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Re: Eastern European cyclist escorted off motorway

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 March 2015 - 4:58pm
mercalia wrote:Any one ever done any thing like this abroad?
I've cycled on short sections of motorway in Portugal because it was too difficult to find any other way, maps and signposts being poor in Portugal. I've even lifted my bike over barriers separating slip roads to get where I wanted to be.

I've cycled on sections of motorway in Argentina and Chile because there wasn't any other road. Got off as soon as poss.

I cycled on a section of motorway in Bolivia because someone pointed me that way, and they put the no cycling sign where you can only see it too late, but they didn't seem to mind. It was perfectly OK.

I cycled in/out of Tunis airport on a motorway for a short distance because there didn't seem to be another way and no one cared.

I cycled on a section of motorway in Malaysia because I misunderstood a signpost in Malay: I temporarily thought that Bandaraya was the name of a place I definitely didn't want to go to, but when I got to the 3rd junction I finally remembered it meant Town Centre. It was 37C that day, and drippingly humid as usual, and I cycled about 150km so perhaps I can be forgiven getting a bit befuddled.

Re: Route Help for Ealing (W5) to Slough (SL1)

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 March 2015 - 4:48pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:certainly not near year end

We run Jan to Dec

Re: Route Help for Ealing (W5) to Slough (SL1)

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 March 2015 - 4:17pm
15 years ago I lived in Windsor and worked a bit east of Heathrow. There's a perfectly sensible route through Datchet, Stanwell and Hatton which is 15 miles each way. I would cycle alternate days. The problem was not distance but that there was only the one sensible route which quickly got very tedious.

Re: Eastern European cyclist escorted off motorway

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 March 2015 - 4:16pm
Last year was cycling up to Briancon along the N94, just north of Embrun. Came to roundabout with signs clearly saying no bikes as the road became dual carriageway. Bit alarmed as couldn't see any other way so decided to carry on. The traffic was going v fast and even though I was sticking near the drain channel at the side (no, I was in it!) did not like it. After few miles came to another roundabout and was also hooted at by a motorist. Looked very carefully this time and found small road to the side - the main road had no bike signs again. Turned into delightful side road along the valley for few miles and then returned to the main road. At the first junction, again, a sign saying no cycles. Found extension to the quiet road so continued. Overtaken by some local cyclists and watched as they returned to and then joined the main road to Briancon. The junction showed no cycles allowed going back, but allowed to carry on. Understood the logic, the high speed of vehicles v bikes, but unusual to force bikes off road when an alternative route but to allow on when no alternative.

Re: Where to cycle on semi-narrow lanes?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 March 2015 - 4:07pm
I have used (or repeatedly tried to use) old motorcycle intercoms, does anybody remember the "Oxford bike Intercom.

Nowadays there is cheap and cheerful bluetooth which I reckon could be used for the job possibly off the shelf and cheaper than the old motorcycle stuff.

Re: Cyclists are treated as if they are staionary.

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 March 2015 - 4:06pm
Vorpal wrote:+1 Also, it often seems to me that drivers just assume that cyclists go 6 - 8 mph, independent of circumstances. And then there's the must. pass. cyclist I have sometimes been going at or near the speed limit, and still had drivers over take.

There's also the concept that drivers don't think of overtaking cyclists as actual overtaking. You used it in your own post 'pass' a cyclist, whereas I bet you would say 'overtake' for a car. Many drivers have the attitude that it's their right to breeze past cyclists quickly.

Re: Cyclists are treated as if they are staionary.

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 March 2015 - 4:04pm
The problem IMHO is that a good percentage of drivers don't think end of.
Further more they don't like being told how they've almost caused a incident,when I catch them up in the inevitable traffic jam at the next TL!
It's all so much man mind thyself that's the issue,a complete lack of courtesy for no gain,or at most a few seconds.

Re: Where to cycle on semi-narrow lanes?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 March 2015 - 4:03pm
Not whacky at all...

Re: Route Help for Ealing (W5) to Slough (SL1)

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 March 2015 - 4:02pm
certainly not near year end

Re: Eastern European cyclist escorted off motorway

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 March 2015 - 3:30pm
A couple of years ago,was cycling along the SS113 (?) along north coast of Scicily. It was not a Motorway, but appeared to have been 'improved' in recent times compared with my map. Was suprised to find the local 'Gendarmarie' alongside waving me over. After some discussion (my Italian/their English not brilliant), they indicated to follow them. Mad dogs & Englishmen perhaps? Think they were just a bit concerned at lone cyclist on road with occasional large trucks.
We then proceeded to next junction with me sweating profusely with them behind, & headed up the slip road with several more vehicles trailing behind! At the roundabout, they pointed to the road to take. As I rounded the next corner, was confronted by a 'No Cyclist' sign!
Thoroughly enjoyed my tour of north & east Scicily!

