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by PRL
6 Sep 2018, 8:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How to hillstart on a steep lane
Replies: 70
Views: 2556

Re: How to hillstart on a steep lane

Hill starts easy - for me. Set the crank arm just past tdc with lowest gear. Brakes full on. Stand on pedals and release brakes and off you go. Need weight forward to avoid a manual or back flip. Assuming the ability to balance long enough on a stationary bike whilst you get you feet on the pedals....
by PRL
6 Sep 2018, 8:02pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: TFL Cycling in London website
Replies: 2
Views: 340

Re: TFL Cycling in London website

TFL Cycling in London website Routes,Maps , Scenic rides and more Might be useful to visiors to London wanting to ride around on their bike https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/cycling/?medium=email&source=GovDelivery hmm I clicked on "scenic routeS" and got a choice of Wandle Trail or nothing. I...
by PRL
26 Aug 2018, 1:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...if it’s ever possible to enjoy cycling in the rain
Replies: 70
Views: 3168

Re: ...if it’s ever possible to enjoy cycling in the rain

On an upright with a cape I only get wet from about the knees down but on a recumbent? Any comments? With a cape as long as there isn't much wind one can cycle in the rain without getting wet at all in my experience. Very enjoyable and smug-making. Not really being able to signal is a bit worrying ...
by PRL
17 Aug 2018, 10:03pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Seat Reservations with Cycle spaces
Replies: 23
Views: 1053

Re: Seat Reservations with Cycle spaces

With hindsight, campaigning for free carriage may have been a tactical error by 1970s CTC because it effectively removed the contract for bike carriage and contributed to the current harmful situation. Campaigning for low fixed-cost bike trip and day tickets like in Benelux may have been a better m...
by PRL
5 Aug 2018, 10:17pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Fitting cameras to lorries
Replies: 14
Views: 616

Re: Fitting cameras to lorries

With all the different things a lorry driver should be looking at when pulling away or turning at a busy junction I suspect the danger will not reduce much until machine rather than man is in charge of monitoring cameras. And surely the technology for preventing a lorry turning left into a cyclist,...
by PRL
15 Jul 2018, 2:43pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: What’s the difference between London’s Quietways and Cycle Superhighways? A brief explainer
Replies: 2
Views: 316

Re: What’s the difference between London’s Quietways and Cycle Superhighways? A brief explainer

A decent summary but just to confuse issues some "superhighways" are on backstreets and many of the first ones were just blue paint. Essentially this is an unfortunate dichotomy. We just need decent routes that are reasonably direct. Segregated on main roads or unsegregated on filtered bac...
by PRL
24 Jun 2018, 10:19pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Police and Punishment Passes
Replies: 45
Views: 10405

Re: Police and Punishment Passes

I see cycling UK are kicking off a campaign where they specify 1.5m of clearance overtaking a bike. This seems very little and appears to conflict with guidance given here where rule 163 asks them to give as much room as overtaking a car and there is a helpful photo to make this clear: http://ukcyc...
by PRL
3 Jun 2018, 10:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Walking past No Entry Signs
Replies: 41
Views: 2628

Re: Walking past No Entry Signs

The point is, if you go past a No Entry sign, you're breaking the rules. What she had done, was to come onto the road from Bedford Square on foot pushing her bike across the carpark, then got on a rode on the road. There is no info at that point that you ae going the wrong way. If a road is one way...
by PRL
3 Jun 2018, 10:05pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: IAN 195/16 e-learning.
Replies: 5
Views: 2489

Re: IAN 195/16 e-learning.

Good package - having got most of the answers right !
Pity HIghways England can't take over all the roads. I have had local highways engineer refer to1.5m cycle lanes as "wide" !!!
by PRL
2 Jun 2018, 10:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Walking past No Entry Signs
Replies: 41
Views: 2628

Re: Walking past No Entry Signs

Well spotted. This does still refer to Muddy Lane. We have an ongoing public enquiry and it has been stated that these signs were put up in 1990. If they definitively ban cycling the 20 year period for unchallenged use has to date 1970-90 which is getting to rely on very old memories.
by PRL
2 Jun 2018, 8:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Walking past No Entry Signs
Replies: 41
Views: 2628

Walking past No Entry Signs

A track had No Entry signs erected at at both ends. Is the letter of the law being broken if a cyclist dismounts to pass the sign then cycles through ? It is common enough for Point No Entry with by-pass to be used to allow contra-flow cycling so No Entry seems to have no effect apart from the line ...
by PRL
18 May 2018, 5:15pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: taking back our cities Mikael Colville Anderson
Replies: 29
Views: 2907

Re: taking back our cities Mikael Colville Anderson

There seems to be a complete disconnect between his excellent analysis of the problems and his proposed solutions. He starts well by pointing out how city streets used to be democratic - until engineers (particularly in the US) started to design them for motors by segregating pedestrians onto the m...
by PRL
18 May 2018, 4:46pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Continental-style traffic light junctions
Replies: 32
Views: 1136

Re: Continental-style traffic light junctions

Giving way to people continuing in the same direction is normal for the continent so it's easy to see why these things don't transfer too well to Little Britain. Personally I much prefer the all cyclists go on green approach, especially for very large, complex or dangerous junctions. It might mean ...
by PRL
3 Apr 2018, 8:15pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Quality Infra
Replies: 48
Views: 3657

Re: Quality Infra

Judging from the bus stop near the beginning that lane also doubles as a footway. May not be an issue depending on usage.
by PRL
28 Mar 2018, 8:08pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Tragic incident on bike ride
Replies: 21
Views: 2834

Re: Tragic incident on bike ride

It's not speeding itself that needs to be penalised, its the inappropriate use of it. Doing 90mph on an empty motorway is hardly a life vs death situation. Doing 70 in a 30 would be an **** thing to do, throw the book at these guys (along with wreckless overtaking and tailgating etc). No point stic...