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Re: Spidey Sense.

6 October 2015 - 11:23am
The old spidey sense is a funny thing. I was driving a while back and saw a car waiting at a give way on the left. Without any conscious though I KNEW she was going to pull out in front of me. I braked, not a full emergency stop but more than a casual tap of the pedal. She saw me after she had pulled out and was crossing my lane.

I can't say why I knew she was pulling out. Maybe she was only looking the other way? But if I braked for every driver who wasn't looking my direction I'd be doing it every other day. Maybe her wheels had started to turn a fraction? Maybe because she was an very elderly female? Maybe some combination of factors.

I wasn't even annoyed with her pulling out. We all make mistakes. The annoying thing was even when she looked at me and surely say I was at a near stop to avoid her she looked right through me and didn't acknowledge her mistake in any way.

The spidey sense is I think why some people in all walks of life including cycling are more accident prone than others. Though pointing out mistakes or ways a crash could have been avoided risks being accused of just seeing it with hindsight.

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

6 October 2015 - 11:20am
will wear your knees out?

Re: Spidey Sense.

6 October 2015 - 11:12am
old_windbag wrote:Actually it can sometimes be simply bad timing rather than bad driving.
TBH, I think that's what triggered my spidey sense. I reckon something inside my brain registered that he was hidden by the pillar and couldn't see me.

So perhaps being 1 second earlier rather than the horrific death I'd supposed would have meant he'd have happily pulled up and all would have been well with the world...

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

6 October 2015 - 11:07am
As I started this thread last year I suppose I should comment. No where near this year. Illness and change in work has meant that I've done about 4.5K so far this year

Re: Spidey Sense.

6 October 2015 - 10:59am
Actually it can sometimes be simply bad timing rather than bad driving. I once approached a roundabout where I lived, in my car, as I was turning left it was only when at an acute angle did I see the cyclist who clearly could see me. Accident averted, but the cause was simply the A-pillar blind spot and the timing of both of us, cyclist crossing over roundabout, me approaching it, such that our relative velocities kept him in the blindspot until my angle changed dramatically.

That was in a car with a sleek profile but I've mentioned in the past that the worst car I've ever experienced in that regard was the vauxhall zafira which I've had the misfortune to have as a hire car multiple times. Not good.

Re: Spidey Sense.

6 October 2015 - 9:02am
Si wrote:and your airzound?
I've got a 'dink, dink' bell. I must admit to not trying it...

Re: Spidey Sense.

6 October 2015 - 9:00am
and your airzound?

Spidey Sense.

6 October 2015 - 8:38am
Saved by my spidey sense this morning as I'm cycling around a single lane roundabout and decided the bus approaching wasn't going to stop.
It didn't, the bus driver looked fairly alarmed though when he looked to his right as he passed and saw me stopped a couple of feet away.

I'm really going to have to get my camera set up again...

Re: Funny thing this morning

6 October 2015 - 8:26am
Redvee wrote:The Police do chase them.
If there's one place you can guarantee that there'll be plenty of Plod around, it's Whitehall. Especially since Plebgate....

Re: Funny thing this morning

6 October 2015 - 3:08am
blackbike wrote:I live in Manchester and in my experience the police don't bother cyclists that much if at all.
I think that it was this set of traffic lights on Princess Street:
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.47874 ... 312!8i6656

By the time the cyclist had got to what I think is Portland Street, the police had stopped chasing.

Re: Funny thing this morning

6 October 2015 - 1:32am
The Police do chase them.

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

5 October 2015 - 10:00pm
I am not so worried about milage.

When I can hold top gear on the flat on my training course (18 - 22 mph) I am happy, which is now and taken all year to get there 3k so far.

Re: Motorcycle...YES...Lorry Driver ...NO

5 October 2015 - 9:55pm
There are cases where well.....................prison awaits.

http://graduatefog.co.uk/2010/1071/lyin ... uate-jobs/

Re: Blasting cyclists

5 October 2015 - 9:54pm
Roma Nimbus2000 wrote:I get that very often I don't know, is it because I'm a woman? No it happens to men as well. And usually you've heard and know there's a vehicle behind.

