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

12 December 2014 - 11:50pm
Bicycler wrote:reohn2 wrote:Mark1978 wrote:
The dirtiest train station I've ever encountered.

You've not been to Manchester Victoria then
+1

Re: Leicester Area Audax Riders

12 December 2014 - 9:42pm
Grandad wrote:The TV programme is here

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04v5hhh/the-adventure-show-20142015-episode-5

One of the riders is wearing a Leicester Road Club jersey.................................

Thanks for posting this. What a lovely inspirational programme!
Personally, this distances and sleep deprivation are not my thing, but I've toured a lot in Scotland and recognise many parts.
Perfect winter's evening fantasy cycling.

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

12 December 2014 - 9:17pm
reohn2 wrote:Mark1978 wrote:mrjemm wrote:[he place is clean

The dirtiest train station I've ever encountered.

You've not been to Manchester Victoria then
+1

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking

12 December 2014 - 8:19pm
Horizon, et al.

Please could you change your post subject title with regard to forum conventions to avoid causing offence.

Many thanks.

Re: Re, Idiots on bikes

12 December 2014 - 7:05pm
Sagwagon wrote:This is a post ive copied from the Bolsover and District CC facebook page. Makes me feel proud to be a cyclist. "Rode through Bakewell today, stopped off to use the facilities and was approached by an official looking person and asked to put the word out. It appears a group of road cyclists in hi vis stuff rode through the closed roads. The roads were closed for the armistice parade. Apparently the cyclists shouted at the marching band to get out of the way. Obviously the people of Bakewell were none to impressed with this behaviour."

Not good.

I'm usually pulling into the office carpark by 07:20 AM and arriving home by about 16:30 at the latest, so the roads are relatively quiet much of the time. But on two occasions recently, I found myself going into the Square Mile at around 9 AM and leaving it at around 5 PM. And I had forgotten just how many utter f1cknuggets were riding around on two wheels these days.

The red light jumpers, the pavement cyclists, the mouth-breather passing me on the left, the r3tards coming out of side streets without even glancing to check that they could...

I'm glad to be back to an early rise.

Re: Feeling guilty whilst not cycling & car use thru illness

12 December 2014 - 6:50pm
Hi, have just struggled through manful earlier this week, there was no way I could have cycled the 20 miles into work, so the car took the strain. I do feel slightly better now but I will still avoid the commute for a few more days to allow the body to recover more. I will start off with a few short easy rides to see what it effect it has and then extend rides from that. No point in pushing the body too much.

regards Nomisp

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking

12 December 2014 - 6:29pm
To even things up, when visiting Derby Royal Hospital I always park in the covered motorcycle shed rather than the exposed sheffield stands.
So what

Re: Feeling guilty whilst not cycling & car use thru illness

12 December 2014 - 5:56pm
I'm off out now, shops and then a pootle around. Still feel crap but maybe the cold air will help drag the crud out my lungs quicker..lolz At least I ate yesterday without dire consequnces

Re: Feeling guilty whilst not cycling & car use thru illness

12 December 2014 - 5:49pm
Be kind to yourself,Tony. There's no medals in it. No tv deadline. No book to write. You wont live longer for thrashing yourself. Play the long game. That Crohns can be evil. Make sure of your well-being. Take what meds you need. Seek help if you need it. Early interventions and all that. Get better soon.

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking

12 December 2014 - 5:17pm
Hi Ryan

Welcome to the forum. Please could you change your thread title with regard to forum conventions to avoid causing offence.
Many thanks.

Re: Motorcycles using cycle designated parking wtf!

12 December 2014 - 5:10pm
It's not like cyclists don't 'park' badly, randomly chained to street furniture and railings and often getting in the way.

I'll be honest and say on occasion I've parked outside work with my motorcycle stuffed into the sheffield stand but then I've never seen a bicycle in there! (If it were used by bikes and space was tight then I'd park elsewhere.)

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.

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