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Re: woman eating ceral while driving

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 June 2015 - 2:26pm
jqdsffjdsoge wrote:Flinders wrote:Psamathe wrote:I remember seeing an HGV driver being interviewed on TV talking about how much you see going on from an HGV cab and his "most amazing" was a woman driving along breast feeding her baby. Would it be un-PC to be critical of that or would a negative comment enrage the Social Media Crowd.

Ian

You spoiled a reasonable comment by adding the bit in italics.

Well no. He didn't. He just pointed out the truth: that in today's misandric Britain, it is almost forbidden to criticize women in any way.

You seem to be living in a parallel universe to the one I live in. Do you ever read the criticism of women in politics, just for a start?

Re: woman eating ceral while driving

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 June 2015 - 2:22pm
johncarnie wrote:Sarah Vine (wife of Michael Gove) has written a piece in the Daily Wail that is in defence of eating, applying make-up etc and calling cyclists who use head-cams "Cyclist Stasi". Although I hope her tongue was firmly in her cheek (but she did marry Michael Gove, so you have to doubt her decision making skills) the piece has elicited the usual response from the "I pay road tax and cyclists always run red lights" brigade.

For those of you with strong stomachs - here's the link

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3130690/SARAH-VINE-says-real-menaces-roads-vigilantes-Lycra-filming-move.html

Her toungue won;t be in her cheek if her previous form is anything to go by. She's just one of those people who get paid for being obnoxious, and they closely resemble kids who like to draw attention to themselves by saying 'bum'. Unfortunately people do use what people like that say to justify their bad actions.
One can only hope that if anyone's kids get killed by a driver doing that sort of thing, that they are her kids.

Re: woman eating ceral while driving

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 June 2015 - 2:18pm
axel_knutt wrote:Seatbelts are a good example of the converse: a counterproductive law that got introduced against all the evidence just because it was popular.

I'm not sure I 'get' that- what was counterproductive about it?

Re: Follow up to accident with London bus 7 months ago

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 June 2015 - 2:18pm
blackbike wrote:I used Slater and Gordon a few years ago when someone opened a car door on me.

It took a 14 months for the money to come through, and my case was a lot more straightforward than yours sounds although it did involve a denial of all liability at first.

'No win no fee' firms only take on cases where 'victory' is almost guaranteed as they get nothing for all their work if they don't win.

Just follow all the solicitor's instructions and your money will arrive later rather than sooner.
In my own personal experience this is just not true. My case (Accident direct) was far from easy due to the police not even filing the report , there were no witnesses aside from the person driving into me (she said she observed me 'falling off' in her mirror ), so only my detailed version of events.

Aside from my physical injury which was attended too by paramedics at the scene (I refused hospital for various reasons) there was no other evidence. My case was settled with an out of court payment in well under a year.

Re: woman eating cereal while driving

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 June 2015 - 2:09pm
I didn't believe it, then I saw the pic. You better hope their wheels are aligned.

Instead of "punishing" these people they should be made to retake their driving test.























Re: Armistead Down And Out................

CTC Forum - Racing - 21 June 2015 - 1:14pm
Well at Stevenage yesterday there were ZERO photographers or race directors hovering in the road or line of sight, completely free for riders to battle it out and not have to think a split second later about some twit running in front or standing within a bars width of my line at 40mph

Re: Taking Cycling Too Seriously

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 June 2015 - 1:11pm
Jughead wrote:Guy on the train refused to hang his cycle in the storage area. The reason,he didn't want to ruin his carbon wheels. Young girl with a pram had to stand in the doorway. I offered to move my bike but she was too embarassed. I love that cycling is becoming popular but unfortunately we are going to attract some inconsiderate persons.

Well, what's inconsiderate? Not wanting to damage a pair of expensive carbon wheels or expecting someone to do so so that a fit young lassie who happens to have a pram doesn't have to stand for a while?

If I had paid umpteen hundred for a pair of carbon wheels I wouldn't want to f*** them up either.

Re: woman eating cereal while driving

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 June 2015 - 12:56pm
Spinners wrote:Using a (non-hands free) mobile whilst driving? I'd go for three stages for initial and repeat offenders: First Offence - Month ban (and 6 points), Second Offence - Year Ban (and 6 points) and Third Offence - lifetime ban. No right of appeal.

The issue is not how to introduce that kind of policy, it's how to get society to agree with you. If you were Prime Minister or Transport Minister, you would have riots in Trafalgar Square within months of introducing policies like this, just as they did with the poll tax. If you're going to pursue policy that makes you feel better rather than what works that's not really any different from those who campaign for compulsory cycle paths, registration, insurance, helmets etc.

A society that thinks they drive as they please regardless of the effect on other road users is not really any different from the society that thinks it can consume whatever it likes regardless of the effect on the environment. We have cultivated a culture that says you are entitled to anything you can grab. I don't think that mobile phone fines are going to have any more effect that carbon taxes. Societies like Denmark and the Netherlands are different because they have a different culture.

