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Re: Bus passes

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 July 2015 - 9:24am
Ben@Forest wrote:MikeF wrote:Ben@Forest wrote:
Let's hope pensioners get taxed more as soon as possible...
It sounds as though I might have paid for some of your education.

Maybe but I also worked full time for 10 years before getting a degree and paying tuition fees. Much of this is not black and white but one thing is certain - Gordon Brown introduced free bus passes in 2005 just before a general election and after an unpopular war had been going for two years.

It was undeniably an election bribe, but also something that would not have happened if GB had been aware of a financial crisis just two years away. Now it's something all subsequent governments have to deal with because taking the free passes away would be seriously unpopular. Once the genie's out of the bottle...

well no more than the buy your home subsidy which has in practical terms been a disaster for cheap social housing, and they are still doing it in spite of the financial mess we are in?

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 July 2015 - 7:05am
I cycle a roundabout like that on my commute but I stay on the left of the right hand lane and then move across to primary in the left lane on the roundabout as I pass the exit to the left. I have very few problems doing it that way. If you stay too far over to the right you will get undertaken by drivers doing what I do - going from the right hand lane on the approach to the left hand lane on the roundabout.

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 July 2015 - 1:31am
You do need to be doubly careful at that type of roundabout. Not only do you have to worry about "Mr MGIF" you also have to beware of those who fail to look properly at the lane markings and automatically take the left hand lane to go straight on.

It will depend on the exact circumstances but this may be one of the rare circumstances where it might be safer for you to take the left hand lane when travelling straight on, despite the road markings. The Highway Code specifically mentions that cyclists may choose to take the left hand lane round a roundabout

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 July 2015 - 12:19am
Nope. This is a roundabout that is marked right hand lane for straight on or right turn. Left hand lane for left only. Drivers have tried to undertake me when we are all going the same way i.e right and have entered the roundabout behind me then try to beat me round the roundabout to the exit

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 July 2015 - 12:10am
I think you are all wrong unless I'm reading the original post in the wrong way.
From my interpretation you wanted to exit at the second exit?
In which case you should have been in the left hand lane but not signalling until you passed the first junction. the right hand lane is for any traffic exiting at the third (or higher) junction.
Highway code roundabouts.

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 July 2015 - 11:25pm
Thanks for the replies. Will keep doing as I am and keep my wits about me, it just seemed to becoming a more frequent problem. I once had a van come up behind me at a roundabout and while I was waiting for a gap in the traffic, he obviously thought I would be too slow, so moved to the left lane waiting to go on the roundabout, to turn right, and surprise, surprise we both moved onto the roundabout at the same time, but despite his best efforts to try and undertake me to get in front, he failed as I was obviously faster. Numptee. I did feel smug and hope they felt foolish.....though I doubt it! Lots of lifesaver looks for me on roundabouts at all times!

Re: Bicycles from Britain to Continent

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 July 2015 - 11:20pm
My wife and I are thinking of taking our bikes by train from London to Eupen (Belgium, near Aachen in Germany), via Eurostar to Brussels. We've done this a couple of times before but not for some years. The Eurostar website implied that even for the rather expensive Registered Luggage service, it is necessary to put bikes in a bike bag. I emailed Eurodispatch, who handle this service, and they confirmed that currently bikes are accepted fully assembled and do not have to be in a bike bag. I thanked them for this news and suggested that they got their website changed. Here is the reply that I received:-

Thank you for your feedback I will pass this on.

As far as I am aware they have changed the website in preparation for the new trains which will be unable to accommodate fully assembled bikes. These will be in operation towards the end of the year, the exact date is yet to be decided. All bookings made for travel before the 31st October will be able to accommodate fully assembled bikes. Bookings made for travel after this date will require the bikes to be bagged.

I hope this helps

Olivia Jamin | Eurodespatch Assistant
Eurodespatch
St Pancras International
Euston Road | London N1C 4QL
T- 0844 822 5 822
olivia.jamin@eurostar.com


I think this should be brought to the attention of the Campaigns Dept or Touring Dept at HQ, for possible action. In case it is not picked up from here I will send a separate email.

Richard

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 July 2015 - 11:18pm
You are doing nothing wrong. The motorist in question is clearly Mr M'Gif, that archetypical moron whose entire mentality is built around the premise "cyclists are a nuisance and in my way, Must Get In Front...." - no matter where or what the road conditions are.

I would suggest, do just as you have done, but be aware that there may be other Mr M'Gif's on the road - but hopefully not all motorists. But be aware - and wary!

This sort of thing is more likely to happen on a very large roundabout or gyratory. Indeed such layouts are far more of a menace to cyclists than small ones.

Re: Road positioning. Is it me?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 July 2015 - 11:13pm
It's not you, there is nothing to do but be grateful that they have clearly seen you...

Road positioning. Is it me?

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 July 2015 - 11:01pm
Looking for advice. I seem to have come across this type of driving and not sure if it is me or whether driving is getting worse? Ok, the scenario is as follows. Approaching a 4 way roundabout, 2 lane approach, right hand lane for straight ahead or turning right. I am in the right hand lane occupying the middle of lane, wait for break in traffic to move out(and sometimes I can just go straight out), move onto the roundabout and the car behind going the same way as me, tries to overtake me on the inside! What's that all about? I am on the shorter track just from the fact they are trying to pass me on my left therefore taking a longer route on the roundabout. Any ideas on where I am going wrong, how to stop cars doing this? It's a fairly recent phenomenon.

