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Re: Not all bad..

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 March 2015 - 5:45pm
Out of interest, what camera did you use for that clip, and how do you rate it?

Where on your bike do you have it mounted.

Re: Eastern European cyclist escorted off motorway

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 March 2015 - 5:23pm
Bicycler wrote:The distinctive feature of special roads is that pedestrians can be prohibited which AFAIK cannot be done under a TRO.
Think again. Post opening project evaluation for the A2/A282 widening recommends banning pedestrians cyclists and equestrians by TRO.
6.12 The report concluded by recommending that:
Pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians be prohibited by a Traffic Regulation Order from using or crossing the A2 between the Bean junction and the Dartford Heath junction and from the A282 south of J1b. Appropriate signage would be provided;...
The recommendation has not been carried out, why bother when there's already next to no chance of seeing a pedestrian, cyclist or equestrian using either road thanks to the existing "cycle-proofing" of pseudo-motorway status .

Re: Eastern European cyclist escorted off motorway

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 March 2015 - 5:10pm
Vorpal wrote:Often, the real problem is crossing them. They aren't pleasant places for walking, and there are usually (not always) better alternatives.
It's a bit of a matter of principle for me though, an all purpose road should be fit for all users.

The footpaths crossing at level nonsense is part of the reason they don't make these roads motorways where they would be obliged to provide a bridge or subway.

Painful personal experience suggests that making too much of a fuss about such lack of provision merely gets results in a threat of having your footpath stopped up.

Re: Eastern European cyclist escorted off motorway

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 March 2015 - 4:45pm
Often, the real problem is crossing them. They aren't pleasant places for walking, and there are usually (not always) better alternatives.

Along the A120 in Essex, although there is a footbridge, and several roads where pedestrians and cyclists can get across the A120, there are places where there are several miles between safe crossings, and one can find that a foot path just comes to a fast dual carriageway and an informal crossing

Re: Blizzards forecast

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 March 2015 - 4:42pm
If I wake to find frozen knickers on the washing line again, I shall be pointing the finger at the OP as the one responsible

Re: Blizzards forecast

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 March 2015 - 4:28pm
Hope I've not been premature but I've just taken the winter compound tyres off my bike and put 'normal' tyres back on. Will see what difference it makes to my ride in and home from work time as the winter tyres were definitely harder work - great fun in the snow though.

Re: Eastern European cyclist escorted off motorway

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 March 2015 - 4:19pm
Vorpal wrote:And that pedestrians can use it, is a reason not to make decent provision for pedestrians
I often wonder just how much a barriered pedestrian/cycle track alongside these pseudo-motorways (indeed some actual motorways) would actually cost compared to the overall costs of the schemes

Re: Eastern European cyclist escorted off motorway

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 March 2015 - 4:14pm
And that pedestrians can use it, is a reason not to make decent provision for pedestrians

Re: Eastern European cyclist escorted off motorway

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 March 2015 - 4:04pm
Vorpal wrote:There are a few non motorway special roads. http://pathetic.org.uk/features/special_roads/roads/

There are also a number of roads that are theoretically all purpose roads, but from which a number of classes of users have been banned by TRO. The A120 between Braintree and the M11 and the A130 from Howe Green to Saddler's Farm are examples of this.
I did say none in England which other than the anomolies of the English half of the Severn Bridge walkway and two Mancunian Way sliproads that article confirms.

The distinctive feature of special roads is that pedestrians can be prohibited which AFAIK cannot be done under a TRO.

Greece 'eyes tourists as amateur tax inspectors'

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 March 2015 - 3:59pm
Want a free holiday in Greece paid for by the Govt, looking around the local sights with a chance of having an accident?

Going cycling in Greece this summer and wonder why the locals eye you with suspicion? here is why

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31780354

Re: Eastern European cyclist escorted off motorway

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 March 2015 - 3:58pm
There are a few non motorway special roads. http://pathetic.org.uk/features/special_roads/roads/

There are also a number of roads that are theoretically all purpose roads, but from which a number of classes of users have been banned by TRO. The A120 between Braintree and the M11 and the A130 from Howe Green to Saddler's Farm are examples of this.

