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Re: Unbelievable

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 November 2014 - 9:37am
reohn2 wrote:TonyR wrote:Bonefishblues wrote:I phoned the number on top of the driving school car,and asked if he could advise his pupil to steer a bit wider and give cyclists more room,his reply was along the lines of "stop bleating he didn't hit you did he? I get tired of hearing it from you cyclists"


Clearly he gets a lot of cyclists contacting him about his poor standards of instruction. I wonder why?

It was me who posted the quote you attribute to Boney.
Yes I agree it was my conclusion too.
I've heard of putting words in my mouth, but come on

Re: Photos from my recent ride across Wales

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 2 November 2014 - 9:34am
Looks a good ride. Very tempting. What was the problem with the Sustrans hills? Poor surfaces?

Re: Unbelievable

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 November 2014 - 8:44am
TonyR wrote:Bonefishblues wrote:I phoned the number on top of the driving school car,and asked if he could advise his pupil to steer a bit wider and give cyclists more room,his reply was along the lines of "stop bleating he didn't hit you did he? I get tired of hearing it from you cyclists"


Clearly he gets a lot of cyclists contacting him about his poor standards of instruction. I wonder why?

It was me who posted the quote you attribute to Boney.
Yes I agree it was my conclusion too.

Re: Unbelievable

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 November 2014 - 8:41am
reohn2 wrote:I phoned the number on top of the driving school car,and asked if he could advise his pupil to steer a bit wider and give cyclists more room,his reply was along the lines of "stop bleating he didn't hit you did he? I get tired of hearing it from you cyclists"


Clearly he gets a lot of cyclists contacting him about his poor standards of instruction. I wonder why?

Re: Unbelievable

CTC Forum - On the road - 2 November 2014 - 8:22am
honesty wrote:email the driving instructor, would be interested to see what they say!


... or do what I did when I had one ranting about how I had no right to be on the road because there was a cycle path. Unfortunately all of it on the GoPro, neatly showing him and the window of the car.


Now whilst I remembered the registration I selective amnesia meant that I forgot the name of the driving school, and to watch the part of the video where the car pulled away


Sent the video by email to ALL the local driving schools

Almost all replied agreeing that it was a completely unacceptable standard, and identifying the correct School

Then forwarded all of these replies, asking what they were going to do with a driving instructor who according to his peers was completely in the wrong and behaving unacceptably

The School agreed and retrained him, formally apologised, and gave assurances that erroneous teaching that the pupil in the car would be corrected

Re: Rievers on skinny tires?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 November 2014 - 11:49pm
A lot of the lanes in Northumberland are in a really parlous state, so I wouldn't fret too much more about the gravel tracks.

Re: Unbelievable

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 November 2014 - 11:40pm
Our "rapid response" (for pedestrians) crossing lights have now been "fixed" so they only turn red when there isn't any traffic. However before they were amended I always checked to see if traffic had stopped before I crossed, as red light jumpers were all too numerous (still are, but not as much). On one occasion the jumpers car was a driving instructor's car, and to make matters worse this car had had plenty of time to stop.

Re: Have you been knocked OFF in a collision while cycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 November 2014 - 11:30pm
I've been cycling for nearly 57 years, and have never been hit by a motor vehicle. Is this a record? I'm probably tempting fate

Re: Pushing a bike on a footpath.

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 November 2014 - 11:28pm
Yes, I agree, there's a distinction between overgrowth (from adjacent land) and undergrowth (from within the highway boundaries including verges). The example being given was nettles reducing a lane to a width where it can barely be passed on foot and that is undergrowth. In any case it is the council's duty to ensure that the highway is not overgrown and that adjoining landowners perform their duty (if needs be they have the power to do the work and bill the landowner). The council is still an appropriate contact if a member of the public finds a route overgrown even though it is the landowner's responsibility.

Signs - The thing that seemed odd there was the presence of no entry signs at both ends of a road, apparently prohibiting all traffic from accessing the road. It would be very odd to have a regulation order made with that restriction and specifying no entry signs. If the signs are correct then it is illegal to cycle past them and thus illegal to cycle the complete route. As DMMO applications rely upon the use of the route as a public through route and not merely access to property this poses a problem. Use which is knowingly illegal cannot constitute use as of right and nor can a landowner be assumed to have dedicated a right to do something which he knew to be prohibited by law.

