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Re: Cycling Eutopia ?

16 October 2014 - 7:24pm
Copenhagen is one of the best places in the world to be a cyclist This is the opening sentence in the linked article.
I never read any further.

I don't agree with this statement whatsoever.

Re: Have you been knocked OFF in a collision while cycling?

16 October 2014 - 4:39pm
Apart from the common or garden idiot turning right across me on Wigmore Street in London, knocking me off, and not stopping (my thanks to the other drivers that stopped to see I was OK) , I had a passenger open a car door on me when both I and the car were stationary at traffic lights, knocked me clean over sideways. She simply didn't look before opening the door.

Re: Have you been knocked OFF in a collision while cycling?

16 October 2014 - 2:46pm
1/ Straight over bonnett of car coming from a side road.He stopped at junction and waited for ages (if he'd have gone when he first got to junction I'd have struggled to get anywhere near him) Thought I'd made "eye to eye " contact ,Bright summer day, Red Cycling Shirt no dazzle , you can tell how close I was to junction I hit car behind the end of the bumper and in front of the front wheel arch.
Dead Mercian and a weak back I still suffer with.

2/ Pedestrian stepped on to a Pelican which was in my favour as I was just on the pedestrian part, I wasn't going that quick (I'd just stopped at Traffic Light less that 10 metres behind) she had her head down on Mobile, my choices were hit pedestrain/road side railings/oncoming car (I did try an go behind the rather large lady ). Just caught the lady,
One Wrecked 531c Raliegh and a torn Cruiciate Ligament.

3/ Range Rover passed me from behind on a fairly narrow country road , thought "blimey that's close" then the double horse trailer he was towing came past and pushed me straight in the ditch. Fortunate it had a sloped front I suppose, I could have been underneath it. Needless to say they didn't stop.

4/ Jaguar came so close on overtake I had to ride off the road and into the hedge(again didn't stop)

This is over about 40 years so not too bad on average I suppose. Plus miriad near misses, including car paint on the rear offsidetrack nuts of a trike( that's how close he got) .

Re: Two cyclists killed, driver arrested

16 October 2014 - 2:32pm
I see that the driver's sentence has been upheld on appeal.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-29644124

Re: Lights: flashing, bright: article in Cycle

16 October 2014 - 1:55pm
SA_SA_SA wrote:drossall wrote:......Oh, and notice the bit about centre-line or off-side. Lots of riders have lights fixed just left of the stem. That does not meet the requirement.

Hmm, is that an absolute rule or is more or less central good enough?:

ie is the following possible
in-surer-ants lawyer: my client failed to see the cyclists bright legal front lamp because it was mounted in an unapproved fashion a fraction to the left of the bikes centreline..

I had presumed centrally rather central so roughly central ie just to the left was good enough....

It says central or offside - I assume it is absolute - although having said that I'm sure that some motorbikes have their lights "left and right" up front - maybe the dipped beam is to the offside? Maybe they are independently type approved?
Maybe it's "don't take the mick"

Re: Cycling Eutopia ?

16 October 2014 - 1:09pm
Generally the extent of the land owned as part of the navigation won't extend much beyond the water on the non-towpath side so options there would be limited. As would access and we don't really want to be hacking holes in lovely 250 year old bridges to be able to access the other side of the canal

There's some merit to taking some of the space from the canal itself. In some places the sides have been allowed to become overly shallow and are of little use to boaters. A couple of problems spring to mind. Firstly the cost as this would require a fair amount of work and as we all know these cycle paths tend to be done on the cheap. Why bother with expensive engineering solutions when "share with care" and "cyclists dismount" will suffice It doesn't solve the problem where there are bridges and locks or other such narrowings of the towpath. It might not generate as much space as we might think either. You'd need to leave space for two full size boats to pass (the definition of full size depends on the canal in question and can be quite wide on the "broad" canals) and this may be in addition to moorings. Unfortunately many of the places with the most boat movements and moorings are likely to be the places where we might also wish to have the towpath widened.

