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CTC Forum - On the road - 11 hours 27 min ago
First time I've ever seen one of these - a self justifying road sign!

Re: Another cyclist death: left-turning lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 hours 32 min ago
From SH's profile:
Last visited:Sun Feb 22, 2015 12:03 pm
If we, and the police, have been taken for a ride on this forum, I'll want to know why. Especially being the thread starter.

Re: Another cyclist death: left-turning lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 11 hours 38 min ago
SCIUTDV wrote:I note you have edited your posts removing some significant information and would like to know why.
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I am forced to post this here as you have deactivated your personal messaging.
I'm no detective but...

Re: Another cyclist death: left-turning lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 hours 39 min ago
SCIUTDV wrote:SteveHunter wrote:An update from me now my brain has calmed a bit, and I've given my statement as well now so also know a few more facts.

This did not occur at a Building Site Access.

There are a lot of Building works occurring at the junction, and hoardings up alongside the road everywhere, but the accident did not take place at the entrance to the site, and I'm not aware that the lorry involved was evening going to that building site.

The accident occured at a normal junction with a left turn filter just before the traffic lights, that left turn filter is however hoarded on both sides and becomes very narrow.

The lorry approached the filter indicating left and started to manoeuvre, I was positioned behind the lorry in a central lane position as I was going straight across at the junction, the cyclist came down the left hand side of me and then went down the left hand side of the lorry as it was turning left.

Luckily for me I didn't see the actual impact as was past the lorry at the time, and to be honest I cannot remember if it had side rails or not, however I did find out today that this was the case and that it was all caught on camera as the lorry had CCTV camera coverage.

My name is John Hartfree and I work for the Metropolitan Police in the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Merton Traffic Garage (the 'code' of which is TDV - thus my username created for this post of SCIUTDV !)

I am managing the investigation into this collision.

I wanted to send SteveHunter a message but forum rules won't let me do this as a 'new' member and the administrator has unfortunately not replied to my email - thus this post.

'Steve Hunter' I have no record of anyone of your name having spoken to my unit about this collision. Can I urge you to ring me as soon as possible to discuss this incident on our witness line of 020 8543 5157.

I would be grateful if anyone on here can drop Steve a PM to highlight this post to him and post below if they do this (so he doesn't get loads of messages).

If anyone else on here witnessed the collision or knows of someone that did please ring us or give them our phone number. I am also contactable via john.hartfree@met.police.uk

Thank you.


'SteveHunter' replied 'Noted, will contact you.'

Sadly SteveHunter has not contacted me, or any of my team investigating this sad incident.

I would urge 'Steve' to come forward and tell me exactly what you do - or do not - know.

You have posted potentially vital information here yet not come forward to speak to us. I am only interested in finding out the truth - no more, no less - and by not speaking to me I am potentially wasting valuable time trying to find you.

I note you have edited your posts removing some significant information and would like to know why.

Please speak to us and assist in order we can take a statement or rule you out of our enquiries.

I am forced to post this here as you have deactivated your personal messaging.

John Hartfree

Re: My first car incident

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 hours 56 min ago
Mark

I've had the same thing happen to me. Dopey driver just drifting out of a side road at very low speed, nudged my back wheel and I hit the deck. And a very elderly man nearly did the same recently, prevented only by my loud shouting alerting him and getting him to brake. I've been cycling on the roads for about 45 years, and these minor incidents are all I have to report.

Sharing Garmin Maps between devices or using OSM

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 hours 22 min ago
There are a number of sites that offer free OS maps. I have a Garmin 810 edge and loaded maps from the following site, fully navigable.
http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2013/05/down ... 00810.html

Step by step instructions are also on the site.

Re: Airline ticket / passport not matching

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 hours 49 min ago
I used to travel quite a bit for a company whose travel agent regularly messed up my name & title, so the sometimes my tickets read like

Mrsnamename Surname
Surname, Namems
Surname, middlenamenamems

And I never had any problems as a result. I have only recently started started using my middle name. I wouldn't worry about it.

Re: Airline ticket / passport not matching

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 hours 20 min ago
Would have to check, but am sure my middle name is on my passport but never been used for booking flights. Only time there was an issue, I use maiden name and friend booked tickets giving my son my surname, tickets were altered at a small charge.

Re: Sharing Garmin Maps between devices or using OSM

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 hours 17 min ago
As for the OPs other question - you could share the cost, but Garmin maps are always (in my experience) locked to a single device. I cant even share my maps between my own devices.
Three ideas that might help:
Garmin sometimes do map "bundles " with satnavs, UK and N America is often one of those bundles. Don't know if the same applies to cycle specific devices.
Look into the possibilities of buying your devices in the US - though that might mean problems with updating when back in the UK.
If one of you can take a tablet capable of running Basecamp then youi can get away with only needing one copy of the Garmin map. Plug that unit into the tablet, Basecamp can then use the mapping. Prepare your route in Basecamp and export the gpx file to as many devices as you need. It will still display on OSM mapping - any discrepancies, follow the track and not the map feature. Do try this out at home first!

