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Re: Tesco unicycle stands

15 December 2014 - 7:35pm
Aldi in Feltham have about a dozen proper Sheffield stands at an angle to the wall so there is space for your front wheel. If one supermarket can get it right ....

Re: Tesco unicycle stands

15 December 2014 - 7:31pm
Psamathe wrote:mjr wrote: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.
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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.
Ian

I have wondered about a midnight visit to the Tesco in Teddington - same daft shape - and turning the stands round. I can only imagine that someone "thinks" that they look less in the way like that

Re: Tesco unicycle stands

15 December 2014 - 1:19pm
mjr wrote: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.
Same shape racks at Tesco Extra in Pool, Cornwall, backed tight against the building. What is good though is that they are right up against the floor to ceiling window of the cafe so your bike is in clear view of all the cafe patrons.

Aldi in Truro have their racks miles away from the entrance as do Sainsbury but at least those are plentiful and covered.

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking

15 December 2014 - 1:07pm
niggle wrote:Another time I parked a motorcycle in the right place at a college where there were both cycle and motorcycle parking areas under cover- on return I found that there were cars parked in the yellow hatching in front of the shelter blocking my exit. Reception was shut so I had no way of finding the owners and I needed to be at another workplace shortly- I managed with some effort to manouevre the bike between the cars, including removing then replacing the panniers and taking care to fold and reposition both cars' wing mirrors, but I almost regretted managing to avoid scratching either vehicle with my bar ends or footpegs....
My regular rebellious act is to fold the (foldable) wing mirrors of cars obstructing the pavement so I (or a hypothetical normal pram or wheelchair) can get past without going round on the road. I hope that finding the mirror folded and having to reposition it makes the driver consider why somebody might have had cause to move it and they may choose to be more considerate in future.

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking

15 December 2014 - 12:50pm
Reminds me of many times going to park my motorcycle at Asda in Penryn- and finding the (layby shaped) motorcycle parking blocked up with cars. My response was to park dead centre in a car parking space. I once commented to customer sevices but I did think there was much they could do other than totally redesign the motorcycle parking, and reality it was a bit of a non issue.

Another time I parked a motorcycle in the right place at a college where there were both cycle and motorcycle parking areas under cover- on return I found that there were cars parked in the yellow hatching in front of the shelter blocking my exit. Reception was shut so I had no way of finding the owners and I needed to be at another workplace shortly- I managed with some effort to manouevre the bike between the cars, including removing then replacing the panniers and taking care to fold and reposition both cars' wing mirrors, but I almost regretted managing to avoid scratching either vehicle with my bar ends or footpegs....

Generally these issues are easier to overcome with a bicycle IME...

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking

14 December 2014 - 11:16pm
Very often parking of all sorts are on private property. When I have had difficulty with motorbikes using the cycle parking spaces, I've said something to the owners (a zoo in one case, and a supermarket in another).

The owners have sorted it by just informing motorbike users of the correct place to park. I think that in the case of the supermarket, it was managed by a company who maybe had some leverage, as they could charge fees for users that parked incorrectly. But the zoo didn't seem to have nay problems getting it sorted, either.

As for what to do when there is no cycle parking available? I take my bike indoors with me. When people complain about my bike going round the shop, I ask them to point out the cycle parking.

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking

14 December 2014 - 11:04pm
Tonyf33 wrote:I know it isn't that doesn't stop the police from acting, they are there for civil matters as well are they not?
Not generally.
and if the police as was stated where doing nothing else then they could have done something but chose not to.[/
It is not at all clear from the OP's post that an offence was committed. I'm not sure what you think they ought to have done.

Re: bbc i player,scottish audax

14 December 2014 - 10:11pm
Downloaded it to my tablet, will watch it on the train in the morning

Re: bbc i player,scottish audax

14 December 2014 - 10:07pm
I enjoyed watching this. Lovely countryside and roads.

Re: Leicester Area Audax Riders

14 December 2014 - 9:53pm
Leicestershire CTC, certainly the Charnwood and South Leicestershire groups go out on Sundays, usually 3 groups doing different speeds and distances. I would have a look at their website for details. There were rides out today

Re: Tanker lorry, spot on driving

14 December 2014 - 8:36pm
There was another group of lorry drivers in at work on Saturday.....again, it's interesting how attitudes change. At the start it was very much a case of them saying that they were careful around cyclists but that cyclists were annoying and often did strange things. By the end, after some of them had been taken out on a bike in traffic for the first time in their lives, their attitudes to why cyclists ride like they do had changed a fair bit......with a bit more "ah, it all makes sense now". Andsome had redefined what they thought 'careful' was.

Likewise, when another organisation I work for have put cyclists into HGVs they have come out with a bit more sympathy for what driving such a vehicle in the urban environment is like.

But daily I have to stop myself shouting "Don't go up there" just like the guy that makes the Silly Cyclist videos.

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking

14 December 2014 - 8:15pm
PH wrote:Tonyf33 wrote:With regard to Enforcement by the police, surely if someone is breaking the rules the police HAVE to act if told of the offence, how can they not, what absolves them from acting, what gives them the right to pick and choose what they act on..

