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by snibgo
8 May 2015, 7:09am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Goodbye Julian Huppert
Replies: 1
Views: 743

Goodbye Julian Huppert

Dr Huppert, MP for Cambridge, has been a victim of the hammering the LibDems received in the General Election. He was narrowly defeated by Labour. The new MP, Daniel Zeichner, seems a plausible pro-cycling MP. (See http://www.camcycle.org.uk/elections/2015mayparliamentcambridge/cambridge/ ) If he is...
by snibgo
24 Apr 2015, 6:16pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)
Replies: 30
Views: 3137

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

I sometimes carry a laptop in a pannier. I put it inside a laptop bag, in the pannier. No problems (so far).

I don't wear rucksacks on bikes.

The idea sounds useful for hill-walkers, especially on a walking/camping tour with limited opportunity for charging gadgets.
by snibgo
31 Mar 2015, 9:54pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Best Farcility of the Year?? £210,000 Wasted?? Chichester
Replies: 22
Views: 7000

Re: Best Farcility of the Year?? £210,000 Wasted?? Chicheste

DUAL. NETWORK. EVIL. BAD. WRONG. Yes. The common design goal for UK "dual networks" seems to be as somewhere for kiddies to play, away from the big dangerous motorists, ensuring kiddies don't hold up (adult) motorists. I'm not against providing facilities for real kiddies. That's great. T...
by snibgo
30 Mar 2015, 4:48am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Best Farcility of the Year?? £210,000 Wasted?? Chichester
Replies: 22
Views: 7000

Re: Best Farcility of the Year?? £210,000 Wasted?? Chicheste

I cannot figure out how any oversized roundabout aka 'gyratory', constructed usually by imposing one-way flow on existing streets, has actually improved the traffic flow. I have no solid information, but I can imagine how they might . When a conventional (Tee or crossroads) junction carries one roa...
by snibgo
29 Mar 2015, 9:40pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Best Farcility of the Year?? £210,000 Wasted?? Chichester
Replies: 22
Views: 7000

Re: Best Farcility of the Year?? £210,000 Wasted?? Chicheste

Oh dear oh dear. Techno-gadgetry to inform drivers that there are cyclists about. And when the techno-gadgetry fails, the driver has the perfect excuse for driving into a cyclist. This is an amazingly stupid idea. From the video, it seems a very car-friendly gyratory. Very large radii for the motori...
by snibgo
24 Mar 2015, 12:23pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 'Smart' watches - another distraction?
Replies: 7
Views: 6549

Re: 'Smart' watches - another distraction?

If it's jammed in somewhere, or blu-tacked or taped or glued or in a holder ... and it doesn't have to be held to turn it on or whatever, then it isn't hand-held. But a court might need to be convinced of this.
by snibgo
23 Mar 2015, 1:43pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 'Smart' watches - another distraction?
Replies: 7
Views: 6549

Re: 'Smart' watches - another distraction?

The legislation is The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2003 . The offense is slightly wider than I had thought. (1) No person shall drive a motor vehicle on a road if he is using— (a)a hand-held mobile telephone; or (b)a hand-held device of a kind specified in pa...
by snibgo
23 Mar 2015, 12:41am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: £100M going toward driverless research..so there is money
Replies: 28
Views: 7443

Re: £100M going toward driverless research..so there is mone

I've heard that radar can see through fog, so the robots will be zooming along in (human) non-visible conditions. The robots will be held back by weakly humans. Ha! But even if driverless cars are the next best thing, why should taxpayers fund the development? Are manufacturers so cash-strapped that...
by snibgo
22 Mar 2015, 4:50pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 'Smart' watches - another distraction?
Replies: 7
Views: 6549

Re: 'Smart' watches - another distraction?

... is using a smart watch, other than to see what time it is, ipso facto using a mobile phone? I think the relevant wording is "hand-held communication device". If nothing is held in the hand, that offence isn't committed. It could be a distraction, of course. "Not in proper control...
by snibgo
22 Mar 2015, 1:43pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclist defence fund Michael Mason
Replies: 116
Views: 19975

Re: Cyclist defence fund Michael Mason

Re: the helmet issue and its (ir)relevance. I have no idea what is acceptable in criminal trials. Could someone shed some light? Would the defence be allowed to argue that someone is not guilty of causing death by ..... driving because the deceased ought to have worn something which would have prev...
by snibgo
14 Mar 2015, 8:50pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Tractor speed limit and trailer weight increased
Replies: 22
Views: 7813

Re: Tractor speed limit and trailer weight increased

It was a 30 limit. So they increased the speed limit to 40 and found the average speed of vehicles dropped. Speed limits (if they are the maximums) and average speeds are inversely correlated when the road is busy. Congested motorways are given temporary speed limits, which raises the average speed...
by snibgo
14 Mar 2015, 12:54am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Mobility Scooters
Replies: 11
Views: 6931

Re: Mobility Scooters

BeeKeeper wrote:Class 3 vehicles ... cannot be used ... in "cycles only" cycle lanes.

I never knew that. I suppose it applies to Classes 1 and 2 as well. Next time I encounter one in a mandatory cycle lane, I'll know what to do.
by snibgo
13 Mar 2015, 3:45pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: ASL fixed penalty
Replies: 9
Views: 5656

Re: ASL fixed penalty

Enforcement is currently done with a detector loop under the road after the second stop line, and a camera pointing at that area. These could be moved to the first stop line. Technically, not difficult. It would take motorists some time to realise that a red light means "don't cross the first s...
by snibgo
12 Mar 2015, 10:35pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: It's a miracle
Replies: 13
Views: 4970

Re: It's a miracle

That's because a peleton of bikes were doing the same journey in the opposite direction.