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Re: Car Width over the ages

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2015 - 8:43pm
Here's an example: Mk1 next to latest version (mk 6?) VW Golf - newer one is significantly bigger.
http://www.newspress.co.uk/downloads/me ... 207_01.JPG

Re: Speed awareness courses (instructors' knowledge)

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2015 - 8:39pm
Si wrote:Do you, though, think that that is what the instructor actually said, or what your neighbour believes the instructor said?My thoughts too!

Re: Motorists' visibility mark II

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2015 - 8:18pm
Lance Dopestrong wrote:If her skills are such that you're incapable of reversing a car into a driveway then she shouldn't be in charge of a car in the first place. If I'd driven a vehicle nose first into a bay when I was in the army or the feds I'd have been given a right bollocking.
Well, armed weapons are parked towards vehicles, unarmed vehicles are parked pointing away from buildings....

Re: Motorists' visibility mark II

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2015 - 7:49pm
Tonyf33 wrote:reversing blindly out of a driveway is anti social behaviour at best, dangerous driving at worst.
About time it was reported in the media as such and the police took a stance and prosecuted people with FPN.
Excuses like parking nose in due to an incident with another car in another country with regard to fingers that happened years ago is no excuse all...the potential to cause greater injury from any action has to mean you have to take greater responsibility... a bit like the muppet in the wagon turning blindly into the path of that motorcycle

Glad you know our situation so well.

I posted to point out that, as with all H&S decisions, there is a balance to be made. In our case we have made a reasoned decision to park nose first, based on a number of factors - including one fairly serious incident. It is the correct decision in our case - a decision the HC supports being made locally.

In the case in the OP there is a significant issue with visibility, and probably would be similar if driving out forwards TBH - as has already been pointed out the driver would need to nose out by a metre or more to be able to see down the pavement.

Re: Motorists' visibility mark II

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2015 - 6:59pm
If her skills are such that you're incapable of reversing a car into a driveway then she shouldn't be in charge of a car in the first place. If I'd driven a vehicle nose first into a bay when I was in the army or the feds I'd have been given a right bollocking.

Re: Motorists' visibility mark II

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2015 - 6:43pm
reversing blindly out of a driveway is anti social behaviour at best, dangerous driving at worst.
About time it was reported in the media as such and the police took a stance and prosecuted people with FPN.
Excuses like parking nose in due to an incident with another car in another country with regard to fingers that happened years ago is no excuse all...the potential to cause greater injury from any action has to mean you have to take greater responsibility... a bit like the muppet in the wagon turning blindly into the path of that motorcycle

Re: Motorists' visibility mark II

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2015 - 5:13pm
scrumpydave wrote:It seems to me the problem started here when she drove forwards into her driveway the night before meaning she had to reverse out with limited visibility. This was the moment of negligence.

Welcome to the forum. I'm glad that both you and your son are OK.

Highway Code.
201

Do not reverse from a side road into a main road. When using a driveway, reverse in and drive out if you can.

It's an advisory bit. Reversing out could be a factor in establishing liability in the event of an incident but it would be one of many factors.

Re: Motorists' visibility mark II

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2015 - 4:14pm
ferdinand wrote:People coming past have to take some responsibility too. It is a pavement not a playground.
It's a pavement, not a road.

You should expect small, slow, deaf, vulnerable people.

Re: Motorists' visibility mark II

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2015 - 4:08pm
The woman could have mitigated that by coming out forward, and that is often now a planning condition on newbuilds to be able to leave in a forward gear. However even then she still has to nudge out 1-1.5m before she can see if the visibility is tight.

Sometimes there's little that can be done, unless you hoot each time before you come out.

In our case we have tight walls both sides of the drive with preservation orders on them at the very edge of the lane, which is only 5m only. Fortunately as it is a back lane in town I have just put a pair of blind spot mirrors on the telegraph pole opposite without asking anyone.

It still isn't ideal though.

People coming past have to take some responsibility too. It is a pavement not a playground.

Ferdinand

Re: Is the entire field of view blocked for an HGV?

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2015 - 3:48pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:So elderly deaf people are still legitimate targets.

Surely cameras would be a better technical solution. The problem is that you can't see, how does shouting resolve that problem?

Because then it doesn't become 'their' problem. They've given us sufficient warning and so they are not accountable to any dangerous behaviour.

Re: how do u tell a mad cyclist from a sane one?

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2015 - 3:43pm
GrumpyCyclist wrote:Was there more to the film than Jenny Agutter? I don't remember for some reasonThat's exactly the same remark as I make, when talking about An American Werewolf in London. Why is that, I wonder? Probably something to do with the time the films were made (1970s/80s ). And perhaps something to do with the inestimable Ms A.

Re: Motorists' visibility mark II

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2015 - 3:32pm
There should be a simple rule: if you cannot see where you are reversing, you either shouldn't be reversing in the first place, or you should have a 'banksman' to guide you.

Regarding parking on a slope: I recall an incident from way back when I was a kid. We had the opposite situation: the driveway had a steep slope up to the house. Well, we were getting ready to set off on a camping holiday, the car was at the top of the drive, and my father was busy loading up stuff on the roof rack, when all of a sudden the car began to roll backwards down the slope. It shot out and across the road. My father, who was nearest, sprinted alongside, wrestled with the driver's door and finally managed to wrench it open and seize the handbrake, and the car stopped short just before smashing into a brick wall opposite. Furthermore, there was a motorcyclist coming along the road: he had to react in a split second and mount the pavement (luckily there was a dropped kerb in his path) to avoid a collision. Although badly shaken, the motorcyclist was unhurt, and my father was profusely apologetic. I think my father was very lucky that the motorcyclist didn't choose to call the police. And even luckier that there wasn't a pedestrian or cyclist approaching...

