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by Adam S
12 Oct 2016, 7:21pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: The helmet section?
Replies: 586
Views: 22959

Re: The helmet section?

Dave W wrote:The point was that cycling accidents are rife - I didn't see any banged head on kitchen cupboard headlines..

News stories report the notable, not the commonplace. We could use your methodology to show that murders are rife. What is this obsession with individual reports when we have statistics?
by Adam S
11 Oct 2016, 9:03pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Loyn Bridge Gressingham to Hornby
Replies: 11
Views: 2795

Re: Loyn Bridge Gressingham to Hornby

No idea why they couldn't leave the bridge open for pedestrians and cyclists
by Adam S
11 Oct 2016, 8:58pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Towpath survey
Replies: 27
Views: 4678

Re: Towpath survey

Often maintenance isn't the issue. It's the question of whether towpaths should be improved for bicyckes. I'm in favour of allowing cycles to use towpaths but I'm not sure I'd like to see all towpaths 'upgraded' to a tarmac strip.
by Adam S
11 Oct 2016, 9:56am
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Lawmaking by the bereaved?
Replies: 56
Views: 2687

Re: Lawmaking by the bereaved?

I suspect that these people already hold the perception that cycling is dangerous and that the experience of cycling simply acts to reinforce that view.

I suspect that too. People in the UK almost invariably regard cycling as significantly riskier than it actually is. Even many cyclists often talk of it being dangerous.
The observations of people wearing helmets told them it was dangerous, experiencing close passes confirmed the danger.

Probably not just helmets, but helmets are part of it. They are both a product of the perceived dangerousness and something which reinforces that perception.
by Adam S
8 Oct 2016, 11:59am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling abroad and the Warranty system
Replies: 22
Views: 1612

Re: Cycling abroad and the Warranty system

Thanks Horizon, I hadn't spotted the other thread. Can the threads be merged? What I've said holds true for any goods bought from a retailer (physical or online). If bought second hand, from a private individual, or at auction most of the above won't apply. Manufacturers' warranties are almost always restricted to the original purchaser buying retail.
by Adam S
8 Oct 2016, 11:48am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling abroad and the Warranty system
Replies: 22
Views: 1612

Re: Cycling abroad and the Warranty system

Manufacturer warranties are not required by law and are often highly restrictive. If something isn't explicitly stated you aren't covered for it. No doubt a load of T&Cs will have been provided with your bike or at online warranty registration. It is standard for warranties to stipulate a particular process for claiming warranty through an authorised dealership. It is rare for warranty to cover replacements obtained from other sources.

You have much stronger statutory rights with regard to the retailer. In law they, not the manufacturer, are responsible for the quality of the goods they have sold. As your wheel lasted only a very short distance, it was clearly not of a satisfactory quality. I suggest you contact the retailer and see if they will do anything to reimburse you. Having said that they are not required to meet the costs of you having it repaired by a third party.
by Adam S
28 Sep 2016, 8:01pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle path speed
Replies: 61
Views: 5392

Re: Cycle path speed

Well I rather think we should all (regardless of mode of transport) modify our behaviour in consideration of other traffic
by Adam S
28 Sep 2016, 12:04pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle path speed
Replies: 61
Views: 5392

Re: Cycle path speed

I would on a quiet rural road.I wouldn't where there was alot of traffic
by Adam S
27 Sep 2016, 7:57pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle path speed
Replies: 61
Views: 5392

Re: Cycle path speed

PH wrote:
Adam S wrote:
PH wrote:Your post reads like you think pedestrians are obliged to stay on one side of the line, I don't believe this to be the case.

Not 'obliged'. There is no legal requirement but it is clearly intended that pedestrians should be aware of the segregation and should at least move over to the pedestrian side when cyclists approach. Otherwise the segregation is pointless


I can't see the difference between your argument and the one motorists make about cyclists using cycle lanes. I'll share the path on equal terms with the pedestrians and the road on equal terms with he other vehicles.

Please do. I do too. I do not understand how the idea that pedestrians and cyclists encountering each other should move to or remain in their marked sides of segregated paths is advocating inequality. I really didn't expect it to be a controversial comment.
Mattyfez wrote:I agree but cyclists also have a responsibility to be aware, and considerate...

Of course. I never implied otherwise.
by Adam S
26 Sep 2016, 3:03pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle path speed
Replies: 61
Views: 5392

Re: Cycle path speed

PH wrote:
Adam S wrote: To the average UK pedestrian the white line down the path is just more irrelevant white paint. UK councils like putting cycle/ped symbols where segregated paths join roads but not anywhere along the route. Even a relatively diligent pedestrian might not be clear which side is which when they have been walking for a while or join the path at some point other than a road.

Your post reads like you think pedestrians are obliged to stay on one side of the line, I don't believe this to be the case.

Not 'obliged'. There is no legal requirement but it is clearly intended that pedestrians should be aware of the segregation and should at least move over to the pedestrian side when cyclists approach. Otherwise the segregation is pointless
by Adam S
23 Sep 2016, 11:59am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle path speed
Replies: 61
Views: 5392

Re: Cycle path speed

Sometime there will be necessary width restrictions. But "not wide enough" often just means we are unwilling to reallocate any space from motor vehicles: http://www.aviewfromthecyclepath.com/20 ... cycle.html

The same away from roads. A 2m alley between buildings can't be widened. But why all the substandard paths where there is plenty of room? If we provide decent cycling facilities along or beside roads it would not be necessary to repurpose inadequate 1-2m footpaths as crummy cycle facilities (http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4838035) just so that cyclists can avoid the horrible roads.
by Adam S
23 Sep 2016, 10:52am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle path speed
Replies: 61
Views: 5392

Re: Cycle path speed

In the NL far more pedestrian are cyclists . To the average UK pedestrian the white line down the path is just more irrelevant white paint. UK councils like putting cycle/ped symbols where segregated paths join roads but not anywhere along the route. Even a relatively diligent pedestrian might not be clear which side is which when they have been walking for a while or join the path at some point other than a road.
by Adam S
23 Sep 2016, 10:41am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling on footpaths
Replies: 13
Views: 1818

Re: Cycling on footpaths

We mostly agree. I was defending the decision to allow cyclists to use bridleways.
The extension of access land to cyclists is much more realistic than a blanket extension of cycle rights to footpaths. A huge proportion of the footpaths cyclists actually want to ride are in these areas.
The idea of allowing the public to apply is a good one but if it would still cost the council in compensation they might be just as unlikely to create/upgrade the ways as under the present system. I worry that it could also result in a flood of wishful applications further burdening rights of way staff who are already years behind with DMMO applications.
by Adam S
22 Sep 2016, 12:09pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Taking the Lane
Replies: 21
Views: 1875

Re: Taking the Lane

Sorry, I was referring to Adam's comment: "This is exactly what Cyclecraft and The Highway Code are"

One further point: I do not think it is safe to assume that being the recommended reading makes Cyclecraft conclusive. Unlike the National Standards, it remains - despite the publisher - the work of one individual and contains some of Franklin's own idiosyncratic opinions. Using it to provide an explanation of something like primary positioning contained within the National Standard would seem reasonable but we can't take the wording as gospel.
by Adam S
22 Sep 2016, 11:47am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Taking the Lane
Replies: 21
Views: 1875

Re: Taking the Lane

Yes. Though I would again caution against implying an equivalence with the Highway Code because the Highway Code's status in highway law is unique.