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Re: news paper nutcase

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 November 2014 - 9:33am
Looks like I am going to disagree with almost everyone who has posted so far.

I don't suffer from epilepsy and I am not a driver, but do cycle most days, and one of the worst problems I face when cycling is being behind another cyclist with a flashing rear light. A flashing light, especially when it is fairly close, makes it very hard for me to see anything else around it at each flash, and at times I have found myself blinded momentarily by them. On a busy road, this is incredibly dangerous, and I have sometimes just had to stop suddenly as the light is making it impossible for me to see clearly ahead. So yes, while I think it worth replying about the legal aspect of flashing lights, I think any response should also recognise that for some people this is a major problem.

For those who have compared them to lights on emergency vehicles, there is no comparison. A cycle light is directed at your face level if you are another cyclist, coming straight into your eyes, while emergency vehicle lights are way above and have never given me any concern.

Re: Driving test

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 November 2014 - 9:33am
It was dropped from the HC (and the test) soon after then. Probably due to obvious risk of misinterpretation. I prefer to just give the following driver a slight nod (having pulled into a safe position first). It's, of course, up to the overtaker to ensure it's safe to do so.

Remember the scene in the movie Duel (fairly early on)?

Re: Cycle Touring in Japan

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 November 2014 - 9:05am
southerly wrote:Tonyr,
can't agree I've seen so many programmes on NHK that show just how mountainous Japan is and so many beautiful places to see.

Yes, well, I lived there for two years and have travelled there extensively so seen it beyond the promotional confines of the camera lens.

Re: USA cycle ride 2015. But where do you recommend I start?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 November 2014 - 7:51am
Lucky you, I haven't done it but am planning on taking 3 months leave in 2019 to do either the main route or the desert variant frim Pueblo ( that sounds very tough though). Here's the link to the overview. http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/interactive-network-map/

I wonder if the southern tier starting from San Diego, then up the East coast, then the northern tier and down the west coast would be about a year? Roughly 3 months for each of the cross america sections I believe. Which bits do you really want to see?

Re: Gibraltar - Perpignan (France) through Sierra Nevada

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 November 2014 - 3:06am
Hi everyone! Thanks so much for all your replies!

smith4188: Unfortunately we will definitely be starting in Gib. But I think going directly up to Ronda would be better than going through Malaga. About the Sierra Nevada: I had just heard that biking through it was amazing, but quite frankly this is actually just the first leg of a huge trip that will have us ending by biking along the fjords in Norway. So I think we'll get our fair share of impressive mountains, which makes me think that going north directly after Grenada might be a better option. Thanks a lot for your input!

horizon: that's exactly the route I was interested in! I think it looks pretty awesome, and would give a much more "real" spanish experience than going along the coast. Thanks!

Mick F: I will definitely do that! Thanks for the idea!

southerly: We will be starting at the beginning of May, and leaving Spain hopefully at the beginning of June. A bit over a month for this is reasonable estimate, right? I realize that it will be rather hot then, but not as bad as in July or August I'm hoping. Unfortunately I can't really change that. Maybe starting to bike in the afternoon (that way it just gets cooler as we go throughout the day) will help with the temperature?

What do you think is more worthwhile to visit: Jaen or Grenada? Because there's no way we can make it to both. Personally I was pretty interested in Grenada, but I would love hear what you think (or anyone for that matter!).

If we do go to Grenada, I don't think we'll continue to Guadix, if those are the road options. Probably better to just go north from Grenada. Unfortunately I don't think we'll make it to the Sierra Nevada or Alpujarras.

We will definitely be avoiding Barcelona (I've already been there, plus it doesn't seem anywhere near as bike-friendly as most other places in Spain).

About going up from Girona: I was thinking of biking along the coast, starting in the Cap de Creus area, to try and avoid the crowded roads. Do you think that would work, or not?

Again thanks so much for your input!

USA cycle ride 2015. But where do you recommend I start?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 November 2014 - 1:14am
Have you visited the Adventure Cycling Association's web site? You'll find plenty of route suggestions there.
Keep in mind that much of the north experiences heavy snowfall in winter.

Many international tourists are able to complete the Transcontinental route during the 90 day visa waiver period. Take much longer than that and the mountain passes are likely to be closed anyway.

With a year available you could string together ACA routes to do a lap of the states, and possibly venture into British Columbia, Canada.

Re: Driving test

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 November 2014 - 1:05am
"I am ready to be overtaken", from HC 1954:
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Of course, this absolutely does not mean, "Overtake me."

Re: Driving test

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 November 2014 - 11:21pm
661-Pete wrote:And what about hand signals? When I took the test I had to give hand signals while actually driving, but they've fallen off the radar. Are candidates expected nowadays to demonstrate them or merely to show knowledge of them? After all, they are the only means that cyclists have of signalling to other road users...
Drivers' and cyclists' hand signals are still in the Highway Code. They are not tested in the driving test. I can't recall if there is a theory test question including them.

In any case the two signals cyclists actually commonly use(left and right) are fairly obvious. Things like cyclists' stopping signals, drivers' left turning and stopping hand signals and car semaphore signals are slowly slipping into history.

