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Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking wtf!

12 December 2014 - 5:03pm
I reckon that if you want a law enforced you first have to KNOW that a law has been broken.

As the authorities dont seem so sure, you should find chapter and verse in the regulations CERTAINLY before assaulting a minor just because you think so.

I manage to share the new cycle stands with the motorcyclists which is just as well as I am normally the only cyclist who leaves their bike there amongst many motorcycles. As it is very difficult to get cars prosecuted for parking on the pavement, I see little chance of getting motorcyclists prosecuted. Though my motorbike did get a ticket on the "pavement*" where there were double yellow lines on the road.

*actually the border of the war memorial.

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking wtf!

12 December 2014 - 5:02pm
Ryan wrote:Am i really the only one that thinks this is off?
Is if "off"? Yes. Is it illegal? That depends.

If the land was part of the highway, and there were no parking restrictions, then motorists can park where they want provided they don't cause an "unnecessary obstruction".

Motorcycles using cycle designated parking

12 December 2014 - 4:28pm
Am i really the only one that thinks this is off?
Apparently so, noticed scooter wedged in next to my bike on what i had PRESUMED to be designated cycle parking, queried traffic warden who told me that those spaces are for "cycles" unicycles, exercise cycles, motorcycles any sort of cycle you care to mention, went around the corner to where the police just happened to be congregating to celebrate the "community" and the Police. Asked for a traffic cop, none present, the pc said "try me", answer was-"We don't/wont enforce that". I don't know but i think the police might want to think that one through, because if i cant get my bike out because some spotty teenager has decided that is where his scooter is going to go i can see some potential for a pretty violent break down of law and order, if that is what it is deemed to be.

Anyone know the law on this, i recall that as a motorcyclist, i would of not only thought that to park suchlike was a ***** game but i would have expected a ticket and or chastisement from law enforcement persons, that was London though, this is Boondocks. As a London motorcyclist in the 90s i am pretty certain i was obliged to park on the road, not on the pavement, end of story, never mind having a hard on for the cycle posts.

Re: Lewes Road Brighton- new facility any good?

12 December 2014 - 3:18pm
mjr wrote:Although King's Lynn might soon have some neighbouring stretches of A-road with and without a narrow advisory cycle lane, against KLWNBUG advice so if we're unsuccessful in getting that changed, we might be able to collect some data next year.

If you get your act together soon enough, that gives you the opportunity to do a before and after comparisson on the same stretch of road. That way there can be no room to dispute that any effeccts you observe are due to the cycle lane itself, rather than any supposed differences between your comparison site.

Re: Good road US road sign

12 December 2014 - 2:08pm
gaz wrote:
Allegedly the above can be found somewhere in Hastings.
I'm surprised some Imperial Vigilante hasn't had it taken down on the grounds that it doesn't precisely constitute one of the kinds of signs where dual imperial/metric measurements are specifically permitted. http://www.ukma.org.uk/road-signage/det ... l-analysis (My guess is that it would not be strictly speaking a width etc limit, which can be shown in dual imperial/metric.)

But less jocularly, that's quite amazing. More, more, please.

Re: Good road US road sign

11 December 2014 - 11:24pm

Allegedly the above can be found somewhere in Hastings.

Re: Good road US road sign

11 December 2014 - 10:56pm
iviehoff wrote:What I think would be a really good sign would be this French sign http://hedgehogcycling.co.uk/cyclist-pa ... signs.html They have these exact signs also in Spain, (without the French words) I saw some newly installed ones there recently.

Though the Poles rather worryingly think just 1m will do, but maybe in Poland that would be an improvement on the present situation, given what I've heard about cycling in Poland.
http://www.abcmultimodal.eu/campaign-gdansk.html


It does say that the French sign is from the countryside, where they specify 1.5m, but in towns it's just 1m, so maybe the same as Gdansk in Poland.

Re: Leicester Area Audax Riders

11 December 2014 - 9:55pm
Paulatic wrote:YACF are definitely more audax orientated. I've been active there but not since they disabled using Tapatalk.
I joined one of their organised rides. Firstly because I was wanting to go that direction and secondly was interested in who I meet on it.
My observations were they were lost when Garmin plays up, their choice of cafe wasn't traditional. They were all very interesting and I did enjoy the ride, it was tough at times and I would do it again.

I am sure that I would be too.

However in over a decade of riding cycles and before that motorcycles with Etrex GPSs it hasnt happened yet but do I get thanked frequently by non-GPS users on Audaxes for steering them around the course.
I wish everything in life was as reliable as my Etrex.

Re: Leicester Area Audax Riders

11 December 2014 - 5:28pm
The ECE (Extend Calendar Events) that beardy mentions are a great way to up the mileage and not ride entirely on your own
http://www.aukweb.net/diy/ece/

The ones run from Alfreton might be good to extend from Leicester
http://www.alfretonctc.netii.net/audax.htm

The problem with trying to find someone to ride with is it has to be someone riding at a similar pace to you, with the same way of riding the event. Even on calendar events with a lot of riders it's not uncommon to see some of them riding alone.

