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Re: Biased?

2 August 2014 - 10:34pm
Why are you disgusted Jim ?
It seems a pretty straight forward account. Hopefully the cyclists makes a full recovery. It neither seeks to exonerate or damn ms Piper

Re: 50 mph for lorries

2 August 2014 - 10:26pm
(avoidable) delays in terms of bicycle journeys are comparable to being delayed on the road in a car, if a journey is delayed by a considerable percentage through no fault of your own (the distance is irrelevant actually) and without sacrificing safety in absolute terms it can be very frustrating.

Re: 50 mph for lorries

2 August 2014 - 8:02pm
Ellieb wrote:Put it this way: if cycling on the road took 20 minutes but going by cyclepath took 30 minutes for the same distance, there would be plenty on here who would decry the path as being not fit for purpose and complain that segregationists didn't understand why people should always stay on the road....

I don't think this is really comparable to the cycle path versus road argument. For one thing, cycle paths that slow us by that much are also often unsafe. For another thing, the sort of journeys that is being discussed on this thread, tend to be a bit longer than a few miles.

Re: 50 mph for lorries

2 August 2014 - 6:56pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:The perceived saving is even greater in rush hour, when the actual saving is less...

We're rubbish at judging "time saved"
Agreed. I used to do a regular commuter-time journey (driving) and would often be overtaken when I was doing the speed limit. It was a very rare occasion indeed when I didn't catch up with the offender later in the journey- sometimes I was still behind them, or maybe one or two cars behind them, ten or more miles later. They might have got through the odd traffic light before it went red when I had to stop, but in the end, I'd still nearly always catch up with them at either lights or a roundabout. So for all that risk (often the overtake was completely blind, and they were breaking the speed limit anyway) they gained what- two seconds?

I was once 'holding up' a chap behind me (i.e., I was doing the speed limit on straight bits and somewhat less on bends, but getting harassment) when I drove round a bend in the road and had to brake as there was a fire engine stationary on my side of the road and traffic coming the other way. If I'd been speeding, or hadn't slowed for the bend, I couldn't have stopped in time, and the bloke behind couldn't have stopped in time - he was lucky to be able to stop as it was. Ironically, the reason the fire engine was there was a car upside down just off the road on the bend - it could have been a mechanical failure, but given that the road was notorious for stupid driving in both directions in the rush hour, I'd not like to bet on it.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

2 August 2014 - 6:49pm


Only 14miles today.
Mind you, I had 1,900ft of ascent.
Is that hilly enough?

Re: Ten Miles a Day

2 August 2014 - 5:37pm
Mick F wrote:By the way, I've just started a new spreadsheet including feet per mile per day.
I'm aiming for 1,300 feet per day for 2014.

1,263ft so far.
I need even more hills.
Try moving away from the flat lands of Cornwall to a hilly area such as Lake District!!!!!

Re: Caught on camera

2 August 2014 - 4:55pm
i once had a ambulance overtake me on a blind bend;siren on,and thank god nothing coming in the opposite direction.

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

2 August 2014 - 4:13pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:Flinders wrote:Postboxer wrote:I saw a National Express coach the other day that had a sticker with a picture of a bike and a message something like, 'Caution, this vehicle has blind spots' - seemed fairish.
That seems reasonable, as it warns of a genuine problem rather than being aggressive and unhelpful as the 'stay back' one does.
Yes - although a non articulated vehicle shouldn't have blind spots, how hard can it be to have the required mirrors?

A bus would need more than mirrors to eliminate all blind spots, it would also need a reversing camera, probably one mounted high up looking downwards. The camera also really needs to have some sort of lens washing mechanism as well as they can get obscured by road muck. Do buses all have suitable reversing cameras?

There is the other sticker you see on the back of trucks; If you can't see my mirrors I can't see you". This is very true and always worth bearing in mind. I think I mentioned this earlier about being tail-gated by a cyclist down a Devon lane in my campervan.

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

2 August 2014 - 12:35pm
The top one is from road.cc, they did have a few different sizes at first but most have sold out, they had a few size A5 left at last check. Actually A5 isn't too far from the size of the 'stay back' ones that have appeared on trucks and buses round these parts.

The bottom one is from a limited batch that appeared on eBay a few weeks ago. I've had a quick look and there's no sign of any more.

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

2 August 2014 - 12:11pm
Chiz wrote:Sorry to revive an old topic, the last of these stickers arrived this morning.

Here's my contribution.
Hmm - These are a little small, but awesome all the same - Presume available from road.cc?

Re: BT Openreach cyclists stay back

2 August 2014 - 11:58am
Sorry to revive an old topic, the last of these stickers arrived this morning.

Here's my contribution.

Re: Any success reporting a near miss to the Police?

2 August 2014 - 10:16am
I've had great success reporting minor incidents to the police. They smile nicely and move on...

Re: Any success reporting a near miss to the Police?

2 August 2014 - 9:06am
Unless a driver completely kills you with an RPG and does it deliberately, you might as well forget it and try enjoy the rest of your ride. I dare say that even in those circumstances if the driver was 'in control' of his/her car, the best you could hope for is them getting a small fine, a few points and a slap on the wrist.
I'm being optimistic too.

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