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by Bananaman
1 Aug 2010, 10:16pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Question re pedestrian crossings
Replies: 39
Views: 2626

Re: Question re. pedestrian crossings

Pedestrians are some times surprised by joint bike/cycling facilities. Assuming it wasn't a Toucan (joint pedestrian and bike crossing), where he was crossing the same way as you (across the road not along the road) then it sounds like he was in the wrong. One of the problems with epidemic running o...
by Bananaman
1 Aug 2010, 12:16am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Child scratched car parked on pavement
Replies: 131
Views: 9196

Re: Child scratched car parked on pavement

I take it I'm not alone in seeing irony in the fact that the BMW owners of the country assume strict liability of parents of 5 years olds on trikes, but who think its outrageous to apply it to vehicle owners?? Or is it hypocrisy?
by Bananaman
31 Jul 2010, 1:08pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Child scratched car parked on pavement
Replies: 131
Views: 9196

Re: Child scratched car parked on pavement

There was a similar case on Judge Judy this morning: 'It was an accident, there is no liability. That's what insurance if for. Now get out of my court.' Some might take the view that there is some moral obligation to pay, but they are probably in the minority. Others might take the view that the car...
by Bananaman
21 Jul 2010, 2:08am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should we boycott LBC?
Replies: 18
Views: 1704

Re: Should we boycott LBC?

I'm wondering if there's any worth in focusing the advertiser complaints on companies that advertise to our consumer group? For example, presumably its going to be more worrying to somebody like a confectionery company that we resent the broadcasting editorial, than a washing powder company.... Ther...
by Bananaman
20 Jul 2010, 6:11pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Unusual use of helmet
Replies: 8
Views: 767

Re: Unusual use of helmet

First up, given you were wearing a helmet, you were very lucky to avoid a nasty rotational/whiplash injury, and to avoid strangling yourself when the poor bird got tangled in your helmet straps. Also, its been well documented that wild birds give more room to non- helmet wearers, leading to a lower ...
by Bananaman
15 Apr 2010, 5:30pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Suggestion to replace cycle-to-work-scheme
Replies: 32
Views: 2820

Re: Suggestion to replace cycle-to-work-scheme

gilesjuk wrote:How about a scrappage scheme where you scrap a car and get a bike? :D


I did suggest that to my MP when I wrote to him about the car scrappage scheme. Never got a response from that one.
by Bananaman
28 Jan 2010, 6:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Left on red
Replies: 18
Views: 1104

Re: Left on red

The US riht turn on red rule doesnt apply in New York, probably due to the Carnage it would cause with pedestrians. However it does make sense for bikes (and to a large extent should assuage the 'all bicycliclysts are red ride jumpers holligans' brigade), as long as there is clarity about the danger...
by Bananaman
14 Jan 2010, 6:00pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Doctor gets 5 years for injuring cyclists
Replies: 30
Views: 3247

Re: Doctor gets 5 years for injuring cyclists

Freddie wrote: where is the logic in such a statement?.

Holland, Copenhagen???

All though in this case the guys were clearly roadies .....
by Bananaman
6 Nov 2009, 1:44pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Sharp rise in number of cyclists killed on roads
Replies: 8
Views: 1058

Re: Sharp rise in number of cyclists killed on roads

It might seem a bit of a bizzare reaction but I wander if there is a case to be made for including cycling as a component of the driving test? Not only would it provide a practical education on road skills in the urban envorenment, its probably the most effective way of assuring that most adults hav...
by Bananaman
2 Nov 2009, 7:20pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Request from 5 Live: discussion on Drinking and Cycling
Replies: 31
Views: 1719

Re: Request from 5 Live: discussion on Drinking and Cycling

I believe Boris would very probably be legally allowed to drive after 1 or 2 pints. The fact that he instead chooses to take his bike is no doubt a good deal safer, given it has been widely proven that one or two pints is likely to significantly increase the risk of him causing an accident while dri...
by Bananaman
16 Oct 2009, 6:53pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling plan to blame drivers for all crashes
Replies: 149
Views: 6553

Re: Cycling plan to blame drivers for all crashes

Here's a thought experiment My view is both. When I am walking on a cycle path, I take note of the fact and act accordingly. If I got smacked by a bike when doing something stupid I would blame myself. Why should other people be different? This doesn't mean that I think that I shouldn't take care o...
by Bananaman
16 Oct 2009, 6:42pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling plan to blame drivers for all crashes
Replies: 149
Views: 6553

Re: Cycling plan to blame drivers for all crashes

In current civil law there is a requirement for everybody to exercise 'due care' when it comes to the safety and property of others. The is central to the idea of assigning liability. When a cyclist is in an accident, the curent situation means he/she only gets that protection if they can convince t...
by Bananaman
21 May 2009, 6:10pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Do you wear a helmet?
Replies: 240
Views: 12922

Re: Do you wear a helmet?

OK this is my summary.. 3. Increased helmet use (caused by promotion or legislation) always results in fewer cyclists. Typically in the order of a 30% reduction. Allan This has got to be complete nonsense. So you're telling me that the doubling of cyclists in London hasnt actually happened, because...
by Bananaman
23 Apr 2009, 2:12pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Do you wear a helmet?
Replies: 240
Views: 12922

Re: Do you wear a helmet?

I ask again, out of all life's risks why do we select cycling as our "what if" fear, to be protected against by wearing armour, when we ignore other more likely, more serious ones that could equally have steps taken. We dont, there are a number of other situations where I would choose to ...
by Bananaman
23 Apr 2009, 9:08am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Do you wear a helmet?
Replies: 240
Views: 12922

Re: Do you wear a helmet?

Doesn't take a scientist or a study to tell you that putting something designed to dissapate an impact between your head and the ground is a good idea A scientist might well propose such a hypothesis, but they would then abandon it when faced with the empirical evidence that shows no difference in ...