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by Bicycler
26 Nov 2016, 1:37pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Vehicles parked on cycle lanes
Replies: 59
Views: 9405

Re: Vehicles parked on cycle lanes

sirmy wrote:Anything not in this list is, therefore, an offence and that would include parking or stopping in a mandatory cycle lane

The prohibition of riding or driving in cycle lanes would indeed appear to prohibit parking in them. Though Thirdcrank has detailed above how the similar prohibition of driving or riding on pavements has, in recent times, been deemed not to apply to those driving onto them in order to park.
by Bicycler
24 Nov 2016, 8:02pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Crapper Cycle Lanes
Replies: 62
Views: 10243

Re: Crapper Cycle Lanes

The problem with the blue signs is that confusion is inevitable. Many other round blue road signs in the UK do give orders and pretty much identical signs are used in parts of continental Europe to denote compulsory cycle facilities.
by Bicycler
23 Nov 2016, 4:29pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Vehicles parked on cycle lanes
Replies: 59
Views: 9405

Re: Vehicles parked on cycle lanes

mjr wrote:When does a cycle lane become a cycle track? When there are kerbs? When there are posts? When there's a cycle track order made?

It's far from clear from the definitions but it seems that a lane is part of the carriageway whereas a track is segregated. The necessity for TROs to implement parking restrictions suggests that cycle lanes are not cycle tracks. No order is needed for the council to convert a pavement to a cycle track under the Highways Act 1980. Cycle Track Orders are required for converting footpaths away from roads under the Cycle Tracks Act 1984 (IIRC). I'd say that roadside cycle track status is determined by being not a part of the carriageway and marked out as a cycle track eg. with paint and signs.
by Bicycler
1 Jun 2016, 3:52pm
Forum: The Cycling UK brand refresh
Topic: The Rebrand is Essential to our Future
Replies: 142
Views: 63289

Re: The Rebrand is Essential to our Future

Caulkheader wrote:I have been a member off and on since the mid 80's and have worked in the public sector with local and national government departments.
I have a life long interest in cycling history and on a personal level was disappointed to see the rebrand. But on balance I can see that change was necessary. In the past I have come across the CTC in consultation processes and to be honest it was embarrassing, no professional presence whatsoever and several missed opportunities to influence transport policy. The organisation would have been lost in the wilderness if it didn't change.

That isn't really a branding issue though is it? The same policies prevail. The same people will be engaging in the same consultation processes, in all likelihood missing the same opportunities. You seem to support every aspect of the rebranding except the rebranding! Yet, the rebranding is all there is. Quite a lot of the positive comments we've heard about the rebrand haven't been directly about the rebrand, but the need for some aspects of the CTC to change. There has been a lot of "I support change; the rebrand is change, therefore I support the rebrand."

I think the need for a more effective CTC/CUK is fairly universally agreed upon but, for the reasons you gave, I just don't think the rebranding was a step in the right direction, nor is there any reason to see it as an indication of worthwhile changes to come.
by Bicycler
31 May 2016, 7:11pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Ear/headphones and listening to music?
Replies: 58
Views: 3788

Re: Ear/headphones and listening to music?

reohn2 wrote:Thinks... would you want to be riding you bike whilst partaking of the first two experiences in that list :shock:

I assumed that riding a bike WAS one of the first two experiences. I must be missing out on something :shock: :oops:
by Bicycler
31 May 2016, 7:08pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Ear/headphones and listening to music?
Replies: 58
Views: 3788

Re: Ear/headphones and listening to music?

Sorry R2, I was addressing the post before yours. I'll edit it to make it clearer.

We agree :D
by Bicycler
31 May 2016, 6:04pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Ear/headphones and listening to music?
Replies: 58
Views: 3788

Re: Ear/headphones and listening to music?

Lance Dopestrong wrote:Because my hearing isn't the best I steer clear of headphones any way. Nevertheless, were I looking to modify my actions in the interest of safety I would want to see some evidence that the action under consideration is liable to indeed make me safer. If you go down the road of doing stuff simply because "it must be" safer you may as well stop walking on the cracks in the pavement, or reading tea leaves before each ride for all the safety benefit it may bring.


