 22.5 million bikes on 17.5 million people. 25% of all movement is done by bikes which is 15 billion km annually. Holland has 1.3 bike per inhabitant compared to 0.3 or 0.4 in the UK.
During morning rush-hour over here there are more bikes on the roads than cars. There's your small percentage! The safety over course isn't only for the kids, but also for all grown-ups going to work by bike.
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Last edited by Trance-M on Oct-27-2018 at 17:55