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by keyboardmonkey
6 Apr 2021, 10:01am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Humber Bridge closed to cyclists & pedestrians indefinitely
Replies: 133
Views: 3848

Re: Humber Bridge closed to cyclists & pedestrians indefinitely

This doesn’t change anything, but the bridge board has finally put a statement on its web site:

https://www.humberbridge.co.uk/2021/04/ ... statement/
by keyboardmonkey
4 Apr 2021, 8:59am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Humber Bridge closed to cyclists & pedestrians indefinitely
Replies: 133
Views: 3848

Re: Humber Bridge closed to cyclists & pedestrians indefinitely

simonhill wrote: 4 Apr 2021, 8:33am This is appalling. Is anything being done to get it changed, petition, etc. If so please let the forum know.

I haven't used the bridge, but would like to sometime. I have cycled many big bridges when on tour overseas and they are often a highlight of the day - stunning views, etc. Interestingly, many countries build pedestrian and cycle facilities into their new bridges the UK just ban the few they have.
To be fair I have some sympathy for the bridge board. Six people have jumped from the bridge in the past week or so. I hope this closure is a temporary measure, and I think this ban is the board's way of calling out for help from other authorities. It's 40 years since the bridge opened and there have been calls to do something about suicides for as long as I can remember.

Some cyclists - and others - on social media haven't done themselves any favours by going on about their physical and mental health. But imagine the mental health of the staff and board of the Humber Bridge, waking each morning wondering if there has been another death - and very often finding out that there has been another one. Leisure cyclists have plenty of options both side of the estuary - it's cycle commuters and those who walk to work avoiding public transport that I have sympathy with.

The bridge's design is such that it avoids the pitfalls of earlier bridges that were susceptible to a side wind. Solutions to prevent those who wish to take their own lives are technically difficult - from what I understand - as well as being inordinately expensive. The MP for Hull West and Hessle is supportive of the board's decision. She played a significant role in getting a pedestrian and cycle bridge over the A63 at Castle Street, so maybe she is well placed to help to find some long term solution. Dunno.
by keyboardmonkey
3 Apr 2021, 7:07pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Humber Bridge closed to cyclists & pedestrians indefinitely
Replies: 133
Views: 3848

Re: Humber Bridge closed to cyclists & pedestrians indefinitely

Pete Owens wrote: 3 Apr 2021, 6:47pm
keyboardmonkey wrote: 3 Apr 2021, 4:59pm We appreciate this may cause inconvenience but we ask that pedestrians and cyclists respect the decision and avoid the Humber Bridge at the present time.”
"inconvenience" !!!
That is a 60 mile detour - have thy signposted the diversion?
Ha ha. As someone has pointed out their Twitter bio doesn’t even acknowledge that cyclists use the bridge so it’s unlikely!
Humber Bridge Board Twitter bio
Humber Bridge Board Twitter bio
Cyclists get a mention on the signs telling them that pedestrians have the right of way (or whatever) and that cyclists should ring their bells.

I last rode across the bridge in January. I had no plans to return. Not pleasant. Why on earth anyone would take a dog on a walk over a mile-long steel and concrete structure is beyond me. And most pedestrians move out of the way when they hear a polite “Can I just squeeze past there?”, but the crowds of walkers on the bridge have got bigger since Covid, and the decision to keep the eastern “footway” closed even though - as I understand - the maintenance on that side is complete, is baffling.
by keyboardmonkey
3 Apr 2021, 6:15pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Humber Bridge closed to cyclists & pedestrians indefinitely
Replies: 133
Views: 3848

Re: Humber Bridge closed to cyclists & pedestrians indefinitely

pete75 wrote: 3 Apr 2021, 6:04pm
Paulatic wrote: 3 Apr 2021, 5:41pm Blimey! Indefinitely can they do that? I’ve used it a few times when I’m in that neck of the woods and off the top of my head can’t think of anything near by.
From Scunny what is the alternative for a cyclist?
Over Keadby Bridge, the road along the west side of the Trent to Goole and over Boothferry Bridge. The road over the Humber is the A15 not a motorway so presumably you can cycle on it.
One time there was a strong westerly and we planned to go south over the Humber Bridge on a long ride. So instead we did a round-the-Humber so we went out in to a headwind and back with a monster tailwind. Over 100 miles on the day via Boothferry Bridge.

As for “The road over the Humber is the A15 not a motorway so presumably you can cycle on it.” The stretch of the A15 over the estuary is the Humber Bridge and cyclists have always been specifically banned from mixing with the motorised traffic.

There is a separate shared use facility on both sides - although the eastern side had already been closed for quite a while.
by keyboardmonkey
3 Apr 2021, 4:59pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Humber Bridge closed to cyclists & pedestrians indefinitely
Replies: 133
Views: 3848

Re: Humber Bridge closed to cyclists & pedestrians indefinitely

Jdsk wrote: 3 Apr 2021, 4:55pm I've reported the new problem with links.

Jonathan
Cheers.

Text from ‘Humber Bridge News’ on Twitter:

“Due to a recent incident, we have decided to close the footways on both sides of the Humber Bridge for an indefinite period.

