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Re: Solo night ride

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 September 2014 - 8:24am
It's not cars that would worry me so much as road surfaces. I cycle in the dark in the winter but it's on familiar roads.

Re: Biker's death filmed - horrific.

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 September 2014 - 8:20am
robing wrote:I don't see what's wrong in calling him a selfish idiot- he was. Thank god he didn't kill anyone else with his dangerous riding. Did you see the state of the car after the collision? It's lucky they weren't killed too. Also, a lot of people seem to be missing the point that 60 is a maximum - approaching a junction like this his speed should have been much less and he overtook a vehicle where clearly overtaking was forbidden.
Here's a question for you.
What do you think the speed has to do with anything?

Here's my take. The speed simply reduced the chances of him surviving, it made little or no difference to the cause of the accident which was simply that once again a motorist didn't bother looking. Had he been doing 60mph would he have survived? He might, but I suspect probably not.

The fundamental cause of the accident was someone not looking - you might disagree, the court on hearing the evidence didn't.

(That's not to say his riding wasn't stupid but pulling into the path of another vehicle is criminal).

Re: Biker's death filmed - horrific.

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 September 2014 - 8:05am
I don't see what's wrong in calling him a selfish idiot- he was. Thank god he didn't kill anyone else with his dangerous riding. Did you see the state of the car after the collision? It's lucky they weren't killed too. Also, a lot of people seem to be missing the point that 60 is a maximum - approaching a junction like this his speed should have been much less and he overtook a vehicle where clearly overtaking was forbidden.

Re: Advice on accident involving a dog

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 September 2014 - 7:57am
irc wrote:661-Pete wrote:You might as well be aware of the relevant section of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (for England and Wales):
3 Keeping dogs under proper control.
(1)If a dog is dangerously out of control in a public place—
(a)the owner; and
(b)if different, the person for the time being in charge of the dog,
is guilty of an offence, or, if the dog while so out of control injures any person, an aggravated offence, under this subsection.
A dog which runs out into the street endangering a road user is 'dangerously out of control': no argument.

I'd argue. The act was intended to deal with dogs biting people not stray dogs causing accidents. Show me one example where anyone has been convicted under the Dangerous Dogs Act for a stray dog causing an accident.

1. Overview
It’s against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control anywhere, eg:

in a public place
in a private place (eg a neighbour’s house or garden)
in the owner’s home
The law applies to all dogs. (my bold)

https://www.gov.uk/control-dog-public/overview

Some types of dogs are banned.

Out of control
Your dog is considered dangerously out of control if it:

injures someone
makes someone worried that it might injure them
A court could also decide that your dog is dangerously out of control if:

it injures someone’s animal
the owner of the animal thinks they could be injured if they tried to stop your dog attacking their animal

However the owner may be covered by home insurance.

Re: Another A38 Accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 September 2014 - 5:39am
Erudin wrote:The websites linked below are worth a look, especially the maps so you can see where accidents in your area have occurred. Looking at the A38 near Lee Mill I can see two cyclist fatalities and a cyclist seriously injured between 2000-2010.


From that map it looks like they should "actively discourage" all traffic from that road. OTOH. It doesn't seem to stand out from many of the other roads so there seems no reason to discourage cyclists from using it.

Re: Advice on accident involving a dog

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 September 2014 - 2:55am
In any case the OP would like compensating for his losses and that is a civil matter

Re: Advice on accident involving a dog

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 September 2014 - 2:02am
661-Pete wrote:You might as well be aware of the relevant section of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (for England and Wales):
3 Keeping dogs under proper control.
(1)If a dog is dangerously out of control in a public place—
(a)the owner; and
(b)if different, the person for the time being in charge of the dog,
is guilty of an offence, or, if the dog while so out of control injures any person, an aggravated offence, under this subsection.
A dog which runs out into the street endangering a road user is 'dangerously out of control': no argument.

I'd argue. The act was intended to deal with dogs biting people not stray dogs causing accidents. Show me one example where anyone has been convicted under the Dangerous Dogs Act for a stray dog causing an accident.

Re: Biker's death filmed - horrific.

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 September 2014 - 12:25am
Graham wrote:Tonyf33 :
On this public forum, at this time, I think that your derisory descriptions of the deceased are inappropriate. The tone is wrong and socially unacceptable.

Your comments about risk-taking, putting others at risk and poor judgement are all reasonable.
Socially unacceptable to whom, you and a few others? I've read plenty of comments on the various videos that are open to the public to comment on that seem to endorse exactly my thoughts that the motorcyclist was a selfish idiot for riding in the way he did.
His family admitted he loved speed so I don't think I'm wrong in saying that he rode like an idiot more often than not, putting himself and others in danger regularly..
Shying away from and not criticising the motorcyclist on public forums really just endorses his actions, we can easily point the finger at the car driver but to not point the finger at the motorcyclist is unacceptable in my eyes, my tone is spot on, the guy drove his bike like a complete and utter idiot with no care for anyone.

