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Re: Advice with my accident please

24 June 2014 - 9:06pm
Sounds like the driver changed their story and then changed it back again. It is their right but I suspect their solicitor suggested they were on pretty weak ground.

Advice with my accident please

24 June 2014 - 8:09pm
Hi all 1st time on site,did join a few months ago to find some info following my accident.
to cut along story short a car drove into me as i was going round aroundabout, this resulted in agrade 4 broken hip.This happened at 7.30am at rush hour outside the Nissan car plant.the driver stopped and apoligised saying he didn,t see me for the low sun blinding him.After 3 pins and a week in hospital i got home,2 weeks later the police informed me the driver had been interviewed under caution and had admitted liability,
i was knocked over on 30th oct 2013 ,operated next day ,i have really struggled in many different ways, i returned to work on 13th may 2014 only because we were on our knees with debt as i was only getting £350 a month.i know i shouldnt be back at work as i,m really struggling with pain and fatigue but needs must.
on the 16th june my solicitor phoned to tell me that the driver is now not admitting liability in fact saying i went into the back off him.
then on the 18th june a found out that the driver had in fact pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention in court on the 27th may.
now i am no idiot but this has me bewildered and emotionally drained ,has this type of thing happened to anyone else, my solicitor says shes never come across anything like this before.

Re: Another cyclist killed by lorry in London

24 June 2014 - 4:55pm
AndyBSG wrote:The driver behind this crash has been charged.

Given that it's almost a year since the killing i'm guessing he's been charged because the CPS beleive there is enough evidence to secure a conviction which is a good thing but I wonder already how laughably lenient his sentence will be.

They should throw the book at him just on the fact he was driving without insurance and some action should be taken against the company that was employing him because that's disgusting for an HGV to be driven under those circumstances. Would be interested to know what the 'licence offence' is, does that mean he didn't have a licence?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-27993540

Shame it doesnt say exactly what happened. I'd guess two years suspended.

Lorries scare me more than any other vehicle when I'm out. With the possible exception of the teenage yobbo in his firms van.

Re: Another cyclist killed by lorry in London

24 June 2014 - 4:16pm
AndyBSG wrote:The driver behind this crash has been charged.

Given that it's almost a year since the killing i'm guessing he's been charged because the CPS beleive there is enough evidence to secure a conviction which is a good thing but I wonder already how laughably lenient his sentence will be.

They should throw the book at him just on the fact he was driving without insurance and some action should be taken against the company that was employing him because that's disgusting for an HGV to be driven under those circumstances. Would be interested to know what the 'licence offence' is, does that mean he didn't have a licence?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-27993540

The CPS can only start proceedings if there is sufficient evidence to have a good chance of conviction AND a prosecution is in the public interest. It's normal for a company to be prosecuted if an employee is prosecuted for alleged licensing and insurance offences using a company vehicle on the company's business. There are various driving licence offences, of which not having a licence is only one.

As it's going to court, prejudicial discussion may not be helpful.

Re: Another cyclist killed by lorry in London

24 June 2014 - 3:29pm
The driver behind this crash has been charged.

Given that it's almost a year since the killing i'm guessing he's been charged because the CPS beleive there is enough evidence to secure a conviction which is a good thing but I wonder already how laughably lenient his sentence will be.

They should throw the book at him just on the fact he was driving without insurance and some action should be taken against the company that was employing him because that's disgusting for an HGV to be driven under those circumstances. Would be interested to know what the 'licence offence' is, does that mean he didn't have a licence?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-27993540

Re: Pavement parking

24 June 2014 - 1:17pm
thirdcrank wrote:mark1964 wrote:This is a short combined cyclepath & pavement in south Bristol 'cycling city'. As you can see, lazy drivers use it as a free car park because they don't want to pay (once free 2 hours is up) for the huge car park around the corner. Always amazes me that some folk can afford about £5000 - £15,000 for a new car, but can't afford about £2/hour parking

Assuming that the cycle route has been properly set up as a cycle track, then it's a specific offence to park on it, rather than the prosecution relying on the loophole-riddled con and use offence of unnecessary obstruction. This is one of the rare examples of pedestrians gaining some - theoretical - benefit from their space being invaded by farcilities. I say theoretical because in the absence of enforcement, it's all academic.
enf-what?

