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Re: Brakes work, shame brain doesn't

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 March 2015 - 8:19pm
Just want to add something else to the mix: colourblindness?

One of my clients used to fly phantoms for the RAF. I had a discussion about eyesight. He said that short/long sightedness is no problem as you can fix that with contacts or glasses.

HOWEVER colourblindness is an instant fail in the RAF. Why? Red & green colourblindness is problematic as that is how the port and starboard sides of the runways are marked so you can put your fighter jet on the Tarmac where you want it. His summary? Green and red are just about the WORST colours you would choose for runways.

Erm...So why are our traffic lights red and green? Think there could be a point...b

Re: Fitting a Blackburn Lowrider on a Surly Disk Trucker

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 March 2015 - 8:13pm
Fretz54 wrote:It appears that the rack is not suitable with Carridise bags. Some of the reviews have cut slots so the rack will take the carridise clips, I'm happy to do this as long as I can get them to fit.
hey Fretz
I have the same rack and the same bags... I bought it off here from a guy who modified it so they would fit will get a photo if you like
he just put 2 holes in each side look rough but it gets the job done.. hope this helps

Re: Another cyclist death: left-turning lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 March 2015 - 8:12pm
It's no grey area: filtering on the left is perfectly legal.

ASLs are no longer seen as the cure-all but they're still creating new ones at repainting time when there's nothing better possible without rebuilding.

Re: Brakes work, shame brain doesn't

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 March 2015 - 8:07pm
As far as the law goes they have both failed to stop for a red light, which should get them both a fine and because doing it with a motor vehicle endangers others and you have a licence you get three points on it too.

As far as damages go, it is going to be very hard for the cyclist to show in this case that the HGV's crossing the junction on a red light caused him to crash into it. Possibly he could say he was expecting it to stop before entering his path as many vehicles do stop beyond the white line.

As for the comment about reversing the positions of the vehicles, I reckon that most juries (if it got to them) would be more than happy to say it was all the cyclist's fault (doing what that lorry did) and the HGV never stood a chance with the cyclist riding into their path.

Re: Chromebook for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 March 2015 - 8:04pm
BeeKeeper wrote:al_yrpal wrote:I am about to have a play with Chrome remote desktop which will give me access to my old PC and its software..


..used a huge amount of data as you were effectively watching a video of the PC screen.
I have used remote desktop programs extensively for work; the algorithms are very clever and only changed bits of the screen are sent. So unless you're watching a movie remotely, data use isn't too bad.
BTW if you're touring in France (and some other countries), 'Three' http://www.three.co.uk/ allow you to use your UK data allowance at no extra cost

Re: Fitting a Blackburn Lowrider on a Surly Disk Trucker

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 March 2015 - 7:50pm
It appears that the rack is not suitable with Carridise bags. Some of the reviews have cut slots so the rack will take the carridise clips, I'm happy to do this as long as I can get them to fit.

Re: Fitting a Blackburn Lowrider on a Surly Disk Trucker

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 March 2015 - 7:36pm
I have a pair of Carridise front panier bags that I hope will fit.

Re: Brakes work, shame brain doesn't

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 March 2015 - 7:28pm
kwackers wrote:JimL wrote:The lorry driver has ploughed through a red light. Do that often enough and he will certainly kill someone. The cyclist should have been a bit more aware for his own safety.
No he didn't 'plough' through it all. He jumped it certainly, but there was nothing in front of him and therefore no danger to anyone. Not only that but he was following a Boris bike so probably doing not much over 10mph, hardly 'plowing'...
See it all the time. Is it wrong? Of course.

A junction with lights on is just a junction. You still have to make sure nothing is coming before you venture out. The lights are nothing but a mechanism for giving everyone a bite at the cherry. They're only dangerous if people don't treat them as junctions and instead consider the green light to mean 'go-for-it' (in contradiction to the HC. There's a good reason they add the rider 'if your way is clear' to their advice )

Put simply if people are simply going to put their 'foot down' every time they get a green light then traffic light controlled junctions will become very dangerous - especially for slow moving traffic like bicycles that don't always have the time to clear the junction before the lights change.