Anybody remember the "overtake me" signal or have I imagined that?

USA cycle ride 2015. But where do you recommend I start?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 November 2014 - 10:18pm
Hi.

I am toying with an extended trip to the USA in early 2015 and really have yet to make any headway into what I need in terms of visas and where best to be riding!

Did a similar ride in Britain this year, 5 months around the isle was a delight and think the USA might throw up some more gems.

Can anyone recommend and reading material, books, web sites and a logical start point for late January - working my way north as I am not in the mood for winter riding nor anything above 40 degrees either!

I do not have to be home anytime in 2015, so the trip can last 1+yrs.
Thanks

Re: news paper nutcase

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 November 2014 - 9:49pm
Flashing cycle lights are barely noticeable compared with the strobe effects on display atop the modern police car.

Re: National Rt 24 Wellow-Midford Alternative Route via Twin

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 November 2014 - 9:39pm
All plumbed into my Google Calendar. Shall I offer to post each of these days into the forum as a timeous heads up for our forum participants?...hc

Re: news paper nutcase

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 November 2014 - 9:01pm
too many cyclists with battery lamps in London point them direct ahead and some of these lamps are BRIGHT. If they are flashing more the worse if a motorist is caught off guard? So I sympathise with the op source.

Re: Driving test

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 November 2014 - 8:37pm
My take. The 3-point turn (actually I don't recall the list of Driving Test requirements ever calling it a "3-point turn", but no matter) and the Reverse-around-corner trick are a PITA - because they always take place in my street! I live on a corner, and it's such a favourite spot for practicing the reversing manoeuvre, that sometimes you see L-drivers and their instructors queueing up through the day to take their turn on 'my' corner. Sometimes, if I'm in a particularly bloody-minded mood, I glare at them through the kitchen window - this possibly puts them off! At any rate most of the L-drivers haven't a clue, they steer so wide of the kerb that they often miss the side road altogether...

I could probably count on my fingers the number of times I've had to do a 3-point turn in the road, in over 40 years of driving. Like most motorists I prefer to look for a convenient side road or drive to reverse into.

Cyclist - and other road user - awareness? An absolute must. I advocate bringing in a cyclist to deliberately set up encounters which the candidate has to handle correctly. If this item were included in the test, my feeling is the cyclist casualty rate would be dramatically reduced. Possibly the same could be done for pedestrian-awareness.

And what about hand signals? When I took the test I had to give hand signals while actually driving, but they've fallen off the radar. Are candidates expected nowadays to demonstrate them or merely to show knowledge of them? After all, they are the only means that cyclists have of signalling to other road users...

Re: Driving test

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 November 2014 - 8:26pm
gaz wrote:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30249249
"We are carrying out initial research to explore how the driving test could better reflect real-life driving," said a DVSA spokesman.

Real-life driving?

Examiner: "At no point during the test did you exceed the speed limit. You didn't make use of your hand held mobile to take a call or send a text message. You gave a cyclist the amount of room indicated in the Highway Code. You did not park on the pavement when the test had ended. I'm sorry you've failed to meet the required real-life driving standard."
You forgot to mention that your candidate failed to drive through an amber/red light. Definitely an imaginary driver!

Re: Cycle Touring Festival Clitheroe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 November 2014 - 7:44pm
Just realised that it coincides with a Scottish trip, otherwise I would have been there.
May bank holiday weekend.

Re: Cycle Touring Festival Clitheroe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 November 2014 - 7:25pm
Looking forward to meeting you all there!

Great opportunity for a mini cycle camping trip from Tyneside.

Re: Driving test

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 November 2014 - 7:17pm
gaz wrote:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30249249
"We are carrying out initial research to explore how the driving test could better reflect real-life driving," said a DVSA spokesman.

Real-life driving?

Examiner: "At no point during the test did you exceed the speed limit. You didn't make use of your hand held mobile to take a call or send a text message. You gave a cyclist the amount of room indicated in the Highway Code. You did not park on the pavement when the test had ended. I'm sorry you've failed to meet the required real-life driving standard."

Re: Driving test

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 November 2014 - 6:48pm
The driving test isnt the problem, the problem is that people think they are allowed or even supposed to drive differently once they have safely passed it.

I did a three point turn in a rather tight place not long ago and thought how rare it was that you got a bit of road quiet enough to have a go at it, normally you have to drive on to somewhere more out of the way.

Re: Cycle Touring Festival Clitheroe

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 29 November 2014 - 6:19pm
All being well the plan is for me to meet our Irish member 'jags' off the Dublin ferry at Liverpool. Then we will cycle to Clitheroe for the weekend.

Re: Driving test

CTC Forum - On the road - 29 November 2014 - 6:05pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30249249
"We are carrying out initial research to explore how the driving test could better reflect real-life driving," said a DVSA spokesman.

Real-life driving?

Examiner: "At no point during the test did you exceed the speed limit. You didn't make use of your hand held mobile to take a call or send a text message. You gave a cyclist the amount of room indicated in the Highway Code. You did not park on the pavement when the test had ended. I'm sorry you've failed to meet the required real-life driving standard."
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