Re: Lights: flashing, bright: article in Cycle

16 October 2014 - 11:51am
freeflow wrote:Is it me or do others here think that most CAR headlights even when dipped still dazzle? I dont think a few cycle lights make that much difference?

I agree, even when correctly adjusted, dipped headlights are unpleasantly bright and IMHO have got brighter over the past 10 years or so.+1: as noted above, the blue spill from modern car lights (even when correctly adjusted) is barely acceptable on unlit roads. Someone/committee screwed up somewhere

Re: Lights: flashing, bright: article in Cycle

16 October 2014 - 11:37am
drossall wrote:......Oh, and notice the bit about centre-line or off-side. Lots of riders have lights fixed just left of the stem. That does not meet the requirement.

Hmm, is that an absolute rule or is more or less central good enough?:

ie is the following possible
in-surer-ants lawyer: my client failed to see the cyclists bright legal front lamp because it was mounted in an unapproved fashion a fraction to the left of the bikes centreline..

I had presumed centrally rather central so roughly central ie just to the left was good enough....

Re: Clipping and running

16 October 2014 - 11:31am
Yes, we don't really know what was meant by 'go ahead' and what he was expecting the cyclist in front to do, there doesn't appear to be a turning so maybe he thought he would just steadily pull out to overtake the camera.

Re: Cycling Eutopia ?

16 October 2014 - 11:29am
Maybe steal some width from the canals themselves where possible, or use both sides? The other problem is the paths are made tight up next to the water, even when there is space further away from it and means people fishing have nowhere to go where they aren't in the way of traffic.

Re: Clipping and running

16 October 2014 - 11:12am
I know this looks like it was state-side, but the HC advice still applies:
Highway Code 111 wrote:Never assume that flashing headlights is a signal inviting you to proceed. Use your own judgement and proceed carefully.

The requirement to use your own judgement isn't limited by the signals of other road users.

I hadn't heard the "go ahead, go ahead" on first viewing, but my opinion isn't largely altered - the change of road position was aggressive, and unnecessarily so.
If you change direction like that then you (by definition) reduce your speed along the road (since you are travelling across it). It looked like a very small clip, possibly the gap was there for a gentle cross, but the rapidity of the manoeuvre required a larger gap.

Or maybe the shout was "I'm letting up to let you go through", not "come straight across me"

Re: Lights: flashing, bright: article in Cycle

16 October 2014 - 11:00am
drossall wrote:peterh11 wrote:I'm not sure of the legal position here but I think lights at the more traditional level (between about axle and handlebar levels) are more effective.
The legal position is on the CTC lighting page. Since the requirement is to fix lights to the vehicle (bike), those fixed to the rider don't count. I don't think there has ever been case law to decide whether fixing lights to a bag on the bike counts as fixing to the bike, but as long as the light was visible, I can't see anyone caring.

In practice, of course, the Police would probably be happy to see visible lights anywhere, even on the end of the rider's nose, but the above is the legal position.

Oh, and notice the bit about centre-line or off-side. Lots of riders have lights fixed just left of the stem. That does not meet the requirement.

Unless their stem is wonky

Re: Cycling Eutopia ?

16 October 2014 - 10:54am
I'm in two minds about canal towpaths as cycle routes. I have used them quite a bit in the past and I think they often make good leisure routes and I'm no great fan of some of the terrible surfaces found in some parts of the network. However, I'm always a bit worried where a section is "upgraded" to tarmac and promoted as a cycle route across towns where there may also be a lot of pedestrians. Towpaths do not tend to be very wide, particularly when you consider that a safe distance has to be left between path and water. The width of tarmac is often too narrow to create an effective shared use path. If such paths were built elsewhere we would be berating Sustrans for creating inadequate paths which seem almost designed to create conflict between users. This general unsuitability for large amounts of cycle traffic combined with other factors such as proximity to the water, low bridges, steps, wet cobbled surfaces and the meandering routes of the watercourses themselves does not convince me that they should have a large role to play in the future of commuter cycling routes. It really is a second best alternative to actually sorting out cycle facilities on the road network to allow cyclists to get across town safely and conveniently.