Re: Visibility: why are do so many riders in black

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 November 2014 - 10:14pm
Thanks both, I've taken more time to read the Wikipedia entry now, and I see what you mean...

Re: Pushing a bike on a footpath.

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 November 2014 - 9:58pm
Bicycler wrote:PRL wrote:The surface is gravel and lasted for many years with no obvious maintenance. The gates have led to a decrease in traffic so that , with nettles closing in, it is now hardly passable on foot - perhaps the aim is to extinguish any ROW.
Rest assured that once they exist they can only be extinguished by a legal mechanism.

It is generally the council's duty to cut back vegetation to stop it interfering with the highway. They don't tend to do much of this over the winter but if reported now it'll get sorted when they are next doing similar work in the area.

By the way, the landowner needs permission (from the council) for any new gates (rather than just replacing old ones) across any right of way. Unless there is a need to control livestock such permission is unlikely to have been granted. If no permission was granted the council have a legal obligation to order their removal.Strictly it's the responsibility of the (County usually) council to keep the footpath clear of vegetation growing on it, but side vegetation is the responsibility of the land owner.

Like others I agree that the "No Entry" signs are not the same vehicle prohibition signs. In fact there is a no entry sign on a two way road near me - it doesn't mean vehicles are prohibited. How those signs will be viewed in the claim by the cycling group for 20years unrestricted use I don't know.

You're correct about the gates. Perhaps anyone challenged by the landowner could enquire about how long the gate has been there etc. The problem is it depends on the landowner. The likes of Hoogstraten, and rough types can be extremely challenging!

Re: no no no cycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 November 2014 - 9:44pm
A recent thread about CYCLISTS DISMOUNT signs turned into a discussion of NO CYCLING signs with a redundant red diagonal.

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Re: Photos from my recent ride across Wales

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 November 2014 - 9:14pm
I've thought of giving this a go, now it's a must.

Re: Photos from my recent ride across Wales

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 November 2014 - 9:04pm
davetb wrote:Just after your misty view across Porthmadog (Glasly & Dwryd) estuary you had a great down hill bit we are at the bottom. Up hill home or uphill to start:o)

You obviously had good weather as well

It is true I "had a great down hill bit" after the very hard uphill. But, the climb kind of ruined my faith in Sustrans a bit. After that, I generally avoided the Sustrans routing for parts involving major uphills. Instead, I used busy A roads (a rear-view mirror helped me to pull off the road when lorries were bearing down) or more direct B roads. I can't say what those parts of the Sustrans routes were like, but the alternatives I used were plenty hilly and with a bit of traffic now and again. Frankly, it was a hard choice between traffic or long, steep climbs/pushes.

Indeed, anytime I ride a bicycle in the UK and it doesn't rain, it is good weather!

Re: Advice on cycling through Lyon

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 November 2014 - 9:00pm
Ive cycled through Lyon a couple of times - Both times from the west and the second time after reading a thread that moaned about how difficult it was - I didn't use a cycle route and only took to the paths when they existed. For me it was no problem - no worse than a lot of other places ive cycled through in Europe

Re: no no no cycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 November 2014 - 8:45pm
661-Pete wrote:I noticed on my recent trip, that the NO CYCLING signs are like that in the USA, with the diagonal bar. I've never understood why the European protocols proscribe the bar, it would make sound logical sense to me - but I suppose we're fairly used to our version, now. American cyclists, visiting Britain, might get it wrong I suppose.And by that logic speed limit signs should also have a bar through them, as well as all the others that only have a red circle. I would have thought technically the OP's sign is invalid as it's not a statutory sign. Motorists have "got off" parking penalties for incorrect signage so the same might apply here.

Re: Photos from my recent ride across Wales

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 November 2014 - 8:23pm
Nice pictures! Fancy that ride myself

Re: Have you been knocked OFF in a collision while cycling?

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 November 2014 - 7:54pm
Three times in total. Car door twice and once cut up on a roundabout. Most recent was August this year.

Re: Photos from my recent ride across Wales

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 November 2014 - 7:36pm
Really great photos. Lots of happy memories

Most of the first ones taken within 30 miles of our house which is fantastic if rather hilly country.

Just after your misty view across Porthmadog (Glasly & Dwryd) estuary you had a great down hill bit we are at the bottom. Up hill home or uphill to start:o)

You obviously had good weather as well
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