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Re: Mystery raised things in cycle contraflow ...

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 November 2014 - 6:24pm
It certainly looks like they've been put there by/for motorists with no consideration to cyclists.

Re: Advice for tyre size for touring - 32c OK for off-road?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 November 2014 - 5:54pm
ferdinand wrote:I have had one puncture half way up the sidewall, which I think was due to over inflating the tyres above the 85psi recommendation on an inexpensive inner tube (have obeyed the rules and swapped to a better tube).
Expensive tubes puncture just as easily as cheap tubes, at least for the normal black butyl type. There may be fewer failures at the valve.

willem jongman wrote:Wider tyres are not slower on good roads, but faster on bad roads.
That is only true if the wider tyre is similar to the narrow tyre, at least if we are talking about roads with a reasonable surface. If you take a randomly selected wide tyre, it will generally be slower than a randomly selected narrow tyre, on account of having a heavier construction, rubber on the sidewalls, and otherwise being built for durability rather than speed.

Re: Mystery raised things in cycle contraflow ...

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 November 2014 - 5:33pm
bogmyrtle wrote:If it is a two way cycle lane is it possible they were put at that angle (first picture) to prevent cyclists leaving the cycle lane into the oncoming one way traffic/
It was barely wide enough to be a one way cycle lane even before those death traps were fitted there !
The irony is that people are rarely ever actually going to be travelling in opposite directions ...
I rather suspect that this is the work of the South Glos council planning department - they're famously mistrustful of the cycling culture that keeps leaking over the border from Babylon (Bristol) and are very fond of placing lethal bollards on shared paths.

Re: Mystery raised things in cycle contraflow ...

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 November 2014 - 5:21pm
If it is a two way cycle lane is it possible they were put at that angle (first picture) to prevent cyclists leaving the cycle lane into the oncoming one way traffic/

Re: The financial cost/loss of UK Road incidents £15Billion

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 November 2014 - 4:54pm
kwackers wrote:Good job the Conservatives are in then.

Their basic idea seems to be to reduce government intervention on pretty much everything until we're doing it all ourselves or paying big business for the privilege (or it's not being done) whilst shifting the real power to corporations who can manipulate you however they like and thanks to the reduction in "meddling" under the guise of "doing away with the nanny state" and all the underlying stuff that goes with it there'll be little legally you can do (even if you could afford to).
Of course you could always take your case to Europe whilst you've still got 'human rights', best be quick though!

Spot on!
They can do almost anything they like when the population is either asleep or busy wrapped up in facebook or twitter.What a stupid nation we are

Re: Beryl Burton, postumous award.

CTC Forum - Racing - 4 November 2014 - 4:52pm
Tonyf33 wrote:Hugely deserved, she was a 'Marianne Voss' and some 50 years beforehand..nowadays she'd be a superstar whether she would have liked it or not
Check out this.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJLSG2jKIhs

Greater than that - a female Coppi....

Re: Mystery raised things in cycle contraflow ...

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 November 2014 - 4:41pm
They're also in the cycle lane, making them a feature of the cycle lane, not the other lane.

Re: The financial cost/loss of UK Road incidents £15Billion

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 November 2014 - 4:39pm
I have wondered before why there is a delay between the lights changing, if green means proceed if it is safe to do so, there would seem to be little need for anything but the shortest of delays.

Re: The financial cost/loss of UK Road incidents £15Billion

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 November 2014 - 4:15pm
Flinders wrote:My impression of things round here (Staffordshire M6 area) is that either the police have given up trying with traffic, or they have no staff. Due to a lot of road works, the congestion in town here is appalling and people are getting ratty having queued for an hour to do a ten minute journey and have started going through red lights three or more at a time (which is not usual) and blocking junctions willy nilly, with or without diamonds; it's getting unbearable and dangerous.
It's nice to know that Norfolk was ahead of you motorway counties in some ways. Drivers here have continued through red lights until it's almost laughable for at least 15 years and now the council just seems to set longer and longer times between one set of lights going red and the next going green, with the obvious knock-on delay for any pedestrian and/or cycle crossings nearby.
Someone reported it and the only response they got was that statistically drivers here are better than average re red lights, totally missing the point that a unique crisis is developing which has transformed local driving habits, which has nothing to do with yearly averages.
Never mind that point - are drivers there statistically better than average re red lights simply because so few of the jumpers are being caught now? Sounds like it could be another example of the tragedy of targets.

