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by Bmblbzzz
29 Jul 2021, 7:50pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Uninsured e scooters seized
Replies: 17
Views: 395

Re: Uninsured e scooters seized

I should think there will be a general legalisation some time after the commercial opportunities of hiring have been exhausted. Probably with a long interim period of the hires defunct and private ownership still technically illegal on roads but completely normalised, as I'd expect the legalisation not to happen until the next general overhaul of traffic legislation.
by Bmblbzzz
29 Jul 2021, 7:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Walking the wrong way
Replies: 66
Views: 3238

Re: Walking the wrong way

Licensing Act 1872, Section 12:
Every person found drunk in any highway or other public place, whether a building or not, or on any licensed premises, shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding ten shillings, and on a second conviction within a period of twelve months shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding twenty shillings, and on a third or subsequent conviction within such period of twelve months be liable to a penalty not exceeding forty shillings.Every person who in any highway or other public place, whether a building or not, is guilty while drunk of riotous or disorderly behaviour, or who is drunk while in charge on any highway or other public place of any carriage, horse, cattle, or. steam engine, or who is drunk when in possession of any loaded fire-arms, may be apprehended, and shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding forty shillings, or in the discretion of the court to imprisonment with or without hard labour for any term not exceeding one month.Where the court commits any person to prison for nonpayment of any penalty under this section, the court may order him to be imprisoned with hard labour.
I believe this has been superceded by more modern legislation this century but it was still in force in the 1990s – it used to be referenced in the back of the Highway Code. Don't confuse "very rarely enforced" with "not implemented"!
by Bmblbzzz
29 Jul 2021, 4:49pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Walking the wrong way
Replies: 66
Views: 3238

Re: Walking the wrong way

Those are already laws! Well okay, not the shoes with insufficient tread – as far as I know.
by Bmblbzzz
29 Jul 2021, 8:23am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "You're welcome" when you're not, on a canal towpath
Replies: 37
Views: 1028

Re: "You're welcome" when you're not, on a canal towpath

Note that wearing headphones, especially large ones, does not necessarily equate to listening to music (or anything else); some people wear them routinely as a means of fending off unwanted words (verbal harassment of various types) or ambient noise, or to deal to with tinnitus. And strictly in terms of hearing, headphones and music are about equal in terms of external audible input with music from car stereo with windows closed.
by Bmblbzzz
28 Jul 2021, 9:15am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Queen Victoria Postboxes
Replies: 62
Views: 3081

Re: Queen Victoria Postboxes

That's a lovely place (even without the postbox).
by Bmblbzzz
27 Jul 2021, 8:26am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Handlebar bag with brifters
Replies: 8
Views: 403

Re: Handlebar bag with brifters

On my bike with "washing lines" I use a small bar bag which ties directly on to the bars and with a loop of elastic round the steerer. It fits in the space between bars and "washing line" – I think it does force them down slightly but not to the extent that it has any effect on either shifting or durability.
by Bmblbzzz
26 Jul 2021, 3:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: drop bars - cable channels
Replies: 19
Views: 639

Re: drop bars - cable channels

"Best thing since sliced bread" assumes everyone likes sliced bread. I don't! (I'm not expressing any opinion on the Ezy pedals though cos I know nothing about them.)
by Bmblbzzz
26 Jul 2021, 10:17am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "You're welcome" when you're not, on a canal towpath
Replies: 37
Views: 1028

Re: "You're welcome" when you're not, on a canal towpath

Ontherivet77 wrote: 26 Jul 2021, 8:44am A simple "on your right" or "on your left" warning would suffice if you cannot move your hands for the bell. I have mine positioned so I don't have to move my hand at all.
I'd add something like "I'm passing on your right". Just "on your right" is liable to misinterpretation from those who are not used to it (which is most people). Does it mean "there's something on your right" (and what sort of thing?) or does it mean "move to your right" (to avoid the something)? Does it actually mean your (the hearer's) right or the speaker's right, and are these the same thing (this is before we get into the problem of right/left confusion)? Importantly, what is the hearer supposed to do with this "on your right" information?

