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Re: New overtaking video

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 August 2015 - 10:17am
Bonefishblues wrote:OK, remember "robust"!

You'll see a couple of obvious trolls in action, too.

http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topi ... ists+video
Just had a browse through that forum thread. Surprisingly encouraging, as had been said. Interesting that a thread on this topic on a motoring forum should be much more intelligent and positive, on the whole, than the comments posted at the foot of a similar article in a general newspaper would be. Not quite sure what that tells us.

Re: Does the public detest cyclists?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 August 2015 - 9:49am
On the rare occasion that I have had negative comments about cyclists, the criticisms have been legitimate complaints (red light jumping, cycling on the pavement, not signalling, etc) but expressed as a stereotype to include those of us who do not exhibit those faults.

Re: Does the public detest cyclists?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 August 2015 - 9:45am
pwa wrote:I suspect the anti-cyclist sentiment (so far as it exists) is largely a London phenomenon. Hmmm: try running a sportive in a national park

Re: Does the public detest cyclists?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 August 2015 - 9:32am
Interesting thread. I think that a small minority (maybe some "boy racer" types; Top Gear (and "spin-offs") fans) are very negative and aggressive to cyclists. But I suspect there are a large number of people who are mildly negative; those who might casually comment about cyclists not making themselves visible enough or not wearing helmets or cycling too far out in the road, "not helping themselves" comments, etc. And I suspect that many of those might even become cyclists themselves were their opinion to move a bit to appreciate the law and real situation/reasons.

I wonder if cycling organisations could have a big impact on the number of people cycling by having a general education campaign, not focusing on educating drivers about not hitting cyclists and how they should drive around cyclists, but rather educating drivers about why cyclists do what cyclists do (e.g. why the ride in the middle of the lane and what might happen if they hogged the gutter), etc. Might turn the large mildly critical people to be more cyclist positive and then many might start considering cycling themselves (e.g. given the health benefits or to help lose weight or with the kids, etc.).

But that is all guess-work and not based on any data or reports - just personal suspicions.

Ian

Re: Does the public detest cyclists?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 August 2015 - 9:14am
At best the non cycling public have a low opinion of us, at worst they stab us to death in the road. Take an average of those 2 extremes and "detest" is probably about right.

Re: New Cycle Touring website...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 August 2015 - 8:31am
Hmm - interesting and quite whizzy with the graphics etc BUT some sort of intro text by way of "This is what this site is about and aims to do" would be useful for the non Facebook, Twitter et al social media people (like me!)

I shall watch from the sidelines pro tem.

Rob

Re: Does the public detest cyclists?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 August 2015 - 7:49am
Jughead wrote:......... Yet, we seem to be attracting lots of negative press. Us cyclists need a charm offensive,......

> Press stories are by far and away negative on the whole, are they not?
> My own experiences of cycling here in Hampshire are much as those of 'pwa' above, but then I am retired and don't engage with the rush hour traffic, which if I did, would I expect, colour my views somewhat.
> On the odd occasion I've driven in London I've been appalled at the road behaviour of some cyclists

Jughead wrote:......... What would you do?

> What I do is to do my best as an individual, to always cycle with consideration to all highway users and within the law.

Re: New overtaking video

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 August 2015 - 7:19am
It is a good video to promote, taking on board the reservations some have expressed. What it does do, though it could have made more of this, is show car drivers what it feels like for a cyclist to be overtaken closely.

IMV, in the end, the most effective way to get this message out about how to overtake safely will be for the driving test to include having experience of being a more vulnerable road user, i.e. using a bike on a road and being a pedestrian crossing a road, and for car drivers to have to top up their skills by having to retake the test at set intervals throughout their lives. Obviously not everyone can ride a bike, but if they are to be allowed to drive on the road, they need to demonstrate an understanding of the experiences of their fellow road users.

Re: Does the public detest cyclists?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 August 2015 - 6:12am
I suspect the anti-cyclist sentiment (so far as it exists) is largely a London phenomenon. Here in the Vale of Glamorgan I am not conscious of it on a day to day basis. I have no doubt that there are people with an anti-cyclist stance out there, but they are not dominating the climate here. Driver behaviour around cyclists here has improved significantly over the past decade. There are many more of us on the roads, and mostly I feel that we are accepted.

