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Re: Crane River Parks Hounslow & other London rides

17 June 2015 - 2:40am
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Re: Crane River Parks Hounslow & other London rides

17 June 2015 - 2:37am
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Glasgow commuter cyclists - report the fault

16 June 2015 - 11:25pm
I am back on my fair-weather commuting from Bellshill to Glasgow and have noticed (surprise surprise) loads of issues with potholes, broken tarmac, drainers etc.
I downloaded the Glasgow App from here https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=3404 and also downloaded the App to my phone.

It is quite a good system, very easy to log issues, you can take and upload photos if you want and it keeps a record of all your logs (very useful).

Since I started a couple of weeks ago I have noticed the potholes next to the drainers opposite The Dogs Trust have been filled in and the whole road surface on London Road at the junction before you get to the police station has been relaid. And also more potholes further up London Road have been filled in.

All of these were in my reports submitted, I am not claiming that they were all done purely due to these, it may well be that they were on the list to be done anyway, but I think its only right that where you see issues that are dangerous to cyclists, that you take the couple of mins to report them.

If only North Lanarkshire Council had as good a system......

Re: Why cycling in the UK is so scary (Gaurdian)

16 June 2015 - 11:14pm
reohn2 wrote:The driving standards,lack spacial awareness,downright stupidity and willingness to take such chances frankly astounds me in the extreme,so much so that I no longer think if,but when ....


I'm getting to that stage myself.
Cycling home at mid day from Brinscall along the A675 Bolton/Belmont Road a few months ago, I seriously doubted I'd see my kids again.

Re: Help settle an argument

16 June 2015 - 10:38pm
Yes, the driver is always right. All hail ballibeg...

The driver was involved in the crash.
I didn't say he necessarily caused it (that would be the extended turn and V sign without competence)

Re: Help settle an argument

16 June 2015 - 10:20pm
ballibeg wrote:You hang onto that opinion, ignore all facts that don't support that opinion and you'll be happy.
What facts?

Fact: A guy on a bike moves out a couple of feet to overtake another vehicle he was coming up on.

Fact: The car behind had plenty of time to consider what was going on, more importantly they should have taken a teeny tiny amount of time to observe and predict.

Fact: The car sounded their horn whilst behind the cyclist and at a point when it was useless. i.e. the cyclist was at the side of the vehicle he was overtaking.

Fact: The motorist has supposedly sat a test and as such has a standard of driving that's legally required in order to satisfy their license conditions.

Fact: The cyclist has no such requirement - for all the driver knows it's a 12 year old with no road sense.


Did I miss anything?

Re: Reasons to take cycling tools on the road....

16 June 2015 - 9:47pm
As a circular ride I wouldn't be that far away from home (maybe 5 miles tops) so the 'risk' in itself is minimal considering the worst thing that would happen would be a puncture (yeah famous last words ).
On pretty much any other ride I'd take a tool/pump/tube/levers out with me but riding without all that 'stuff' is a great feeling

Re: Help settle an argument

16 June 2015 - 9:41pm
Love it. Thread called "Help settle an argument" has reached 6 pp and 86 replies.

Not helping much, is it?

Re: Reasons to take cycling tools on the road....

16 June 2015 - 8:58pm
Tonyf33 wrote:I actually ride out on my usual circular route with nothing more than a drinks bottle and the front door key on occasion, I like a bit of risk..lol
I would though feel really torn if someone stopped and asked me if I needed help, more likely to say I decided to come out without tools/tube so it should be down to me to get my own way back. If they insist then fine, if they roll on I'm not going to die, just a long walk home..
Sod the risk. A twenty mile walk is out of the question for me. Though it's rare it would come to that. I'd ring a cab first. Why would you decline the offer of help if it gets you roling again? I'm quite happy to accept help. I'm not that proud. I'm also happy to give it.

Re: Help settle an argument

16 June 2015 - 8:52pm
You hang onto that opinion, ignore all facts that don't support that opinion and you'll be happy.

Re: Reasons to take cycling tools on the road....

16 June 2015 - 8:14pm
I actually ride out on my usual circular route with nothing more than a drinks bottle and the front door key on occasion, I like a bit of risk..lol
I would though feel really torn if someone stopped and asked me if I needed help, more likely to say I decided to come out without tools/tube so it should be down to me to get my own way back. If they insist then fine, if they roll on I'm not going to die, just a long walk home..

Re: Bus passes

16 June 2015 - 8:11pm
Mick F wrote:mercalia wrote:its the female age they use dont they? not the male pension ageThey are going to be the same at aged 66.
I've scraped through at 65 (born 1952), but Mrs Mick F is going to be 66. (born 1956)
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eh 65? I am the same age born 1952 but got mine last march when 62.5, before had the London only 60+ card

Re: Help settle an argument

16 June 2015 - 7:47pm
ballibeg wrote:Don't think a court in the land would agree.
The only mitigating factor was that the guy turned round and gave the 'V'

Imagine if he hadn't. You sound your horn, he turns round to look, loses control and crashes.
Supposed he'd been killed, don't you think you'd look a bit foolish trying to defend using the horn when specifically warned against it in the highway code and trying to defend that choice by claiming you didn't like the way he was riding?

