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by bretonbikes
18 Jun 2019, 4:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights
Replies: 69
Views: 2743

Re: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights

OK now here it is from the Horse's mouth and much as I feared... Hi Geoff, Steve has confirmed that it is a requirement by our insurers and something we have to bring to cyclists’ attention. They can choose to ignore it but if they have an accident in the port/going on and off the ship without a hel...
by bretonbikes
18 Jun 2019, 12:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights
Replies: 69
Views: 2743

Re: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights

There's a lot of heat about this on here. Personally I look at the rules and assuming it's private land on docks then it's up to them. You sail with the ferry company based on lots of small print already. Perhaps if they had helmet lockers so you leave them at the port for your wait on the dock and...
by bretonbikes
18 Jun 2019, 9:56am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights
Replies: 69
Views: 2743

Re: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights

This isn't really the place for a debate on the efficacy or otherwise of helmets - more an example of how 'mission creep' can effectively make them compulsory without any laws being involved. Helmets compulsory in ferry ports, train/bus stations, on council cycleways, organised rides, for insurance ...
by bretonbikes
17 Jun 2019, 9:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights
Replies: 69
Views: 2743

Re: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights

There's a lot of heat about this on here. Personally I look at the rules and assuming it's private land on docks then it's up to them. You sail with the ferry company based on lots of small print already. Perhaps if they had helmet lockers so you leave them at the port for your wait on the dock and...
by bretonbikes
17 Jun 2019, 6:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights
Replies: 69
Views: 2743

Re: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights

Mike Sales wrote:Helmets, I think, are not mandated in France. It would be annoying to have to buy one merely for the boat trip. It might put you off using that company's ferries.


Helmets are only mandatory for under 14's
by bretonbikes
17 Jun 2019, 6:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights
Replies: 69
Views: 2743

Re: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights

You have to be VERY careful about this sort of thing. If you had an accident and were seriously injured - perhaps by the transfer bus - and you weren't wearing a helmet although you were told (I don't think 'please' removes the implied obligation one iota) - BF would have a very strong case for mak...
by bretonbikes
17 Jun 2019, 5:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights
Replies: 69
Views: 2743

Re: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights

The key word in the original post is "Please .... " - being a request, not an order - nowhere does it say that it's obligatory for hi-viz, helmets and lights - so looks like another mountain being made out of a mole-hill post :?: It may say "please" but it says "ensure"...
by bretonbikes
17 Jun 2019, 5:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights
Replies: 69
Views: 2743

Re: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights

In fairness, looking at the quoted text above, it refers to lights, Hi-Viz and a helmet "while transiting the port". The only other safety info is to follow instructions of staff and walk the bike on and off. (Of course, there may be other instructions not quoted by the OP). Following sta...
by bretonbikes
17 Jun 2019, 5:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights
Replies: 69
Views: 2743

Re: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights

You have to be VERY careful about this sort of thing. If you had an accident and were seriously injured - perhaps by the transfer bus - and you weren't wearing a helmet although you were told (I don't think 'please' removes the implied obligation one iota) - BF would have a very strong case for maki...
by bretonbikes
17 Jun 2019, 2:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights
Replies: 69
Views: 2743

Re: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights

Just to clarify I know for a fact that people have been killed on BF boats by falling down stairs and dying from head injuries. No cyclist has died on any BF boat because of a lack of a helmet. If you choose to walk around a ferry without a helmet then you do so at your own risk... https://www.bourn...
by bretonbikes
17 Jun 2019, 2:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights
Replies: 69
Views: 2743

Re: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights

skelo wrote:seems like sensible advice. If you don't have a helmet hi-vis gear and lights you are quite used to unnecessary risk, so what's the problem?


Going on a cycling holiday is an unnecessary risk...
by bretonbikes
17 Jun 2019, 2:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights
Replies: 69
Views: 2743

Re: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights

seems like sensible advice. If you don't have a helmet hi-vis gear and lights you are quite used to unnecessary risk, so what's the problem? Shouldn't you wear a lifejacket with hood and light too? The ferry might sink. And of course a helmet for going up and down the stairs on the boat or in case ...
by bretonbikes
17 Jun 2019, 2:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany ...maps advice please, Voies vertes etc
Replies: 13
Views: 2308

Re: Brittany ...maps advice please, Voies vertes etc

Hello folks, we are planning a cycle jaunt to Brittany shortly , I have the Red Dog guide to the Voies Vertes and have seen lots of onlien maps of the cycle network in Brittany. BUT I would like if possible to get hold of a paper map of the Voies vertes, ideally a bit like the nice online map produ...
by bretonbikes
20 May 2019, 9:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Velodyssee Roscoff to Nantes - by Brompton??
Replies: 15
Views: 2677

Re: Velodyssee Roscoff to Nantes - by Brompton??

I wont be on a Brompton Bretonbikes but am hoping to pitch my tent at your Gouarec campsite on Sunday night... if you see a confused old man on a battered red Cannondale its me :-) Looking forward to exploring the local area !! Not confused or 'old' but the Cannondale is well used;-) Timed to the b...
by bretonbikes
14 May 2019, 7:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Weather in France (May'ish)
Replies: 11
Views: 493

Re: Weather in France (May'ish)

Anyone who tells you they know what to expect anywhere in Europe at a certain date should be treated as a charlatan! Here we have been in T-shirts and shorts in February and had a hard frost (-2) last week. 'Unpredictable' is the only way you can describe European weather generally...