I've read some nonsense in my time but that bit takes the biscuit!!
he did plough through, in fact he went through when his red light had being on for some time, that much is obvious, the vehicle was not part of a convoy or whatever other imaginary line of traffic, it was separated by a big gap. The HGV WAS a clear danger to other road users..are you really so blind to see what is clearly obvious to continue backing your version of events..deary me that's pitiful!
Yes the cyclist should have taken note of the law breaker and not gone so early/quickly BUT the lorry was the one breaking the law by far, not even close but going through a red when he had huge amounts of room to stop..

Re: Anyone ridden from Locarno to Domodossola?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 March 2015 - 7:22pm
You could give the Swissmobility site a throw http://map.veloland.ch/?lang=en&route=all - high grade mapping including this slice of Italy.

Re: Brakes work, shame brain doesn't

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 March 2015 - 7:14pm
JimL wrote:The lorry driver has ploughed through a red light. Do that often enough and he will certainly kill someone. The cyclist should have been a bit more aware for his own safety.
No he didn't 'plough' through it all. He jumped it certainly, but there was nothing in front of him and therefore no danger to anyone. Not only that but he was following a Boris bike so probably doing not much over 10mph, hardly 'plowing'...
See it all the time. Is it wrong? Of course.

A junction with lights on is just a junction. You still have to make sure nothing is coming before you venture out. The lights are nothing but a mechanism for giving everyone a bite at the cherry. They're only dangerous if people don't treat them as junctions and instead consider the green light to mean 'go-for-it' (in contradiction to the HC. There's a good reason they add the rider 'if your way is clear' to their advice )

Put simply if people are simply going to put their 'foot down' every time they get a green light then traffic light controlled junctions will become very dangerous - especially for slow moving traffic like bicycles that don't always have the time to clear the junction before the lights change.

Re: Brakes work, shame brain doesn't

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 March 2015 - 7:03pm
kwackers wrote:Tonyf33 wrote:but the lorry is in the majority of fault here..
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Had the lorry been out there on it's own I'd have a smidgeon of sympathy but it wasn't. It was one vehicle in a queue of traffic going through the lights the cyclist ignored the highway code and simply went on the promise of a green light. IMO 95% his fault.
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Eh?

The lorry driver has ploughed through a red light. Do that often enough and he will certainly kill someone. The cyclist should have been a bit more aware for his own safety.

Re: Help

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 March 2015 - 6:59pm
Are you planning on using modern bags with that rack?

Re: Warmshowers "membership" charges.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 March 2015 - 6:43pm
I've hosted a few times but haven't managed to find someone to host me. My experiences have been enjoyable. I received a rather lengthy email from warmshowers during the week that I didn't have time to read, but will dig it out now. Thanks for the heads up.

Re: Help

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 March 2015 - 6:16pm
Yes that the one

Re: Brakes work, shame brain doesn't

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 March 2015 - 5:41pm
If you look at the second picture above and the lights were working properly it shows the lorry jumped TWO sets of red traffic lights. The taxi driver and the last cyclist may have jumped one set, but assuming lights were OK, the lorry driver has clearly committed an offence. There's nothing to indicate the bus jumped any lights - it's way ahead.

And the biggest complaint about cyclists is .....................

[XAP]Bob wrote:He was well past the STOP line though - he hadn't passed the light on the other side of the road either, but the lights are indicators, the location of their instruction is not determined by their position, but by the road markings... The cyclists are ahead of the stop line because there doesn't appear to be an ASL? Junction design fault?

Re: Brakes work, shame brain doesn't

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 March 2015 - 5:28pm
Tonyf33 wrote:Sorry but there is a very large gap between the taxi & cyclist on the boris bike (whom very likely actually crossed on green but was going slowly that the lights changed) and the 3-4 second red light jumper in the HGV! He wwas on his own..or can you not see the large gap?
And amber means stop, red means stop, neither of which the lorry obeyed..
How big? I think you need to watch it again!
Taxi enters the junction at 14s, boris bike at 15s and truck at 16s. That's one second between each.