Given you can kill someone with impunity these days I wouldn't obviously put money on it but then I wouldn't put myself in that position in the first place.

If the driver had really wanted to warn the cyclist of their presence they'd have done it several seconds earlier, *before* the cyclist started moving out to overtake and whilst still far enough back not to cause alarm. Not at the point the cyclist had almost completed their overtake and from only a few yards back.

Re: Why cycling in the UK is so scary (Gaurdian)

16 June 2015 - 7:42pm
What I posted on another thread yesterday:-

I've just returned from a 45 mile ride,in that short 3hour span of time I was overtaken closely(within 500mm) twice by vehicles.
One I happened to catch up up at the next TL and asked if he did that all the time,his reply was "you don't pay road tax" .
I informed him I did but I won't repeat here what else I told him.
I was also overtaken on bridge by two cars(one closely following the other) who gave me plenty of room going more over the other side of the road than our side,but couldn't see over the brow of the bridge if anything was come the other way,I know they couldn't see for a fact,as I drive that way on a regular basis.
I was also overtaken on blind right hand bend by a woman in a new Mini against a solid white line,she was well over the other side of the road and totally blind,I know she was driving totally blind because I couldn't see around the bend and I was in secondary position on my own side.
She had a child in a child seat in the back.
All this happened on one 45mile ride on a lovely sunny day.
Every one of those drivers saw me clearly,and every one of them took a chance with either their own lives or someone else's,not just mine.
The driving standards,lack spacial awareness,downright stupidity and willingness to take such chances frankly astounds me in the extreme,so much so that I no longer think if,but when ....

That ride is by no means exceptional,what is exceptional,is when I come in from a ride without such things happening .

Re: Reasons to take cycling tools on the road....

16 June 2015 - 7:11pm
Tonyf33 wrote:I don't think it's the type of bike you ride (or vehicle you drive) but the type of person, I could be on my carbon bike chipping along at a fair old rate and if I saw someone by the side of the road I'd ask if they were 'ok' or needed a hand. Even if I didn't have the tool required if they were stranded in the middle of no-where without a phone or able to get assistance you'd do the right thing surely?
It's a reflection of the 'don't give a damn about anyone else' society that prevails far too often.
I agree. What bugs me, apart from my own stupidity for forgetting tools is that the two selfish gits were in their 50s or 60s. I thought my generation had more about them. I've stopped a few times in that area and fixed or helped fix bikes for others. Wonder if we are all getting more miserable?
I'm also, supported by this incident, being attracted to just owning one or two similar bikes. Maintaining bikes and keeping seperate toolkits for each, plus remembering when I changed this or that on the various steeds, seems at times [when you are stood at the side of the road] more trouble than it is worth.

Re: Why cycling in the UK is so scary (Gaurdian)

16 June 2015 - 6:51pm
Did read the blonde wig thing, and have found, not that, but, wearing more 'vulnerable' clothing seems to get more space (sun hat, tee shirt and shorts)
Re; space for cyclists, I have noticed that if one vehicle gives you plenty of space, 'some' of the following copy it, so maybe people can learn. Also trying out experiment when driving - had a couple of examples today, carrying out exaggerated overtakes of cyclists, and watching following drivers, seem to get a result. Might be imagining it, but, it would be nice to think it works. As I happen to drive a large 6m x 2.5m high van, people might think that, if he can do it like that, so can I, or am I just fantasising?

Re: Why cycling in the UK is so scary (Gaurdian)

16 June 2015 - 6:48pm
Funny the commenter mentions Exeter and politeness. I've had more abuse from drivers in one half-mile stretch of road there (for refusing to use a weed- and glass-choked pavement farcility) than I've had in four years of cycling around London.

Re: Reasons to take cycling tools on the road....

16 June 2015 - 6:47pm
I don't think it's the type of bike you ride (or vehicle you drive) but the type of person, I could be on my carbon bike chipping along at a fair old rate and if I saw someone by the side of the road I'd ask if they were 'ok' or needed a hand. Even if I didn't have the tool required if they were stranded in the middle of no-where without a phone or able to get assistance you'd do the right thing surely?
It's a reflection of the 'don't give a damn about anyone else' society that prevails far too often.

Re: Help settle an argument

16 June 2015 - 6:26pm
Don't think a court in the land would agree.

Re: Why cycling in the UK is so scary (Gaurdian)

16 June 2015 - 5:26pm
It's always physically possible.

It's only that people won't give themselves the time to do it.

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