Re: Eastern European cyclist escorted off motorway

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 March 2015 - 3:58pm
MikeF wrote:There used to be large signs indicating motorways with a list of prohibited traffic.
From our first motorway
http://www.sabre-roads.org.uk/wiki/imag ... trance.jpg
Note the then "derestricted" speed limit sign.

Re: Eastern European cyclist escorted off motorway

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 March 2015 - 3:47pm
MikeF wrote:Thanks for the clarification. So what status is say the A1(M)?
All motorways are special roads by definition. They cannot be designated as motorways unless they are special roads open only to motor vehicles. Normally they follow completely new lines but I suppose if they were upgrading an all purpose dual carriageway they would have to legally stop it up and create it again (probably simultaneously) as a special road. Typically where motorways are created in sections there are multiple special road orders rather than one for the whole motorway, so one motorway like the M6 is formed by a whole series of legally distinct special roads. Given the piecemeal development of the A1(M) it will no doubt be the same. The A(M) notation doesn't affect special road or motorway status, it is just to avoid confusion eg. to distinguish the A1(M) from the M1.

Re: Eastern European cyclist escorted off motorway

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 March 2015 - 3:30pm
Thanks for the clarification. So what status is say the A1(M)? Bicycler wrote:The "start of motorway regulations" signs fulfil that function on motorways. Like this http://goo.gl/maps/DrWGV. Blink and you miss it! As no doubt did the cyclist I saw.
There used to be large signs indicating motorways with a list of prohibited traffic.

Re: Lon Las Cymru - 4 or 5 days

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 March 2015 - 3:16pm
Ha, what Colin said, it's certainly hilly. I don't think you'll have a problem getting onto campsites in May, why not make it up as you go along? Depending on where your train is back to, maybe you could book for the five day and ride part of the train journey if you do it in four. I rode Cardiff to Bristol on day 5, if it had taken an extra day to get to Cardiff, a walk on train ticket wouldn't have been to expensive.
Two not very fit cyclists managed it quite easily in four days, the first day included getting there and we stopped in Bangor after 25 miles. On the other days we set off quite early, didn't rush and had set up camp by early evening. If you're used to 70 mile days I doubt you'll struggle doing it in four.

Re: Weight distribution.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 March 2015 - 2:33pm
foxyrider wrote:Why is the bike swaying? Had a good opportunity the other night to observe my shadow from behind - no swaying even honking up hill. Am i to believe that not all bikes go in straight lines? Yes, you should believe it.

I, just like you, am a steady solid rider. No swaying from me.
However, just watch other cyclists. Not all (by any means) are like you and me.

One thing I have noticed about towing a trailer, it makes you pedal smoothly. The "pulsing" you get from pedaling produces a tug-tug-tug from the weight at the back. We had someone on here a couple of years ago complaining that his trailer tugged him rhythmically, and I pointed out to him what the problem was.

Yes, not everyone has a smooth action.

Re: Another cyclist death: left-turning lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 7 March 2015 - 2:24pm
The fat commuter wrote:Vorpal wrote:Forum staff have been in contact with police and are cooperating in the investigation.

This thread was locked briefly today while a copy was preserved.
Does the forum database keep a copy of the pre-edited post? I know in one forum that I used to frequent, if you looked at one of your own posts that you'd edited, you could see all your other posts pre-edit. Just checked and that forum used vBulletin. Obviously not all forums are the same.
No, phpbb doesn't do that.
In extremis, there may be a database backup available, but no need for that . . . . .
As far as I can see BOTH of the policemans' posts have captured a quotation of the original post by Steve Hunter.
Steve Hunter was able to edit his post at a later time. but once the policeman had quoted it into his own post he had preserved a copy of the original.

German Postbus

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 March 2015 - 2:23pm
The German Postbus system has just announced a swathe of new stuff, more destinations, international routes to Holland, Switzerland, Poland, Austria and express night services. Why mention this? well they all carry bikes and could be used to get you somewhere cheaply in Germany - the fares are much lower than rail travel.

Re: Flying with German Wings

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 7 March 2015 - 2:18pm
jamesxyz wrote:For future reference, German wings eventually replied to an email I sent them confirming they do accept the CTC bike bag.

Foxy rider, how is the bus to Bonn 'bike friendly?'

just turn up and get on, something you can do on most German public transport although there are certain times when this might be restricted in some areas.
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