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Re: Cycle Touring Festival Clitheroe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 26 January 2015 - 9:13am
Hi all
Tickets are now on sale for £65.00 quite good value for what's on offer can use the £10.00 saving to buy breakfast
Which means I do not have to bring all my cooking equipment and food so can travel light.
Mike

Re: UKIP - get off road, cycle on pavement

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2015 - 8:06am
Psamathe wrote:It would be a good idea if those compiles answers could be published somewhere for everybody (incl. non-members) as it might influence others.

Many of them do. Here are the Cambridge Cycling Campaign results. http://www.camcycle.org.uk/elections/

and the London results
http://lcc.org.uk/pages/councillor-support

Re: Female Cyclist Death In North London

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2015 - 7:44am
kwackers wrote:There's something fundamentally wrong about these vehicles, pretending there isn't won't help anyone. Whether it's design, working practices or simply the sorts of people they attract I've no idea but it's something...

Design is design but from limited interactions I think the other two are linked through the operators. So operators pay piece rates which encourage drivers to cut corners to get another run in. Drivers know this to be the case so those unwilling to cut corners avoid tipper driving leading to the selective recruitment of corner cutters.

One driver I came across said he hated the job and the way it forced him to drive but he tried to drive his best in the circumstances because otherwise there were another ten drivers queueing up for his job who wouldn't give a damn and an employer ready to can him for one of them if he did't meet the impossible schedules.

Re: Female Cyclist Death In North London

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2015 - 7:29am
Kwackers. I'm not really arguing with your main statistical point about tippers. I'm just saying that you should word things in a way that recognises that tipper drivers, like any other group, are individuals, and there are some who don't deserve to be lumped in with the others.

Re: new found respect for the road

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2015 - 1:43am
If that were me then, and I thought the driver knew full well that he/she had knocked me off my bike, I might have collected up that wing mirror and contacted the police.

Re: new found respect for the road

CTC Forum - On the road - 26 January 2015 - 12:02am
Hi, you've been very unlucky. Best wishes for a swift recovery.

With respect, the moral of your story seems not to be "wear hi-viz and a helmet"; rather "it doesn't matter whether you wear hi-viz and a helmet; if the moron in the metal box hasn't seen you, you'll still be kissing tarmac".

i think the moral of my story is maybe wear helmets/highvis but dont assume it makes you completely safe haha. the driver yesterday saw me enough to drive around the side, but clearly didnt have ability to judge the width of their car!

Re: UKIP - get off road, cycle on pavement

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2015 - 10:59pm
TonyR wrote:jezer wrote:I think politics should be debated on most forums, especially in a General Election year.

Many cycling campaign groups circulate a list of questions to all candidates and compile all the answers for their membership both for local and national elections.
It would be a good idea if those compiles answers could be published somewhere for everybody (incl. non-members) as it might influence others.

Next Westminster elections I really don't want to vote for any of the candidates offered (I'll probably only have Lab, cons and Lib Dem and maybe UKIP to chose between). But I also feel that I really should vote. So whilst those questions might easily not include responses from any of the candidates in my area, that their opinions might reflect their party might influence where I end-up voting (or if I decide not to bother).

I appreciate that clubs doing this are doing it for their members (who pay their subscriptions, etc). But I also assume they do it to try and see who is the most "cyclist friendly" candidate, so it would be n the clubs interest to widely publish their collected responses.

Ian

Re: new found respect for the road

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2015 - 10:27pm
Had much the same experience in December. I saw the car at the junction and pulled out to make myself more visible but he pulled out anyway. As I was already well out into the road I steered right and nearly avoided collision with just a push on my left shoulder that sent me sprawling across the road ; amazingly with no significant injury. Had something been coming the other way ....
A following car brought back the culprit who "didn't realise he had hit me !" . I didn't think that the police would be interested in the absence of damage or injury.
I wonder if being clipped in, and so attached to the bike, kept me safer than flying loose ?
Moral - take all reasonable care but if people in heavy metal boxes are being careless expect to get hurt.

Re: Bicycle tour in Andaludia, Pico Veleta + other ascents

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2015 - 9:56pm
Hello !

I edited a compilation video about my bicycle tour In Andalucia (year 2012) with cycling up to Pico Veleta (3396 m), Tetica da Bacares (2080 m), Puerto Ragua (2000 m), Puerto Escúllar (2036 m), cycling along the coast + through Tabernas desert... etc.

