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Re: First time this year camera on bike - and an incident!

1 April 2015 - 6:03am
sorry to say oh too common

Re: First time this year camera on bike - and an incident!

1 April 2015 - 2:02am
You know, I don't just blame the driver.

I am presuming the pedestrian island is part of a traffic calming scheme and isn't much to do with helping pedestrians cross the road. And lets face it ... those countries with lots of traffic calming schemes are the ones that are totally useless at enforcing speed limits and catching speeding motorists because the public services are so badly under-resourced.

Re: First time this year camera on bike - and an incident!

1 April 2015 - 12:35am
661-Pete wrote: But I don't think this incident is worth pursuing the motorist for.


No, I don't think so either. But I think it's really useful to have this kind of evidence so that people know what we're talking about.

Re: so when do the shorts come out?

1 April 2015 - 12:02am
reohn2 wrote:TBH,given the choice of warm knees and legs,or cold knees and legs.I'll have warm every time if you don't mind
I also know when my knees and legs feel too warm that's when I dispense with the leg or knee warmers,it's a personal choice and is temperature related,wind direction has quite a bit to do with it too IME,east,north or north western winds generally=cold or colder,south,south western usually=warm.
I'm a bit of a wimp,I like being comfortable

I actually like ice cold showers, I used to enjoy the ice cold recovery baths after rugby training, I prefer to be colder indoors and keep the house quite chilly (people put on more clothes when they visit..lol) BUT when I'm cycling I like to be comfortable like yourself, that to me isn't being 'a wimp', it's doing what's right for your own body at any given point or time of year..
There's nothing 'hard' or tough about wearing shorts in mid winter, people are different and tolerence levels are different, that's pretty much how life is in general. what anybody else does has next to zero bearing on me and what I do (with regard to cycling at least)

Re: First time this year camera on bike - and an incident!

31 March 2015 - 11:28pm
Oh, I got the number plate all right. It's clearly readable in the original video at higher resolution, but I reduced it down for youtube. But I don't think this incident is worth pursuing the motorist for. Just a topic for discussion.

On the other hand, if the same driver offends again....

It was less than a mile from my house, in Folders Lane in Burgess Hill.

Re: First time this year camera on bike - and an incident!

31 March 2015 - 11:22pm
Appalling driving. Couldn't quite see, but it looked as though the car hit or almost hit the island. Number plate not discernible unfortunately. Out of interest where was it?

Re: The Gaurdian: Cycling near misses

31 March 2015 - 10:07pm
Interesting - I feel quite comfortable cycling in central London on my commute, but there are roads where I live (Somerset) that I really wouldn't cycle on if you paid me (A39 I'm looking at you!) Maybe it's because I've been a motorcyclist for 20-odd years so the 'spidey sense' about what other road users are doing is second nature to me, but urban cycling is something I enjoy.

Re: Best Farcility of the Year?? £210,000 Wasted?? Chicheste

31 March 2015 - 9:54pm
mjr wrote:DUAL. NETWORK. EVIL. BAD. WRONG.
Yes.

The common design goal for UK "dual networks" seems to be as somewhere for kiddies to play, away from the big dangerous motorists, ensuring kiddies don't hold up (adult) motorists.

I'm not against providing facilities for real kiddies. That's great. The problem comes when cycling is infantalised, and designers think that all cycling facilities need to be playgrounds that are separate from the important business of travelling, which they want to be done by motoring.

First time this year camera on bike - and an incident!

31 March 2015 - 9:44pm
One of two (I'll report on the other later). Warning, there is a brief burst of bad language.

Not so much a close pass, as a frantic cut-in at the bollards, no doubt executed by the irrepressible Mr M'GIF* What do you think? Appalling, or merely poor driving? Gave me a scare anyway.

*"Must Get In Front"

Re: Life paint!!!!

31 March 2015 - 7:49pm
Already posted elsewhere

Life paint!!!!

31 March 2015 - 7:26pm
Those brainy boffins at Volvo have come up with a great idea for keeping cyclists safe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfWzeGlaFvI#t=113

Can't help wondering if it wouldn't have been simpler to tell drivers to look beyond the end of their bonnet! (does look good though). I do like the quote at around 1:50 "Putting something on that will make you scream out to drivers like me is a fantatstic thing."SO IS PAYING ATTENTION TO WHAT'S HAPPENING AROUND YOU, YOU IDIOT!