Re: Eastern European cyclist escorted off motorway

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 March 2015 - 3:02pm
We don't help the situation by using the same colour for cycle routes and motorways.

"Cycling? Yes - just follow the blue signs..."

Re: Eastern European cyclist escorted off motorway

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 March 2015 - 2:57pm
When touring Andalusia a few years ago I was told to cycle part of my route on the motorway by a police officer, whom I approached for directions. She insisted there was no alternative route (aside from a super-long detour) and cycling on motorways was legal in Spain. It was a very busy road but the hard shoulder was wide so I thought it was a good idea... until the first junction. Next time I'll choose a detour.

Re: Turkey april2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 March 2015 - 2:23pm
pal wrote:Just in case you were wondering, Muslims in Tromso (there are some), which will have no sunset during this year's Ramadan, observe fast using the sunrise/sunset times in Mecca, thus finding a way of being permitted to eat. But probably there are many Muslims in places not quite so extremely north, eg Britain, who will be trying to fast for 18 hours or so per day.

Funnily enough, I was wondering about that (that is: how Norwegian Muslims cope with midsummer Ramadan) just the other day! Thanks for solving the mystery...
Another great source for information.
http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/

Re: Eastern European cyclist escorted off motorway

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 March 2015 - 1:58pm
No, but in the UK yes. I stayed with my wife at a motel near Heathrow once, and the next morning we asked the woman at the desk the directions for the airport (cycling). We set off, reached a roundabout and finished up on a road with plenty of traffic but a completely unused lane on the left. And all the signs were white writing on a blue background! After a while we realised we were cycling up a hard shoulder, but we only had a short distance to go so we put the hammer down.

Re: Where to cycle on semi-narrow lanes?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 March 2015 - 1:57pm
danhopgood wrote:I got caught the other morning on the tandem, with a long, straight, uphill, into wind approach to my son's school, where we have to turn right. Continuous parked cars both sides. Just room for two cars to pass at slow speed. Normally there's not a lot of traffic and we just keep a safe distance from doors, which means there's no issue with cars overtaking as long as there's nothing coming the other way.

That morning though someone stayed behind me unnecessarily for a long time, allowing other traffic to build up behind. When the lead car did overtake, those behind followed, with speeds increasing. I was near the right turn by this point but felt I shouldn't stop out in the road as I might get hit from behind, so waited for a gap, signalled right and went into primary. This resulted in an angry hoot - and I was a lot more worried I'd be hit.

Only thing I can think of to do in future would be to pull into any small gaps in cars and let the traffic past, but that in itself could be dodgy with cars behind. Any other ideas for the future in that situation?
It sounds okay to me. Do the 'lifesaver' (check again over your right shoulder) just before turning to ensure that angry hoot driver hasn't become impatient, endangering driver. I also sometimes have my kids turn at look at drivers behind us and signal for us. It works a treat, as they can turn around more easily. They are good about warning about cars behind, too, though if it is important, I always check for myself. With a child looking back, I seem to get less impatient treatment, the kids feel like they are helping, and it's good training for them for cycling independently.

Eastern European cyclist escorted off motorway

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 March 2015 - 1:49pm
M1 cyclist escorted off motorway in Hertfordshire

Any one ever done any thing like this abroad?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-31726226

Re: Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 March 2015 - 1:42pm
In London streets I prefer to look out for discarded small change money on the road. Oxford st a good place where peole drop £1 coins.

Re: Bike

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 March 2015 - 1:28pm
Don't get the Beeb here, alas, but I've seen (and smelt) the result of a boar hunt. Hunters obligingly gutted a boar about 20 ft from an MTB control I once stopped at.

The beasts have reached pest status here, and hunting is now permitted all year round. Rather disquieting when you're riding tranquilly down a country road and you see the "Chasse" warning signs out: even more so when a troop of 20+ crosses the road like an express train 30 yards ahead.

Nice cycling in the Jura.

Re: Where to cycle on semi-narrow lanes?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 March 2015 - 1:24pm
You did the right thing - the hoot is a good sign, it means they've seen and acknowledged your presence.

Re: Turkey april2015

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 March 2015 - 1:19pm
Just in case you were wondering, Muslims in Tromso (there are some), which will have no sunset during this year's Ramadan, observe fast using the sunrise/sunset times in Mecca, thus finding a way of being permitted to eat. But probably there are many Muslims in places not quite so extremely north, eg Britain, who will be trying to fast for 18 hours or so per day.

Funnily enough, I was wondering about that (that is: how Norwegian Muslims cope with midsummer Ramadan) just the other day! Thanks for solving the mystery...
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