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by sapperadam
9 Jan 2018, 1:23pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Is it OK to stop traffic with a Pelican/Toucan?
Replies: 55
Views: 4939

Re: Is it OK to stop traffic with a Pelican/Toucan?

Hahaha, sounds fantastic, I got really annoyed at the local council putting in a pedestrian crossing in place of a separated zebra in the town centre, so now motorists have priority instead of pedestrians, I just press the button even if I don't need to cross because I know in a few seconds there w...
by sapperadam
15 Dec 2017, 12:57pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Lord Heseltine gets five points?
Replies: 42
Views: 4360

Re: Lord Heseltine gets five points?

Whilst I agree,my point is you can't tailor the law to excuse someone from breaking it if they're of previous good character,only increase the penalties for consistent offending and that the bar is set too low for either IMHO,hence the bad and dangerous driving I see daily. But if you increase pena...
by sapperadam
16 Jun 2017, 7:36am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Can my employer force me to wear a bike helmet on my commute
Replies: 135
Views: 17731

Re: Can my employer force me to wear a bike helmet on my commute

Read through some of the thread. My employer almost did the same thing, but didn't specify the commute (they knew they couldn't) but did specify that cyclists MUST wear a helmet while on their site. As the site is several miles long by a mile wide, it's a bit difficult to cycle to the gate, don helm...
by sapperadam
31 Mar 2017, 12:06pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: I was hoping to go cycling today
Replies: 22
Views: 1647

Re: I was hoping to go cycling today

Username wrote:Its not like crappy weather is an occasional thing here in the UK


There's no such thing as crappy weather, only crappy clothing. :wink:

I actually quite like cycling in the rain - I'm weird like that - but I do draw the line at riding in 50 mph winds and driving rain though...
by sapperadam
20 Mar 2017, 12:16pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Close overtake on a bend
Replies: 8
Views: 1042

Re: Close overtake on a bend

... Driver has been visited and issued with a section 59 notice. Having suggested some years ago that the s 59 procedure would be appropriate for a lot of the bullying from car occupants experienced by cyclists, I see that a result. Since the driver is identifiable, not as good as a prosecution but...
by sapperadam
17 Mar 2017, 12:43pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dangerous Warburtons HGV Driver
Replies: 116
Views: 28971

Re: Dangerous Warburtons HGV Driver

Anybody who anticipates something like this going to court and therefore being a witness would always be well advised to keep a couple of things in mind. I've mentioned rag-loss and I'd be the first to admit it's easily said, harder to achieve. Faced with a strong prosecution case, a defence lawyer...
by sapperadam
23 Jan 2017, 12:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Unlawful flashing
Replies: 15
Views: 2203

Re: Unlawful flashing

One thing that surprised me about this case was that the illegality didn't seem to lie so much in the fact that the driver was using flashing blue lights when not a member of the emergency services, but only in the fact that he hadn't been specially trained, and was therefore deemed to be dangerous...
by sapperadam
19 Dec 2016, 12:32pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: opening car doors on cyclists....
Replies: 93
Views: 6786

Re: opening car doors on cyclists....

Having come to this late as I haven't been online since last week, I have however read the entire thread with some interest. First of all, what do I do? Answer - it depends. MickF, I live in Plymouth and know the area you are talking about very well. Sometimes I "undertake", sometimes I fi...
by sapperadam
13 Dec 2016, 12:26pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: bright pink dummy cameras
Replies: 14
Views: 2417

Re: bright pink dummy cameras

I was getting some abuse a while back from a motorist - I'd just got a new camera but hadn't bought the memory card yet, it was bright yellow and I mounted it on the left side of my head. So I wasn't recording, this car starts trying to intimidate me from behind then as he went past, window goes dow...
by sapperadam
29 Nov 2016, 12:11pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Hit & run on cyclists soars in London in 2015
Replies: 21
Views: 3140

Re: Hit & run on cyclists soars in London in 2015

( feel the cyclist is atleast partly at fault ) I would say "Why?" But I know why you might say that. However, the argument that the cyclist was going too fast is hogwash really. It's a bus lane - yes - a bus would have been easier to see. But what about a taxi, which would likely have be...
by sapperadam
21 Nov 2016, 11:57am
Forum: On the road
Topic: How do you view your commute?
Replies: 34
Views: 4558

Re: How do you view your commute?

I currently live about ten to fifteen minutes walk from my office, and that includes walking down from my third floor property and up to my second floor office. It's a mile from my front door to the access for where I work in Plymouth and bike parking to my office isn't exactly great either. I used ...
by sapperadam
14 Nov 2016, 11:37am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Hi-vis? Pah.
Replies: 51
Views: 5110

Re: Hi-vis? Pah.

I saw a young cyclist this weekend, wearing dark blue jacket and trousers by the looks of it - he shot out of a junction in front of me and was only just missed by another car coming the opposite direction. Guess why I saw him though, it was his "hi-vis" pedal reflectors that alerted me to...
by sapperadam
8 Nov 2016, 11:49am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Who are the best/worst drivers on the road?
Replies: 197
Views: 33377

Re: Who are the best/worst drivers on the road?

I think of all the driving behaviour excess speed is the most dangerous with mobile phone distraction a close second. I like the way you phrased that - excess speed. There are times when I've been on the bike (and in the car, probably doing so myself) and cars have gone past clearly over the speed ...
by sapperadam
4 Nov 2016, 11:46am
Forum: On the road
Topic: London Bus Deliberate Collision?
Replies: 76
Views: 8439

Re: London Bus Deliberate Collision?

The big difference between having a bus come up from behind you and you "sneaking" up the side of the bus is that if you are coming up the side of the bus from behind - at least you know the bus is there!! If I have to go up the inside of a bus, a rarity for me, I am fully aware of what th...
by sapperadam
17 Oct 2016, 12:26pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Facility or farcility?
Replies: 63
Views: 5285

Re: Facility or farcility?

Yeah ok. You may be right. Personally, I like roads to be roads, and pavements to be pavements. I don't need any facilities, but I appreciate that some cyclists do. The trouble is, if there are any facilities, the motorists EXPECT you to use them and can get irate if you don't. It's stopped me usin...