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Re: I Got Nudged

15 April 2015 - 3:38pm
Glad you survived unscathed. I've "made contact" with 2 motor vehicles in the past, both low speed nudges similar to yours. It's probably down to a dopey driver spending too long glancing right and forgetting to look forward too. Was it a young driver? That sort of basic error is more understandable from someone less fluent with driving.

I Got Nudged

15 April 2015 - 3:24pm
3 and a bit years after climbing back in the saddle and after I dunno how many close passes and near misses, I've finally been hit. Nothing serious luckily for me.
The rest of the group had already entered the roundabout https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.72039 ... ,19z?hl=en from the north side but I decided to wait for a safer opportunity as the guy in front of me just about made it. I sat in primary and as usual with any junction, I had my front brake on.
As I waited, I could the engine from the car behind me getting closer and all of a sudden, the bike and I were being shoved forward. I looked around to find the driver not looking forward, but watching the traffic approaching from the right while crawling forward. I shouted "Oi!" and moved forward a bit more to distance myself from the plonker. As I looked right again to check for a safe gap, he hit and pushed me again which resulted in my front wheel being over the white line. This time I leant on the AirZound a couple times while pointing at his bonnet which finally caught his attention and he stopped. Asking him "What the hell are you playing at?" resulted in one of those blank "What's your problem?" faces. Unbelievable.
No damage to me or the bike, so I just got round the roundabout and caught the rest of the group.
I'm thinking it's time to maybe save the pennies for a couple new cameras front and rear.

Re: What is gr8 about motorcycling?

15 April 2015 - 2:52pm
Just like cyclists should not nip onto the pavement to get past a car in a jam that is too near the kerb to allow you past. Or the cyclist that edges across the pedestrian crossing when the lights for traffic are on red. You have to stop as well as other road users. Or how about those adults who ride on pavements. Or those cyclists who get angry over some minor infringement that they perceive so race off after the perpetrator in their vehicle and see fit to kick the vehicle to show their displeasure.

I am not having a go at cyclists so much as the potential for them and us attitudes from both sides over perceived rule breaking from the other side. Quite frankly I admit i am human and break rules when cycling and driving, but being on both sides I accept that we do wrong and others do too. Singling out specific actions of the other side is not a positive action in some cases but can foster opposing views and a "but your lot do this," response. Look to your own actions and make them right. If that is all the change we can affect it is still a start.

Re: What is gr8 about motorcycling?

15 April 2015 - 1:38pm
bigjim wrote:The examiner is with you all the time now on the part 2. He indeed follows you on his bike and issues instructions. You also have to do the turn around in the road in front of the examiner controlling clutch and revs. This after the theory test and of course initial exam where you have to weave between cones and do an observed road circuit frun by an authorised learner school.
I think they are now trying to make it even harder.

I hope that part of the motorbike test addresses some behaviour that often annoys me:

1. DO NOT deliberately filter into the ASL on red, especially cutting up cyclists.
2. DO NOT cut into any cycle lane at the last moment when faced with congestion ahead.
3. DO NOT use off-road cycle paths as a short cut between roads.

Whilst I'm sure that many bikers adhere to the regulations, there's always that minority.....

Re: Disappointing For Cyclists in Radstock

15 April 2015 - 9:22am
Thanks Vorpal. I'll do my best. It's worth him cycling with me to see how bloodthirsty this part of town is. I commuted in London for 5 years so I hate to make a comparison, but this is gladiatorial...b

Disappointing For Cyclists in Radstock

15 April 2015 - 9:20am
Elizabethsdad wrote:why do you have to 'pedestrianise' when your child is on board? Why does carrying the extra load mean you cannot use the roads as you normally do at other times?

Because of the zero provision for cyclists, motorists cannot fairly predict where I am going to be on the road. About 32 000 vehicles go through this junction every day I was told over 5 years ago. I drive a truck and trailer through it to work and the number of 'retina contacts' you have to process is staggeringly high. The risk is too high for me to pretend I am in the Netherlands for the morning just because I am a cyclist and I know my rights. I also have a responsibility to my daughter. The motorists are not at fault. I am not at fault. The fault is the planners'....b

EDIT: My 'load' is precious goods! [emoji108]

EDIT 2: exact figure I remember.

Re: Accident Tue 7 Apr 18:00 Uddingston

15 April 2015 - 8:39am
Yeah this Bellshill roundabout is the one I go through on my commute - I cycle from Holytown to the centre of Glasgow.
The two main areas that concern me are
1. this roundabout (more so on return leg when I am going 3/4 of the way round it past the on and off slip to the A725
2. The section at the bottom of Uddingston between there and the old zoo where its 70mph dual carriageway, vehicles fighting for access to the onslips to the M73 / M74 and with an overhead bridge above a bend that can make you disappear as a cyclist if not wearing hi-vis etc.

Ironically, yesterday when I was cycling in, at this stretch I thought I would try going along the "pavement". Big mistake - nearly came off the bike as the surface has been pretty much lost in a pile of road silt, mud, salt etc. Was actually very dangerous on a hybrid bike so it will be back to the road for me!

Re: Disappointing For Cyclists in Radstock

15 April 2015 - 8:36am
I don't know about Heltor Chasca, but there were a couple of junctions where I pedestrianised when I had my children with. The biggest reason was that they were fast, intimidating junctions, and I didn't trust being able to get across them quickly enough with children. On my own, I could accelerate my way out of most developing problems. With the kids, I couldn't do that.