Don't recognise that word

Re: Pavement parking

24 June 2014 - 1:16pm
mark1964 wrote:This is a short combined cyclepath & pavement in south Bristol 'cycling city'. As you can see, lazy drivers use it as a free car park because they don't want to pay (once free 2 hours is up) for the huge car park around the corner. Always amazes me that some folk can afford about £5000 - £15,000 for a new car, but can't afford about £2/hour parking

Assuming that the cycle route has been properly set up as a cycle track, then it's a specific offence to park on it, rather than the prosecution relying on the loophole-riddled con and use offence of unnecessary obstruction. This is one of the rare examples of pedestrians gaining some - theoretical - benefit from their space being invaded by farcilities. I say theoretical because in the absence of enforcement, it's all academic.

Re: Pavement parking

24 June 2014 - 1:04pm
This is a short combined cyclepath & pavement in south Bristol 'cycling city'. As you can see, lazy drivers use it as a free car park because they don't want to pay (once free 2 hours is up) for the huge car park around the corner. Always amazes me that some folk can afford about £5000 - £15,000 for a new car, but can't afford about £2/hour parking

Re: Learning to ride on the road with a mountain bike?

24 June 2014 - 11:02am
Good luck with the training. Take it slow and learn how best to keep yourself safe, most of all though enjoy your time out on the roads.

Re: Nice lady,

24 June 2014 - 9:48am
Psamathe wrote:eileithyia wrote:Still wondering at all the references to driving schools / learner drivers.... as I did not...
Sort of crept in and stuck somehow.

But I was really surprised the other day; probably more by my own stereotyping than a drivers behaviour. Driving down a single track lane and a flashy black Audi coming the other way some distance off. I thought "road owner" so I pulled into a field entranceway and waited. Audi slowed and stopped beside me and driver did his Popeye impression (muscles covered with tattoos on display). I was expecting some verbal abuse so ignored it more intent on removing some insect intent on eating my leg. And driver said "Thank you". And with the insect getting the taste for blood and my own shock I just went "Uh" and the guy carried on. I felt a bit rude after that, and disappointed in my expectation (for want of a better word).

Ian
I think I can trump that. few days ago cycling down an on-road cycle lane I was approaching party heading towards probably early primary school. Father was riding shotgun on the offside, so I would have to pull out wide to go past them. Check behind, white van approaching so I start slowing. Few seconds go by and the van still hasn't gone past. I check again and this time the van flashes his lights and gestures for me to go past. I think I almost came off in shock.
Wave thanks, accelerate past, lift hand off bars as he goes past me, get a little toot in return and all was well with the world

Re: Nice lady,

24 June 2014 - 9:15am
MichVanNic wrote:I have noticed that if you show cars courtesy they do tend to acknowledge it.
Me too.
However there are a significant minority who,it seems,can't stand the mortal sight of a cyclist on 'their' road.
It's those that pose the most problems.

Re: Nice lady,

23 June 2014 - 8:58pm
Psamathe wrote:eileithyia wrote:Still wondering at all the references to driving schools / learner drivers.... as I did not...
Sort of crept in and stuck somehow.

But I was really surprised the other day; probably more by my own stereotyping than a drivers behaviour. Driving down a single track lane and a flashy black Audi coming the other way some distance off. I thought "road owner" so I pulled into a field entranceway and waited. Audi slowed and stopped beside me and driver did his Popeye impression (muscles covered with tattoos on display). I was expecting some verbal abuse so ignored it more intent on removing some insect intent on eating my leg. And driver said "Thank you". And with the insect getting the taste for blood and my own shock I just went "Uh" and the guy carried on. I felt a bit rude after that, and disappointed in my expectation (for want of a better word).

Ian

I have noticed that if you show cars courtesy they do tend to acknowledge it.

Re: The cost of a pothole

23 June 2014 - 6:59pm
Postboxer wrote:Economies of scale might stretch it a bit further? Don't know how councils deal with potholes usually.
Herts county council method is to leave it a few months then send round some 'erbert who chucks in a bit of hot chipping/tarmac mix and hods it in with his heel..job done.
Of course 2 weeks later it's all spilling out again

Re: Anybody Got A Cargo Bike?