It isn't a criminal offence, hasn't been for some time:
Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004 (TMA) provides for the civil
enforcement of most types of parking contraventions. It replaces Part II and
Schedule 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1991
I know it isn't that doesn't stop the police from acting, they are there for civil matters as well are they not? and if the police as was stated where doing nothing else then they could have done something but chose not to.

Re: Tanker lorry, spot on driving

14 December 2014 - 7:19pm
albal1 wrote:I drive HGV and have been for tooo lonngg. Currently freelancing. Nice to read your comments most being HGV positive!
I would say any transport manager would welcome praises for their drivers. Since Sept 2014 we have to hold a DCPC card, from 7.5 ton and above(Driver cert of professional competance) which is paid for by the driver and 'worked ' to pay it off so to speak and costs around £450. Has to be renewed after 5 years.This should eek out the idiots who drive trucks, and I may get more work!
I get lot of stick from fellow drivers where I am now who say 'why don't they use the cycle path/pavement?' near to Bmth Airport. It is not safe to pass as the road is narrow.

For the OP I would guess the tanker lorry was 'freighted'. Meaning it may take a while to reach a suitable speed to pass,did the correct thing and hang back.Re; deadlines, I don't give a toss about them & I know few feel the same. Does that give you the right to drive dangerously? NO.

BTW what happened to MSM when passing cyclists?parked cars,etc It seems to have dissappeared. I still do it causing the oncoming traffic to move over.

Well the indication is that you're overtaking, (not passing) which is the actual manoeuvre, the problem is that they don't bother teaching it at learner level.
The only reason not to signal is if there is no-one to signal to or that the signal will not help anyone and in terms of most town/ciy environments not feasible (though still very useful when practical) and your vehicle position coming up behind a cyclist should be a clear indication of what you're about to do...or it should to an average driver.

I try to recognise situations where I know it's going to be difficult for a larger vehicle to overtake or get past especially in urban environments, IF I can pull over to the side and it's no big deal for me & wave them past then I will (I won't always as that's not how it works). I realise that they have a job to do, I realise that being behind me I cannot predict what they might do (a dodgy pass at just the wrong point) and indeed that snarling up traffic a small amount whilst an HGV waits patiently has other effects further up the system.
Yes that's the whole reason we want more people on bikes but in the iterim why can't I as a cyclist take a pro-active stance to keep things moving for not a great deal of hassle for me. I'm taking the high moral high ground AND hopefully it benefits another cyclist the next time an HGV wants to overtake.

Re: Tanker lorry, spot on driving

14 December 2014 - 6:22pm
Agree with OP, yes, it is a good idea to contact 'head office'. Fine obviously to wave/thumbs up etc but, good to have something on record, as most comments negative, so balances the perception. Emailed local firm a while ago to compliment driver, finished with 'bet you don't get many if these?' Reply was 'never, many thanks and driver would be told'. Bit of positive feedback can do a disproportionate amount of good.

Re: Tanker lorry, spot on driving

14 December 2014 - 6:10pm
I drive HGV and have been for tooo lonngg. Currently freelancing. Nice to read your comments most being HGV positive!
I would say any transport manager would welcome praises for their drivers. Since Sept 2014 we have to hold a DCPC card, from 7.5 ton and above(Driver cert of professional competance) which is paid for by the driver and 'worked ' to pay it off so to speak and costs around £450. Has to be renewed after 5 years.This should eek out the idiots who drive trucks, and I may get more work!
I get lot of stick from fellow drivers where I am now who say 'why don't they use the cycle path/pavement?' near to Bmth Airport. It is not safe to pass as the road is narrow.

For the OP I would guess the tanker lorry was 'freighted'. Meaning it may take a while to reach a suitable speed to pass,did the correct thing and hang back.Re; deadlines, I don't give a toss about them & I know few feel the same. Does that give you the right to drive dangerously? NO.

BTW what happened to MSM when passing cyclists?parked cars,etc It seems to have dissappeared. I still do it causing the oncoming traffic to move over.

Re: bbc i player,scottish audax

14 December 2014 - 5:00pm
Thank you

bbc i player,scottish audax

14 December 2014 - 4:39pm
playing now,on bbci player;the adventure show,series 5.
scottish long distance audax;well worth a watch;bon courage!

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking

14 December 2014 - 12:34pm
Yes, I think that on my motorbike I had "good" places that I left my motorcycle, often with a few others and then I walked a little way to my destination.
The bicycle parks much closer to my destination, at the door for small stays or prime spots for longer stays.

I have to say that one "good" spot for motorcycles is the new cycle stands that they built for the new shopping zone. Cyclists seldom use them and I only used them because they were outside my destination, if I was going in the shopping zone on my cycle I would take the cycle in with me.
I dont begrudge the motorcyclists using them as cyclists have very little interest in them but I can see a problem where there is competition for space. I have never put my motorcycle there and after this post I would think twice about it. Though if it was totally empty I would find it hard to carry on past unless I knew that traffic wardens would issue tickets.

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking

14 December 2014 - 12:23pm
beardy wrote:Kwackers:
Though people do find it much easier to walk past a bike locked to street furniture than to walk past a motorcycle locked to street furniture.
That's absolutely dependent on how much of a nob the person who locked it up is. Personally I go out of my way to make sure anything I park doesn't cause a problem but that's self obviously not true of a lot of folk.

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