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by Bmblbzzz
20 Oct 2021, 8:13pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Roundabouts
Replies: 39
Views: 1253

Re: Roundabouts

In 2005, it was voted the worst roundabout in a survey of the general public by a UK insurance company.[6] In September 2007, the Magic Roundabout was named as one of the world's worst junctions by a UK motoring magazine.[7] In December 2007, BBC News reported a survey identifying The Magic Roundabout as one of the "10 Scariest Junctions in the United Kingdom";[8] however, the roundabout provides a better throughput of traffic than other designs and has an excellent safety record, since traffic moves too slowly to do serious damage in the event of a collision.[9]

In 2010, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program concluded that the roundabout reduces injurious crashes by three quarters.[10][11]
I really wouldn't call it scary, especially not on a bike. It's confusing to people because they try to think of it as one roundabout; really it's a series of mini-roundabouts in a ring. Far better (or less bad, at least) to cycle than many big roundabouts eg at motorway junctions. For one thing, the speeds are much lower and there are fewer lanes.
by Bmblbzzz
20 Oct 2021, 6:23pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Map showing public showers in UK?
Replies: 23
Views: 750

Re: Map showing public showers in UK?

andrew_s wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 12:10am
Sweep wrote: 13 Oct 2021, 8:23pm Do they ever change the key?
I would suspect not.
Getting new keys to all of the legitimate boaters would doubtless take longer than the time required for the new keys to have appeared on the interweb and got into the pockets of the non-legitimate users.

"Legitimate users" would be those that have paid a non inconsiderable sum for a Canal & Rivers Trust boat licence, which is the source of the money that pays for the facilities (as well as general river maintenance). It seems to be in the range of £500 to £1500 p/a, depending on how big the boat is.
Aren't they Radar keys? They can be bought on eBay.

Edit: Looking at the pic above it would seem we're talking about a proper door key. Radar keys for the barriers though, I think?
by Bmblbzzz
20 Oct 2021, 6:18pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Roundabouts
Replies: 39
Views: 1253

Re: Roundabouts

drossall wrote: 20 Oct 2021, 6:04pm
axel_knutt wrote: 16 Oct 2021, 4:24pmAs big roundabouts go, my favourite is the Greenstead roundabout in Colchester: it has two-way traffic, so you can go whichever way is shortest. https://goo.gl/maps/JCLNTmTaeEU2XugeA
Same as the Magic Roundabout in Hemel Hempstead isn't it? I've been round that on a bike without too much bother, but not in busy times.
And Swindon, of course.
by Bmblbzzz
20 Oct 2021, 12:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Uninsured e scooters seized
Replies: 63
Views: 2240

Re: Uninsured e scooters seized

Seems generally sensible. (Apart from the comments which are just like those in Britain.)
by Bmblbzzz
19 Oct 2021, 1:57pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Uninsured e scooters seized
Replies: 63
Views: 2240

Re: Uninsured e scooters seized

It's quite a while since I saw anyone on roller skates. Funny how they seem to alternate in and out of fashion with skateboards.
by Bmblbzzz
19 Oct 2021, 11:56am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Uninsured e scooters seized
Replies: 63
Views: 2240

Re: Uninsured e scooters seized

In some places – Birmingham for instance – Voi have introduced scooter docks in order to tidy up the parking. In fact I've read there are some in Bristol, but not anywhere I've seen. I wish they would (and even better, put the docks on the carriageway not the pavement). And every time I've moved one that's been left in the middle of the pavement or cycle gap, they've always seemed to be locked, so I don't know what the 14 year old was doing. I guess there's some way of bypassing the lock but not activating the motor. Still, it doesn't seem like a terribly efficient way of travelling.
by Bmblbzzz
19 Oct 2021, 11:51am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Farm Lane Compton Greenfield- Cycle works
Replies: 15
Views: 1627

Re: Farm Lane Compton Greenfield- Cycle works

I was only vaguely aware of these works, although I did go down Hollywood Lane in the summer and noted the changes to the junction at the bottom, including the completely pointless left filter. It's many years since I've ridden the entire length of Farm Lane as it doesn't go anywhere much that I want to go; if I'm heading to the bridge, I'll either go through Easter Compton and Pilning or more likely a completely different route through Olveston. I've yet to see the new motorway junction, though I did hear yesterday that the decision has been taken to connect it to something...