Why does anti-cycling sentiment exist in London and, possibly, other major conurbations? Well, perhaps it is partly down to stressed people (cyclists and motorists) suffering a lack of patience and empathy due to all sorts of bad things going on in their lives. And partly it is down to cyclists who jump red lights and alternate between the pavement and the road. If you put those two things together I think you have an explanation for some people detesting cyclists. This is not to say that they are right to do so.

I think it is a mistake to view all motorists and lorry drivers as the enemy. Some are, but (around here, at least) most are not. If I felt that I was surrounded by hostility every time I ventured onto the roads on a bike I would probably stop doing it. But mostly I find other road users okay.

Re: Solar charger or dynamo

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 13 August 2015 - 5:58am
I normally use dynamo charging a small external battery pack via a axxa light with usb socket.

but this summer for a two week camping trip to France I was on bike without dynamo so just took 2 small external battery packs and small mains usb charger with 4 outputs and interchangable mains plug. charged the packs overnight in toilet blocks or sometimes at hookup points on pitch if had right sort of socket.

http://www.portablepowersupplies.co.uk/ supplied packs (though they are not selling at momment small ones about 4600 mvah I have)and charger. 2 small packs better than one big one as one can be charging in toilet block whilst other is charging gadgets in tent. plus if one goes missing still have other.

if i did not make a habit of leaving before reception opened in morning I could have left packs charging with reception.

there was a couple of times where no where to recharge on campsite by packs had capacity to cover more than one days power.

I would use same solution in France again.

Does the public detest cyclists?

CTC Forum - On the road - 13 August 2015 - 12:03am
Here's me thinking I'm saving the planet and not being a burden on the NHS by cycling and keeping fit.
Yet, we seem to be attracting lots of negative press. Us cyclists need a charm offensive, What would you do?

Re: New overtaking video

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 August 2015 - 11:46pm
I remember those information videos from the 70's about strangers, brushing teeth, crossing the road and swimming at sea even to this day. I cant believe its taken this long to do the same for cycling. Other road users are ignorant of the facts and its about time they were educated by videos like this. We need to make endagering cyclists as unacceptable as drink driving.

Re: New overtaking video

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 August 2015 - 11:26pm
OK, remember "robust"!

You'll see a couple of obvious trolls in action, too.

http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topi ... ists+video

Re: New overtaking video

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 August 2015 - 11:12pm
[quote="Bonefishblues"
Thread currently running on the largest motoring forum re this with some "robust" but encouraging discussion![/quote]

A link would be nice

New Cycle Touring website...

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 August 2015 - 10:19pm
Has this been mentioned on the forum yet?

http://www.cyclingtouring.org/index.php

A nice platform for meeting other tourists on the road...

(not my website by the way)

Re: What's your top weight saving tip for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 August 2015 - 9:49pm
If you take a book to read once you've read a page tear it out and throw it away - every little helps.

Re: Cycle across the Himalayas - tell me what I need to know

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 August 2015 - 9:45pm
Wow thanks Iviehoff that's great info

It reads like you have a lot of experience - what would you recommend?

Re: Buzzed by a Buzzard

CTC Forum - On the road - 12 August 2015 - 9:44pm
Friend of mine used to sleep in the back of his van at sailing events. Used to complain about always being woken up at first light by seagulls landing on the roof of the van.
It took him two years of events before he realised that after he went to bed his mates were putting bread on top of the van.

Re: Cycling to Skye from Troon

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 August 2015 - 9:10pm
Thanks sir, just what I needed to know.

Planning to go first week of Sep, see a friend nr Ardrossan then up to Mull via Arran to see another friend and explore a bit.
Then the 9hr train journey back to London...

Re: Lightweight pannier suggestions for Tubus Airey rack

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 12 August 2015 - 9:06pm
mnichols wrote:The Tortec rack is 440 GramsThose panniers do look light, but the tortec 440g claim is infamous - it's actually 530g or 570g (I forget which), with the fittings.
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