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by mjr
18 Oct 2018, 1:55pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bike crash: The first things to do in the aftermath
Replies: 20
Views: 601

Re: Bike crash: The first things to do in the aftermath

By all means stick to the law, but why ignore an act of courtesy? What would be wrong with a thumbs up and shake of the head, to say 'thanks but no thanks'? Simply ignoring someone is bound to convey a negative impression. The well-meaning motorist will likely drive off thinking "what ignorant...
by mjr
18 Oct 2018, 1:50pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Car Indicators - Is it me?
Replies: 18
Views: 496

Re: Car Indicators - Is it me?

I used to know someone who didn't use his indicators (or headlights) because it "used the bulbs up"! :? Well, the filaments in halogen bulbs do slowly evaporate in use... and in the period where manufacturers started spraying coloured coatings onto incandescent bulbs instead of using colo...
by mjr
18 Oct 2018, 11:59am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Road Bike and Cycle Tracks
Replies: 25
Views: 544

Re: Road Bike and Cycle Tracks

If you accept that the status quo will or even should remain - hordes of dangerous cars driven by dangerous people with the horrible consequences - then it makes sense to suggest separate cycleways. However, the longer term trend is then likely to be a slow and piecemeal ban of bikes from ever-more...
by mjr
18 Oct 2018, 11:26am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Stop Killing Cyclists
Replies: 6
Views: 439

Re: Stop Killing Cyclists

http://www.landscapearchitecture.org.uk/uk-cyclists-must-campaign-together-cycle-infrastructure-campaign4cycling/?fbclid=IwAR2LZoacETAQ-JD27E-g9FKG51LBXxUMW1eCVUQnT5rNVAqOpmRZRHE1hjw And all other groups are chopped liver? :roll: KLWNBUG ran a guided ride from King's Cross to/from a past SKC-organi...
by mjr
18 Oct 2018, 11:16am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bike crash: The first things to do in the aftermath
Replies: 20
Views: 601

Re: Bike crash: The first things to do in the aftermath

I can't help thinking that some of the antipathy towards cyclists comes from incidents such as you describe, where another road user is trying to be courteous and is either ignored or admonished for his pains. +1 Come on then, please, would you rather we killed ourselves to avoid upsetting another ...
by mjr
18 Oct 2018, 11:01am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Belgium: possible new peak-time train bike ban from Feb 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 50

Re: Belgium: possible new peak-time train bike ban from Feb 2019

"It's everything backwards", I must add that to my list of sayings You will see that the original was something like "c'est le monde à l'envers" (itself probably translated from Flemish, given that it's an SP.A member), which I think is literally "it's the world reversed&qu...
by mjr
18 Oct 2018, 10:56am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: HC update - opening motor vehicle doors ...
Replies: 6
Views: 178

Re: HC update - opening motor vehicle doors ...

Cycling - when I can, I simply avoid the door zone by giving parked vehicles a wide berth. But that's not always possible on a busy road, [...] I'm sure we've had this discussion before, but I can't find it quickly. I believe it's always possible to ride wide of parked cars, but sometimes people ch...
by mjr
18 Oct 2018, 10:47am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Road Bike and Cycle Tracks
Replies: 25
Views: 544

Re: Road Bike and Cycle Tracks

Of course, some cycling advocates don't do their road-rights case any good by insisting on an alternative set of structures for "safe cycling". However, there are far fewer such advocates than vehicularists complaining about them! Cycleways are more often requested (HTF would advocates in...
by mjr
18 Oct 2018, 10:39am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Belgium: possible new peak-time train bike ban from Feb 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 50

Belgium: possible new peak-time train bike ban from Feb 2019

In a move straight out of British Rail's handbook, SNCB/NMBS have reacted to the successful increase in passenger numbers by proposing to ban bikes from Belgian peak-time trains. Politicians of various parties are outraged , such as N-VA's Inez De Coninck saying "this shows once more a lack of ...
by mjr
18 Oct 2018, 10:26am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Trains...why?
Replies: 77
Views: 1182

Re: Trains...why?

One feature I like: you can see at a glance the range of alternative fares for a journey, and make your choice. Try asking a harassed booking-clerk in the rush hour, about cheaper fares! Most ticket counter staff have been very good, even in rush hour, cheerfully helping you use the wrinkles like t...
by mjr
18 Oct 2018, 10:16am
Forum: On the road
Topic: 1.5m rucksack covers
Replies: 4
Views: 90

Re: 1.5m rucksack covers

Not sure it's going to help much when the rucksack's in the basket! As you know, I think breaking up the human shape is unhelpful and encourages motorists to close-pass like they do other metal vehicles, rather than treating us a humans that their vehicle will really hurt if it makes contact. I also...
by mjr
18 Oct 2018, 10:12am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Patch recommendation...
Replies: 71
Views: 4274

Re: Patch recommendation...

[...] Is ten minutes too long? That is from getting off the bike to getting back on, pumping with a normal pump. I think so sometimes, but we all have different views of how much spare time we have. There are definitely times where taking ten minutes to repair a puncture would have meant I missed a...
by mjr
18 Oct 2018, 8:14am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Road Bike and Cycle Tracks
Replies: 25
Views: 544

Re: Road Bike and Cycle Tracks

Bez wrote:
mjr wrote:
Grandad wrote:
???

Well, name a motorway which doesn't have alternative parallel A/B roads. Severn Bridges. A few bits of the M27. It's things like that. Relatively few.


Most motorways have parallel roads, but few roads have a parallel motorway.

Ah yes, the "them" was ambiguous.
by mjr
17 Oct 2018, 11:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Road Bike and Cycle Tracks
Replies: 25
Views: 544

Re: Road Bike and Cycle Tracks

Grandad wrote:
No more than being allowed to drive on a road where there is a parallel motorway, which is most of them.


???

Well, name a motorway which doesn't have alternative parallel A/B roads. Severn Bridges. A few bits of the M27. It's things like that. Relatively few.
by mjr
17 Oct 2018, 11:25pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Car Indicators - Is it me?
Replies: 18
Views: 496

Re: Car Indicators - Is it me?

Some newer Audis (how come only Audi?) have moving strip indicators on the rear, why can't they put them on the front too? I have seen a car with animated front indicators. It might well have been an Audi. It still sucked and I would prefer a simple light on the corner and no switching the headligh...