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Re: woman eating cereal while driving

7 July 2015 - 9:25am
From the linked article:-
The speeding offences were: 109mph and 82mph in a 50mph limit area at Royal Artillery Way, Southend; 69mph and 59mph in a 50 mph zone on the A127 at Rayleigh; 55mph in a 40mph limit area on the A127 at Laindon and 32mph in a 20mph limit at Marine Parade, Westcliff. The seventh offence was driving through a red traffic signal on the A127 at Southend.

He was also ordered to pay fines and legal costs totalling £1,070.
I'm forced to ask,what did he know about the judge,that the judge didn't want revealing?
A gangsters paradise.....
And:-

The court heard that since the incidents McFarlane had received treatment for a nervous breakdown which had resulted in a spending spree and heavy debts.
Yeah right,I'll believe him,thousands wouldn't

Re: Wibbly Wobbly

7 July 2015 - 8:49am
Quite agree Richard. I've had a few people undertake me on bikes, brushing my elbow as they do, which is even more disconcerting. This mainly happens when starting off from traffic lights, and my concentration is on what the vehicles behind me are about to do, when suddenly a cyclist flashes past between me and the kerb.

Incidentally, when I worked at the post office many years ago, one of my colleagues who drove one of the Royal Mail vans came up to me one day to say they often found themselves driving behind me when I was cycling off to my round, and could never get past because I was wobbling too much. I didn't tell him that was the point. (not that I was deliberately wobbling, but I wasn't going to make efforts at not doing so just to appease him)

Re: Wibbly Wobbly

7 July 2015 - 8:44am
I think it's just the good weather bringing them out. I've noticed locally over the past few weeks an increase in the number of "lycra-louts" on shiny carbon-fibre confections, wearing all the "correct" kit, and riding their bikes in the same fashion as they drive their SUVs*. It has been quite scarey on several occasions.


*ie with an almost-total lack of awareness of what's going on around them and showing no consideration for any other road-user.

Re: woman eating cereal while driving

7 July 2015 - 8:10am
And he's a red light jumper! You can't use that excuse for any other offence. I'm sorry I murdered him your honour but if I go to prison I'll lose my job!

Re: Route London to Southend on Sea

7 July 2015 - 7:31am
p.s. unless Basildon council have taken to better maintenance practices, the shared use path under the A130 is exactly the sort of overgrown, glass strewn thing that we are always complaining about on here https://www.google.no/maps/@51.608309,0 ... 56!6m1!1e1 but it's only for 100 metres or so.

Re: ITV4 Tour Coverage.

7 July 2015 - 7:29am
Still recorded cycling rather than golf though

Re: Route London to Southend on Sea

7 July 2015 - 12:05am
StellaLdn. wrote:I'm picking up this old thread as I was looking to cycle to Shoeburyness, spend the day in Southend-on-sea and then take the train back from Grays or so. Maybe some others have taken the route Google Maps suggests? https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Stratford+Centre,+54A+Broadway,+London+E15+1NG,+United+Kingdom/Shoeburyness,+Southend-on-Sea,+UK/@51.5391932,0.0189543,15z/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x47d8a7898eb433cf:0x65440afadeba9605!2m2!1d0.001984!2d51.542184!1m5!1m1!1s0x47d8d83fa5f72033:0x8e098255675351c0!2m2!1d0.797853!2d51.531522!3e1

The route looks somewhat straight forward to me, but experience has taught me that it often ain't.
I wouldn't ride that route for a million pounds.

The route suggested by gaz looks okay, except for the A130/A13 junction, which is a nightmare in any form of transport. The latest rendition has a side path, which I haven't tried, but I would still avoid it. The route north of the A127 suggested above is much more pleasant. If you don't want to go as far north as Brentwood, you can do:
Upminster
Little Warley
Ingrave
Little Burstead

The A128 and A129 are busy, but okay for short stretches at least, especially in built up areas.

Similarly, the junction at Rettendon (A1245, A132, etc.) isn't nice, but it's hard to avoid because you have to get across the River Crouch (and it's much better than the A130/A13 junction). The only way to avoid big A road junctions is:
Upminster
Little Warley
Ingrave
Little Burstead
Billericay
Ramsden Heath
Wickford
Shotgate
under the A 130 on the Old London Road (now shared use path)
Rawreth
then one of the two routes suggested by SteveHunter or me above (via Hullbridge or Hockley)

I used to take the Rettendon junction commuting, and the Hanningfield route is nicer than going through Wickford, but I would call it even, whether to take the slight shorter distance and go under the A130, or the Hanningfield route and across the Rettendon junction.

I would use Sutton Road to Shopland Road out of Rochford and over to Great Wakering, then south to Shoeburyness.

The route I suggest adds about 10 miles over the Cycletravel route gaz linked to, but IMO worth it for more pleasant scenery and missing out Saddler's Farm.