Re: The financial cost/loss of UK Road incidents £15Billion

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 November 2014 - 3:44pm
toomsie wrote:I don't like the idea of increasing the size of government for anything. Even for the best investments.
However it is not possible for cyclists to buy their own road safety unless they give up cycling altogether.
Good job the Conservatives are in then.

Their basic idea seems to be to reduce government intervention on pretty much everything until we're doing it all ourselves or paying big business for the privilege (or it's not being done) whilst shifting the real power to corporations who can manipulate you however they like and thanks to the reduction in "meddling" under the guise of "doing away with the nanny state" and all the underlying stuff that goes with it there'll be little legally you can do (even if you could afford to).
Of course you could always take your case to Europe whilst you've still got 'human rights', best be quick though!

Re: The financial cost/loss of UK Road incidents £15Billion

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 November 2014 - 3:21pm
I don't like the idea of increasing the size of government for anything. Even for the best investments.
However it is not possible for cyclists to buy their own road safety unless they give up cycling altogether.

Re: Advice on cycling through Lyon

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 November 2014 - 2:26pm
I rode north through Lyon in June this year, following the ViaRhona route as far as possible. As you are heading south just reverse my notes .

Heading into Lyon (from the S) is on a great segregated riverside path as far as Givors then you are directed towards the road. The road started out OK but as we got closer to the city centre it became less and less enjoyable. My ideal cycling conditions are on a segregated path and other than the occasional few metres of bike lane when the road is wide enough we were sharing a narrow road with lots of traffic. There is not enough for cars to pass you safely yet many do it anyway. We happened to be riding in at rush hour on Friday so my recommendation would be to do it at a quieter time. Lyon itself is also a bit confusing so be sure to have detailed maps/GPX route as otherwise it is easy to get lost.

Our experience of leaving Lyon (towards the N) was the exact opposite. A great bike path following the Rhone for enough kilometres to get you far away from busy city centre traffic. The signage is a bit crap at times (see blog post 2 below) and compared to other countries (especially Germany and Holland) it's still hard work but in 1800km of riding in France it was one of the easier rides leaving a city.

If you are interested you can read our blog of our journey in and out (including a GPX):

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/pag ... 75471&v=RE
https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/pag ... 75856&v=QA

Re: Mystery raised things in cycle contraflow ...

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 November 2014 - 2:09pm
They're just installed "wrong"

You can see that the new set are still being installed (barriers around) and they are also "wrong" by the same amount

Re: Mecklenburg Lakes Cycle Route

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 November 2014 - 2:06pm
I was in that area 2 weeks ago - its great cycling country although facilities can be a bit sparse! Some great places to visit nearby, easy to access via Hamburg or Berlin airports - you might be able to use the Postbus system to get you on station at Schwerin or Rostock, they carry bikes and are cheap!

You might get some stretches of cobbles, typically through villages, but the concrete blocks used on some lanes are actually worse to ride on with big gaps and unexpected holes!

It's certainly an area i want to take the bike to.

Re: Pushing a bike on a footpath.

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 November 2014 - 1:57pm
The wording used was "usual accompaniments of a large class of foot passengers" so clearly not requiring a majority. I don't think it is concerned with quantities of individual items either, more the types of things usually brought with pedestrians. To my mind the biggest stumbling block here is that a bicycle is a vehicle and it has been established that moving certain other vehicles (such as handcarts) is not included in a pedestrian's right of passage. Is a bicycle sufficiently unlike a cart to be viewed differently, as the type of thing pedestrians might be expected to have with them when exercising their right?