Re: so when do the shorts come out?

31 March 2015 - 5:37pm
Not today - its currently alternating between snow and hail here!

Re: so when do the shorts come out?

31 March 2015 - 3:29pm
Hi,
I don't think there is any evidence apart from my post above.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knee_pain#Cold-induced

"Some people with anterior knee pain tend to have generally colder knees, and such people also trend towards having to wear extra tights/long johns in the winter.[7]"

Touch wood I have had no problems and wont point fun at the sufferers, my legs sweat covered above 5C.
You can get sore knees from a variety of reasons, and I guess that once they are inflamed best to cover up.

Re: The Gaurdian: Cycling near misses

31 March 2015 - 1:50pm
horizon wrote:mirrors not helmets - the message must go out. Helmet promoters are doing so much damage.
Discussion of various reasonably-current mirrors viewtopic.php?f=1&t=92027

Discussions of helmets viewforum.php?f=41

Re: so when do the shorts come out?

31 March 2015 - 1:23pm
TBH,given the choice of warm knees and legs,or cold knees and legs.I'll have warm every time if you don't mind
I also know when my knees and legs feel too warm that's when I dispense with the leg or knee warmers,it's a personal choice and is temperature related,wind direction has quite a bit to do with it too IME,east,north or north western winds generally=cold or colder,south,south western usually=warm.
I'm a bit of a wimp,I like being comfortable

Re: The Gaurdian: Cycling near misses

31 March 2015 - 1:12pm
What more can I say? mjr perfectly sums up my experiences and feelings!

Re: Best Farcility of the Year?? £210,000 Wasted?? Chicheste

31 March 2015 - 12:35pm
TonyR wrote:To be fair to them the Council's website on the changes does say:

Motorists should also be aware that cyclists are not required by law to use the cycle lane and that they have an equal right to use the main carriageway, should they choose to do so. This road position is often preferred by more confident cyclists.
DUAL. NETWORK. EVIL. BAD. WRONG. If any council officer starts excusing the crap they're building because "more confident cyclists" can use the carriageway, then that should be a huge blaring foghorn of a warning sign that what they're building is unsafe and bad practice. They don't build two roads, one for "more confident motorists" and a circuitous one that gives way to it for ordinary motorists. They don't build a crap footway and say that more confident pedestrians and wheelchair users can just walk in the carriageway (as in fact pedestrians are entitled to do).

Sorry for the rant. I'm so glad that I don't have to deal with WSCC and their "I can't believe it's not criminal negligence/incompetence" approach to roads. I won't be going there on holiday again any time soon. I wish all of you who suffer those muppets all the best in dealing with them. Alert the press. Form campaign groups. Lobby like crazy. See whether Pete Owens would run FotM's first ever multi-cock-up special feature? WSCC sound worthy of such recognition.

Courage!

Re: The Gaurdian: Cycling near misses

31 March 2015 - 12:20pm
I endorse many of the above sentiments. Around here, it's nothing like as bad as that article makes it sound and the benefits of loads of fun commutes, dawdling along cycleways among daffodils (currently, anyway) and through parks more than makes up for the few nutters a year who pose problems. It would be good if there was more traffic policing... unmarked bobbies on bicycles riding through known trouble hotspots (which most of us avoid if we can) would catch some quite quickly.

They're relatively rare, though. I ride most days, usual minimum six miles to shops, more often ten into town, sometimes much further and I think I probably get one abusive motorist a week (hi to the prat who abused our tourists exiting Chatteris last Saturday) and maybe one dodgy movement a month (I'd suffered none for ages, then three in one ride last month!) and I wouldn't class all of them as a "near miss". Looking at the quotes on the article, it feels like most of the problems might be in cities and the smaller town quotes are more usually about abuse.

I think the key problem is that once you deal with the biggest self-inflicted contributions to cycle collisions, like staying away from doors of parked vehicles and giving way when entering a carriageway, there is often nothing people on bikes can do to stop "thoughtless to hostile behaviour" by mad motorists from putting them in danger... and that's a really scary thing. It's a shame the article doesn't offer suggestions how to change our road culture - without that, building protected cycleways won't be enough to encourage people because we still need to use carriageways for most first and last legs at least.

Re: Bill Cunningham

31 March 2015 - 10:08am
Hope I have put the correct link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYqiLJBXbss

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