For simply getting attention, a loud clicky freewheel (if you have one) works surprisingly well and is a sound that most people can easily interpret as "cyclist". Otherwise, a decent bell or an "excuse me" and leave it to the walkers to decide whether to go left or right – but be already slowing down before you call or ring, so it's clear you're giving way to them not forcing your way through.
by Bmblbzzz
26 Jul 2021, 8:56am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: drop bars - cable channels
Replies: 19
Views: 639

Re: drop bars - cable channels

simonineaston wrote: 25 Jul 2021, 10:02am
Is that an option? Do you get the same bars with or without?
Not an option, rather that 'bars with cable channels tend to cost more than their plain-vanilla cousins. Personally I rather like the feel of the ridge that results from the wrapped cable.
I think you have answered your own question. Which is often the best way.
by Bmblbzzz
26 Jul 2021, 7:37am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Handlebar bag map case
Replies: 9
Views: 324

Re: Handlebar bag map case

Altura.
by Bmblbzzz
24 Jul 2021, 3:58pm
Forum: Family Cycling
Topic: Wye Valley Greenway
Replies: 8
Views: 830

Re: Wye Valley Greenway

I rode it back in the spring, can't remember exactly when but it was an extremely wet day. The path gets very muddy in places. I haven't walked it but I think it might actually work better as a walk, due to the mud and the dark tunnel. I agree it doesn't make an obvious commuting route, as much due to the mud as anything else, though I'm sure some from Tintern area will find it a useful link into Chepstow, but it does make a good route from Chepstow to Tintern avoiding the A466 and its draggy climb.
by Bmblbzzz
23 Jul 2021, 1:26pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Has cycling's 'new golden age' been and gone?
Replies: 18
Views: 1091

Re: Has cycling's 'new golden age' been and gone?

Stevek76 wrote: 15 Jun 2021, 9:42am
Bullseye wrote: 10 Jun 2021, 12:36pm I'm very surprised Camdens figures don't match those of Hackney.
While hackney never had an LTN implemented in a coordinated manner until now it has numerous modal filters put in over decades that amount to much the same end result for large parts of the borough. It also has been steadily ratcheting down parking supply over the years.

It could likely be higher had earlier council leaders not been hostile to good quality cycle tracks on main roads.
Instituting traffic changes in this way, over time and avoiding labels such as "Low traffic" (or any other labels), usually achieves the same result but without arousing the same anger.
by Bmblbzzz
23 Jul 2021, 1:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What premium to support LBS?
Replies: 132
Views: 8705

Re: What premium to support LBS?

fastpedaller wrote: 22 Jul 2021, 6:59pm Viewing 'the problem' from another industry I can see the parallels, and IMHO the distributors are the issue here, not the 'general public' who are the final end-user or the retail customer. As has been said, the online seller is offering an item for the same price that the trade are paying or less. The UK distributors, wholesalers (call them what you like) are working a 'price maintenance system' and are happy to say "you have to buy from us" to support their cause. I see this in a lot of industries. This was happening over 30 years ago, when a friend in the cycle trade was told he shouldn't be buying from Dave Lloyd (whose price was lower) because the product was a 'grey import' - when challenged with the question " are you saying they are illegal or fake?" the wholesaler became very defensive and eventually said 'no, but you shouldn't buy them' I buy polyester resins, and a friend who is 'in the trade' is being taken for a ride with the prices he pays his 'wholesaler to the trade', regularly paying some 20% higher than I pay as a retail customer (same product, different seller). I'm sure many more examples are available.
Smacks of cartel/price fixing practice!
I haven't read the rest of this thread, but what do you mean by "the online seller is offering an item for the same price that the trade are paying or less"? Firstly, there's a semantic difficulty, in that the online seller is the trade, or to view it from the the other end, the trade are sellers. Secondly, there are very often the same people: a physical shop will often have an online presence selling the same items more cheaply, or likely several online presences (on Ebay, Amazon, perhaps other platforms, as well as "bikeshop.com") with differentiated pricing structures.
by Bmblbzzz
23 Jul 2021, 1:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What premium to support LBS?
Replies: 132
Views: 8705

Re: What premium to support LBS?

I wonder if it would be worth extending the vending-machine approach to some other components, perhaps cables and chains?
by Bmblbzzz
17 Jul 2021, 7:39pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: CALNE to CHIPPENHAM CYCLE PATH (NCR403)
Replies: 18
Views: 945

Re: CALNE to CHIPPENHAM CYCLE PATH (NCR403)

I know the section you mean, I've ridden it a couple of times and actually enjoyed it. But I've only ridden it on audax-type rides, never actual transport. AFAIK it's not actually a designated cycle route, just a bridleway that's fairly useful.