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May I use a railway velocipede on actively-used British railways?

No, you may not, this would be classed as trespassing. According to the Crown Prosecution Transport Offences site, the rule in question here is: Section 23 Regulation of the Railways Act 1868: this ...
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Hiking in Scotland under 21 without a car

Not only is this possible, it would be my preferred way of doing it. Scotland has very good rail and bus connections, and the railways run through some of the best scenery and over some of the most ...
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May I use a railway velocipede on actively-used British railways?

TLDR: Join a sanctioned velocipede/speeder club... or volunteer at a heritage railway and earn the privilege. They sneak up on you You're wrong about being able to hear a train coming. Now in TV ...
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How should a pedestrian walk across a busy road in the USA?

You need to watch the pedestrian crossing light: You should only cross when it indicates "walk", which in this case will be indicated by an image of a walking person. Very old systems ...
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Traveling in Europe Solo - 18 years old. Feasible?

I suspect your Mom hasn't spent much time in the places you're planning to visit, because the notion that these countries are dangerous is frankly ridiculous. I've spent most of my life living in ...
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What's the use of trains that spend 6+ hours of daytime en route?

You are not the only one of the train. While you go the six hour distance, most long distance trains have people getting on and off at all stations it stops. With day time trains that is well possible,...
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4 people in a cab in London? Is that allowed?

London cabs will usually have additional seats in the back which fold up when not in use. This allows up to 5 people to ride in the back. Like below:
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May I use a railway velocipede on actively-used British railways?

As etmuse's answer correctly states, from a legal viewpoint you certainly can't simply plonk it down on the track and ride off without permission. Promising to pick it up when you hear a train won't ...
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Who was this persistent person at Shanghai airport?

IKeelYou's answer is excellent for the general case, but I'd like to add some specifics, since you mention this is in China. This guy was trying to sell you transportation service. This is a very ...
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How should a pedestrian walk across a busy road in the USA?

USA traffic systems are build for cars, other modes of transport are an afterthought if you are lucky, completely ignored if you are unlucky. If there are pedestrian crossing lights, use those. If ...
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Traveling in Europe Solo - 18 years old. Feasible?

I'm not sure where you are coming from, USA? Cities in Europe are like cities in the US, there are business areas, residential areas, entertainment districts with restaurants & theatres. In ...
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How can I legally visit the United States Minor Outlying Islands in the Pacific?

I can answer for Palmyra Atoll, as I happend to have come across this recently. From time to time, the US Fish and Wildlife Service seeks volunteers to work on Palmyra Atoll. The last call for ...
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Who was this persistent person at Shanghai airport?

This is very common in many airports around the world, someone who is trying to make a living by driving people form the airport and offering their services. Usually they are tourist traps and they ...
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Krakow to Warsaw by train - is it scenic?

I travelled the opposite direction by train (fast train) recently and while I did spend part of the journey sleeping, I can say that I don't recall seeing anything spectacular outside the windows ...
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Traveling in Europe Solo - 18 years old. Feasible?

No problem, many people do it all the time. Rick Steves, the travel writer of the 'Europe through the back door' guide books did it himself and that was years ago. It's arguably safer now. ...
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Where can I try an autonomous driving car?

I don't know about any place where you can already use a bus that shares the road with other vehicles, but in Rotterdam, the Netherlands there is a bus that drives autonomously on a dedicated lane ...
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How to get to Niagara Falls (Canada side) from Toronto airport during a layover?

You have plenty of time to see the Falls, go on the boat, and cross the bridge to the American side if you like. I would recommend renting a car from the airport, if you can drive. I'd expect to pay ...
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Traveling in Europe Solo - 18 years old. Feasible?

You are 18 and travelling to Europe for the first time and want to know if it's safe, and what other things you should be aware of. I assume you are an American or Canadian. I also assume you will ...
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What's the use of trains that spend 6+ hours of daytime en route?

Tourism? I LOVE travelling by train, and do so when I have time available - you get to see so much during the day! Also, we can't run all trains at night, some schedules connect with others, or you ...
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Krakow to Warsaw by train - is it scenic?

Traveled this route both by bus and by train, no big difference for me. Consider required level of comfort and the time/money you're ready to spend. Mostly you'll see flat land, villages. If you're ...
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What's the use of trains that spend 6+ hours of daytime en route?

I have traveled to over 100 European cities and I find traveling in overday time, always refreshing. These are my advantages when traveling about 5-6 hours in daytime. Hotel check-in at 2 PM Most ...
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What class of vehicle is commonly called "a Toyota" in Dudhu Chak/Eastern Pakistan?

They mean the HiAce which is commonly used in Pakistan for inter-city transport. Image Credit: wikipedia Here is one in action:
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Getting from Pierre-Elliot-Trudeau airport to downtown Montreal

The simplest choice is taking the 747 bus line. It runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and takes about 45 minutes to an hour depending on traffic. It also features WiFi service on lots of the buses and ...
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How should a pedestrian walk across a busy road in the USA?

NJ 20 is a vital connector between Interstate 80 and NJ 4. It is a divided highway with a "Jersey barrier" down the middle the whole way, except for that intersection. The Jersey barrier ...
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Do I prebook a taxi from Heathrow to London King's Cross?

If you haven't already, do consider public transport options which are very good and start much cheaper. If you take Heathrow Express then the tube, it's likely to be a little faster than a taxi; if ...
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Krakow to Warsaw by train - is it scenic?

I'm Polish and that route is not scenic. But train ride should be faster. If its direct connection than it should take 2.5-3h. Which train ride exactly you were looking at? Koleje Mazowieckie? If you ...
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Do Americans need special permits to rent and drive a car in France?

In France, driver's licences issued by non-EEA countries are only valid if they are written in French, or accompanied by a notarized translation or an International Driving Permit. Quoting from the ...
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Traveling in Europe Solo - 18 years old. Feasible?

One thing I haven't heard anyone else mention is your clothes. You can help avoid being singled out by pickpocketers by not dressing like a naive American. For example, don't wear shorts, sleeveless ...
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