This is the 1st part with english subtitles about this part of our tour: Malaga - Puerto del Leon (view) - Almunecar - Mirador Cabra Montes (view) - Motril - Haza del Lino (Veleta panorama) - Motril - Granada - Pico Veleta - Granada

At the end I show few moments of the 2nd part : Veleta cycling by high wind (gale), Tabernas desert, Puerto velefique & Tetica da Bacares, etc.



Have pleasure with the video !

Gabor:
http://www.facebook-com/cycling.high
Similar videos, articles, photos of my experiences of 30.000 kms + 650.000 m heightdiff in the Alps, Pyrenees, Andalucia, Canary islands, ...

Re: Female Cyclist Death In North London

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2015 - 9:49pm
As I said, roughly half the overtakes I have with tipper drivers are poor. In contrast I can go weeks and have not a single problem with other HGV's.
I'm sure there are good tipper truck drivers but IME most aren't - and it IS experience not an assumption.
There's something fundamentally wrong about these vehicles, pretending there isn't won't help anyone. Whether it's design, working practices or simply the sorts of people they attract I've no idea but it's something...

(If they really are a bunch of good eggs, then perhaps someone can explain why in HGV terms they're over represented in the KSI stats?)

Re: Don't judge a book by the cover.

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2015 - 9:20pm
Flinders wrote:God topic.
Agreed it's too easy to make assumptions about people, especially young people.

Have run Youth Clubs for many years now and have come to realise that most of these kids have it pretty rough. They get yelled at at home by dysfunctional parents, go to school and get yelled at by teachers, so take to the streets where they get yelled at by police and bystanders. All they need is someone who will just talk to them and take an interest for a change.

And don't be put off by the hoodies it's not a muggers disguise it's hiding from the world. We could always tell how bad the last week had been for any individual by the degree to which the face would be covered. If something good had happened and they felt ok about themselves for a change the hood would come down.

Re: UKIP - get off road, cycle on pavement

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2015 - 9:18pm
jezer wrote:I think politics should be debated on most forums, especially in a General Election year.

Many cycling campaign groups circulate a list of questions to all candidates and compile all the answers for their membership both for local and national elections.

D137 Rochefort to Saintes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2015 - 9:18pm
Just on the off chance, does anyone know if this road is unpleasantly busy?
It seems to have been by passed by an E road and looks quiet enough on Streetview. It even has a cycle lane each side. Its dead flat, dead straight and not particularly interesting, but if useable it could close a gap for us quite neatly. I'm just a bit nervous about riding along thick red lines!

Re: Experience of La Vélodyssée/ Eurovelo 1

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2015 - 9:07pm
Thanks for that - your suggestion caught me at a vulnerable moment with nothing much in the unread folder

Re: Don't judge a book by the cover.

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2015 - 9:00pm
Most of the time I have found that book covers give a really good representation of the contents.

Re: new found respect for the road

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2015 - 8:57pm
If this driver knew that he/she had been in collision with you they were committing a criminal offence by not stopping. If they didn't realize they hit you at the moment the collision occurred, they would have quite probably worked out what had happened when they got home and found their wing mirror was missing.

Had your injuries have been more substantial or had your bike been mashed up there perhaps would have been more of a case for picking up the wing mirror and reporting this hit and run to the police. It is exactly scenarios like these in which people have lost their lives.

If witnessed by other people, sometimes they drive home, have a think about such things and then report such incidents to the police.

Re: Bike suitability for a particular interior road in Icela

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 25 January 2015 - 8:52pm
That could be useful, thanks. It's not the Icelandic mountain bike club is it? I might try contacting them, think they have a forum or something.

Re: Female Cyclist Death In North London

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2015 - 8:14pm
I think that's well said.

Re: Female Cyclist Death In North London

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2015 - 8:11pm
It is unfair to condemn a whole category of road user (in this case tipper drivers) because by doing that you inevitably end up including some who are good drivers. I know a tipper driver who is aged about 60 and delivers stone in a large tipper (20tonnes). I am familiar with the way he drives, and he is the best sort of HGV driver you could hope to meet. He is skilled, he is cheerful and he is patient. He is a good man and he is well respected. I do not doubt all the stories about tipper drivers, but remember to be fair and to say what you say in a way that recognises that there are some good people in the group that you find fault with.

We cyclists are often treated unfairly by people who see bad behaviour and blame every cyclist for it, so we should know better than most about the need to blame the right people, and not aim our anger at everyone who uses a particular vehicle type.

Re: new found respect for the road

CTC Forum - On the road - 25 January 2015 - 7:53pm
Are you sure your OH hasn't attached a ACME magnet to your bike

Take your time recovering, so the universe can tally up how much luck it owes you.
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