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FillThatHole - Dying ? Come on CTC

20 September 2014 - 3:02pm
Is FillThatHole a CTC facility that is being left to quietly die ?

I ask only because at the start of this year CTC was granted quite a bit if money to get an Android version going and so far ... nothing.

I ask only because the existing iPhone never seems to be maintained. When iOS 7 came out it stopped working and had to be "fixed" (although it failed to be updated to actually use the hardware properly, just emergency fixes to stop crashing). Now iOS8 is out it just don't work in that there are bugs that make every attempt to submit a report crash the app, plus other bugs making it all but unusable. I've e-mailed CTC and ... no response what so ever. And at the start of the year there were plans to update the iPhone app (using some grant money) and ... nothing.

As a software developer I even offered to develop an iOS app (free, public domain the source/release it/maintain it/whatever), but I'd need the API and access to test server. But CTC were going to sort out the app and ... nothing.

So, given things like iOS8 are released to developers in plenty of time for apps to be tested, updated if necessary, etc., why the CTC waits around, does nothing and then looks stupid and incapable. Professional organisation taking our money or ... not.

And in Dec 2013, CTC said "Users of the site and app can expect to see a series of updates over the first half of 2014." and what happened ... nothing (http://www.ctc.org.uk/news/government-backs-ctcs-pothole-reporting-website).

Ian

Re: Why do we do it?

20 September 2014 - 2:24pm
Bicycler wrote:See how many don't stop when the lights change to amber and proceed to carry on for a few seconds afterwards. Of course that is just "amber gambling" or being a bit cheeky, not law breaking like those ruddy cyclists do
Most amber gamblers don't consider themselves to be RLJ'ing.

Of course the majority of car drivers don't RLJ simply because they arrive at the red light far too late. I suspect though that most would RLJ if they arrive a bit late - certainly there aren't many junctions where at least one or two cars will go through on 'early' red.

What's interesting is comparing this behaviour to cyclists. RLJ'ing cyclists will usually RLJ on red at any point simply because they'll treat the red light as a give way. Motorists on the other hand will cross their fingers and frequently either not slow down or even accelerate through an early red.

Not hard to see which of the two behaviours is the most dangerous.

Re: Why do we do it?

20 September 2014 - 2:21pm
bensonboo wrote:[XAP]Bob wrote:Note I'm not advocating RLJ or other law breaking, but to let that become the debate is silly - the debate is why we let motorists kill thousands each year, not why a minority of cyclists do the same as a majority of motorists (RLJ)
Majority of motorists RLJ?

Utter rubbish.
Nope, you find a junction where cars don't continue to cross the line well after it's gone amber (and often red), or one where they wait for it to go green before proceeding.

The reason more don't jump the lights more often is thay it is harder to move round other vehicles in a car.

Re: Why do we do it?

20 September 2014 - 1:03pm
bensonboo wrote:[XAP]Bob wrote:Note I'm not advocating RLJ or other law breaking, but to let that become the debate is silly - the debate is why we let motorists kill thousands each year, not why a minority of cyclists do the same as a majority of motorists (RLJ)
Majority of motorists RLJ?

Utter rubbish.
See how many don't stop when the lights change to amber and proceed to carry on for a few seconds afterwards. Of course that is just "amber gambling" or being a bit cheeky, not law breaking like those ruddy cyclists do

Re: Why do we do it?

20 September 2014 - 12:30pm
I saw a lorry carrying half a dozen brand new Peugeots jump a red light this morning.

Because I was also driving a truck, albeit a much smaller one, I felt embarrased.

Not.

I just mumbled "chump" under my breath and away he went. Any person or group foolish enough to tar an entire section of society based upon the actions of a single member of that group aren't worth listening to in the first place.

Re: Why do we do it?

20 September 2014 - 10:26am
[XAP]Bob wrote:Note I'm not advocating RLJ or other law breaking, but to let that become the debate is silly - the debate is why we let motorists kill thousands each year, not why a minority of cyclists do the same as a majority of motorists (RLJ)
Majority of motorists RLJ?

Utter rubbish.

Re: Short Survey - Do you use service stations?

20 September 2014 - 9:49am
Use them all the time, the best ones are those that have a mini supermarket attached, great for water, sandwiches, etc. no problem parking the bike.

Re: Short Survey - Do you use service stations?

20 September 2014 - 9:37am
rjb wrote:I've used motorway service stations in the past. You have to find the back entrance obviously but they can be great for an all night breakfast. The club would use them on an all night ride
That reminds me of the times when the club used the services at Corley on a regular basis as passed the back entrance on many of our routes... Bet the sight of 6-10 bikes locked up outside turned a few heads. I know Ferrybridge used to be used on 'Bernie's Long Flat One' 600l audax and a very welcome sight those cooling towers were and oh how long they seemed to take to get closer .......