Also, one of those junctions, had a 40 mph road with a hill just after the junction. With the kids on board, I was slower, and preferred to use the shared use facility for going up the hill. That was easier to get to from the informal crossing than from the road. On my own, I avoided the shared use facility, but I could go rather faster, and the difference in speed between me and the motor traffic was less.

The other junction was an awkward offset on a blind summit on an A-road, so I usually went 50 metres on the pavement and used the pedestrian crossing when I had the kids along.

Re: Disappointing For Cyclists in Radstock

15 April 2015 - 8:13am
why do you have to 'pedestrianise' when your child is on board? Why does carrying the extra load mean you cannot use the roads as you normally do at other times?

Re: Disappointing For Cyclists in Radstock

15 April 2015 - 8:11am
It looks like your closest Right to Ride representative is http://www.ctc.org.uk/campaigns/right-t ... w-nicolson

I would start by contacting him.

It's frustrations like that which led me to do my own campaigning.

Disappointing For Cyclists in Radstock

15 April 2015 - 7:02am
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-so ... sh_regions

This concerns NCN 24 (Colliers Way) in Radstock, Somerset near Bath.

I'm waiting with baited breath to see if the above new £1m road layout will make ANY provision for cyclists. I pass through this new system on the school run bike 4 times a day if I'm doing pick up and drop off.

When my 5 YOD is on board I have to 'pedestrianise' ourselves and use 1 pelican crossing, 2 traffic light regulated pedestrian crossings and 2 sections of pavement before I can get from Haydon hill onto a local greenway. When I'm on my own I have use the road as a vehicle would. The original double roundabouts are frightening to say the least and the new mini-roundabout can be negotiated if you shut your eyes.

Some of you may know NCN 24 (or Colliers Way) in Radstock. If you are coming from Bath it mysteriously disappears when you arrive into Radstock and if you are on your way to Frome it only starts again on the edge of town. In town, cyclists need to 'magic' them selves from one point to another.

How do I go about voicing my disappointment? £1m spent on a road system for vehicles and from what I can see £0.00p on cyclists just seems...well...add your own expletives...b

Re: Costing the Earth Cycle City Radio 4

14 April 2015 - 9:21pm
Now available as easy MP3 download at http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/costearth

On a similar note http://thebikeshow.net/bike-boom-what-bike-boom/ which I think concluded that basically it's an uneven boom and wait and see if it becomes a real boom.

Re: Roads Are Not For Racing On

14 April 2015 - 5:12pm

Costing the Earth Cycle City Radio 4

14 April 2015 - 4:02pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05qgch5

On Air Now Programmes Start Time 15:30 - End Time 16:00
Costing the EarthCycle City

Tom Heap saddles up to find out if Britain is really about to become a nation of cyclists.


I don't view cycle as a 'middle class white male' experience. Wish they would stop using that term. I do agree that Birmingham
is blooming dangerous although i wouldn't class it as more dangerous than London.

Re: Accident Tue 7 Apr 18:00 Uddingston

14 April 2015 - 3:18pm
Nope, that's the Keir roundabout! I hate it in a car, there's nothing like coming up the old A9 from Bridge of Allan and going around the Keir roundabout to the Dunblane turn off the B8033, which is dual carriageway , you come around the roundabout and spot the traffic heading south on the A9 towards the roundabout down a hill, you have to pass straight in front if it and does it brake, does it ever! And that's the lorries. For those of you who don't know, it is at the end of the A9 and start of the M9.

Re: Accident claims, does anyone else feel like this?

14 April 2015 - 9:58am
RogerThat wrote:You're opinion of people is low sir. By near miss of course I mean a near miss which forces him off the road.

Very, very disingenuous of you. My opinion of you has diminished somewhat. Perhaps if it was you had been involved in a hit and a run and only just survived it after many months in hospital, you'd have a bit of a kink in your psyche when it comes to dangerous drivers. Very low.
The way you wrote it, it sounded like fraud. If you want to hear that, maybe next time you should provide a little more description up front.

Re: Accident claims, does anyone else feel like this?

14 April 2015 - 9:39am
irc wrote:RogerThat wrote:y. To call someone a 'criminal' is very disengenuos, to say the least.

Someone who falls off without having been hit? Then claims damages If the cap fits. had a very near miss, he'll just roll over anyway

IRC you are correct this would appear to be "Crash for Cash" plus the witnesses who do not inform the emergency services are also in a bad position.

What a waste of an emergency ambulance.

Re: Accident claims, does anyone else feel like this?

14 April 2015 - 8:00am
You're opinion of people is low sir. By near miss of course I mean a near miss which forces him off the road.

Very, very disingenuous of you. My opinion of you has diminished somewhat. Perhaps if it was you had been involved in a hit and a run and only just survived it after many months in hospital, you'd have a bit of a kink in your psyche when it comes to dangerous drivers. Very low.

Re: Accident claims, does anyone else feel like this?

14 April 2015 - 5:44am
RogerThat wrote:y. To call someone a 'criminal' is very disengenuos, to say the least.

Someone who falls off without having been hit? Then claims damages If the cap fits. had a very near miss, he'll just roll over anyway

Re: Accident Tue 7 Apr 18:00 Uddingston

14 April 2015 - 1:08am
It is also devoid of road markings for some reason. And there is considerable shrubbery growing up in the inner perimeters which prohibits any half-decent sight lines. Safety-wise it doesn't have much going for it. I'm going to nominate it as one of Scotland's most bicycle hostile entities.

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