Re: Leicester Area Audax Riders

11 December 2014 - 5:02pm
My observations were they were lost when Garmin plays up

Certainly some audax riders love techonlogy but the wise ones also carry the paper route sheet and a map as a back up. Others use just the route sheet with a back up map.

Re: Enjoyable Audax

11 December 2014 - 2:29pm
Again, I know very little about Audax but "pre-determined" just means decided in advance. Something could easily be both pre-determined and secret. Think of a drugs raid or the D-day landings. There is some ambiguity in the regulations as written, they would do well to remove it.

Re: Enjoyable Audax

11 December 2014 - 2:17pm
So does that mean the organiser can have a secret control? He predetermined to have one there.
I don't know, they were always controversial, along with mudguards.

Re: Enjoyable Audax

11 December 2014 - 2:12pm
Paulatic wrote:Taken from Audax UK organisers handbook:
SECRET CONTROLS: Are like Checkpoints but are not listed on the brevet card. They are rarely used now, as they have been largely replaced by Checkpoints.


Taken from the regulations:
9.8 Controls:
9.8.1 Riders obtain proof of passage through a series of predetermined controls

Re: Tesco unicycle stands

11 December 2014 - 1:49pm
bikerwaser wrote:it's better than my Lidl's with no cycle stands at all. i've emailed them 3 times and make a point of speaking to the store manager on every visit.
the same site has a car park larger than the actual building which ,based on the cost of land where i live , should make it more expensive for them to put 10 car parking spaces there then 10 cycle stands.
Must be a local thing - the Lidl's in Cowley (Oxford) has roomy covered bike storage...

Re: Leicester Area Audax Riders

11 December 2014 - 1:27pm
YACF are definitely more audax orientated. I've been active there but not since they disabled using Tapatalk.
I joined one of their organised rides. Firstly because I was wanting to go that direction and secondly was interested in who I meet on it.
My observations were they were lost when Garmin plays up, their choice of cafe wasn't traditional. They were all very interesting and I did enjoy the ride, it was tough at times and I would do it again.

Re: Leicester Area Audax Riders

11 December 2014 - 12:39pm
There's an active Audax community on YACF (http://www.yacf.co.uk) including several of the people who featured in the documentary about the Scottish event linked to above. These include Marcus Jackson-Baker and the organiser of the event Mark Rigby. The only problem with YACF is that almost everyone seems to have a wierd, obscure username, so you don't necessarily know who you are talking to, and they also seem to all know each other, so it can appear a bit cliquey to an outsider. There's also a forum on the AUK site and the AUK Facebook page is quite active.

Re: Tesco unicycle stands

11 December 2014 - 11:57am
Just walk the bike round the store - makes it easy not to overload the panniers as well...

Re: Tesco unicycle stands

11 December 2014 - 11:20am
it's better than my Lidl's with no cycle stands at all. i've emailed them 3 times and make a point of speaking to the store manager on every visit.
the same site has a car park larger than the actual building which ,based on the cost of land where i live , should make it more expensive for them to put 10 car parking spaces there then 10 cycle stands.

Re: Tesco unicycle stands

11 December 2014 - 11:19am
mjr wrote:Is that Tesco Wootton Road (petrol station) and Reffley Lane?

Tesco do seem to be a repeat offender. The new fancy-looking bike racks at Hardwick, King's Lynn, are |\-shaped and too short to support bikes, but would be good for unicycles. Happily there are some n-shape racks too, plus the trolley park edges.

For completeness: Sainsburys, Morrisons and Aldi seem quite good; Waitrose about the same mix as Tesco; The Co-ops (East of England and Central England), Asda and Lidl still use wheel-benders AFAIK; I think M+S and Spar blindly accept whatever the landlords provide (or don't).
Yes, too short (my local Tesco has them as well). Would work better if installed the other way round (higher end away from the wall) and further out from the wall. I can't see the advantage of the "Tesco stand" over the more traditional style.

Waitrose is a disaster (or at least some stores are, others are OK). One of my local Waitrose stores has a poor imitation of traditional stand but made with scaffold tube requiring only an allen key and a few seconds to dismantle - and hidden away from view from the store as well. But as they are invariably full and bikes locked to the various trolley things around the place ... they also have a few "wheel benders" bolted to a wall, but not surprisingly nobody ever uses them.

Ian

Re: Road Revolution £15Bn on roads..yet naff all for cycling

11 December 2014 - 11:01am
Wilf Roberts wrote:beardy wrote:Secondly that it will have got a greater response from people who consider themselves "cyclists" and probably much less so from people who just use bikes.

My evidence is completely anecdotal but locally there is a very obvious divide between "cyclists" - who are almost always well equipped with expensive bicycles, helmets, hi-vis, lights and proper bike luggage, and "bike users" who ride beaten up MTBs with partially flat tyres, no helmets, no lights and carrier bags swinging from their bar ends.

Yes, those who cycle because they've chosen to and those who have no other choice.

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