23 June 2014 - 3:01pm
I've got a "Thing" about a Hase Pino or Circe Morpheus. Both are Tandems with front recumbent position (Stoker or Princess Seat) but convert to cargo carriers. The Hase costs both arms and both legs. The Circe is a lot less but lower quality. I also have a thing about this being a very shiny Burgundy paint finish, always wanted a bike in Burgundy (might be my last bike)! The Hase Pino is available in almost any colour, so no problem but the Morpheus is now only available in white. No problem, they are polyester powder coated and it would be easy for me to strip off all the parts and have it cover coated in burgundy! For those of you who say you have to remove all the previous coating . . . WRONG! I have a lot of experience in this area. I spent 25 years making specialist lighting equipment and hired it out for outside events. When the gear was 6-7 years old, I would sell it off and build new. All my own gear was finished in white. When I sold them, I always disassembled, cleaned and had them over powder coated, normally in blue or the colour of the customers choice. Even previous scratches just melted into the new coating. The white never showed through!

I've almost finished "Electrifying" my little Brompton folding bike . . . . . . . This might be my new project! Anyway, I go into hospital tomorrow for a heart bypass op. so it'll have to wait for a bit before I'm back on the road!

Steve
http://www.calvertonweather.co.uk

Re: The cost of a pothole

23 June 2014 - 2:56pm
Psamathe wrote:Weird behaviour by my local Highways when I report potholes. sometimes they just send a lorry along and it fixes everything it finds (including the reported holes as well as everything else). Other times they send somebody along with a paint can who then marks everything (including reported potholes) and the hazards seem to remain unfixed for months. So why send somebody along with a paint can ? How many potholes can be fixed with just paint ? Surely cheaper to send somebody along with tarmac ... requiring only a single visit.

Ian

ah but that's the hole fillers job you see, probably a totally different grade to the paintman

Re: Nice lady,

23 June 2014 - 1:40pm
According to GOV.UK you need to have held a full driving license for at least 3 years in order to apply to become an ADI (Approved Driving Instructor).
3 years in which you might have been sat on your backside playing Gran Turismo or Grand Theft Auto on the PS3. No mention of how many miles you might have driven as long as they have been conviction free.
Then if you pass the (probably very easy and not much different to the standard test) instructor test, you are free to instruct other eejits on how to manhandle 1-3 tons of steel capable of speeds of over 100mph.
Lovely.

Re: Any chronic whiplash sufferers here?

23 June 2014 - 1:26pm
I had a neck injury (whiplash or whatever you want to call it) caused when a car drove into the driver's side of my car at around 30mph when going round a roundabout. My car didn't have side airbags and I was thrown sideways by the impact. As well as soft tissue damage, being thrown sideways compressed two of the vertabrae in my neck and I had a trapped nerve for several months. Thankfully this was sorted out after several trips to my usual physio and regular neck exercises that the physio advised me to do.

If you have the money I would find a physio (by recommendation if you can) and pay for treatment privately. If you haven't got the money I would keep pestering your GP until they give in or get sick of the sight of you. Don't settle for a prescription for anti-inflammatory pills.

All the best and hope you get sorted soon

Re: The cost of a pothole

23 June 2014 - 12:28pm
surely it's all part of Cameroon's 'fill your own hole society'

Re: The cost of a pothole

23 June 2014 - 12:17pm
Weird behaviour by my local Highways when I report potholes. sometimes they just send a lorry along and it fixes everything it finds (including the reported holes as well as everything else). Other times they send somebody along with a paint can who then marks everything (including reported potholes) and the hazards seem to remain unfixed for months. So why send somebody along with a paint can ? How many potholes can be fixed with just paint ? Surely cheaper to send somebody along with tarmac ... requiring only a single visit.

Ian

Re: Learning to ride on the road with a mountain bike?

23 June 2014 - 11:41am
squeaker wrote:Slow Loris wrote:...... only two punctures (one was from a rogue drawing pin outside Morrisons so unavoidable).Unavoidable?

The puncture may have been avoidable - Morrisons wasn't . Nearly dislocated both my thumbs trying to change a Marathon + tyre which did get a visit from the puncture fairy – alright, it was the narrowest size. Amenahmw may like to keep her thumbs - and temper - during her first tyre changing attempt . I find the City Jets much easier to fix.

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