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Re: Action on Dangerous Drivers - Worth the Effort

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 September 2014 - 8:00pm
I am afraid that I disagree, a driver chooses to make a dangerous manoeuvre of their own accord.


I always complain and detail the driver and vehicle details.

What is funny is that they always lie about what has happened.

At this point send in the video and ask why the company is lying about events

For example, driver puled a left hook and clipped my front wheel. Then explained that i should "Go Away" as I had been holding him up and it was therefore my fault.

Complained and was told that it was definitively my fault as I had undertaken their driver at the junction and I was lucky they were not pursuing damages against me for the scratch on their van.


Then produced the video that showed the driver pulling out into the outside lane, crossing both the inside lane and the cycle path....... e no longer works for the company and the grovelling apology from the company was a miraculous volte face

Re: Biker's death filmed - horrific.

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 September 2014 - 7:59pm
On ride today I stopped at a café and there was a table of motorcyclists all discussing the incident. From what I could hear they were mostly blaming the biker for going too fast which was surprising.

Re: Biker's death filmed - horrific.

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 September 2014 - 7:56pm
You know, I can't help but compare this with that other video of a motorcyclist coming a cropper on the Cat and Fiddle road, that went viral a few months ago. Discussion here. On that one, the biker walked from the scene. He escaped with a total written-off bike, a two-year ban and a hefty fine. He should count himself the luckiest man alive. If he'd been a few inches to the left he'd have T-boned himself against the oncoming car, and that would have been the end of him - and quite likely the innocent car driver too.

I must say that the majority of motorcyclists I see, whether on my bike or in the car, have been reasonably sensible and nowhere near such aggressive speeding - these examples are the exception. Otherwise it would be total anarchy on our roads. Some have argued that the biker in the A47 crash, if he'd been doing 60 (the speed limit), he might have survived. If the impact had been at a closing speed of 60, I'd say not, but it all depends by how much he would have been able to brake before impact. He would have had more time to react of course - and so would the car driver.

No need for a plainer illustration of the stark fact: SPEED KILLS.

Re: Another A38 Accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 September 2014 - 7:25pm
jezer wrote:There were certainly plenty of resources to protect the world leaders in Wales. Have you seen the clip of the Stonehenge visit? The motorcade passed near here, but I think the US president went by helicopter, accompanied by two jets.
I make a point of not watching such stuff it has no bearing on reality,their decisions OTOH

Re: Another A38 Accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 September 2014 - 7:24pm
MrsHJ wrote:It felt sexist to me. I quite frequently get the red haze rise when either womens issues or cyclists issues are dissed so it did not feel an appropriate comment, sarcasm at best, particularly in the light of a thread about a tragic event.

My apologies MrsHJ if that is how it came over - it was not my intention. My intention was not to diss issues of women's personal safety but to say its absolutely not acceptable to say the solution to them is to stay off the streets. Likewise its not acceptable for cyclist safety to say stay off the roads.

Re: Sheep playing chicken

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 September 2014 - 7:24pm
Now the flaming squirrels are at it!!!. Today descending steeply through woodland a damned squirrel sat in the middle of the (admittedly narrow) road suddenly decides to play chicken. Sheep and squirrels, it's enough to drive you paranoid!!

Re: Another A38 Accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 September 2014 - 7:18pm
jezer wrote:....... by helicopter, accompanied by two jets.

That would have been interesting. I would imagine the stall speed of the jets must be pretty close to the maximum speed of the helicopter.

Re: Biker's death filmed - horrific.

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 September 2014 - 6:41pm
Oh no, my feet have disappeared - that's OK, I was just wearing black socks...

National 25 Comp Record goes again...

CTC Forum - Racing - 7 September 2014 - 6:20pm
In the Port Talbot Whs Open 25 today, Matt Bottril clocked 45:43 to shave 3 seconds off the Competition Record.

Re: Another A38 Accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 September 2014 - 6:05pm
There were certainly plenty of resources to protect the world leaders in Wales. Have you seen the clip of the Stonehenge visit? The motorcade passed near here, but I think the US president went by helicopter, accompanied by two jets.

Re: Another A38 Accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 September 2014 - 5:45pm
jezer wrote:The news reports this week of the police effectively giving up on certain types of crime was very worrying. It seems we have to investigate offences ourselves...........

Which is telling us directly that they're unable to do their job,you can only do so much with the resources you have.
This government has degreed that we can't afford a police force with enough resources to carry out effective policing.
The result is a gangsters paradise.

