Yes the cyclist should have known better. He is an adult not a child. He is riding in urban traffic where there is a known, albeit low, risk of injury and death. It is up to him to educate himself about safe riding. If there had been an HGV close behind him he would quite possibly be dead now. A high price to pay for not spending a bit of time making yourself a better cyclist.
He has bought a helmet and is using a rear flasher in daylight. Maybe he thinks doing that makes him bullet proof.
I strongly disagree, this is going down the 'compulsory training' route, you may as well say that adults have no right to ride on the road until they have received and passed Bikeability 3. Perhaps then they get a cycling licence (and registration tabs)?
Proper adherence to the law by the already trained and licenced road users would be the start, acceptance of the need for proper training in road design by the relevant professionals would allow untrained cyclists to ride safely in the designated areas.
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Is is the responsibility of the car occupant to check. Max fine £1000 if it hasn't been increased.'
http://www.ctc.org.uk/sites/default/fil ... 401061.pdf
But it is still up to all road users to use due care and attention.
16% of households last year - a still significant number of individuals http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/rdit2/internet-access---households-and-individuals/2014/stb-ia-2014.html
Me too. I hauled cooking stuff for nearly 2000 miles round Spain and only used it a handful of times. When you can get a filling menu del dia for under €10 and breakfast for €3 there's not much incentive to cook. Plus with hotels not much more than camping there's not much incentive to camp!
I keep putting back the day of departure and am itching to leave - I was hoping to set off from the south Lakes tomorrow but if I do I will be heading into a whole world of trouble by the look of things. Now it looks like I may have to wait until the weekend or even further ahead. My panniers are all packed, my bike has been tweaked and I am ready!
I am just wondering what other people make of this dilemma. This will be my first tour and it is very important to me for many personal and spiritual reasons. I know that the ride and the solitude will be mentally challenging and in many ways I want it to be hard, I just don't think I want to be wet every day, all day! I used to be a cycling courier so I know what riding in wet weather is about - it is grim but doable and I always had my home and a hot shower to go home to! On this tour I will be wild camping nearly every night.
The question is: shall I turn my attention towards a continental tour and head for Germany, France or Spain? Or all three? Or wait and see if the weather changes?
Looking forward to some words of wisdom
I've spent months touring up in Scotland in all sorts of weathernd if you do get stuck somewhere for over a week with nothing to do (i.e. north west in durness) due to weather it can get depressing. With Scotland it is simple as adapting to the changes, if it is raining or windy one day you take a rest. Having said that given the current conditions I'd go but somewhere say a circuar tour around somewhere with scenery but a train station, then if the weather does not change you can get the train with a day or two rides and head south to better weather.
If he had chosen another route it wouldn't have happened. A lot of things don't or do happen "if"........... Isn't the purpose of a cycle lane to be safer for cyclists??
It as much a cycle lane as a bicycle symbol is a cycle lane - as in, it isn't. I don't think you can have a cycle lane and a bus lane occupy the same space. Does anyone know anything about this?
Well technically it will be a lane subject to a traffic regulation order restricting use to certain classes of vehicle such as buses and cycles. Shared bus/cycle lanes are common in the UK. The blue paint is just blue paint, it has no legal significance whatsoever. What Mark says is correct though, the (debateable) benefit of such a lane is instantly nullified if it is allowed to be blocked by parked vehicles.
irc wrote:As for victim blaming - It is perfectly valid to point out all contributing factors while still recognising the primary blame is with the door opening motorist. That cyclist was entitled to ride in the doorzone. It doesn't mean he wasn't foolish to do it. Part of the blame does lie with him. If he had been further out it wouldn't have happened.
There is a choice between just trusting others not to make mistakes and doing all you can to to mitigate the consequences when they do.
You say mistake, I say criminal negligence.
This is the problem with victim blaming. Some people start going to some inconvenience to prevent becoming victims of crime and soon people who don't are considered partially to blame.
You talk as if the cyclist ought to have known better. But how was he to know? He was riding a bike where the road markings told him to ride it, where society expects him to ride it and where in all probability he had always thought cyclists were meant to ride their bikes. We can't hold everybody to the teachings of Cyclecraft (which very few will have read) and standards of cycle training (which few adults have received).
Ah, some might say, but it's so obviously dangerous that he should have realised! It may be obvious to we serious cyclists, graduates of Cyclecraft and members of internet forums but not necessarily to other people. I reckon I did my first 25 years of adult cycling without hearing about the 'door zone' or the need to avoid car doors. I recall David Hembrow once commenting that he'd had trouble explaining the concept of a dangerous 'door zone' to an experienced Dutch cycle campaigner who had never even considered the matter.
Let's not lose sight of the fact that vehicular cycling is a coping mechanism, it allows those of us who are willing to cycle on the roads and also confident and assertive enough to put up with the flack to make ourselves more safe whilst cycling. What it is not is a whole new set of rules of the road which cyclists must follow or else be criticised. That would genuinely raise the standard expected of a cyclist above that required of a driver
When touring in France, to keep your French Baguette fresh simply pop it into a bucket of water overnight....
Last weekend Play on Pedals Instructors delivered two days of drop-in sessions in George Square, as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games anniversary celebrations with Glasgow Life.
Children flocked to the Play on Pedals area and over the weekend our Instructors signed in over 90 children, many of whom left being able to ride pedal bikes. Our Instructors, on the other hand left exhausted and in bed by 7pm!
Anne, one of our Instructors was also interviewed by the on-site radio about Play on Pedals, which was broadcast across the Square.
What a fantastic event, celebrating the legacy of the games and demonstrating the enthusiasm of young Glasgow to get cycling!