Times change and things do get viewed differently. Mathias concerned an old fashioned large pram. The jury viewed this as a usual accompaniment but were split on the issue of whether it amounted to a nuisance or injured the soil and they were dismissed. The same jury unsure of the legitimacy of pushing prams would probably have viewed pushing a bicycle as a trespass. No doubt we would now take it for granted that a pram is okay and maybe pushing bicycles has now become sufficiently normalised that we might now view it as a normal use of a footpath. We are unlikely ever to find out.

I have heard about carrying bikes to avoid trespassing before but I have no idea where it came from. It has become a cycling myth. The judge in Mathias considered things carried amongst the accompaniments to pedestrians so if you subscribe to the view that a bicycle isn't a 'usual' one then it isn't one when on your shoulder either.

I do occasionally push my bike down footpaths where cycling isn't allowed and where there isn't a convenient way to ride round. I have yet to have a nasty encounter but I think I would obey a request from the landowner if one was given as I couldn't be sure I had the right to use the footpath in that way. Sometimes it is in our interests to keep the peace. Luckily it is an issue which rarely raises its head because most landowners aren't bothered about the odd cyclist pushing their bike - one once congratulated me on being a cyclist who obeyed the no cycling sign and we had a good chat, a brew and some cake (he also gave me permission to cycle down the track whenever I chose ). It's just a shame that the landowner in the OP is so uncompromising.

Re: Mystery raised things in cycle contraflow ...

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 November 2014 - 1:17pm
mjr wrote:They're armadillos (known as zebra kerbs to the rest of the world, but that would be confusing in the UK) which have probably been knocked off their fixings by a motor vehicle.
I'm unsure about them being knocked off their fixings but only because they are all out of line at the same angle and lined-up with each other (at least it looks that way to me from the photo).

Ian

Re: Jens gets Hour record

CTC Forum - Racing - 4 November 2014 - 1:09pm
Nope. the regs have been clarified before Jens did it, which is why everyone is interested in doing the record again.

Re: Pushing a bike on a footpath.

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 November 2014 - 1:07pm
Bicycler wrote:I think it was taken for granted in Mathias that somebody walking was by definition a foot passenger regardless of what they were pushing. AFAIK that has never been disputed in the context of trespass. If it were disputed we would have to be wary about applying the narrow decision about whether a person pushing a bicycle was a foot passenger for the purposes of the Zebra Pedestrian Crossings Regulations 1971 to the common law tort of trespass to land. A decision made is only a binding precedent for the specific issue that was considered.

FWIW, I agree that the latter two criteria are mostly non-issues regarding pushing bicycles. Maybe they could pose a nuisance on those paths only just wide enough for two pedestrians to pass (or even narrower). The more general stumbling block is the first criteria of being a "usual accompaniment" for a foot passenger. The few texts on rights of way law take the view that it wouldn't include bicycles. It is unlikely ever to get tested so we'll probably never get a definitive answer
But then again a bra is used by less than half the population, so that isn't "usual" either.


Of course I'm not proposing that bras be banned on public footpaths, but what does "usual accompaniment" even mean*?
Does carrying an object attract the same "usual accompaniment" clause, or if carrying a bike (CX style) clearly allowed?


(*Yes I know, it means nothing until tested in law - I'd have expected it to mean anything not "exceptional")

Re: Favourite country?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 November 2014 - 1:03pm
windysmithy wrote:Cuba.

Quiet roads, some of which are actually quite smooth, polite yet crazy (in a safe way) drivers and a completely unparallelled culture which will really get you questioning just about everything.

Oh yes and lovely lovely people!

+1 from me.

Cuba is unlike any other place on I've ever been, with it's mixture of Spanish, American and Russian culture. Loads of big American cars and trucks from the 1950's, but hardly any traffic on the roads outside of the big towns.

Re: Mystery raised things in cycle contraflow ...

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 November 2014 - 12:59pm
Looks like they are tying to discourage corner cutting.

Of course any large enough vehicle to care about won't notice them... That's a design feature.
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