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by thirdcrank
16 Apr 2021, 4:49pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Mobility Scooter
Replies: 5
Views: 72

Re: Mobility Scooter

AIUI, 'bungalow knees' is a term for this
by thirdcrank
16 Apr 2021, 4:22pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Who's had their second jab?
Replies: 23
Views: 629

Re: Who's had their second jab?

Had the second Pfizer jab today.
by thirdcrank
16 Apr 2021, 4:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tiger Crossing Picture
Replies: 46
Views: 1210

Re: Tiger Crossing Picture

mjr wrote: 16 Apr 2021, 12:08pm
thirdcrank wrote: 16 Apr 2021, 12:01pm IMO, the situation for pedestrians at pedestrian crossings goes to the heart of what's wrong with our whole set-up. Zebra crossings are really a game of bluff, arguably made worse in recent years by the absence of much in the way of enforcement. I could imagine parallel crossings being more a form of Russian Roulette. Our legislators seem unable to produce a form of words which even tries to ensure the safety of pedestrians on pedestrian crossings.
Generally I agree, but I blame lack of enforcement more than regulations wording. The regulations already outlaw the worst offences. With image recognition and cheaper cameras, we could have zebra/parallel crossing cameras monitoring the worst ones, but no government dares introduce them, I think for fear of "war on motorists" headlines.
This type of thing is why I think the traffic authority should have the power - better still the duty - to enforce everything to do with traffic management. It's absurd that one part of government should have the job of laying it all out and others should have the job of enforcing it, especially when they don't do it. If there's money in it, local authorities won't shirk from robust enforcement.
by thirdcrank
16 Apr 2021, 4:10pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Returning to cycling after Achilles tendon rupture
Replies: 3
Views: 58

Re: Returning to cycling after Achilles tendon rupture

It's about 12 years since I did mine. I had the plaster cast rather than surgery. No complications such as the bad luck you have had. I'm still aware of it in cold weather. I got a lot of benefit from the NHS physio.
by thirdcrank
16 Apr 2021, 2:04pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Traffic lights giving cyclists a head start - Bristol
Replies: 67
Views: 1088

Re: Traffic lights giving cyclists a head start - Bristol

When local politicians control things like this, there is a strong tendency to accommodate residents' parking, no matter what happens with on-street parking more generally. I don't think this is anything to do with motorists as such, just that residents have votes and angry residents use them. Motorists as such have much less influence over traffic management.
by thirdcrank
16 Apr 2021, 12:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tiger Crossing Picture
Replies: 46
Views: 1210

Re: Tiger Crossing Picture

I would say that the HC has to be taken as a whole. Once people decide that "should" is optional the whole lot is undermined.

Then, while only the MUST and MUST NOT rules are enforced with specific sanctions, the civil courts (compo) seem to place a lot of emphasis on the SHOULD rules when considering contributory negligence. And in the unlikely event that the authorities ever get their acts together, a failure to follow the HC could form the basis of a prosecution for due care or dangerous.

IIRC, Somebody above commented on the possibility of a rider arriving at speed and emerging from a blind junction. I presume there is official guidance on the location of crossings of this type (and somebody may well have linked to it ?) A future thread on here may be started by a rider using a parallel crossing having a collision with a rider on the main drag, both confident of what the other "should of" done
by thirdcrank
16 Apr 2021, 12:06pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Who's had the vaccine?
Replies: 1213
Views: 28849

Re: Who's had the vaccine?

Maybe slightly thirstier than usual.
That may be triggered all the publicity about pubs reopening.
by thirdcrank
16 Apr 2021, 12:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tiger Crossing Picture
Replies: 46
Views: 1210

Re: Tiger Crossing Picture

IMO, the situation for pedestrians at pedestrian crossings goes to the heart of what's wrong with our whole set-up. Zebra crossings are really a game of bluff, arguably made worse in recent years by the absence of much in the way of enforcement. I could imagine parallel crossings being more a form of Russian Roulette. Our legislators seem unable to produce a form of words which even tries to ensure the safety of pedestrians on pedestrian crossings. Incorporating crossing regs into TSRGD is probably a good thing, but the introduction of GIVE WAY lines seems to be an illusory benefit in that the person using the crossing must be in harm's way before the traffic is required to stop.