It's not that easy though. The risk of being killed or injured cycling on the roads is fairly small, so fairly small improvements in safety are unlikely to be discernible. For example, there is little or no evidence showing that cycle training, using bicycle lights at night and greater experience reduce the chances of being killed or seriously injured on the roads.
by Bicycler
31 May 2016, 3:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Wearing helmet in UK - adults and children
Replies: 24
Views: 2034

Re: Wearing helmet in UK - adults and children

Yes, do enjoy your visit :D The UK has no helmet requirements for adults or children. Police in the UK are more strict about carrying passengers on bicycles, but a child in a child seat is perfectly fine.
by Bicycler
29 May 2016, 5:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cheap Sidewall dynamo + lights recommendations
Replies: 13
Views: 1029

Re: Cheap Sidewall dynamo + lights recommendations

Thanks for the reply. The budget can certainly stretch to the B&M dyno if it's markedly better. I just said inexpensive to avoid umpteen posts recommending dynohub wheelbuilds and premium headlights which make sense for enthusiasts but would be overkill here. Aside from the cost of a dynowheel build the rims are 451mm so probably not stocked by many wheel builders. Attaching a bottle dynamo shouldn't be an issue because one was fitted originally.

I am looking into dynamo options because the owner is getting older. She has forgotten to replace batteries (or the lights themselves back on the bike) and ended up cycling home without lights several times. A dynamo seemed a simple solution.
by Bicycler
29 May 2016, 4:41pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: "Chopper" Cyclist killed in 3-rider collision (Plastic hats)
Replies: 119
Views: 6906

Re: Cyclist killed in three-rider collision in Lancashire

Cunobelin wrote:The outcome was that in order to achieve the claimed benefits, more accidents involving head injuries would be occurring than before the helmet law was introduced.

IN other words BHIT actually proved that helmets would not only be less safe, but would cause an increase in head inuries

Their claims were daft, but they didn't prove anything.
by Bicycler
29 May 2016, 2:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cheap Sidewall dynamo + lights recommendations
Replies: 13
Views: 1029

Cheap Sidewall dynamo + lights recommendations

Just a request for some recommendations for an inexpensive dynamo setup for occasional use. The owner isn't awfully fussed about aesthetics but it's an old Raleigh 3 spd with a fair amount of chrome so it would be good if we could find lights with a silver colour rather than a big chunk of black plastic. A standlight might be advantageous (though by no means essential), but don't need anything fancy like switches or auto functions (largely superfluous with a sidewall dyno anyway).

Thanks in advance :)
by Bicycler
29 May 2016, 1:20pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: "Chopper" Cyclist killed in 3-rider collision (Plastic hats)
Replies: 119
Views: 6906

Re: "Chopper" Cyclist killed in 3-rider collision (Plastic hats)

Not really 'fairly damning', in fact fairly irrelevant.

Mostly agree on that point, we can't interpret the HSE's statement as a criticism of cycle helmets.

If, god forbid, helmets ever became mandatory under road traffic legislation the HSE would simply change their guidance.

As you said earlier, motorcycle helmets aren't PPE within the meaning of the Act despite being mandatory under the road traffic legislation, so the HSE's position probably wouldn't change
by Bicycler
29 May 2016, 1:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike shop turned my bike into Frankenstein's monster...advice?
Replies: 77
Views: 4940

Re: Bike shop turned my bike into Frankenstein's monster...advice?

531colin wrote:Secondhand bike = no contract

thats not complicated at all, its very simple.

In this case Colin's correct, but just to clarify what he's saying because someone might misinterpret it as applying to all secondhand bike sales. The original retailer's 'contract' is with the person they sell the bike to, regardless of whether it is new or second hand. If the product is sold on by the original purchaser (as here) the original shop doesn't have any duty towards the new customer. Where a retailer sells a secondhand bike they are responsible to the customer they sell to for the product they sold just as they are for new bikes.
by Bicycler
29 May 2016, 12:38am
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: "Chopper" Cyclist killed in 3-rider collision (Plastic hats)
Replies: 119
Views: 6906

Re: "Chopper" Cyclist killed in 3-rider collision (Plastic hats)

This isn't an issue unique to cycle helmets. We quite frequently have discussions where certain people are using a narrow, technical definition of a term and others are using a broader definition. In this case I can understand why the term ppe might be used both narrowly and broadly. However, when writing PPE in capital letters (as the previous poster did) it does imply that you are referring to a specific (narrow) definition of the term.

Anyway, let's not overly concern ourselves about this. We all agree that helmets are intended to provide a level of head protection (and thus may be described as protective equipment) and we all agree that they are not PPE within the context of the regulations.
by Bicycler
28 May 2016, 11:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: carradice cotton capes?
Replies: 58
Views: 18331

Re: carradice cotton capes?

:D Yep, that was before the terms "hi-viz" and "invisible cyclists" were created, back when bright clothing was a choice and not a social obligation.