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Re: Bus plus a bike?

10 May 2015 - 4:46pm
mrjemm wrote:All the buses around there had racks on the front for 2, and often, like this time, would take some inside also.
Reminds me of a visit to Toronto a few years back - virtually all of the city's buses had a bike rack on the front.

Rick.

Re: Bus plus a bike?

10 May 2015 - 3:37pm
tyreon wrote:Has anyone here seen any bus carrying a bike?

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That is mine on the front, and Mme's was inside, but then this was in the US, going over the big bridge at Astoria, Oregon. Felt we were cheating, but the weather was horrendous and there'd been a nasty crash on the bridge the day before, so why prove a point?

All the buses around there had racks on the front for 2, and often, like this time, would take some inside also.

But... more locally, I may be wrong, but something in my mind says that you can take bikes on the 555 through the lakes. Probably am wrong.

Editing before posting... Maybe not the 555, but some certainly can, see this link if interested: http://www.nationalparks.gov.uk/visitin ... e-district

And: http://www.golakes.co.uk/travel/New-Bike-Bus.aspx

Re: Glad They Got a Bike Lane

10 May 2015 - 2:50pm
You're in a bike lane, you're not in a bike lane, you're now back in the bike lane, its gone again, here it is again, now you're back on the road.

If they could secretly make it more dangerous for cyclists, without it being obvious, would they do it?

Thats the point I am at.

Re: Caution Cyclists Signs

10 May 2015 - 2:37pm
Caution: Road Signs Ahead

Re: Caution Cyclists Signs

10 May 2015 - 2:19pm
MikeF wrote:There was obviously a cycling event on the roads around here today as there highly visible signs saying "Caution Cyclists" although I didn't see any. This set me wondering why should these signs even be necessary? If motorists need these reminders shouldn't the signs be permanent, eg at pinch points, junctions?
There are a lot of "Think Bike" signs around the country. I always associated these with motorbikes. My impression is that they are not put up by Highways and although many seem "long term", they tend to be fixed to e.g. street lighting. I would assume that as there are so many that they must make a difference or would people bother with so many (i.e. I would have expected they would try a few areas first, maybe accident black spots, and only if helpful go to the effort and expense of such a widespread installation of so many).

There is a fairly main road going into Norwich that has the symbolic cycle painted middle on the lane along the road. I don't know if this link works but it's to Google Maps StreetView and should show one such mark on the road - they repeat all along the route. Having discussed them with other cyclists, some think they are a "reminder", some that they indicate a cycle lane that cars also use, others that they are a bit like the motorway chevron things (which I can't see/understand atall). It is a fairly main route into Norwich that does have a fair number of cycles using it. It does seem like a good idea as whatever the real purpose it is going to keep reminding drivers about cyclists.

Ian

Re: Glad They Got a Bike Lane

10 May 2015 - 1:32pm
October 2008, promising signs of development of the pedestrian and cycle route linking the cycle track across the M2 bridge to the new Medway Gate housing development .
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.38277 ... 0?hl=en-GB
Presumably the cycle and pedestrian access was part of the permissions for the new development.

August 2009, the gates haven't been opened yet . https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.38277 ... 0?hl=en-GB

May 2012, still locked . https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.38277 ... 0?hl=en-GB

May 2015, no change . You'll have to take my word for it until the streetview car goes past again.

Re: Caution Cyclists Signs

10 May 2015 - 1:31pm
Shootist wrote:Perhaps the sign could be mounted on the bike's handlebars as a warning to the cyclist. There are as many idiots on two wheels as there are on four.
Not true, and more importantly the idiots on two wheels (who do exist) do an awful lot less damage than those on 4

Re: Fred Whitton 112 miler

10 May 2015 - 12:49pm
Reports of someone riding it on a Raleigh Chopper today.
Is Mick safely at home? [emoji3]

Re: Caution Cyclists Signs

10 May 2015 - 8:55am
Perhaps the sign could be mounted on the bike's handlebars as a warning to the cyclist. There are as many idiots on two wheels as there are on four.