Re: woman eating cereal while driving

6 July 2015 - 10:41pm
bogmyrtle wrote:Oops don't think it was this one. Think it was a man using his mobile somewhere in Edinburgh.

Same difference

Re: woman eating cereal while driving

6 July 2015 - 10:20pm
Oops don't think it was this one. Think it was a man using his mobile somewhere in Edinburgh.

Re: woman eating cereal while driving

6 July 2015 - 10:19pm
bogmyrtle wrote:£100 fine and 3 penalty points. Seems inadequate.

Par for the course where motoring crime is concerned,ie;inadequate.

Re: woman eating ceral while driving

6 July 2015 - 9:47pm
johncarnie wrote:Sarah Vine (wife of Michael Gove) has written a piece in the Daily Wail that is in defence of eating, applying make-up etc and calling cyclists who use head-cams "Cyclist Stasi". Although I hope her tongue was firmly in her cheek (but she did marry Michael Gove, so you have to doubt her decision making skills) the piece has elicited the usual response from the "I pay road tax and cyclists always run red lights" brigade.

For those of you with strong stomachs - here's the link

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3130690/SARAH-VINE-says-real-menaces-roads-vigilantes-Lycra-filming-move.html

I think it is the other way around, explains why poor michael is the way he is, but journalists like her are always playing to the gallery, they dont really believe any thing just peddle opportunistic twaddle. Poor Michael - married to a she-bitch - no wonder he dreams of the old days when women were seen and not heard

Re: Route London to Southend on Sea

6 July 2015 - 9:43pm
Ye gods! Google's route finder really does come up with some rubbish at times. It's many a year since I ventured north of the Thames but cycling on the A12/A127 is something I'd only suggest for the suicidal.

Cycle.travel looks a better choice but may well benefit from some tweaks by those with up to date local knowledge.

Re: woman eating cereal while driving

6 July 2015 - 8:41pm
£100 fine and 3 penalty points. Seems inadequate.

Re: Route London to Southend on Sea

6 July 2015 - 8:29pm
I'm picking up this old thread as I was looking to cycle to Shoeburyness, spend the day in Southend-on-sea and then take the train back from Grays or so. Maybe some others have taken the route Google Maps suggests? https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Stratford+Centre,+54A+Broadway,+London+E15+1NG,+United+Kingdom/Shoeburyness,+Southend-on-Sea,+UK/@51.5391932,0.0189543,15z/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x47d8a7898eb433cf:0x65440afadeba9605!2m2!1d0.001984!2d51.542184!1m5!1m1!1s0x47d8d83fa5f72033:0x8e098255675351c0!2m2!1d0.797853!2d51.531522!3e1

The route looks somewhat straight forward to me, but experience has taught me that it often ain't.

Re: ITV4 Tour Coverage.

6 July 2015 - 7:52pm
Just to prove that wrong, ITV's highlights overran their slot yesterday because of technical problems!

Re: Wibbly Wobbly

6 July 2015 - 7:30pm
My copy of The Highway Code printed 1946 states " Do not wobble about the road"

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

6 July 2015 - 4:40pm
Vantage wrote:Absolute rubbish.
Skipping across lanes like you own them without checking it's safe to do so is a great way of having a tipper truck jammed up your rear end and is giving motorists another reason to hate us.
Cycling in the gutter is done by many because they feel the further away from traffic they are, the safer they are. It's one thing to make your presence known in the lane, quite another to dive under the wheels of following traffic.

Skipping across lanes like I own them? First, I do own the lane I'm in and I cycle so as to control it, not cycle in the gutter to get out of the way of the true owner. And the slow steady action of drifting is nothing to do with the sudden spring of skipping.

Re: ITV4 Tour Coverage.

6 July 2015 - 4:31pm
mjr wrote:I didn't watch the time trial live (I was out riding my bike to the Rose Fair with KLWNBUG) so I missed that, but I've seen similar things before.

I quite like itv's coverage... Phil and Paul's commentary is the weakest bit but at least it's only one tour a year now and hopefully the Ned+Millar commentary will get more use for the other races itv cover. The rest of their Tour team make it well worth putting up with P+P and the Matt, Ned and Chris podcasts are gems, with the predictions so far horribly wrong and Chris taking a very efficient approach to ending them (I think the preview one ends with him saying "I'm bored now.")

Eurosport... well, it's good for live coverage and I like their German commentary team, but the highlights are usually just repeats of parts of the live coverage and they bounce around the schedule somewhat unpredictably.
The above sums up eurosport , its great live but if you can only see the highlights theres a good chance you will record another sport even if its listed as cycling at 2 am , itv might have its faults but at least your not going to get tennis/football/motor racing etc.

Re: Wibbly Wobbly

6 July 2015 - 4:19pm
Just goes to show, just as many cretins on bikes as in cars! You can't fix stupid.

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