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Re: Parked cars - what do they *expect* I'm going to do.

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 October 2014 - 9:59am
beardy wrote:I often do NOT look over my shoulder until they make a gap it gives the impression that I am not about to change my plans because there is a car there, I dont need to look because I know for sure there is a car there
I used to not, but I do now. I think showing one's face may trigger some sort of "there's actually a person there" subconscious response in most drivers and they do treat people differently to vehicles.
honesty wrote:It's interesting that when I was taught to drive we were taught to indicate out around parked cars (well all stationary objects in the road) especially if the maneuver took you into the oncoming lane.
I was taught to indicate if oncoming traffic means you wait behind the stationary object in the road rather than flow smoothly around it. The "make sure your signals will not confuse others" part of Highway Code Rule 103 probably means you should follow the prevailing fashion (within reason - I still indicate in Essex ) rather than blindly stick to dogma. The picture in Rule 153 (car waiting to pull around an artificial chicane) only shows stop/tail lights and no indicators.

Re: Parked cars - what do they *expect* I'm going to do.

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 October 2014 - 9:42am
It's interesting that when I was taught to drive we were taught to indicate out around parked cars (well all stationary objects in the road) especially if the maneuver took you into the oncoming lane. When my wife took her test later in life (2010 ish) she was taught not to indicate around parked cars as the obvious flow of traffic will be going around the cars and to indicate would cause confusion if there was a right turn for example. This means I automatically signal around cars when I cycle and there is traffic behind me, and she does not. I think my way is safer.

Re: Interpersonal communication

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 October 2014 - 9:17am
That was a bit forward of him, whatever happened to romance?

Interpersonal communication

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 October 2014 - 9:14am
is an odd thing, isn't it?

Only this morning I asked a lorry driver, who seemed to want to get to know me and my bike very well indeed, if there was anything I could help him with.

The answer, consisting of a single sentence, managed to included a reference to both fornication and male genitalia!

Ain't life grand!

Re: Parked cars - what do they *expect* I'm going to do.

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 October 2014 - 8:49am
Mirror, indicate, manoeuvre.

Re: Parked cars - what do they *expect* I'm going to do.

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 October 2014 - 8:25am
I've often thought of doing that, but, self preservation and so on.....

Re: Pushing a bike on a footpath.

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 October 2014 - 7:23am
Buy him a bottle of whiskey

Re: Insurance

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 October 2014 - 7:21am
What do you want to insure? Bike, health, baggage, or what.

Most people who go for long periods often don't bother. It is too much hassle and too expensive.

If it is your bike, is it alreadyinsured? If not then why bother. Baggage would be tricky to claim for as it would often be classed as unattended on the bike. Camping gear can also be tricky to insure.

Have you checked your household policy, often it covers for 60 days abroad.

If it is just health then one suggestion is you take out a long term policy and then find a cheapo ticket and fly back to UK for a day. Sounds daft, but could be cheapest option.

I use insureandgo, I think they do 60 day trips any number of times in a year for over 65s and do explicitly cover cycle touring. Your baggage would also be covered but not specialist type stuff like bike or probably camping gear, etc.

Be careful with policies that have cycling or diving or sailing, etc as an included activity as there is often something in the small print that says that activities which are the main purpose of the trip are not covered.

Re: Pushing a bike on a footpath.

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 October 2014 - 11:53pm
As is a bus

Re: Pushing a bike on a footpath.

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 October 2014 - 10:45pm
If it's ok to walk with a stick it's ok to walk with a bike. Both are aids to the pedestrian.

Re: France - channel to the Med (or vice-versa)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 October 2014 - 10:12pm
I haven't made up my mind yet which way to go but thank you for all your suggestions. They are much appreciated.

Re: Parked cars - what do they *expect* I'm going to do.

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 October 2014 - 9:57pm
Whenever I'm beeped by a motorist behind me I always stop pedalling immediately and so slow down, and move into the centre of the lane.

If it happens near some lights and the motorist is stopped, I often pull in front of him (it's always a him) and start asking what the problem is. It's fun to watch a motorist ranting and raving noiselessly from inside his car while I adopt the look and gestures of innocent quizzical concern.

I think it is important to try to teach the tiny minority of bad mannered and impatient motorists that beeping their horn is not going to make all cyclists scurry out of their way as if they owned the road.

Re: Unbelievable

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 October 2014 - 9:41pm
Yes. They are licenced and members of a body.

Re: Unbelievable

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 October 2014 - 9:18pm
Do driving instructors belong to some sort of regulatory body that you could complain to?

Re: Unbelievable

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 October 2014 - 9:14pm
honesty wrote:email the driving instructor, would be interested to see what they say!

I phoned a driving instructor once but got a load of abuse,the next close encounter got a slap on the door,yes it was that close .

Re: Insurance

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 October 2014 - 8:56pm
Have you tried long stay travel insurers. Cycle touring is sometimes covered by default. No easy answer though as their all a little bit different; even down to what constitutes Europe.

Re: Pushing a bike on a footpath.

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 October 2014 - 8:53pm
A landowner who doesn't mind people walking on a path on their land can allow it on a 'permissive' basis. That doesn't create any rights AFAIK, s long as it is clear that it is 'permissive'. You see quite a few of them these days, some on privately owned land, some on water companies' land, all sorts.
At one time I believe the landowner had to close the path for a set number of days a year just so it didn't become a right of way, but I'm not sure they have to do that now.

Re: St Malo to Narbonne

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 October 2014 - 8:44pm
Well done you two "Golden Oldies" Chris and I did a great tour this yr through France 700miles for our 50yrs together. Planning another next yr for the proper 50:o)

Go for it doesn't matter what distance you do/day just enjoy.

Re: Insurance

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 28 October 2014 - 8:39pm
The CTC say they will take up this matter with the insurers next time they have a renewal of the terms.

My complaint really was because, as an ex mountaineer I could always get insurance through the BMC for working in the Alps, on an annual basis or monthly; you just pay more.

Re: A ride too far

CTC Forum - On the road - 28 October 2014 - 8:36pm
Glad you enjoyed it Galaxy1. Thank you.
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