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Re: ASL and motorcyclists

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 January 2015 - 10:32am
IME the one thing you should never do unless forced to is stop alongside a vehicle, whether you're on a motorcycle or a bicycle.

I have a similar mileage on motorcycles and I have always stopped alongside vehicles when there was room at the white line. The only incident I ever had was when a car crept forward and parked on my foot. If they started engine revving and preparing to race, I would match them with the posing then let them race off and slip into the gap behind them.

You are a bit of a habitual RLJ and I am a bit of a habitual obeyer of red lights. I dispute that the safety issue is strong enough to justify breaking the law and then taking advantage of such an illegal move to position yourself infront of the vehicle at the front of the queue.
If the act of filtering is to have legitimacy for motorcyclists it should not be a form of queue jumping where you position yourself in the car drivers path but a parallel system where you keep to your own interstitial lane out of their way.

The situation is a little different on a cycle, pragmatically because you lack the speed and acceleration and morally because cyclists should receive preferential treatment to help alleviate the problems caused by motor vehicles.

Re: Bother - CalMac Summer Timetable Lochboisdale to Mallaig

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 15 January 2015 - 10:04am
lastbluemt wrote:Last summer we did Mallaig - Armadale - Uig- Harris, then down through the Uists, ferry back from Lochboisdale to Oban. The Island Hopper is good value for this itinerary, Harris not to be missed, and the long sail back from Lochboisdale superb. Downside is cycling against prevailing wind in the Uists, and that so much hangs on not missing the early morning Lochboisdale ferry (and it had a mechanical problem the day we wanted to use it).

I'm thinking of doing the same route but in reverse this summer. What's the best time to go, and where can you leave your car in Oban?

Re: Vomit-inducing content from the Guardian

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 January 2015 - 9:57am
They're promoting cycling right? Why is that a bad thing?
If other (more) vehicle manufacturers did that then I suspect we would see more motorists taking to their bikes and the more cyclists we have in the UK, the more people the government have to please with more decent cycling infrastructure. We might also conclude that as more motorists take to their bikes, they might finally get it through their thick skulls why close passes and other crap/selfish driving is so dangerous.
My only hybrid was a Landrover too

Re: Vomit-inducing content from the Guardian

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 January 2015 - 9:16am
Where do you put the feed sacks and hay bales?

Re: Inclusion of African Team in TdF

CTC Forum - Racing - 15 January 2015 - 8:15am
Vorpal wrote:If the media cared, they'd ignore rowing. And golf.

And darts.

Re: Inclusion of African Team in TdF

CTC Forum - Racing - 15 January 2015 - 7:29am
Valbrona wrote:Yes, it is great that a team based on the African continent has been included in the Tour. But over the years I look for reasons why cycling has made little appearance on terrestrial TV and I think one of the reasons is that it doesn't fit the media idea of an 'inclusive sport'.
If the media cared, they'd ignore rowing. And golf.

Re: hour record.

CTC Forum - Racing - 15 January 2015 - 7:09am
The team have not yet cancelled his attempt, though I guess that is the likely outcome. They are going to evaluate after his surgery.

Poor Alex

Re: hour record.

CTC Forum - Racing - 15 January 2015 - 4:51am
Very unfortunate for Alex Dowsett to have broken his collarbone during the build up to a record attempt.

Re: Inclusion of African Team in TdF

CTC Forum - Racing - 15 January 2015 - 4:33am
Yes, it is great that a team based on the African continent has been included in the Tour. But over the years I look for reasons why cycling has made little appearance on terrestrial TV and I think one of the reasons is that it doesn't fit the media idea of an 'inclusive sport'.

Re: Vomit-inducing content from the Guardian

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 January 2015 - 2:01am
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Re: ASL and motorcyclists

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 January 2015 - 1:30am
[XAP]Bob wrote:But to be obliged to stop where it wouldn't be normal, and actively prevents someone else from taking the position ascribed to them for safety reasons is somewhat perverse.

