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by atlas_shrugged
4 Apr 2019, 9:34am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start
Replies: 79
Views: 1804

Re: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start

As Brucey suggests I would go for a used bike. Probably a Hybrid (good for road and paths). I also like mudguards. Make sure you have decent puncture resistant tyres e.g. Schwalbe Marathon and check the tyre pressure (using a pump with tyre pressure guage) every two weeks or so. If you want to keep ...
by atlas_shrugged
31 Mar 2019, 9:52am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Traffic cop fined £485 after pleading guilty to careless driving after putting cyclist in coma
Replies: 13
Views: 1496

Re: Traffic cop fined £485 after pleading guilty to careless driving after putting cyclist in coma

There should be much more encouragement of traffic police to travel to work using active travel means. Ditto for magistrates and judges who try motoring cases. For too long we have seen special free car parks in town centres being available to civil servants when the rest of the working population h...
by atlas_shrugged
24 Mar 2019, 5:27pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: BHPC Racing at Derby Velodrome 23-Mar-19
Replies: 3
Views: 1563

Re: BHPC Racing at Derby Velodrome 23-Mar-19

The timing results are here for those interested: http://www.bhpc.org.uk/Data/Sites/1/media/events/events19/derby/index.html Note: The first 2mins 43.84secs of the first (slower) race weren't recorded as the timing whistle was not heard. Youtube video of part of the 2nd fast race here: https://www.y...
by atlas_shrugged
22 Mar 2019, 9:00pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cambridge - 2 left hooks in 2 days
Replies: 16
Views: 2825

Re: Cambridge - 2 left hooks in 2 days

@MikeF I think this is the point of Default Presumed liability. It avoids blame and massive legal expense. This is a good thing because the money can then go to the person that is usually the victim. In the current system the money goes to the lawyers. Rewarding people e.g. lawyers who are not victi...
by atlas_shrugged
21 Mar 2019, 5:43pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: BHPC Racing at Derby Velodrome 23-Mar-19
Replies: 3
Views: 1563

BHPC Racing at Derby Velodrome 23-Mar-19

The British Human Power Club will be racing Saturday at Derby Velodrome 23-Mar-19 The racing will be from 12:00 - 15:00. All race slots are already taken but this would be a great chance to view what the club does and talk to the members. If you come along please do collar anyone from the club who i...
by atlas_shrugged
21 Mar 2019, 3:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cambridge - 2 left hooks in 2 days
Replies: 16
Views: 2825

Re: Cambridge - 2 left hooks in 2 days

So if you had a budget of £10M to reengineer these junctions so that accidents that affected cyclists / walkers never happed at these junctions what would you recommend?
by atlas_shrugged
21 Mar 2019, 2:40pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cambridge - 2 left hooks in 2 days
Replies: 16
Views: 2825

Re: Cambridge - 2 left hooks in 2 days

The coach and the Grey van (assumed this was the van at issue) were both turning left according to the photos. The coach accident it appears does not fit the definition of a left hook as some reports suggest the cyclist was exiting from the side junction rather than travelling in the direction of th...
by atlas_shrugged
21 Mar 2019, 8:55am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cambridge - 2 left hooks in 2 days
Replies: 16
Views: 2825

Cambridge - 2 left hooks in 2 days

This is highly depressing. Cambridge has always had a large number of cyclist KSI'd at road junctions. The CC has responded by adding segregated cycleways beside the roads. At some junctions this segregation has continued with priority given to cycles on the main route just like motor vehicles have ...
by atlas_shrugged
19 Mar 2019, 11:38am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Making a PDF map from a GPX file
Replies: 16
Views: 2278

Re: Making a PDF map from a GPX file

@woof Thanks. I had to register on Cycletravel. Unfortunately it does not accept GPX files in route point format (gives error: no trackpoint found). I prefer route point format for this journey because it is idealised in places (i.e. no route exists yet). Also the route format gives a much smaller f...
by atlas_shrugged
19 Mar 2019, 8:22am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Making a PDF map from a GPX file
Replies: 16
Views: 2278

Making a PDF map from a GPX file

Does anyone know how to make a high quality PDF map from a GPX file using a windows PC. I have a GPX file (in route format) and I have had a number of requests from individuals who would like a PDF of the map to take with them on the bike. This is for folks who do not use computers and so giving a s...
by atlas_shrugged
16 Mar 2019, 6:18pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Victim of close pass sends video to police; they reply with threat of prosecution
Replies: 25
Views: 3635

Re: Victim of close pass sends video to police; they reply with threat of prosecution

A worrying theme from the police is to ignore close pass videos. Even more worrying is attempting to victim blame a cyclist when the cyclist gets killed.

Beds / Cambs / Herts have a policy to ignore close pass videos. That is stated in an email.
by atlas_shrugged
12 Mar 2019, 6:59pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle paths beside 'A' class roads East Anglia
Replies: 44
Views: 7148

Re: Cycle paths beside 'A' class roads East Anglia

No I would not suggest a route could not be made where it does not obey the rules. My suggestion is that there should be publication of what the design rules are (i.e. cycleway design standards). Once a standard is available then all areas that are not compliant with the standard get tagged (on the ...
by atlas_shrugged
12 Mar 2019, 6:30pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle paths beside 'A' class roads East Anglia
Replies: 44
Views: 7148

Re: Cycle paths beside 'A' class roads East Anglia

Completely agree about providing a protection verge between the road and the cycleway. This is especially required for vulnerable road users (the old and young). If the road is a busy one and the verge cannot be made more than 1.5m wide there should also be a hedge which can provide extra protection...
by atlas_shrugged
10 Mar 2019, 9:10am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Did this bus pass close enough?
Replies: 25
Views: 3992

Re: Did this bus pass close enough?

Why do they not put more double white lining around traffic islands to stop these dangerous overtakes? I once experienced a police car come past me where there was a traffic island and a left turn junction. Drivers no longer seem to be aware they are not supposed to overtake at these dangerous point...
by atlas_shrugged
14 Feb 2019, 9:49am
Forum: On the road
Topic: London cycle parking security
Replies: 15
Views: 3984

Re: London cycle parking security

It is no longer safe to leave a bike outside / locked with a quality D lock / in a 'secure' cycle park / locked to a Sheffield stand etc etc. Police advice on this is completely irresponsible. This is probably because the police are so uninvolved in bike theft that they know nothing about it. The on...