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by Sares
20 Nov 2009, 12:56pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Manchester-Ashton Trams extension
Replies: 10
Views: 1742

Re: Manchester-Ashton Trams extension

I can't quite picture how platforms on alternating sides of the road would work for general traffic, either. Would the trams be sometimes going the wrong direction in a lane?
by Sares
20 Nov 2009, 12:40pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling plan to blame drivers for all crashes
Replies: 149
Views: 6523

Re: Cycling plan to blame drivers for all crashes

There are also too many cases where the evidence seems clear enough but there is no penalty. There was a case in Canada where a drunk driver hit a young boy who wobbled, killing him. The judge acquitted him ...a sober driver, if careful, would not have overtaken so close! And according to whom did ...
by Sares
19 Nov 2009, 2:39pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling plan to blame drivers for all crashes
Replies: 149
Views: 6523

Re: Cycling plan to blame drivers for all crashes

There are also too many cases where the evidence seems clear enough but there is no penalty. There was a case in Canada where a drunk driver hit a young boy who wobbled, killing him. The judge acquitted him of causing death whilst driving drunk because the boy wobbled in front of the car so quickly ...
by Sares
19 Nov 2009, 2:31pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling plan to blame drivers for all crashes
Replies: 149
Views: 6523

Re: Cycling plan to blame drivers for all crashes

Re. natural justice, I can see to some degree that any assumption of liability does go against a principle of natural justice. However, in this case there is a large and frequently encountered group who is overwhelmingly likely to be injured in any collision with another large and frequently encount...
by Sares
5 Aug 2009, 11:44am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?
Replies: 422
Views: 14342

Re: Should CTC join campaigns for 20mph?

I agree that cars are now driven in many places that were never designed for them, which pushes other users out, but when cars are driven in places that are designed for them (eg. Coventry ring road) the results are even worse and other users are excluded even more effectively. So really, I'd rather...
by Sares
3 Aug 2009, 8:23pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A place to record cyclists using trains
Replies: 220
Views: 31699

Re: A place to record cyclists using trains

16:39 on Friday afternoon, B'ham Int. to Milton Keynes, Virgin, had reservation. Guard's van so tons of space, helpful staff, was asked to sit in first class so they'd know where I was (as that was near where the bike was). Returned 15:11 on Sunday, Virgin, Pendolino, had reservation. Staff equally ...
by Sares
3 Aug 2009, 7:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Freewheel rear hub- keep or replace?
Replies: 3
Views: 331

Freewheel rear hub- keep or replace?

I use my main bike for commuting and touring. It's fairly old, with a 6-speed freewheel (not cassette) on the rear wheel. The rim and spokes of the rear wheel need replacing, and I'm trying to decide what to do with the hub. I could keep it in the new wheel (I will build the wheel myself), but then ...
by Sares
10 Jul 2009, 6:38pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Female cyclist crushed by lorry outside Oval Tube
Replies: 61
Views: 6388

Re: Female cyclist crushed by lorry outside Oval Tube

It's not widely known, I don't think, but the purpose of the railings is to force people on foot to cross at 90 degree angle to the road. This gives them the best view of the traffic. However, much of the railing makes children invisible to aproaching drivers, so this makes it more dangerous for the...
by Sares
1 Jul 2009, 12:26pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Postmen sacked for no cycling helmet.
Replies: 88
Views: 5544

Re: Postmen sacked for no cycling helmet.

Well it is a chunk of foam insulation you're wearing on your head, so it's not hard to believe that it would make you even hotter. For me I find it's not so much the heat, but that I can't fasten it securely enough to keep the front from rising if I push up on it until I have the chin strap tight en...
by Sares
10 Jun 2009, 12:25pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Sustrans gripe
Replies: 47
Views: 4041

Re: Sustrans gripe

It seems unreasonable to throw people in at the deep end on some of the roads we have round here. i'd agree, with the current attitude of 10% of motorists. but it's not unreasonable to expect the law to catch and punish these motorists, and then for us all to be able to get about safely on the clea...
by Sares
9 Jun 2009, 9:21pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Sustrans gripe
Replies: 47
Views: 4041

Re: Sustrans gripe

Sustrans collects a lot of data on their routes, and although I can't remember what the figures are as I saw them a few months ago, use has increased (IIRC) every year since 2000, and the proportion of trips that replace trips that would otherwise be made by car is substantial. So they are attractin...
by Sares
9 Jun 2009, 6:40pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Sustrans gripe
Replies: 47
Views: 4041

Re: Sustrans gripe

I think Sustrans off-routes are useful, on the whole. They give people who are not comfortable on-road (these days, that's a lot of people) the chance to cycle, legally. Most people on this forum have gotten beyond that point, and so naturally, we mostly do stick to the roads. But, I believe this is...
by Sares
2 Jun 2009, 6:13pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle to Work Scheme
Replies: 20
Views: 3350

Re: Cycle to Work Scheme

This is not the same article as above, but it does have lots of info (and anyone can open it) if your organisation has safety concerns with employees cycling to work. http://www.networks.nhs.uk/uploads/07/1 ... health.pdf
by Sares
2 Jun 2009, 6:09pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Shouty angry driver held up by car boot queue
Replies: 17
Views: 1811

Re: Shouty angry driver held up by car boot queue

As a former farm worker I am well accustomed to abuse from impatient motorists! We had the rules regarding traffic spelled out to us in no uncertain language by a traffic police officer. If you are in control of a vehicle travelling slower than the national limit for the road and a queue of traffic...
by Sares
1 Jun 2009, 9:13pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Shouty angry driver held up by car boot queue
Replies: 17
Views: 1811

Shouty angry driver held up by car boot queue

One disadvantage of taking the lane seems to be that certain drivers can get more aggressive. I got stuck going the opposite direction of a mile+ long queue for a car boot sale. It was a narrow, windy road, so that the only way a car could pass us at all was if we pulled right off (but then the verg...