Re: On the Go Video editing - Android

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 hours 57 min ago
My understanding is that you won't find anything nearly as polished as what Apple provides for video editing. A couple of years ago, Google promised that they were working on a video editor for Android, but nothing came of it.

I was using the AndroVid app to trim rubbish off my individual film clips and then the Movie Aid app to splice them together with overlaid music and disolves between the clips. However, I can't get AndroVid to trim the clips any more.

My camera records video in a format that Movie Aid doesn't support, so I have to convert the clips first. I use an app called MediaConverter for that. You can also use MediaConverter to chop unwanted bits off your clips in Advanced Convert mode. So I'm now using MediaConverter to convert video and trim it, and then Movie Aid to render the clips together.

I look forward to hearing any better suggestions.

Thanks,
James

Weekend Cycle and Wild Camp

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 hours 59 min ago
In the post for the 2015 cycle touring festival a few people commented that they would have gone but tickets sold out. It was suggested a get together for like minded tourers, does anyone fancy a weekend get together in April? Meet up on a Saturday Morning early cycle out to a wild camp site for the night then cycle back? I was thinking of about a 40 mile trip?

Anyone interested? Suggestions, choose a central location for camping?

Re: New Peak District routes?

CTC Forum - On the road - 19 hours 38 min ago
Valbrona wrote:I have found cycling facilities in the Peak District to be very much in the mould of those types of facilities you get when non-cycling/car driving types create them... 'Here's your special cycling trail. Only don't stray off it because it's a dangerous world out there for cyclists and we are not much interested in making the Peak District's roads any safer for cyclists. And most of all don't buy your ice creams and Kit-Kats from anywhere else other than those strategically placed retail outlets situated along our cycle trail'.

But doesn't that attitude go for the rest of the UK too?
Cycle infrastructure and attitude toward cycling in generally is abysmal for much of the UK,not just the Peak district.

Re: Airline ticket / passport not matching

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 hours 5 min ago
I have just checked my current Emirates ticket and it says HILL SIMONMR. That is how it puts my name. It gets my name from my frequent flyer and I can't remember if my middle name is there. It is on my passport. I have never had a problem on 10s of flights.

My latest AirAsia ticket, used a week ago just says SIMON HILL no middle name and no problem.

What you quoted off your ticket doesn't say exactly match. First and last should be fine.

Another example is they sometimes say credit card should match ticket. I have 2 credit cards one Simon and another only S. I would never worry about them not matching.

Anything to take your mind off the pedalling hell to come!!!

Re: Cable lock in hand baggage?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 March 2015 - 11:33pm
A posh Alessi i corkscrew was taken from someone i know recently. Worth a fair bit.

But the corkscrew bit of it is totally recessed within the body, not exposed at all.

In fact it is so clever clever stylish italian design that after using it you sometimes have to struggle to retrieve the cork from its innards.

I appreciate the dilemma the authorities face but can't help but think that the SAS/mossad etc, and the islam extremist nutjobs that follow them, could fashion a deadly weapon from almost anything, and could buy it in the consumer heaven airport once they have passed through security.

Re: You'll Never Guess What Passed Me Today!

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 March 2015 - 11:01pm
fluffybunnyuk wrote:your sure it wasnt a giant banana?
There was a banana in our Christmas TT.

Re: Police appeal - attack on cyclists in Islington

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 March 2015 - 10:08pm
AndyBSG wrote:
Really makes you wonder about society when someone can just walk out on a busy street and stab a complete stranger in the chest just to steal a bike.

Do we know that the victim was a complete stranger?

AndyBSG wrote:That whole area is rife with street crime of this sort, I personally had a mobile stolen by a cycle past thief just a week before.......
Were you stab as well? I presume so based on your last statement?

AndyBSG wrote: it was pretty apparent that street robberies of that sort are a daily occurrence
Really?

It is this sort of exageration that breads fear - not based on facts but what, fear I suppose.

I'm happy to be proved wrong of course and then we can all be properly prepared to be stabbed and mugged when we go cycling in such areas!

Re: You'll Never Guess What Passed Me Today!

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 March 2015 - 9:42pm
Chap passed me today coming back from Aldi and said hello as he went by.

Its got velomobile.nl on the side so I think it must have been the quest.

Re: Eastern European cyclist escorted off motorway

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 March 2015 - 9:17pm
There was that African national team that got chucked off the M54(?) when they were out for a training ride while competing in the UK at some or other Games.

Re: My first car incident

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 March 2015 - 9:11pm
mark a. wrote:It was a classic SMIDSY: car pulling out of a side road didn't stop.

That happens when they are playing Candy Crush on their mobile phone.
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