Re: ITV4 Tour Coverage.

CTC Forum - Racing - 24 July 2015 - 3:01pm
Every move is a "good move by X" even when X is brought back within 100m.

Re: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 July 2015 - 2:59pm
It's not the question asked but I'd rethink the front-wheel-off plan, which sounds like it'd make the lot more fragile and prone to damage.

Put the bits of the tent that won't get past carry-on security tests (poles, pegs) into wee bag strapped to rack. Take rest into cabin, reducing bike weight, handling risks, security quibbles.

Re: Motorists' visibility mark II

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2015 - 2:46pm
We park nose to the house - for safety reasons.

The drive is on a slope, and we don't want the doors to slam shut onto little fingers (several years back, whilst we were touring the south-western US a car door, falling under gravity, broke MrsBob's fingers (major pain) by slamming on them - and the door latched, MrsBob couldn't open the door, just because of the angles of everything...

So we park nose down.

We do have reasonably good visibility when reversing though - no walls or hedges right next to the car (another advantage of only having one car, it doesn't need to be pegged against one side or the other) - but still do so very carefully.

how do u tell a mad cyclist from a sane one?

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2015 - 2:40pm
brooksby wrote:Having flashbacks to Logan's Run, here. Hmm, Jenny Agutter...

Was there more to the film than Jenny Agutter? I don't remember for some reason

Motorists' visibility mark II

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 July 2015 - 2:16pm
Hi all

New to this board but I've been active on other cycling websites over the years.

I've been thinking about all the attention the lorry driver blindly running into a motorbike has been getting, in particular the claim on the BBC article that the driver wasn't acting negligently. It reminded me of an incident I had with my son a couple of weeks ago.

We were on our way to nursery as normal that morning, and he was a little ahead of me on the pavement on his balance bike. The street is lined both sides with semis with driveways in front separated from the pavement by walls and often hedges too. My son suddenly stopped which drew my attention and immediately a car reversed hurriedly out one of the driveways and when the driver saw my son through her side window she looked at me apologetically suggesting to me that she knew she should have been more careful. Needless to say I'm very glad my son is so cautious around traffic.

She couldn't see him in her mirrors on his bike behind the wall and hedge of her house, and for whatever reason decided that she didn't have time to reverse cautiously. But even if she had reversed cautiously her view was blocked so she would have been reliant on people realising she was coming out and stopping. Quite frankly I don't think it should be my responsibility to do her seeing for her.

It seems to me the problem started here when she drove forwards into her driveway the night before meaning she had to reverse out with limited visibility. This was the moment of negligence.

Google Streetview shows most cars on the street parked facing towards the house, yet this is a clear source of additional danger. So my question is - am I overthinking this? Are these things just clearer to me than they are to other people? Or am I a bigoted anti-car zealot who should keep to my own kind on internet forums?

Because my patience is wearing a bit thin with motorists not taking proper responsibility around people.

Re: ITV4 Tour Coverage.

CTC Forum - Racing - 24 July 2015 - 2:11pm
Spinners wrote: ... Great link! Cav, Griepel and Porte are in the bus.

If you have not done so already, scroll down and you will see the "virtual" GC ie the GC as it stands at the moment. No big deal when all the top riders are together but if anybody significant breaks away or is dropped, it's a quick reference to the effect it would have If there was no regrouping before the finish. Also, once the stage is over, that page shows all the full classifications: GC, mountains, points, young rider and "combativité" and, of course the full classification for the days stage, as well as abandons and the like. Some of the language is a bit strange eg "teaser" when we might expect "preview" but no big deal.

Those details for earlier stages are archived on there under the date. Dig a bit deeper and tourist info about places along the route are there as well.

Re: DIY European hols w'out extras but WITH a good hired bik

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 July 2015 - 1:58pm
I have also used Max Hurzeler in Majorca, these are mainly racing bikes, mountain bikes or a 'sports' (hybrid) bike.


You can hire such bikes widely in the French Alps and then stay a few days at one location do some day rides in the area before returning the bike and moving somewhere else.
http://www.freewheelingfrance.com/bike- ... alpes.html


There is a however downside, the cost of a day's hire in the Alps (42 - 87 Euros)

http://www.cyclesetsports.com/fr/479-location-velo

is getting close to the rent for a week in Majorca (75 - 90 Euro).

http://www.huerzeler.com/en/rental-bicycles/

Re: Has anyone ever won green and yellow in the TDF

CTC Forum - Racing - 24 July 2015 - 1:55pm
that is quite funny!

But I feel I should point out that the effects of altitude and altitude acclimatisation were quite well understood even in 1972. Decades of expeditions to the Himalayas (which in the case of the British ones had a high scientific content) meant that there was a lot of information available.

Although there are some shorter term effects it is now understood that full acclimatisation (including the really beneficial red blood cell increases) normally takes about 11 or 12 days per 1000m of height gain, and varies with the individual in both rate and extent. They would perhaps not have known an exact number back then but no-one would have thought that it could be done very quickly.

Mexico city is ~2200m above sea level (higher than many of the alpine passes used in the TdeF) so full acclimatisation would take about 25 days under normal circumstances.

BTW I am not dismissing the notion that use of this apparatus had been going on for some time and that this was in fact Eddy's 'secret weapon' that made him dominant in the way he was. IIRC Wiggo trained in a comparable way before his successful TdeF campaign, even sleeping in a reduced oxygen environment.

cheers
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