As for railways, that's a cracking idea. Seeing as so many have had the number of tracks reduced I think there would be space on quite a few for an adjacent cycle path. I don't think we're anywhere near to exhausting the potential of routes along disused lines yet either

Re: A (sort of familiar) tale

16 October 2014 - 10:01am
Moron of the Day - red thing, didn't get the model because self preservation dictated concentrating on brakes, left hook into Aldi. Good job I was going slightly uphill or there'd have been no chance. Thing about left hooks is they can't even claim SMIDSY; if they'd not seen you they'd have rear ended you.

Re: A (sort of familiar) tale

16 October 2014 - 9:58am
Eammno wrote:..............................................Problem is half the population is below average intelligence.

.....................and the other half don't understand averages!

Re: A (sort of familiar) tale

16 October 2014 - 9:34am
Have had similar experience, a couple of times on cycle and motorcycle... typically approaching a TL on red, so I usually filter past.
Problem is half the population is below average intelligence.

Re: Cycling Eutopia ?

16 October 2014 - 8:41am
Evidence on what encourages/discourages cycling, including evidence of the effect of hilliness and poor weather, is covered in these two papers. Mark Wardman is Britain's national academic guru on transport demand factors.

Estimation of the determinants of bicycle mode share for the journey to work using census data,
John Parkin, Mark Wardman & Matthew Page
available at eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/4043/2/Parkin_paper_with_cover_secure.pdf

Factors influencing the propensity to cycle to work
Mark Wardman, Miles Tight & Matthew Page
available at http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/2448/

Re: Lights: flashing, bright: article in Cycle

15 October 2014 - 11:08pm
peterh11 wrote:I'm not sure of the legal position here but I think lights at the more traditional level (between about axle and handlebar levels) are more effective.
The legal position is on the CTC lighting page. Since the requirement is to fix lights to the vehicle (bike), those fixed to the rider don't count. I don't think there has ever been case law to decide whether fixing lights to a bag on the bike counts as fixing to the bike, but as long as the light was visible, I can't see anyone caring.

In practice, of course, the Police would probably be happy to see visible lights anywhere, even on the end of the rider's nose, but the above is the legal position.

Oh, and notice the bit about centre-line or off-side. Lots of riders have lights fixed just left of the stem. That does not meet the requirement.

Re: Lights: flashing, bright: article in Cycle

15 October 2014 - 9:46pm
[XAP]Bob wrote: http://www.epilepsysociety.org.uk/photosensitive-epilepsy#.VD7IButwaaw
3-30Hz
But 3 -4Hz is legal: the 3Hz self-induced fit case I heard of was due to a cyclist holding their own lamp right up to their eye (don't do that then ): ie at that freq the source needs to fill your visual field and be comparatively very bright.

As long as passing cycle lamps (a small part of visual field) do not cause fits then surely that is good enough, and so I am still wondering if cycle-style lamps in the range of 4- 7Hz were ever documented as causing fits.
EDIT found this http://www.birket.com/technical-library/107-reading-room/technical-library/160-strobe-vs-epilepsymentioning 5Hz.

1-2Hz is a rubbish rate for flashing front/rear cycle lamps IMHO. And its the same rate as turn indicators.

I am now conflicted about flashing lamps: Bahhhhhh.

NB I note you can get battery powered amber led lamps that look like the rotating beacons Tractors etc use. http://www.flashing-beacons.co.uk/?main_page=index&cPath=491_559 But these are rotating rather than flashing

Re: A ride too far

15 October 2014 - 9:20pm
well unexprected rides are the spice of life. just be lucky u didnt have to sleep rough for a night just an extra 15 miles.

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