We appreciate this may cause inconvenience but we ask that pedestrians and cyclists respect the decision and avoid the Humber Bridge at the present time.”
by keyboardmonkey
29 Mar 2021, 7:47am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: First adult bike advice
Replies: 31
Views: 687

Re: First adult bike advice

sihollies wrote:Hi
... I am a male aged 51, 5' 8", of medium build.
I am completely clueless when it comes to bicycles...
Simon


There are two Halfords stores within 15 miles of the search location ‘Blackpool’ that will build you a Carrera Parva SMALL for £275. Choose one of them and ask them to fit mudguards (they sort of clip on. Not ideal but better than nothing) if that’s possible. According to the spec there are no mudguard mounts, but there are rack mounts. Maybe see about getting a rack at point of sale. You’re on the borderline for sizing, but I’m your height and I would get the small.
by keyboardmonkey
24 Mar 2021, 8:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: If Europe's out where in the UK??
Replies: 33
Views: 1605

Re: If Europe's out where in the UK??

Not sure what accommodation the OP is looking for and at what budget. Anyway, this is an extract from a reply I made to another thread:

keyboardmonkey wrote:... Something like staying in a pub from (we hope) March onwards... If someone was staying near me my suggestion might the highest pub in the Yorkshire Wolds: the Wolds Inn, Huggate. Less than £200 in accommodation for a four-night stay if it's just you plus grub and your fuel to get there and back...

... Staying in this part of Yorkshire (or Pocklington or Sledmere etc.) means that as well as exploring the unspoilt Yorkshire Wolds you have access to the North York Moors, the 'heritage' coast (e.g. Flamborough and Bempton) as well as being able to cycle over the best bridge in the world for a spot of coffee and cake in North Lincolnshire (or flapjack from a petrol station if things are still a bit grim)...


With an eight-year-old - just about anywhere in this country - I would be looking to borrow someone's tandem. Just a thought.

Sticking with a fixed base in the Yorkshire Wolds I'd be looking for a self-catering cottage or similar. Looking at this web site with the filters 'Yorkshire Wolds' and 'self-catering...

https://www.visiteastyorkshire.co.uk/ac ... &poly=3271

... I'd be going for somewhere in these places from those currently available:

Huggate
Goodmanham
West Lutton
Sledmere
Helperthorpe
Pocklington
South Dalton.
by keyboardmonkey
24 Mar 2021, 7:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best wishes for Brucey
Replies: 400
Views: 23528

Re: Best wishes for Brucey

Just adding my own best wishes for Brucey's full recovery. Such a generous and patient source of well-expressed, comprehensive knowledge.
by keyboardmonkey
5 Mar 2021, 10:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Favourite multi-day tours in England & Wales
Replies: 40
Views: 1824

Re: Favourite multi-day tours in England & Wales

Jdsk wrote:Beverley Minster isn't a cathedral. But it's possible to be both eg York Minster and Lincoln Minster, and, at one time, Ripon Minster.

Jonathan


And now Hull Minster. Lincoln is doable from there, but one day I’ll maybe put together that themed Audax DIY ride taking in the minsters of Hull, Beverley, Howden and York: the ‘Minster Munch’. :)
by keyboardmonkey
25 Feb 2021, 9:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Favourite multi-day tours in England & Wales
Replies: 40
Views: 1824

Re: Favourite multi-day tours in England & Wales

Train to Malton, York, Bridlington or Hull and do the Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route? 146 miles, a few lumpy bits, plenty of pubs, B & Bs, “heritage coast”, mainly on very quiet roads. Recommended.

Official web site:

http://www.cycleyorkshirewolds.com/route

Unofficial web site:

http://www.yorkshirewoldscycleroute.co. ... hire-wolds

Taking the train to York will give you a few extra miles to get in.
by keyboardmonkey
16 Feb 2021, 6:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Framesets I can buy that take canti/vbrakes
Replies: 11
Views: 608

Re: Framesets I can but that take canti/vbrakes

jimneycricket wrote:
keyboardmonkey wrote:I can’t recommend it from personal experience, but have you looked at the Kinesis Crosslight FiveT? I’m not sure it comes as a frameset or if you have to buy the forks separately.



That looks great , I fear that it is discontinued though:(


Possibly, but I can see a few available online. Provided you can source a suitable fork you could be in luck if it ticks the boxes for you.
by keyboardmonkey
16 Feb 2021, 4:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Framesets I can buy that take canti/vbrakes
Replies: 11
Views: 608

Re: Framesets I can but that take canti/vbrakes

I can’t recommend it from personal experience, but have you looked at the Kinesis Crosslight FiveT? I’m not sure it comes as a frameset or if you have to buy the forks separately.
by keyboardmonkey
16 Feb 2021, 11:10am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Circular saw blade wheels!
Replies: 13
Views: 441

Re: Circular saw wheels!

Chris Froome is reported as saying the technology is “not quite there yet”.
by keyboardmonkey
15 Feb 2021, 10:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tool roll of (most) must-have kit?
Replies: 11
Views: 583

Re: Tool roll of (most) must-have kit?

It’s probably with the mole grips somewhere :D