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Re: ASL and motorcyclists

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 January 2015 - 2:02pm
I also ride a motorcycle as well as bicycle.
A couple of points regarding ASL in general and motorcyclists.

It was my understand that the CTC did a freedom of information search and no police force had ever issued a fine for a motor vehicle entering an ASL, the Met didn't even know it was an offence.

I do object when I'm in an ASL box and a motorcyclist filters down the right and then positions themselves in front of me. Not because they are causing me an obstruction but thier exhaust is now pumping fumes straight inot my face.

I was once sitting at a junction in the centre of an ASL and a motorcyclist pulled up on my right. When the lights went green we both moved forward. However I was going straight on but he want to go left (and wasn't indicating) we almost collided had to stop and he almost fell of his bike. He was adamant including a lot of expletives that what he had done was reasonable and I my riding had been outragous.

Re: Front lights that are too bright

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 January 2015 - 1:15pm
SleepyJoe wrote:I have had problems with other cyclists with over bright/no cut off lights on my commute along a cycle track a couple of times.
When they come towards you, I can't see a thing until they are past. However, I can normally see whether there are any pedestrians around before they get too close and I usually hold my hand up to shield my eyes.
I have also had a problem with a cyclist drafting me with a very bright front light. I cast a big shadow in front of myself with a very bright outer edge. It was very hard to see the path ahead of me even with my bright (but cut off) cycle lights. I should have slowed down and let him go past but that is hard to do......
I can understand why people want to see where they are going but for road/cycle path use, you should have either a horizontal cut off of the beam at about waist high or a dipped beam option. Anything else is just inconsiderate
Mark

I've had the same experience. Bright lights can be very dangerous all round in inconsiderate hands.

Re: Front lights that are too bright

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 January 2015 - 1:00pm
Regarding dipping of cycle lamps: mine is only secured to the handlebar with a rubber ring, so I can 'dip' it merely by pressing it forward with my thumb. Not as effective as a car's dipped beams, because the light spread from my lamp is quite wide with no cut-off, but no-one's complained yet when I do it.

Re: Front lights that are too bright

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 January 2015 - 12:56pm
Coming home last night after dark, I was forced to take a different route from usual because my usual route was flooded. This is an extremely narrow lane - a 'single track with passing places' type road. Most of the few cars I met, slowed down almost to a standstill to let me pass, as one would expect. But I must confess - when one approached who showed no signs of wanting to slow down or give way, I was sorely tempted to blast them with my full 1000 lumens, in order to deliberately dazzle and force them to stop.

But I didn't. You'll be relieved to learn I didn't meet aggro with aggro. I just chickened out and squeezed against the hedge...

There's always one.

Re: Jens gets Hour record

CTC Forum - Racing - 14 January 2015 - 12:03pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/30813902

Alex Dowsett has broken his collarbone, so looks like his attempt is off for now, and..

'Australians Jack Bobridge and Rohan Dennis will make their own bids to beat Brandle's mark on 31 January and 8 February respectively.'

Re: Cycle Schemes - are they still worth it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 January 2015 - 11:54am
It is far too complicated, I wish I'd done it back when I had a job, but I didn't like the job so wasn't sure I would stay as long as I did. The fact that you didn't have a right to the bike at the end of the scheme put me off.

Re: Bother - CalMac Summer Timetable Lochboisdale to Mallaig

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 January 2015 - 11:29am
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).

Re: FillThatHole - Dying ? Come on CTC

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 January 2015 - 11:24am
I have just used the android ap, I was not overly impressed as the location is very approximate.

Agreed to could take a photo of the hole but I added a more accurate location online.
The GPS location on my phone suggested the hole to be 200 metres from where it actually is.

Re: Cycle Schemes - are they still worth it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 January 2015 - 11:18am
beardy wrote:You have to pay the full amount of the voucher or hand the items back basically. Not sure for a company going bust....

Would the payments already made be taken off that, or are they just hire fees and the whole of the voucher sum is needed?

Its the outstanding balance. The interesting thing here is this just closes off the agreement, you'd still need to do one of the 3 end scenarios for finishing a cycle to work scheme. Also, I was slightly misleading with the original post, you can only hand the bike back after paying off the remaining agreement amounts...

Re: Cycle Schemes - are they still worth it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 January 2015 - 11:09am
You have to pay the full amount of the voucher or hand the items back basically. Not sure for a company going bust....

Would the payments already made be taken off that, or are they just hire fees and the whole of the voucher sum is needed?

Adelaide mountain bike

CTC Forum - MTB - 14 January 2015 - 10:45am
http://youtu.be/K6zPR7_tGJM
Little vid of a trail in adelaide
Hope u all like

Re: Cycle Schemes - are they still worth it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 January 2015 - 9:49am
Psamathe wrote:What would happen if you leave the job within the 4 years (some) scheme(s) seem to run for. Or get made redundant. Or the company goes bust.

You have to pay the full amount of the voucher or hand the items back basically. Not sure for a company going bust....