Re: woman eating cereal while driving

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 June 2015 - 12:11pm
Spinners wrote:Using a (non-hands free) mobile whilst driving? I'd go for three stages for initial and repeat offenders: First Offence - Month ban (and 6 points), Second Offence - Year Ban (and 6 points) and Third Offence - lifetime ban. No right of appeal.
At the same time they need to massively restrict the numbers who get let off the ban part of their punishment because "it would impact their lives".

Ian

Re: woman eating cereal while driving

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 June 2015 - 11:48am
Using a (non-hands free) mobile whilst driving? I'd go for three stages for initial and repeat offenders: First Offence - Month ban (and 6 points), Second Offence - Year Ban (and 6 points) and Third Offence - lifetime ban. No right of appeal.

Re: Finding new touring friends!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 June 2015 - 11:38am
Hi there,

My name's Peter. Not based in Wiltshire but would be interested in some longer tours in Europe.

Get in touch if you are interested.

Re: woman eating cereal while driving

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 June 2015 - 11:36am
c) Crush their phone, their car, ban them from driving.

There's no excuse for it so why shouldn't the penalty be really harsh?

Speeding you could argue you only momentarily sped up and didn't realise you were speeding. There's not really any way you can accidentally answer your phone or make a call or send a text whilst driving.

Online tracking

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 June 2015 - 11:36am
Hi,

I am going to be cycling around the world in the near future. I am looking to track my progress online so my friends and family can see where I am. I am not taking a smart phone. I have been doing some research comparing plb's to gps devices. I have narrowed it down to a few options...
The spot gen 3 tracker
The trident 9603 HX4
Or if anyone has any advice on something better I'd be keen to look into that too.
Both of the above offer tracking online.

Are there any plb's out there that offer online tracking?

Kind regards.

Re: Finding new touring friends!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 June 2015 - 11:19am
Hi Ben, how about this group.http://www.ctc.org.uk/local-groups/blac ... yeo-valley search the CTC website for CTC and affilliated cycling groups.

Al

Re: woman eating cereal while driving

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 June 2015 - 11:18am
reohn2 wrote:How do we stop people from using mobiles whilst driving:-
a)ask them to stop
b)fine them £200+points

Neither.

They will stop when they feel that their actions are disapproved of by their peers. If you punish them when nobody sees anything wrong in their actions, you just create the righteous indignation that we saw with speed cameras.

I'll go for option b every time, simply because they know they shouldn't do it

They know the law says they shouldn't do it. There's a difference.

I'm not suggesting we stop fining them, just that it won't have any real impact until they accept the justice of the fines. Telling them they won't get fined if they obey the law will just rattle their cages all the more if they still think the law is unjust. Most people obey the law that says they have to pay road tax, but it has a terrible effect on us because they don't accept the justice of it. Whenever they misbehave they act as if the road tax is a licence to flout the law. Having just typed that, it reminds me of the nursery school that had a huge problem with parents turning up late to collect their children. They introduced a fine to deter them, but the problem got worse because the parents saw the fine as a fee for a child minding service. If motorists see fines and road tax as fees for the right to speed and run cyclists off the road instead of a punishment then they'll aggravate the problem in the same way.

The problem is how do you get motorists to see fines as a punishment rather than a fee for a service, and the only answer is peer pressure.

Re: Taking Cycling Too Seriously

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 June 2015 - 11:14am
Hi,
Its not rocket science to design bike racks etc. To be non damaging to your bike.
All the ones I have seen wont be cuddlng my bike any time soon, even my skip trainers.

Re: Taking Cycling Too Seriously

CTC Forum - On the road - 21 June 2015 - 8:51am
I suppose even the milder-mannered of our motorists might get a little peeved if they got to a car park to discover that their treasured wheels were to be stashed upside-down...

I recall - years ago when I was a kid - us taking the Newhaven-Dieppe ferry to France. Back in those days they had no drive-on/drive-off ferries (they did at Dover, but not at Newhaven) and all cars, including our own, were loaded and unloaded by crane. I even have a short burst of 8mm movie footage to testify to this! I remember my father - who was quite the petrolhead himself and fairly argumentative - getting very jumpy about this. And later on he claimed that the suspension had been seriously damaged. He may have had a point.

Re: 2015 Tour arrived!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 21 June 2015 - 7:39am
What route are you planning on taking through Norway as I can't seem to get the map on your blog to work for me, I'm about to head up to the Lofoten Islands next week and then back south so may see you on route. Good luck I think its now a bit warmer and drier than it was a couple weeks ago.

Re: Armistead Down And Out................

CTC Forum - Racing - 21 June 2015 - 1:02am
Is this the same rider as Lizzie ArmiTstead ?

Finding new touring friends!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 20 June 2015 - 11:39pm
I'm posting this as I've just come back from a three week tour in France which was amazing but it could of been better if I had someone to share the fun and struggles with.
Unfortunately for me none of my friends are interested in cycling, especially touring long miles in the rain or shine with the added bonus of wild camping or finding a doggy campsite!
I live in the South-West of Wiltshire, 34 years old and looking for anyone who is interested in short tours around the UK or longer tours in Europe.
If anyone is interested please reply and maybe we can start a Wiltshire based touring club for like minded people!

Thanks for taking your time to read this post,

Ben.
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