Re: Short Survey - Do you use service stations?

20 September 2014 - 8:55am
I wish I could run my chainsaw, my lawnmower, my hedge timmer, and my strimmer on veg oil from Costco!

It annoys me greatly that I have to buy petrol and pay the fuel duty on it to pay for roads. I get through about 20ltrs a year, not much in the great scheme of things but £25 a year to just maintain our garden and land is a bit much.

Re: Short Survey - Do you use service stations?

20 September 2014 - 8:49am
Lance Dopestrong wrote:I don't even use them for fuel. I buy my vegetable oil in 20 litre drums from Costco.
And declare it for tax purposes of course...

Re: Wrong way up a one way street.

20 September 2014 - 12:11am
There's a narrow, parked car clogged street near me which is not one way but has a no entry sign at one end. At the no entry end it has a special little bike lane to bypass the no entry sign.

I've lost count of the number of irate motorists who've told me its a one way street as I block their way as I go the 'wrong' way and wait for them to back up to get off my side of the road.

Especially amusing are the ones who tell me to read the Highway Code.

Re: Short Survey - Do you use service stations?

19 September 2014 - 11:29pm
A sign of the times.

Many rural pubs have gone, or have limited hours

Equally so have many village shops.

Garages and "service stations" however remain.

When touring they often provide the opportunity to stock up that is otherwise denied

Re: Off The bike for a while

19 September 2014 - 10:43pm
Hi,
Well done.
Some say I got a chip on my shoulder..............I have the right one

Re: Short Survey - Do you use service stations?

19 September 2014 - 8:06pm
I've used motorway service stations in the past. You have to find the back entrance obviously but they can be great for an all night breakfast. The club would use them on an all night ride

Re: Cafe & coffee

19 September 2014 - 6:36pm
Definition of a Yorkshireman........just like a Scotsman, but with all the generosity squeezed out.

Nothings is ever quite right for a Yorkshireman......the thought of a dose of salmonella from Dunnies is nearly as frightening as letting somebody make a living from serving coffee!

Pedal a bit further, and try "Teacups" in the cattle market at Pateley Bridge.....that's Yorkshire farmers prices, even cheaper than the WI ladies in Ripley church on a Wednesday.

Or theres Cockpit Farm between Otley and Askwith.....but I harbour a suspicion that they are trying to make a living.

....or you could ride on to Bolton Abbey, and pay His Lordship's prices in the Cavendish Pavilion......

You know the difference between a lost love and a lost golf ball?
....a Yorkshireman will search for hours for a lost ball.....

Re: someone's got it right

19 September 2014 - 5:29pm
Or is it the Wizard of Oz?

Re: Lewes Road Brighton- new facility any good?

19 September 2014 - 5:28pm
The floating bus stops (new terminology for me) on Lewes Road look quite decent on the slide show- I think it helps if the bus shelters are transparent with no advert posters etc. obscuring a pedestrian's view of cyclists and vice versa, particularly at the ends.

Re: Lewes Road Brighton- new facility any good?

19 September 2014 - 4:21pm
Pete Owens wrote:And that plan looks positively lethal. Cyclists are taken off the road to go behind a bus stop then re-emerge onto the carriageway brom behind a stopped bus just at the approach to a junction.
And yet, the design has been used in Cambridge (example http://www.cyclestreets.net/location/59203/ and links) and overseas for years without particular danger AFAIK (checked on http://www.cyclestreets.net/collisions/ ... 0352735510 for the Cambridge example)
niggle wrote:[...] Another issue will be how pedestrians are enabled to cross the cycle lane to reach the bus stop- opportunity for conflict there.

Whenever anybody criticises a facility I do think they should back it up with their solution, or to say up front that they are opposed to all facilities...
Amen! I know Pete Owens is far more sceptical than I am, but comparing the cycleways I enjoy with the really nasty rubbish he's experienced, I can't blame him much.

Floating bus stops are another crossing for pedestrians, but everyone can see everyone so I'd be surprised if there were collisions rather than people needing to slow down slightly and give way, at worst. The key is making the crossing clear to everyone, which the Brighton design seems to try to do with tactile pavers, although I'd prefer some colouring.

Re: Off The bike for a while

19 September 2014 - 4:08pm
I had the operation yesterday and I've just returned home. Isn't anaesthesia wonderful! You fall asleep with a problem and when you wake up it's gone. Well, the egg sized bump on my shoulder has gone.
Doctor says I should be riding my bike again in about four weeks.

Re: someone's got it right

19 September 2014 - 3:58pm
trading on the Mary Poppins connection?

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