Tonyf33 wrote:in your eyes it would seem that going on a green is worse than not stopping on an amber or a red that has being on for 3+ seconds?
You're very defensive - wasn't you was it?
Turn it around. Swap the truck and the bike, cyclist travelling across junction is killed by the truck who thought it OK to just go on green (or promise thereof) who's fault is it now?

In my eyes just moving forward without any regard for other vehicles and assuming you have right of way is frankly both stupid and criminal. I mean the guy missed a truck! A TRUCK! He probably has a driving license and he probably thinks when a light changes he should just charge across the junction in his car! Two people need points on their licenses there, but only one was responsible for the accident.

Re: Chromebook for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 March 2015 - 5:25pm
I am very lucky, my son, who just called in, is an IT Manager just set up Chrome Remote Desktop which was beyond me (I was using the BT hubs IP address instead of my Windows machine's). I now have my PC on the Chromebook. I tried Photoshop and Lightroom and they both work great. I can now get everything running on the Chromebook, amazing! I can now easily copy all my PC files and photos into Google Drive using the Chromebook, although this can be done from the PC easily enough.

The other thing bugging me was the Epson 370 photo scanner presently connected to my old Windows PC. There isn't a driver for Chrome so it couldn't be used. But, my HP 7500 printer/scanner is web enabled. I found its IP address and put it in the Chrome browser and Hey Presto, there was a remote control panel for the scanner on the Chromebooks screen. I am able to scan now from the Windows PC via Chrome Remote Desktop or via the printer scanner.

I must try my tablet and phone on remote desktop as you have suggested.

Chromebook looking better and better.

Al

Re: Brakes work, shame brain doesn't

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 March 2015 - 5:21pm
Vehicles continuing to cross at a junction as the lights have just turned red is very common. There is a roundabout at Plymouth (Marsh Mills) where this happens at virtually every change of the lights. The lights are green, traffic flows through, then the amber light comes on, traffic continues to flow through, then it goes to red and two or three vehicles will still keep going. At the other part of the junction the lights change to amber from red as the red comes on on the other lights. By the time it is green and traffic has started to accelerate away from rest the vehicles which have jumped the red light are clear - only just, but they have gone.

The point is at this junction it is so common it is more or less accepted practice. I suspect this may be the case at this London crossing and if you watched it now you would see vehicles still crossing as the red light comes on. In other words, what the lorry did was probably not that unusual.

A vehicle or cyclist crossing a green light at speed the moment it goes green risks colliding with vehicles still squeezing through on red, which seems to be what happened to the cyclist in the video. He anticipated the lights changing and crossed them the instant they changed - and came a cropper. The lorry shouldn't have been there but it was and I doubt this was an isolated example of a vehicle jumping red lights at this crossing. Starting from rest builds in a delay. Looking left and right also helps as there might be an emergency vehicle about to cross the red lights. Even in my car I always check there is nothing coming and never take a green light as a justification for driving forward. On my bike I am always doubly cautious. Thinking you are in the right can lead to rites being read. Or "Don't claim your rites" as it used to say as you entered Carlisle - and may still do but I haven't been back there for ages to check.

Re: Brakes work, shame brain doesn't

CTC Forum - On the road - 1 March 2015 - 5:10pm
Tonyf33 wrote:The other shows that the cyclist hasn't gone past the light before it turns green..pretty clear cut in fact.


He was well past the STOP line though - he hadn't passed the light on the other side of the road either, but the lights are indicators, the location of their instruction is not determined by their position, but by the road markings...

Re: Chromebook for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 March 2015 - 4:43pm
al_yrpal wrote:I am about to have a play with Chrome remote desktop which will give me access to my old PC and its software..


It will be interesting to hear how you get on. I tried a remote access app on my Android phone and was able to access my PC at home while sitting in a tent in France. It worked, but only after a fashion and used a huge amount of data as you were effectively watching a video of the PC screen.
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