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by Gisen
28 Aug 2009, 10:53pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Mini cabs appeal to use bus lanes
Replies: 30
Views: 3543

Re: Mini cabs appeal to use bus lanes

There are some bus lanes in Birmingham that minicabs are allowed to use. Terrible, terrible idea. They are consistently amongst the worst drivers on the road and will deliberately swerve in front of cyclists. But what may be worse is their lack of driving attention most of the time. I got a minicab ...
by Gisen
28 Aug 2009, 11:52am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Ask Boris
Replies: 15
Views: 1313

Re: Ask Boris

I asked if he had any plans to do something about dangerous driving following that lorry that nearly wiped out him and the others he was cycling with a while ago. I know he's not a police chief or a judge but he can put pressure on.
by Gisen
27 Aug 2009, 3:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: RLJ'ers
Replies: 69
Views: 2726

Re: RLJ'ers

There are some circumstances where it is safe to jump a red light, some where it is not. Because red lights are designed with motor vehicles in mind, not cyclists. I think there are far too many unnecessary red lights which are being used to slow traffic instead of improve safety. I have seen some -...
by Gisen
27 Aug 2009, 3:19pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?
Replies: 422
Views: 14447

Re: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?

The creeping big brother argument would be harder to counter IMO. If the devices are self governing, there is no need for the authorities to monitor individual vehicles - it's a passive system in as much as it doesn't require active overlooking like the camera/speed trap setups do. Although I think...
by Gisen
6 Aug 2009, 10:18pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Should I carry pencil and paper?
Replies: 27
Views: 1683

Re: Should I carry pencil and paper?

Numbnuts is totally wrong IMO. Staying in primary to dissuade people from overtaking when it is dangerous to do so is ENTIRELY the correct thing to do.
by Gisen
31 Jul 2009, 12:07am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Very nice lorry driver!
Replies: 21
Views: 1270

Re: Very nice lorry driver!

Extremely variable around here, LGV and HGC drivers are generally good, but minicab drivers are the worst on the road, black cabs are slightly better, and buses range from good to deliberately dangerous.
by Gisen
31 Jul 2009, 12:04am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A place to record cyclists using trains
Replies: 220
Views: 31779

Re: A place to record cyclists using trains

Every week, every working day at least, Oxford - Leamington spa and back at night. Numerous problems, mainly luggage in the cycle space, but also just not enough spaces for bikes. I have to say that although the new crosscountry train layout has 1 less bike space, it seems to be less prone to being ...
by Gisen
27 Jul 2009, 9:08pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?
Replies: 422
Views: 14447

Re: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?

There are a couple of 20mph areas on the (main road) that I travel to the station on. Cars ignore the limit ( I know because I'm doing 20mph at that point and they overtake me :) ). However, I'd still far, far rather have better enforcement and training on overtaking distances (5cm is a bit too clos...
by Gisen
25 Jul 2009, 9:40am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Car adverts with 'Road Fund Licence'
Replies: 18
Views: 1769

Re: Car adverts with 'Road Fund Licence'

I had to look up Godwin's Law - don't worry, I think you're safe. You didn't actually compare cars to jackbooted storm troopers. Does Godwin's Law apply to Star Wars too? :wink: Completely OT but "Storm troopers" originally were German (not necessarily Nazi) soldiers : Sturmtruppen, used ...
by Gisen
23 Jul 2009, 11:49pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should we pay road tax?
Replies: 42
Views: 2338

Re: Should we pay road tax?

... 'getting own house in order' springs to mind - it gives drivers fewer excuses to whinge. I'm not sure there is any point in calling for cyclists to to get their house in order. I seems to me that if cycling through red lights, without lights at night and on pavements is widespread this would in...
by Gisen
5 Jul 2009, 8:54pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Female cyclist crushed by lorry outside Oval Tube
Replies: 61
Views: 6423

Re: Female cyclist crushed by lorry outside Oval Tube

I have been crushed between railings and a car when it suddenly decided to swerve left (no junction). I vote get rid of them.
by Gisen
20 May 2009, 11:45pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Etape Caledonia vandalised
Replies: 106
Views: 10398

Re: Etape Caledonia vandalised

Would it be considered acceptable to bring lots of visitors from all corners of the country to a pork pie eating contest or a beer-and-bacon festival in daylight hours during Ramadan in a park in a largely-Muslim area of, say Bradford or Oldham? I would have no problem whatsoever with that. As long...
by Gisen
20 May 2009, 10:36pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Etape Caledonia vandalised
Replies: 106
Views: 10398

Re: Etape Caledonia vandalised

Plus all the evil atheists physically dragging good christians into the shops and forcing them to buy things :roll: Or not. Yet it's apparently OK for them to force their beliefs on everyone else by doing things like scattering tacks on the road, or preventing people of other or no religion using th...
by Gisen
20 May 2009, 8:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which side of the road?
Replies: 52
Views: 1441

Re: Which side of the road?

Once you are off the bike - pushing it, without your feet on the pedals- you ARE a pedestrian. End of story. The fact that you can switch from one to the other easily in order to e.g. walk past traffic lights has nothing to do with it.
by Gisen
19 May 2009, 1:42am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Driving, with oncoming cyclist about to be overtaken
Replies: 25
Views: 1706

Re: Driving, with oncoming cyclist about to be overtaken

You are doing the wrong thing. If there isn't space to overtake, don't encourage people to do so. It's the act of moving over that encourages them, rather than the space, I think. When I drive - which isn't that often, TBH, but I used to a fair bit, I would probably narrow the gap slightly, if anyth...