Re: Route from Dunkirk to WHPV Championships at Maasmechelen

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 July 2015 - 9:34pm
Welcome to the Forum.
Just a few notes, off the top of my head.
1. Getting out of the ferry terminal is confusing at Dunkirk. Follow ANY sign you see to any village. Keep your eyes pealed..... it is easy to get trapped in there, you will see what I mean when you arrive.
2. If you want to go up to Bruges, then I would follow the coast up to Ostend and then bend in. It's glorious along the tram line which is obviously flat and the longest in the World.
3. Where there is a cycle path in Begium, by law, you have to use it and cars will be unkind if you don't.
4. Bruges to Antwerpen is a nice run, well paved, flat but around A, I find the roads "hairy".
5. Note that Belgium marks roads, tracks, unpaved gravel, farming rights of way ALL as roads on Garmin.....I get caught out all the time with this!
6. The road surfaces are good generally, better than the UK, which isn't saying much is it, but they are far from perfect. There are cobbled streets about..... The canal stuff though is great. 9/10.
7. I see quite a few WHPVs in Belgium so you will feel at home! There's one or two that turn up for audaxes here.
8. If you want to go for speed, to get to your destination, go through the middle of Belgium, Ypres, Waregem, Affligem (avoid Ninove and the road into Brussels, horrid!) Kortenberg, Genk, in which case you will pass very close to my house, and you are welcome to a cuppa....
Have fun,

Re: La linea or Gibraltar?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 July 2015 - 9:14pm
Good on yer!

Head on upwards. Take your time. Relax and breath deeply.
Anyone who says they've climbed a steep hill, you can scoff at them because they haven't cycled up The Rock.

Re: Cycling from Paddington to Hackney this Saturday

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 July 2015 - 9:05pm
Thanks for that MJR.
My computer is misbehaving, but I managed to print out what you put. If all else fails, I'll just tag along behind everyone else going to London Fields. Not a part of London that I know.

Re: National Grid driver +18

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 July 2015 - 9:01pm
Indeed, she has one of those special transparent skulls that allows her to look behind badminton side roads without moving her head. She moved into the carriageway and pulled from the gutter out into primary without shoulder checking, which isn't conductive with a long healthy life.

The guy in the van is a knobwad of the highest order, but she missed him through luck rather than any incredible riding prowess.

Re: Sabotage and hatred: what have people got against cyclis

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 July 2015 - 8:40pm
Mike Sales wrote:I think several unpleasant human traits come together to explain the cycle haters.

We have a need to divide people into us and them, in-group and out-group, sunni and sufi, protestant and catholic, aryan and jew, black and european etc.etc.etc. This often serves a political or economic end as well. This is easier in Britain where fewer cycle than in the Netherlands, where almost everyone does.

We, like chickens in their pecking order, like to attack the weak. Cyclists infuriate by being so obviously vulnerable. We are seen as trading on this. They would like to physically knock us out of the way but the law and a creditable dislike of hurting us stops them. Mostly. This creates an internal conflict.

Motorists are in competition with each other for road space, but it is difficult to claim that its every other motorists' fault, and it is psychologically easier to make an excuse to blame us for congestion.

I hope I have not offended by mentioning or omitting categories which cause division.

Well said....

Re: Route from Dunkirk to WHPV Championships at Maasmechelen

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 July 2015 - 8:04pm
Thanks for the link, I've had a play at building a route using the nodes. I have a Garmin Etrex Legend HCX and will load my route(s) into that. It runs for hours on a couple of rechargeable AA's; alternatively can run it from usb power using a power pack. The LF cycle routes are labelled on the OSM derived maps I installed when I first got it.

I tried a search for LF5 on ridewithgps - several routes popped up - again wall with downloadable gps tracks. What I liked most was the maximum gradient on the 185 mile track was 2.2%. I expect that searching ridewithgps for the other "LF" routes will get similar results. I think finding a route is probably the easy bit - I was really wanting to know if anyone had experience of the routes and how smooth they were to travel on.
Thanks again, John.

Re: Pollution - another problem

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 July 2015 - 7:58pm
The bus company operating most of our rural routes keeps on changing hands, I find it hard to keep up with them! The name 'Heritage' does indeed appear on some local buses (in shocking pink livery!) although it's nothing to do with 'heritage'. They don't appear to run numbered routes - I believe they do mostly business workforce shuttles and the like.

As it happens, the bus I followed (which is a numbered route) is quite useful since it serves our two local A&E hospitals. If you're walking wounded, not trusting yourself to cycle or drive, but not bad enough for an ambulance, it may be your best option to get to hospital. I tried it once. I don't know why they use double-deckers though: most of the local buses are single-deckers which are quite adequate.

Re: Pollution - another problem

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 July 2015 - 7:49pm
I sent in a feedback form to Sussex Bus, including my video link. Let's see how they react.

Re: Pollution - another problem

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 July 2015 - 7:49pm
MikeF wrote:From what I've noticed the Sussex Bus Company fleet seems to made up from old buses, - bought after other companies have 'worn them out'?
They seem to be part of a small group called Heritage Buses along with Surrey & Sussex Bus Company and City of Chichester Coaches who don't operate in London or other very regulated or competitive markets, so it looks likely to me.

Re: Bus passes

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 July 2015 - 7:46pm
Ben@Forest wrote:
I love this 'totally free' concept. Somebody's paying for it and it is of course those of us who ain't going to retire till we're knocking 70 (and when the eligible age for getting a free pass will probably be 72). Plus the way the revenue payments have been made from the Exchequer to local councils to pay for this is actually having a deleterious effect on services. I'm not keen on posting a link from the Daily Mail but here it is:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... ay-it.html

Let's hope pensioners get taxed more as soon as possible...
It sounds as though I might have paid for some of your education.
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