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Re: Short Survey - Do you use service stations?

21 September 2014 - 10:56pm
Yes, use them all the time. Always found them to be helpful. They sell snacks, coffee and usually have a toilet. Not sure why you would avoid them

Re: Short Survey - Do you use service stations?

21 September 2014 - 10:30pm
robing wrote:I have been asked on more than one occasion when buying some snacks, dressed in full cycling gear, "any fuel?" To which reply, yes it's right there in front of you!
I remember one wag asked me what my fuel consumption was. "Ten miles to the Mars Bar!"

Re: Short Survey - Do you use service stations?

21 September 2014 - 10:11pm
I use them frequently. Advantages are as others have said: good visibility for your bike, I rarely even lock it unless I use the loos. Good facilities (not all of them). Many have toilets, decent self serve coffee eg Costa Express. Some have pastries and a cafe. Only downside I find is that they tend to be a bit pricey.

I have been asked on more than one occasion when buying some snacks, dressed in full cycling gear, "any fuel?" To which reply, yes it's right there in front of you!

Re: Why do we do it?

21 September 2014 - 9:57pm
Not just temporary lights, some fixed systems are problematical, especially ours.

I've complained to Cornwall Council regarding the lights in our village, but I was informed that to extend the green phase would create and issue and there would be more red light jumpers than there are already. (or words to that effect) TBH is see what they're getting at, so I turn off first left rather than going all the way through.

I feel sorry for the JOGLE'ers on their way up Gunnislake Hill. Bad enough with the gradient, but terrible during rush hour.

This is coming up the hill approaching the lights.
https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Gunnis ... 03,,0,1.62

Re: Why do we do it?

21 September 2014 - 9:42pm
The one who's done something wrong is whoever set the temporary traffic lights to try to kill cyclists, isn't it?

Re: FillThatHole - Dying ? Come on CTC

21 September 2014 - 8:51pm
4 LA's within a "stones" throw here - well almost. I usually know where the boundaries are, but if not an OS map can help, but it's not always up-to-date. Road surfaces often change on the boundary assuming you know roughly where it is. Another clue can be public right of way markers at the sides of roads as different authorities often have different types.
I've never used an online app for reporting.

Re: Public bicycle pump

21 September 2014 - 8:34pm
breakwellmz wrote:Oh yes, TARDIS spotted as well...
What TARDIS? You mean in the first photo? I can't see any TARDIS. Maybe it's gone...

Superb idea about the pumps, though. Once Sustrans gets word of it, the idea will fly.

Re: Public bicycle pump

21 September 2014 - 8:31pm
marestreetpump.jpgThere's one on Mare St, Hackney, just outside the HSBC bank near the Town Hall

Re: Public bicycle pump

21 September 2014 - 8:27pm
Excellent. Are they a first? My concern would be vandalism and misuse.

Re: FillThatHole - Dying ? Come on CTC

21 September 2014 - 8:24pm
Bicycler wrote:Pete mentions the point I was going to make. A publically available list of faults which have been reported to councils is invaluable if they later claim that they had no knowledge of it.
I agree. At the moment as I ride past each pothole I feel guilty! Ok, I avoided it and now know where it is. But, e.g. a local roundabout has some horrible nasty "tram lines" running round "between both lanes"; and every time I pass it I remember the thread recently where a similar hazard resulted in a nasty injury! But there are so many I can't remember them till I get home. Hence FillThatHole being invaluable, and its loss really quite significant.

Ian

Re: FillThatHole - Dying ? Come on CTC

21 September 2014 - 8:20pm
Pete mentions the point I was going to make. A publically available list of faults which have been reported to councils is invaluable if they later claim that they had no knowledge of it.

Re: Why do we do it?

21 September 2014 - 8:15pm
Can we please add motorists unneccessarily passing ASLs to our estimates of RLJing drivers please

Mick F wrote:What about traffic lights when you cross the line on green, but by the time you get to the other end of the junction, the OTHER end is on green and the traffic coming towards you?

Who is in the wrong?
Like you often get when cycling through long stretches of roadworks with temporary signals? If the oncoming traffic can see that the way ahead isn't yet clear before they pass the light then they should remain at it until it is. The green light is a "you may proceed if clear" signal rather than a "GO ahead regardless" signal. If they cannot see anything ahead (say the roadworks turn a corner) then I don't think anyone is in the wrong.

Re: Public bicycle pump

21 September 2014 - 7:11pm
Fantastic.

Re: Why do we do it?

21 September 2014 - 7:02pm
What about traffic lights when you cross the line on green, but by the time you get to the other end of the junction, the OTHER end is on green and the traffic coming towards you?

Who is in the wrong?

Re: Cafe & coffee

21 September 2014 - 6:58pm
there is an answer - drink tea!

Re: Public bicycle pump

21 September 2014 - 6:54pm
Excellent idea.

As a matter of interest, what pressure do they go up to?

Public bicycle pump

21 September 2014 - 6:49pm
Came across a couple of these today on the Bristol-Bath cycle path, one at Warmley the other at Bitton station. Really well made solid bits of kit,all stainless steel construction and a pressure gauge set in the top.-
Oh yes, TARDIS spotted as well(Who loo )

Re: Why do we do it?

21 September 2014 - 6:28pm
"Figures can't lie - but liars can figure" (also Mark Twain iirc)

"In God we trust. All others must bring data" as it used to say on the wall next to my professor's office door.

Re: Non driving cyclists

21 September 2014 - 2:50pm
Ayesha wrote:When you approach a traffic island on a bicycle, you DON'T trust the indicator lamps on ANY car. They may as well not exist. You visually observe the car turning off or passing you before you move onto the traffic island.

I guess I'm wise to that one, whether on 2 wheels, or 3, or 4, or none, with or without motor!

What I'm trying to say is that indicators are often designed to be not seen at certain angles, or are not at all clear in bright sunlight. Where a quick glance could tell you if the indicator is going (among other indications of a vehicles intended direct of travel), now you have to look at it for a few seconds which can be a bit of a bother when there are other things to look out for. It means you pretty well always have to stop at traffic islands, the concept of the "Give Way" is rarely valid.

Re: Non driving cyclists

21 September 2014 - 2:20pm
Ayesha wrote:DRL lamps in the UK, IIRC, are exempt from cars marketed as 'Super efficient' or ULEV. Ultra Low Emission Vehicle.

One of them is the Ford Focus Ecoboost 1.0 litre 3 cylinder turbo, variable valve timing, direct injection stratified engined car.
Are you sure? It seems anomalous to me. Could it be that the Focus was type approved prior to 2/11 as below? (Quote from AA site)

Note: This does not mean that every new car first registered after February 2011 will have DRL fitted. The requirement only applies to models that go through the European whole vehicle type approval process after that date i.e. new or substantially facelifted models.

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