But check back on plenty of other threads and see how other posters have openly 'name called' those that have driven/ridden with the same recklessness and endangerment of others and not being criticised the way I have..
I'm not changing my stance because I'm right for one thing and because I'm not afraid to say things how they are not meekly sidle round the issue..YMMV..obviously!

Re: Another A38 Accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 September 2014 - 11:56pm
That last graph is a bit meaningless without any information on the amount of cycle use during rush hour compared to other times of the day.

Re: Advice on accident involving a dog

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 September 2014 - 10:54pm
If they have decent pet insurance the owner should be able to claim against that. My dogs insurance would cover for such an accident.

Re: Yet another road rage incident

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 September 2014 - 10:53pm
700c wrote:...then beeped loudly as if we were in the wrong. Of course anyone who beeps loudly in that sort of situation shows they're in the right - 1st rule of the road.

Re: Advice on accident involving a dog

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 September 2014 - 9:46pm
pompeyreece wrote: I wouldn't want to press charges, was a genuine mistake but if the bike shop says the bike is a right off, then that's a £3.5k bike ruined and I'd want to investigate if it's possible to claim it back from the perpetrator.
Or, perhaps, from their house insurance (would that cover this kind of thing)? Hopefully the CTC will advise. Whatever the route, good luck with your claim.

Re: Another A38 Accident

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 September 2014 - 9:16pm
The websites linked below are worth a look, especially the maps so you can see where accidents in your area have occurred. Looking at the A38 near Lee Mill I can see two cyclist fatalities and a cyclist seriously injured between 2000-2010.

Every death on every road in Great Britain 1999 - 2010

Road casualties Map 2000-2010: killed, seriously injured and slightly injured

Re: Advice on accident involving a dog

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 September 2014 - 8:23pm
661-Pete wrote:You might as well be aware of the relevant section of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (for England and Wales):
3 Keeping dogs under proper control.
(1)If a dog is dangerously out of control in a public place—
(a)the owner; and
(b)if different, the person for the time being in charge of the dog,
is guilty of an offence, or, if the dog while so out of control injures any person, an aggravated offence, under this subsection.
A dog which runs out into the street endangering a road user is 'dangerously out of control': no argument. It doesn't have to be a pitbull: the breed is irrelevant in this case.
Having said that, it might be a bit harsh to press charges against an owner who evidently made a genuine mistake. But keep it in mind.

Thanks. I wouldn't want to press charges, was a genuine mistake but if the bike shop says the bike is a right off, then that's a £3.5k bike ruined and I'd want to investigate if it's possible to claim it back from the perpetrator.

Re: Biker's death filmed - horrific.

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 September 2014 - 8:21pm
Bonefishblues wrote:I don't flash bikers - no point in two people being dazzled.

You might notice me dip my rvm if you were following me with either main beam on or a flickering dip. Means I might not see your overtake beginning though, but it does mean I can better focus on where I'm going.
I should point out it's also a lot worse with a pillion. Very few bikes have self levelling lights and very few motorcyclists set the level when they're carrying a pillion particularly for daytime riding.

Re: Advice on accident involving a dog

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 September 2014 - 8:18pm
You might as well be aware of the relevant section of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (for England and Wales):
3 Keeping dogs under proper control.
(1)If a dog is dangerously out of control in a public place—
(a)the owner; and
(b)if different, the person for the time being in charge of the dog,
is guilty of an offence, or, if the dog while so out of control injures any person, an aggravated offence, under this subsection.
A dog which runs out into the street endangering a road user is 'dangerously out of control': no argument. It doesn't have to be a pitbull: the breed is irrelevant in this case.
Having said that, it might be a bit harsh to press charges against an owner who evidently made a genuine mistake. But keep it in mind.

700c wheels in India?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 September 2014 - 8:17pm
Hello
We're off to India and potentially East Africa (Ethiopia/Uganda/Rwanda/Tanzania) for 9 months from early Nov.
Does anyone have any experience of riding with 700c wheels in any of these parts of the world?
Advice seems to generally point towards 26 inch wheels because of availability but it's limiting my choice of second hand bikes to buy here!
Any advice much appreciated.

Re: Ten Miles a Day

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 September 2014 - 8:15pm
Hi,
I am hovering at 12.8 a day and this late in year upping that will be difficult.
Averaging 111 miles a week but still averaging 80% of max heart rate (max 185) for the whole year, and this keeps me fit enough at the moment, so I will not worry at actual milage.

Re: Advice on accident involving a dog

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 September 2014 - 8:12pm
Cheers Gaz. I've been a member for over 2 years, never had an accident until the weekend though hence the amazingly high (not) post count.

Appreciate your advice and anyone else who has experience of a similar situation.

Thanks again.
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