Re: Motorcycle...YES...Lorry Driver ...NO

5 October 2015 - 9:46pm
bikes4two wrote:Elizabeth_S wrote:It is illegal to lie on a job application form, ..........................

This is not a criticism, but I'm genuinely interested to know what the legality involved is in what you say? What is the offence? (Just wondering if I put the correct 'O' level grades down in my last job app?).Depends on the job. The offence might be something like "attempt to deceive". I'm sure TC would know.

Re: 10,000 miles in a year finally

5 October 2015 - 9:04pm
I've recently stopped counting miles at all.

It's kind of nice actually, just follow the legs.

Re: Blasting cyclists

5 October 2015 - 8:43pm
I had the horn blast last week on my 40 miler

On an approach to a roundabout with me in primary, Mr Mazda 6 did the usual 'there's a bike I must get in front no matter what' routine so roared up overtook and pulled in to prevent me getting up his inside..he was about 5 in the queue...and he almost took me out in the process.

I rarely filter up the inside of traffic but he was an exception, he had his window down and as I wormed my towards his car he let rip with his horn at the mere prospect of me getting ahead of him.

My strongly worded tirade through his open window resulted in him attempting to run me off the road..... he missed by inches.

Re: Funny thing this morning

5 October 2015 - 8:20pm
I live in Manchester and in my experience the police don't bother cyclists that much if at all.

I suppose their work experiences tell them that cyclists are not really a problem however they behave.

They did have a half-hearted clampdown on pavement cycling for a week once, but I think that was to ingratiate themselves with car drivers.

Re: Blasting cyclists

5 October 2015 - 4:07pm
Has horn-blasting been advocated somewhere recently? Is Jeremy Clarkson broadcasting again?

I had it happen last week - the second time this year and probably the second time ever in this way. I was on a 30mph road heading out of a village. As I passed one driveway, a 4x4 was just emerging. I looked at them - it wasn't anyone I recognised. I'd say an over-60 fairly large gentleman driving. I forget what the passenger looked like. A few hundred metres later, they caught me up and leant on their horn. It's not like I could do anything to let them past sooner, as the next opportunity to do so was the turning on the left just after the bend that I was going to take anyway... and besides, the road's then straight enough that they could probably overtake anyway.

I have no idea what the purpose of the horn blast was. If I had stopped (or fallen), they would simply have to stop behind me.

I get the occasional short honk when riding around town, but most of the roads I use are wide enough that any horn user has usually overtaken almost before I can react (usually to wave in case it's someone I know, as it often is) and those roads are noisy enough that the noise of a car horn isn't enough to make me jump. The long blast on small roads seems like a recent development, though.

Some motorists are very odd, aren't they?

Re: 31% increase in cycling Road casualties 2007 to 2014

5 October 2015 - 3:38pm
Pete Owens wrote:It is likely that the supposed safety features (aka cycle paths) that have been appearing all over the place in the last few years have directly increased the crash statistics.
And yet, when I drill down to local crashes, the worst ones tend to be in places without any cycling infrastructure. For example, the four cyclist fatalities in those seven years in our borough were two on crossroads with no cycle facilities, one on a rural dual-carriageway A road and one on a narrow edge-of-town 30mph A road. All four involved motor vehicles too.

Pete Owens wrote:These are known to vastly increase the collision risk at junctions yet the enthusiasm to build more and more of them seems undiminished.
Known? So have you got new evidence that I've not already reviewed and spotted the flaws in? And what about the bits between the junctions (as in the two A-road fatalities above)?

It is not surprising that a junction on one of Gilligan's new cycle-super-highways topped the list of cycle crash locations recently published in the Times.
Stratford High Street and Warton Road? A junction where, as the Times pointed out in http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cy ... 532280.ece, CS2 decides to take the junction off and dump cyclists in the worst possible place to get left-hooked: https://goo.gl/maps/zs8ynJML9682 If anything, this shows the importance of more cycling infrastructure, continuing it across junctions instead of the all-too-common English approach of only providing it on the easy non-junction stretches.


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