Re: Caution Cyclists Signs

10 May 2015 - 12:09am
Temporary signs will have to be put up some time before, and taken down some time after, an event. They aren't done like Gromit laying train track in "The Wrong Trousers"...


(from 25m50s here or just watch it right through )

...so there will be periods of time when the signs are up but there aren't an unusual number of cyclists.

There are permanent signs near some junctions on the Lancashire Cycleway ,such as this one (Google Streetview) near Coppull which fulfills the conditions in Gaz's quote.

Rick.

Re: Caution Cyclists Signs

10 May 2015 - 12:02am
They are utterly futile IMHO, here is the ONLY crossing to get to Stevenage from Letchworth without having to go round the villages and/or down narrow lanes with hidden bends/crumbling roads. You could approach it from the opposite direction and thus avoid crossing but you'd still have to cross it to get back anyway. That said cycling an extra 5 mile detour through Baldock, up the old Gt North Rd & then have to traverse the busy bypass DC and the roundabout where motorists take absolute liberties, plus the offslip to where the cycle path meets up with vehicles cutting in on you at 50mph (due to the fact the bend is very open to allow such) isn't really a pleasant option either.

The sign is placed 100yds to the crossing, which at the speed limit (50mph) it takes 4 seconds, at the more usual 60mph that vehicles are passing this point it takes roughly 3.5seconds. If you look at the pic I've cut this is 150yds from the crossing, hidden by the signs so you can't actually see if anyone is there waiting to cross even IF you did acknowledge the warning sign and/or weren't speeding.
With the debris from the farmers on the path it's no wonder this is used only but the hardiest of cyclists.

Re: Caution Cyclists Signs

9 May 2015 - 10:11pm
Permanent warning signs do exist for cycle routes, e.g. https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Gra ... 60cd850e75

Sign to Diagram 950: Traffic Signs Manual, page 71.
... may be used to warn traffic of a place where a cycle route crosses or joins a road and is not controlled by traffic signals.

Caution Cyclists Signs

9 May 2015 - 9:41pm
There was obviously a cycling event on the roads around here today as there highly visible signs saying "Caution Cyclists" although I didn't see any. This set me wondering why should these signs even be necessary? If motorists need these reminders shouldn't the signs be permanent, eg at pinch points, junctions?

Glad They Got a Bike Lane

9 May 2015 - 8:54pm
From 'You Had One Job' on Twitter...
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Re: Bus plus a bike?

9 May 2015 - 6:46pm
Last year Southern Vectis on the Isle of Wight introduced buses with space for bikes inside. Its not all buses just the service that runs right round the coast and its obviously aimed at tourists but its ideal for those who find distances are greater then they thought.
http://cycleseven.org/wight-bike-bus

Re: Bus plus a bike?

9 May 2015 - 5:52pm
One in south Cambridgeshire
https://www.scambs.gov.uk/bikebus-explorer/

Re: Bus plus a bike?

9 May 2015 - 5:30pm
Not quite old enough to have used it but....
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2274/220 ... z.jpg?zz=1

There are some plans to introduce a bus bike shuttle service on the Medway Tunnel, I doubt it will get past the planning stage.

Bus plus a bike?

9 May 2015 - 4:26pm
City news:
Followed a University Campus inter campus link bus today(the bus loops around the uni's disparate geographical settings). On the back of the bus was a cycle carrier. I guess the cycle carrier might take 2 bicycles. I couldn't help wondering what it was all about: the figure of eight that the bus would take on its journey would be 3.5 miles max,and it's mainly flat terrain! Then,in the same city(tho with a different bus company)when I approached a bus driver to ask about cycle conveyance,the driver said if he did have a cycle carrier on his bus he would not be using it because he had not been trained in how to use it safely. I'm left scratching my head. Am I slow, or does executive need... well,executing!!

Has anyone here seen any bus carrying a bike?

Re: Any point in reporting a v v close pass?

9 May 2015 - 3:17pm
Cycling on Nottingham roads at anytime invokes an aggressive response from many indigenous motorists. The Police attitude is to criticise cyclists who attack innocent cars by striking them with their rear wheels and rolling about in front of them.
If only I was exaggerating!

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