This is the wording for GIVE WAY lines at a junction and there's similar wording for GIVE WAY lines at road narrowing and for GIVE WAY signs. (See my post above for the zebra crossing wording)
Give way marking

7. The requirements conveyed to vehicular traffic on roads by a road marking provided for at item 3 of the sign table in Part 6 of this Schedule are—

(a)except as provided in paragraphs (b) to (d), that no vehicle may proceed past the transverse line which is the nearer to the major road into that road in a manner or at a time likely to endanger the driver of, or any passenger in, a vehicle on the major road or to cause the driver of such a vehicle to change its speed or course in order to avoid an accident; (My emphasis.)
https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/201 ... ule/9/made
by thirdcrank
16 Apr 2021, 10:45am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Attention Mick F!! (pubs open 12th April)
Replies: 70
Views: 1484

Re: Attention Mick F!! (pubs open 12th April)

markjohnobrien wrote: 12 Apr 2021, 6:56pm
philvantwo wrote: 12 Apr 2021, 6:54pm Who in their right mind would want to sit outside in this weather drinking cold beer!
I don’t drink cold beer: bitter and real ale isn’t cold...
This reminds me of the discussion on the recent thread about Newcastle Brown. At some stage they incorporated the heat-sensitive label which was supposed to show when it had been chilled to the right temperature. Once upon a time, the skill was to pour a bottle without it frothing up. More recently there were instructions on the label about how to pour it to create a head.
by thirdcrank
16 Apr 2021, 7:26am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tiger Crossing Picture
Replies: 46
Views: 1210

Re: Tiger Crossing Picture

AFAIK, the HC hasn't been amended to cover parallel crossings. The present rule for zebra crossings includes this:-
Rule 195

Zebra crossings. As you approach a zebra crossing
  • look out for pedestrians waiting to cross and be ready to slow down or stop to let them cross

    you MUST give way when a pedestrian has moved onto a crossing
    ....
    ...
    be aware of pedestrians approaching from the side of the crossing.
...
Law ZPPPCRGD reg 25
Presumably, that will be amended with appropriate references to cyclists and parallel crossings. One weakness of our legal system in this sort of situation is the search for loopholes; another the the absence of anything like enforcement until after a serious crash. This type of crossing has existed a while now so there must be some experience of how things work in practice.
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PS The HC advice to pedestrians will presumably be expanded to cover cyclists.
Rule 18

At all crossings. When using any type of crossing you should

always check that the traffic has stopped before you start to cross or push a pram onto a crossing (...)

Rule 19

Zebra crossings.
Give traffic plenty of time to see you and to stop before you start to cross. Vehicles will need more time when the road is slippery. Wait until traffic has stopped from both directions or the road is clear before crossing. Remember that traffic does not have to stop until someone has moved onto the crossing. Keep looking both ways, and listening, in case a driver or rider has not seen you and attempts to overtake a vehicle that has stopped.
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway ... ns-1-to-35
by thirdcrank
15 Apr 2021, 9:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tiger Crossing Picture
Replies: 46
Views: 1210

Re: Tiger Crossing Picture

SA_SA_SA wrote: 15 Apr 2021, 8:54pm I note the example in cycling embassy photo upthread has a give way sign for cyclists, presumably to avoid (mainland European? where the following meaning would be more likely?) cyclists thinking their route is the 'main' road with full time priority rather only gaining priority once they have entered into a clear crossing
I don't understand the point you are making but the rules for zebra crossings changed with TSRGD 2016 to require drivers to give way to pedestrians and that applies to parallel crossings as well ie drivers must give way to cyclists on them.
22.—(1) The give-way line marking provided for at item 54 of the Part 2 sign table (and shown in the diagram at item 53) conveys to vehicular traffic proceeding along the carriageway towards a Parallel crossing—

(a) the position at or before which a vehicle must be stopped (“the stop position”), and
(b) a requirement to stop at, or before, the stop position, if a pedestrian or cyclist is on the carriageway, for the purposes of using the crossing, within the part of the crossing intended for (as the case may be) pedestrians or cyclists.
https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/201 ... le/14/made
by thirdcrank
15 Apr 2021, 3:14pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: should politics be banned on the forum?
Replies: 225
Views: 4462

Re: should politics be banned on the forum?

I've not tried it, but I think 'friend' causes that person's posts to be highlighted.
You are now on my list of friends and I see no difference. Have you experienced a warm glow?
by thirdcrank
15 Apr 2021, 2:55pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Boris's Brain is missing
Replies: 234
Views: 6508

Re: Boris's Brain is missing

Re Cameron and Greensill, I get the impression that there's a push to turn the spotlight away from Dave onto a former mandarin.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-56757195

Certainly looks like a heavyweight probe.
by thirdcrank
15 Apr 2021, 1:50pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: should politics be banned on the forum?
Replies: 225
Views: 4462

Re: should politics be banned on the forum?

If I can wind back to the most recent comments on the foe facility, I'll say it's naïve for anybody to assume that what they post will be widely read or fully read by those who do look at it.

If I buy a newspaper, especially a weekend edition, several of the supplements go in in the recycling bin unopened. Of the bits I keep, quite a bit gets only a skim. Ditto, enclosures with magazines. And unsolicited emails. And junk mail.

The title "foe" seems unnecessarily antagonistic and might be better termed "unsubscribe." I'd not use it to avoid discussion; it's a labour saving device to junk stuff I wouldn't read anyway. On the same theme, just as it's apparently possible to subscribe to a thread, I'd like to be able to unsubscribe, especially if it has a clever title that I'm too stupid to remember what it's about.

While I'm on, what does the "friend" facility do? Blow kisses?