Mixed feelings about closing Hollywood Lane. It's good that you'll be less likely to meet wide vehicles (cars) heading up as you rush down and blundering down as you struggle up, but it's bad that it probably heralds the end of maintenance there and the inevitable deterioration of the surface. On balance I think it's good though as removing through motor traffic from narrow roads is good.
by Bmblbzzz
18 Oct 2021, 9:04pm
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??
Replies: 1222
Views: 46013

Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

thirdcrank wrote: 18 Oct 2021, 6:43pm Straight over my head, I fear.
Presumably something to do with this song:
https://youtu.be/VlWiQ69DGE0

But I'm not sure why Ford or always breaking down, so maybe it's not that at all.
by Bmblbzzz
15 Oct 2021, 7:52pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Route 74 has gone
Replies: 76
Views: 1816

Re: Route 74 has gone

Pete Owens wrote: 15 Oct 2021, 5:33pm
Bmblbzzz wrote: 15 Oct 2021, 4:21pm Something in the NCN must be working: this is just a few hundred metres futher on route 74 / B7078 from where Pete Owens linked to
https://goo.gl/maps/BcDDRYZJiXYuNjdx5
If you look through 360 degrees, you can see two pedestrians, three cyclists but only one car. This seems to me like one little vindication of protected cycling and walking facilities (or whatever you want to call them).
No it just shows if you replace a long distance road through sparcely inhabited countryside by a motorway then you will remove most of the motor traffic and the original road will become ideal for cycling. The existence or not of a seperate path is irrelevant (it is there because there was a carriageway left over, not because that was deemed nescessary). Just as the narrow cycle lanes on other stretches just represent the bits of tarmac surplus to requirement when they only had one carriageway to play with.

Of course if you are going to claim that a picture of a cyclist riding on a cyclepath as evidence that they are only there due to the existence of route 74 then presumably this is a scene we won't be seeing in the future:
https://www.google.com/maps/@55.1341267 ... 384!8i8192
Maybe Sustrans is keen to expunge the route to stamp out such deviant behaviour.
The two examples are hardly comparable. The first is a reasonably wide cycle lane, built or rather rebuilt with cycling in mind. It's not ideal – has too many silly give ways and could probably do with being a bit wider – but is good for slower or less bold cyclists as well as great for walking. The second is a narrow, roughly surfaced pavement which has been deemed cycleable by the addition of blue signs. It's the cycling equivalent of putting motorway signs on a twisty country lane and deeming it good for heavy traffic at 70mph.
by Bmblbzzz
15 Oct 2021, 4:21pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Route 74 has gone
Replies: 76
Views: 1816

Re: Route 74 has gone

Something in the NCN must be working: this is just a few hundred metres futher on route 74 / B7078 from where Pete Owens linked to
https://goo.gl/maps/BcDDRYZJiXYuNjdx5
If you look through 360 degrees, you can see two pedestrians, three cyclists but only one car. This seems to me like one little vindication of protected cycling and walking facilities (or whatever you want to call them).
by Bmblbzzz
15 Oct 2021, 10:42am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 16 year-old girl cycling from Newton Abbot to COP26
Replies: 9
Views: 395

Re: 16 year-old girl cycling from Newton Abbot to COP26

De Sisti wrote: 13 Oct 2021, 10:08am Here's an uplifting article about a youngster intending to cycle over 500 miles to COP26.

https://httpspeoplepeddlepower.wordpres ... apRjR1d4OY
Thanks for posting this. :D
by Bmblbzzz
14 Oct 2021, 1:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: what is your oldest piece of cycling kit?
Replies: 54
Views: 1294

Re: what is your oldest piece of cycling kit?

jb wrote: 13 Oct 2021, 7:37pm
prestavalve wrote: 13 Oct 2021, 7:28pmMe.
But are you branded?
Or tattooed?
by Bmblbzzz
12 Oct 2021, 9:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: what is your oldest piece of cycling kit?
Replies: 54
Views: 1294

Re: what is your oldest piece of cycling kit?

OED says:
Middle English: from Middle Dutch kitte ‘wooden vessel’, of unknown origin. The original sense ‘wooden tub’ was later applied to other containers; the use denoting a soldier's equipment (late 18th century) probably arose from the idea of a set of articles packed in a container.
But that's general equipment rather than specifically clothing.
by Bmblbzzz
12 Oct 2021, 8:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: what is your oldest piece of cycling kit?
Replies: 54
Views: 1294

Re: what is your oldest piece of cycling kit?

PDQ Mobile wrote: 12 Oct 2021, 2:19pm It struck me that perhaps the OP meant clothing?

Rather than puncture repair kit and the like.

An age thing?
Change in meaning?
Militarisation of the English language? :shock:
Interesting idea. I'd never thought that kit meaning clothing might have a military origin, as in (I suppose) kit bag.