I would say that it passively prevents others from taking their chosen position. Also it is perfectly normal for me to stop at the white line for traffic lights and always has been.

There are many occasions when it may be good if people actively disobeyed the law in preference to the more dangerous option that normally occurs (but shouldnt) such as crossing double white lines while overtaking, or going the wrong side of central reservations instead of squeezing through.
Yet we do have the laws and should default towards obeying them.

Vomit-inducing content from the Guardian

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 January 2015 - 12:54am
http://www.theguardian.com/hibernot-out ... he-weather

As a lifelong Guardian reader, I'm entitled to rage over the shallow rubbish that Land Rover can pump out under the Guardian banner as a consequence of their having bought their way into the brand. I understand why Land Rover might wish to buy their way into the healthy outdoor lifestyle ethos (after all, who would want to sit in a traffic jam in an overheated two ton lump of metal and glass?) but I'm flabbergasted that the Guardian just roll over and let them do it. The articles are written by Land Rover but made to look like Guardian output. So, yes everybody, let's "strap our bikes to a Land Rover" and get out into the Great Outdoors. If you are not killed by one of their products in the meantime.

Re: ASL and motorcyclists

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 January 2015 - 12:27am
beardy, no blame from me for taking the legal option, or the considerate option when they differ. Personally, I'd prefer they took the safe (for them) option so long as it was either legal or considerate.

Re: Fawning Over Inclusion of African Team in TdF

CTC Forum - Racing - 15 January 2015 - 12:21am
I'm glad they're there. Not because they're African but because Qhubeka help people get bikes.

Re: ASL and motorcyclists

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 January 2015 - 12:14am
But to be obliged to stop where it wouldn't be normal, and actively prevents someone else from taking the position ascribed to them for safety reasons is somewhat perverse.

Re: ASL and motorcyclists

CTC Forum - On the road - 15 January 2015 - 12:11am
Unless you can see that the entire route of your planned filter is clear, then that is a choice that you make when you start filtering, to go into the uncertain. You can not blame somebody just for being there (legally) in your way. Next it will be anger at people being in the way when they feel obliged to obey the speed limit.
That is rather like expecting cyclists to ride illegally on the pavement to aid traffic flow. In all my years of filtering, it has never crossed my mind to blame somebody for filtering ahead of me in my way and for stopping where I would continue.

Re: Fawning Over Inclusion of African Team in TdF

CTC Forum - Racing - 14 January 2015 - 11:44pm
That's a lot of err.. anger... in one post. Do you hate the left wing media, Africans, Marxists, or people who hate cycling sports? I cant really tell.

I've seen one article in I think the Indy (could have been the guardian, ot pinged in my twitter feed) wouldn't really say that's then not stopping talking about them...

Re: Fawning Over Inclusion of African Team in TdF

CTC Forum - Racing - 14 January 2015 - 11:32pm
Valbrona wrote:It is only January and the Marxist media can't stop talking about the Tour de France on account of the inclusion of an African-based team comprising some ethnic African riders. The Marxist-haters of the sport of cycling because it is 'too white' will be pleased no end. We might even see some of this years Tour de France on terrestrial TV on account of the inclusion of MTN-Qhubeka.

It's been on ITV4 for several years.

Re: ASL and motorcyclists

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 January 2015 - 11:31pm
It's better for a motorbike to enter an ASL than block the filtering gaps preventing cyclists filtering up.

It's common to have a choice between doing what's legal, safe, and considerate when on two wheels. I've often been stuck behind a motorbike when filtering when they chose legal over safe and considerate.

Then there's the packs of motorbikes that speed from ASL to ASL rendering them useless for cyclists.

Inclusion of African Based Team in TdF

CTC Forum - Racing - 14 January 2015 - 10:16pm
It is only January and the media can't stop talking about the Tour de France on account of the inclusion of an African-based team comprising some African riders. The media that do not like the sport of cycling because it is 'too white' will be pleased no end. We might even see some of this years Tour de France on terrestrial TV on account of the inclusion of MTN-Qhubeka.
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