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Re: And all she got was a penalty charge notice

21 November 2014 - 7:24pm
Seriously ....
Part of the problem with trams is that they can't steer round obstacles, whether wilful or accidental. I believe that one of the factors that hastened the decision to dismantle most of the old tram networks in London and other cities, was the severe disruption to services during the wartime blitz.
Another problem is the hazard to cyclists, as we know only too well.
But now they're coming back - in Britain and France especially. In most other countries they never vanished.

Re: The Great British Cyling quiz

21 November 2014 - 6:47pm
Pretty silly that they do a quiz that is then wrong or unclear in parts. I always think too hard on things like this, I don't count reflectors as lighting.

Re: The Great British Cyling quiz

21 November 2014 - 6:12pm
Just 50% for me. But there are some wrong answers. Especially regarding RLJ and pavement cycling (what about shared-use pavements?)

Re: The Great British Cyling quiz

21 November 2014 - 6:04pm
Sorry to disappoint
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The Great British Cyling quiz

21 November 2014 - 5:27pm
Found this in mentioned in my local paper http://www.irwinmitchell.com/the-great-british-cycling-quiz.html. Apparently cyclists average about 70%, non cyclists only 58%.
(hope this stays at least for a while, it was for road safety week which is just ending).
Of course I expect everyone on here to get 100%......

Re: Butser Hill - proposed cyclepath for the missing link

21 November 2014 - 5:13pm
On balance, it will be a good thing - enabling a wider range of people to cycle through the Butser cutting without the significant raised danger of cycling on the A3 itself.

I still cycle on the A3 southbound when I cannot face the extraordinary effort to climb the scarp slope in Kiln Lane. ( Harvesting Lane southbound - I gave up trying to cycle up that one years ago. )

I only cycle northbound on the A3 in extremis . . . . too many recent, memorable events keep me away from that one.

Unfortunately, I have no part in any consultation about this route, although I think the local CTC R-T-R Rep is involved.

What will put a lot of people off I suspect is the considerable additional height gain compared with the road cutting and it is going to be a relatively steep ascent on the north side.

<rant>
What will put me off is the usual poor-quality, hand-laid, new tarmac. It might be good enough for pedestrians, but its just not good enough for cycling.
The designers and/or specifiers and/or contractors just don't seem to understand this yet and if they cannot afford machine-laid tarmac then I would prefer that they did not waste taxpayers money on a substandard surface that we will be stuck with for decades.
</offrant>

PS. My surface-quality ranting didn't manage to stop them from ripping-up every last morsel of old A3 around the Devil's PunchBowl ( a narrow section of which the cycling community were hoping to retain as a cycle path), but at least the head honcho (Chairman?) of the Planning Enquiry was good to his word and ensured that the new path had a decent, machine-laid, tarmac surface.

Re: And all she got was a penalty charge notice

21 November 2014 - 3:39pm
661-Pete
You mean 'cow' catchers

Re: Why do so many people die shovelling snow?

21 November 2014 - 3:34pm
Mick F wrote:Taking my time is enough of a warm-up.
Indeed it is

Re: Butser Hill - proposed cyclepath for the missing link

21 November 2014 - 3:33pm
Based on what I can see, there is an existng track which will become the new cycle path, it is higher than the existing A3 but runs parallel on the east side, so would climb quite steeply heading south from Petersfield towards the Queen Elizabeth Country Park.
There are of course existing routes by bike from Petersfield to the QECP, either up over Butser Hill via Harvesting Lane, or via Buriton and up Kiln Lane to Wardown, both of which involve some hefty climbs and sections probably best tackled on a mountain bike.

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

21 November 2014 - 2:53pm
They discussed this on Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2 earlier, now on iplayer, I didn't hear it myself.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04mv9hf

Starts at 1:38:25

Re: And all she got was a penalty charge notice

21 November 2014 - 2:53pm
Trams ought to be fitted with something like this:

Re: Butser Hill - proposed cyclepath for the missing link

21 November 2014 - 2:50pm
I had a quick look on google earth and I can make sense of your description.

Seems like good news.

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

21 November 2014 - 2:49pm
What speed does a beginner ride at, when they've just learnt to ride i.e. fast enough for balancing to become easier?

Re: NCN-55 Closure (Part of it anyway)

21 November 2014 - 2:34pm
I'll try to get a warning raised on Sustrans mapping.

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Sustrans Ranger - Helping to keep the bears out of the picnic baskets on the National Cycle Network.

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

21 November 2014 - 2:21pm
So going at 5mph is essentially a cycle ban.
You might as well walk next to your bike.

There should be a mass protest of everyone running next to their bikes.

Going faster than 5mph but not actually cycling.

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

21 November 2014 - 1:57pm
Can't go for a jog then, or play fetch a dog, or take your kids.

Re: And all she got was a penalty charge notice

21 November 2014 - 1:57pm
The probable reason why there's no yellow lines is that you're not even allowed to drive down this road, never mind park on it. No local would ever do such a thing, I would hope.

Handbrake only works on the back wheels, so if you lift them up you can roll the car (as long as it's not in gear).

Re: Speeding cyclists on LBC now

21 November 2014 - 1:53pm
According to a tweet from Mr Vine "The Royal Parks" have stated they would like cyclists to adhere to the 5mph speed limit even though it is not legally enforceable. The 5mph speed limit applies to all park users.

Re: Waterproof gloves that are NOT waterproof.

21 November 2014 - 1:00pm
At least when cycling your body temperature and circulation is helped by the exertion, motorcycling in winter can result in very cold extremities, I have never had quite such cold hands pedal cycling, even with wet through gloves, as when motorcycling (until I got heated handlebar grips which were fab).

For cycling the latest version of Aldi winter gloves are good for up to a couple of hours of continuous hard rain before the damp penetrates and even then are very warm so at the price I recommend them (but you will have to wait for next year's sale now).

Re: I Hate Virgin Trains

21 November 2014 - 12:44pm
iviehoff wrote:One of the reasons that trains are cheaper in other countries is that they subsidise them more comprehensively. One of the reasons they can afford that is that they often make less intensive use of trains than we do, services are actually inferior.

This is definitely true. Four years ago we went on holiday to France using trains and buses. Our last stage was Limoges to Poitiers to pick up the TGV back to Paris. On that day (which was a Monday) there were three journeys available and you can compare the two cities to say York to Derby (where there is probably 23 services a day). Not only that but a substantial amount of the journey was on a single track only. Finally on that holiday, where we probably used seven or eight train services three of them had bus replacement services.

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