Psamathe wrote:Seems to me a far simpler scheme would be a bit like the French system for subsidising energy efficient schemes. You pay for whatever the work is (full price, incl taxes, etc.) and your invoice states "Complies with scheme <scheme reference number>"; which you then submit with your tax return and get the appropriate %age off your income tax bill (and you get a refund if you have tax/scheme allowance due). That way the gov. could set the refund at e.g. 30% which everybody would get (none of the "better off/higher income get more subsidy" yet again), no paperwork running over several years, no charges for all the scheme management, etc. Maybe restrict people to e.g. 1 bike per year under the scheme.

Ian[/quote]

Re: Front lights that are too bright

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 January 2015 - 9:46am
I have had problems with other cyclists with over bright/no cut off lights on my commute along a cycle track a couple of times.
When they come towards you, I can't see a thing until they are past. However, I can normally see whether there are any pedestrians around before they get too close and I usually hold my hand up to shield my eyes.
I have also had a problem with a cyclist drafting me with a very bright front light. I cast a big shadow in front of myself with a very bright outer edge. It was very hard to see the path ahead of me even with my bright (but cut off) cycle lights. I should have slowed down and let him go past but that is hard to do......
I can understand why people want to see where they are going but for road/cycle path use, you should have either a horizontal cut off of the beam at about waist high or a dipped beam option. Anything else is just inconsiderate
Mark

Re: Cycle Schemes - are they still worth it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 January 2015 - 9:34am
What would happen if you leave the job within the 4 years (some) scheme(s) seem to run for. Or get made redundant. Or the company goes bust.

Seems to me a far simpler scheme would be a bit like the French system for subsidising energy efficient schemes. You pay for whatever the work is (full price, incl taxes, etc.) and your invoice states "Complies with scheme <scheme reference number>"; which you then submit with your tax return and get the appropriate %age off your income tax bill (and you get a refund if you have tax/scheme allowance due). That way the gov. could set the refund at e.g. 30% which everybody would get (none of the "better off/higher income get more subsidy" yet again), no paperwork running over several years, no charges for all the scheme management, etc. Maybe restrict people to e.g. 1 bike per year under the scheme.

Ian

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 January 2015 - 9:16am
mcallaghan wrote:I am assuming this is the route to take?
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6794707

Yes, that's the right route, if you decide to ride it.

If you need any help, feel free to PM me.

Re: Cycle Schemes - are they still worth it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 January 2015 - 9:00am
As I understand it VAT registered businesses are able to claim the vat on the certificate back. We're not vat registered here so not sure what that benefit means to the end user though, maybe there's a bit of extra saving?

PH you may be thinking of pre 2012 where those were the savings you could make, but the government clarified the vat regs.

Re: Cycle Schemes - are they still worth it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 January 2015 - 8:28am
The fat commuter wrote:So, on a £1000 voucher, you'd save either £320 or £420 and would then have to pay a further £70 - in other words you'd save either £250 or £350. I think that that's how it works. The link above seems to go into detail.
If I've understood the VAT thing, and I'm hoping someone will correct me if I'm wrong, you save that as well. So on a £1,000 voucher you'd save £450 or £550.

Re: Holland cycle route info

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 14 January 2015 - 8:07am
Thanks everyone for all the useful info. I have now spent many an internet hour route planning etc. The Dutch cycle system really looks amazing and am really looking forward to experience it and not have to share my riding experience with juggernauts and other road users that hate cyclists! As always this forum is a fantastic way of sharing the wealth of knowledge and willingness to share, that exists in the cycling community

Re: Cycle Schemes - are they still worth it?

CTC Forum - On the road - 14 January 2015 - 6:40am
Had a look whilst at work last night - our Cycle 2 Work scheme is run by CycleScheme - http://www.cyclescheme.co.uk/

How it works is you choose your bike and accessories and you get a voucher for that amount. I think that the voucher is in multiples of £100 for our scheme - but the calculation at work allowed you to use non rounded numbers.

Anyway, suppose you get vouchers to the value of £1,000 - that would be £83.33 a month that comes out of your gross salary. This means that you save on tax and national insurance of 32% or 42% depending on whether you're a normal or higher tax payer. At the end of the year, depending on the value of the voucher (less vat), you pay either 3% or 7% and you then keep the bike for a further three years. If the voucher was for less than £500 - you pay 3%, if over £500 you pay 7%. Then, after three years, you can hand the bike back and get your 3%/5% back or you keep the bike and that's it.
There was another option where you paid 25% at the end of year one - but I can't see why you'd want to do that.

So, on a £1000 voucher, you'd save either £320 or £420 and would then have to pay a further £70 - in other words you'd save either £250 or £350. I think that that's how it works. The link above seems to go into detail.

The good news for me is that I can take out this scheme at any time - I thought that it was a once a year thing - it isn't. Guess what I'm going to be doing on my rest days next week. Expect to see a thread shortly saying, "Is this bike OK?"

Re: Front lights that are too bright

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 January 2015 - 11:08pm
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