Re: Biker's death filmed - horrific.

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 September 2014 - 5:34pm
I'm afraid with respect to the picture you show - I do not agree with it. Why? The bike rider is in all black clothing, on a black bike. We have an expression for that in cycling - ninja cyclist. Ninja bike riders open themselves to potential to be missed on the road (considering their speed). You do not need to wear some ridiculous yellow outfit when cycling or riding a bike but riding pure Ninja is asking to not be seen in certain conditions.
Whether you approve of that combination or not, there's nothing wrong with the picture showing the reality of how many motorcyclists dress. Though I think an earlier poster was correct to say that the campaign relies upon the fact that it is a static photograph and a moving motorcyclist would be clearly visible to the naked eye.
As regards the whole "Ninja" thing - I think it's an excuse. I have yet to experience people becoming invisible in daylight by wearing black.

Re: Another A38 Accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 September 2014 - 5:33pm
The news reports this week of the police effectively giving up on certain types of crime was very worrying. It seems we have to investigate offences ourselves. Does that mean cyclists and other vulnerable road users can use tazers and similar means to catch offenders? No I thought not.

Re: Biker's death filmed - horrific.

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 September 2014 - 5:21pm
It's also a growing trend for car drivers to use headlights all the time, which I suppose started with Volvos. My car has day running lights and automatic headlights. They come on quite often even when passing though wooded areas. I'm not sure this is actually a safety feature, as it does sometimes obscure vulnerable road users. Perhaps I should switch them to manual operation?

Re: Another A38 Accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 September 2014 - 5:07pm
Flinders wrote:A dual carriageway ought to be one of the safest places to cycle. Any faster traffic can overtake at any time and give a wide berth.
There is no reason at all why a dual carriageway ought to be less safe than any other road, aside, of course, from dangerous and (often) illegal driving.

Which is all too evident and allowed to continue by a lack of effective policing,the same reason women are vulnerable walking on their own in the hours of darkness.
Cheshire Police's investigation into sexual assault and rape was highlighted only last week in local news as appalling and that around 1/3 of reported incidents weren't even taken seriously.

Re: Another A38 Accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 September 2014 - 4:59pm
Me and Ferrit Worrier cycled up through there only last Sunday, and I often use that road ............ maybe a couple of times a month. I've also come out of the Broadwoodwidger turn, and have come out of the opposite road on a number of occasions from Coryton/Chillaton.

Never had a problem on the Old A30. I reckon it's the best cycling road I've ever cycled on and it's usually as empty as the picture from Google Maps. It's one of Devon's best kept secrets.
https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=portga ... 73.72,,0,0

Re: Biker's death filmed - horrific.

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 September 2014 - 4:59pm
It is also why motorcyclists are recommended to use their headlight at all time and most I see do stick to that.

Re: Solo night ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 September 2014 - 4:49pm
LondonBikeCommuter wrote:Best cycling experiences : fast down hill descents in dark on country lanes
Worst cycling experience : Sodding Garmin!
Best non-cycling experience : Sitting on Brighton Pier knackered trying to stay awake with strong coffee in one hand and croissant in the other


Chapeau! Night riding is a real hoot I've cycled from Oxford to Christchurch twice overnight with the Dorset Dash and just loved it both times, I second all you say! (except my best non-cycling experience has to be arriving on the beach after a night ride, laying on the sand absolutely exhausted and just listening to the waves)

Re: Biker's death filmed - horrific.

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 September 2014 - 4:45pm
Erudin wrote:My sympathies go to both the motorcyclist and the car driver.

Saw this the other day:

STEP 1
Take a look at this photo
STEP 2
Look closer, what do you see
STEP 3
Share this and help get the message out there
STEP 4
When out driving please take that extra second to look out for Motorbikes

My sympathies also go out to the family of the motorcyclist and the car driver. It is a case of both acting incorrectly, one speeding and the other turning without due care and attention. It is just horrible that the motorcyclist died

I'm afraid with respect to the picture you show - I do not agree with it. Why? The bike rider is in all black clothing, on a black bike. We have an expression for that in cycling - ninja cyclist. Ninja bike riders open themselves to potential to be missed on the road (considering their speed). You do not need to wear some ridiculous yellow outfit when cycling or riding a bike but riding pure Ninja is asking to not be seen in certain conditions.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 September 2014 - 4:19pm
Thorn Club Tour on day 1 of Way of The Roses, 4th Aug 2014
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