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by jollytiddlywink
1 Feb 2020, 9:49pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Birmingham follows Bruges.
Replies: 21
Views: 1392

Re: Birmingham follows Bruges.

What they are talking about is closing the underpasses that go under all this lot - so through traffic will have to go around the inner ring road - which is already full, and will be busier later this year when the pollution charge comes in. Shame about those who live alongside it who will have the...
by jollytiddlywink
28 Nov 2019, 10:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bicycle light for night use
Replies: 82
Views: 3766

Re: Bicycle light for night use

Hello all! I have read everyone's contributions to this thread with interest, as I'm currently looking for a new front light. I have just moved to a small village, and need a headlight suitable for both unlit country roads (albeit with quite a lot of traffic) and semi-lit village roads. My current l...
by jollytiddlywink
24 Nov 2019, 12:47am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Friendly Cambridge bike path turns into pole-wielding monster
Replies: 239
Views: 9235

Re: Friendly Cambridge bike path turns into pole-wielding monster

Driving home in the dark today I wondered to myself how long a similar pole would last if you mounted one on a stand and put it on various roads in the way of cars. It would be an interesting experiment. My best estimate for how long a similar pole would last in the middle of a road where cars migh...
by jollytiddlywink
2 Dec 2018, 10:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Oxford bike locks
Replies: 6
Views: 529

Oxford bike locks

Hello! I have ended up with two Oxford D-locks (http://www.oxfordproducts.com/bicycle/brands/oxford/locks/shackle_locks/shackle_12_180_x_245cm_with_bracket/) and am wondering if they are any good. I previously had a Kryptonite D-lock with a steel cable and a Master D-lock, which were sturdy and whic...
by jollytiddlywink
2 Dec 2018, 12:39am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Removing abandoned cycles
Replies: 20
Views: 4373

Re: Removing abandoned cycles

I'd be happy to see abandoned bikes removed from busy bike racks after a fair period of time, and after fair warning (a notice prominently posted at the entrance to the racks, preferably with a label on the bike saying 'we think this is abandoned. If it's yours and isn't abandoned, please contact us...
by jollytiddlywink
14 Aug 2017, 9:50pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: ADVICE FOR CYCLISTS (from an employer)
Replies: 30
Views: 3784

Re: ADVICE FOR CYCLISTS (from an employer)

Hmm......my last three employers 1. 2011 Local Government; I was forced to buy a car for the second time in 15 years, rather than use the bus / bike to get to work and around (I had a 1.5 mile cycle journey while at work, on a flat road with near perfect visibility, which was considered too far and...
by jollytiddlywink
8 Aug 2017, 9:03pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: General question - commute distance
Replies: 15
Views: 1404

Re: General question - commute distance

If someone asks me how long my commute is, I might answer either in time or in distance. In either case, I will be referring to the trip from my house to my job, or the trip from my job to my house, but not the round-trip. I usually then cheerfully tell whoever is asking that it is quick and easy to...
by jollytiddlywink
22 Nov 2016, 10:19pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Anything to avoid filtered permiability, it seems!
Replies: 12
Views: 3134

Anything to avoid filtered permiability, it seems!

Here is an interesting one I spotted this evening. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-38063742 There is a 'ghost roundabout' which has been installed on a road in Cambridge, apparently as a traffic calming measure because it makes drivers 'uncertain' and thus inclined to slow down. ...
by jollytiddlywink
1 Sep 2016, 11:49pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: and he is allowed to keep his job?!?
Replies: 20
Views: 1638

Re: and he is allowed to keep his job?!?

I'm struck by the manager's description of the driver as an "English national, ex-Army". It seems to me to imply that if the driver were, say, Irish, or Polish, the company would have chosen to fire him. It all smells rather little Englander to me.
by jollytiddlywink
28 Aug 2016, 7:19pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Mudguard help needed
Replies: 9
Views: 596

Re: Mudguard help needed

I've got Zefal 'Classic' mudguards; they fit just fine under the front shocks on my mountain bike, and don't have a gap in the middle. The only time I've ever caught water from the front tire in seven years of using them has been during torrential downpours when there were puddles an inch or two dee...
by jollytiddlywink
26 May 2016, 1:59pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: What we are up against (again)
Replies: 38
Views: 4153

Re: What we are up against (again)

I second the suggestion about the local paper, but I'd contact the police as well. They might 'have a word' if you're lucky, or they might just take a note and stick it in an intelligence file, but either way, they'll have a record of her awful driving such that, god forbid, she do something that st...
by jollytiddlywink
15 Apr 2016, 4:13pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Interesting design(s)
Replies: 24
Views: 1771

Re: Interesting design(s)

I would almost certainly draw my bike facing left, as that is the side I usually see it from, being the side I mount and dismount from!
by jollytiddlywink
10 Apr 2016, 8:25pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: rain
Replies: 22
Views: 1598

Re: rain

Several years back, I looked out the window of my house and saw it starting to rain heavily. I muttered something, and went to fetch something from another room. I got there and was surprised to see it was bright and sunny. "That stopped very suddenly" I thought. I went back to the first r...
by jollytiddlywink
21 Feb 2016, 8:54pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Renault boss says cyclists a problem for driverless cars.
Replies: 24
Views: 1883

Re: Renault boss says cyclists a problem for driverless cars

There is a minimum speed limit on some US roads, usually on their motorways (where the limit might be 65 mph and the minimum 45 mph), although in some jurisdictions there is a de facto minimum because you can be ticketed either for breaking the speed limit or for not keeping up with the flow of traf...
by jollytiddlywink
8 Feb 2016, 9:29pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Too many vehicles!!!
Replies: 77
Views: 3864

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

It could be a local "rat run"? The normal main road way could have hold ups so those in the know take the lane. Those in the know are unlikely to take a lane so narrow that a cyclist and a car can't pass each other. The first time they meet another car is going to create an impasse with s...