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by James1822
12 Sep 2008, 4:12pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: This one takes the biscuit!
Replies: 34
Views: 3564

I don't really get it. The money gets put in a kitty, but then presumably gets transferred back out again for infrastructure maintenance. And the fact is that car drivers have to pay this large tax before they can use ther vehicle. Rightly so, since they are far more damaging to roads and environment.
by James1822
12 Sep 2008, 1:28pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: This one takes the biscuit!
Replies: 34
Views: 3564

I was discussing the road tax issue with someone and they pointed out, rightly it seems to me, that cars do pay more 'road tax' or vehicle excise duty through paying for the tax disc that you display in your front window.
by James1822
14 Aug 2008, 3:42pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: What is your average speed over 20 miles?
Replies: 46
Views: 4331

average speeds are not a great way of gauging your fitness - too many other factors e.g. hills, wind, riding in a group etc. It sounds as you say like a social ride, rather than a serious club run or training ride so you will be fine.
by James1822
14 Aug 2008, 2:38pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Stopped by the police
Replies: 142
Views: 8423

Was the policeman right to stop the cyclist and inform him of the rules? Yes (but it would have been nice if he could inform the more disruptive cyclists and not just someone committing a minor infringement) Was the policeman (on the other thread) right to give the motorists who had parked in the c...
by James1822
14 Aug 2008, 12:39pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Stopped by the police
Replies: 142
Views: 8423

I fall between the two arguments. I agree that the policeman was right. I also agree that it was a pointless exchange, the police should be stopping all the pavement cyclists and the inconsiderate/dangerous ones instead of stopping a chap for hardly any infringement. It's a case of degree. Anyone p...
by James1822
13 Aug 2008, 3:54pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Car in cycle lane - driver told me to B***** off!
Replies: 14
Views: 1433

I'm just pointing out the gratuitous and unnecessary parking in cycle lanes that occurs. The fact that he was overweight does lead me to suspect he does the minimum walking possible. Is that a 'red top' view? I tend to think of the tabloids as running an anti-cyclist agenda. They also write in one s...
by James1822
13 Aug 2008, 2:06pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Stopped by the police
Replies: 142
Views: 8423

He was not walking the beat, he was standing there doing nothing when I came past, and since there's not much else happening at that time I'm assuming he was out to catch cyclists but didn't have the bottle to catch the more troublesome type who ride when the precincts are busy. My view is that a mo...
by James1822
13 Aug 2008, 1:40pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Stopped by the police
Replies: 142
Views: 8423

Just checked out the town centre. Three bikes being ridden+no policeman = officious idiot. So are you advocating a policeman patrols every pedestrianised area across the UK, at all times, booking cyclists? That would take a lot of extra police! I went to exactly the same spot where he was positione...
by James1822
13 Aug 2008, 1:16pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Stopped by the police
Replies: 142
Views: 8423

Just checked out the town centre. Three bikes being ridden+no policeman = officious idiot.
by James1822
13 Aug 2008, 12:25pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Car in cycle lane - driver told me to B***** off!
Replies: 14
Views: 1433

It is annoying when you actually attempt to use these badly designed cycle lanes and there's a car parked in it. I had the experience cycling into Brighton from Ditchling Beacon and an overweight gentleman decided to park his 4X4 in the lane so he could go into a shop. Remonstrating in rough inner c...
by James1822
13 Aug 2008, 11:31am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Stopped by the police
Replies: 142
Views: 8423

I resented being treated like a criminal, in front of spectators, when in fact I am a very considerate cyclist. Why doesn't he stop the lads who weave through the pedestrians during the busy lunchtime period? I never do anything like that. The consequences of breaking this rule are far less potentia...
by James1822
13 Aug 2008, 10:20am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Stopped by the police
Replies: 142
Views: 8423

Stopped by the police

I was riding along my town centre pedestrianised area a little later than usual on my way to work. Officially you can only ride on this area before 9:30am in the morning, but I was on it at 9:35am. About 10 metres before I'm about the join the road again a policeman signals for me to stop. He explai...
by James1822
4 Aug 2008, 3:42pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Is cycling through stationary traffic illegal?
Replies: 103
Views: 9810

I almost always overtake on the outside. There can be no complaints from drivers then, and it's usually safer as you're less likely to be squashed against the kerb of have someone open the door on you. Motorists are less likely to open a door on the right because they think a motorbike might be filt...
by James1822
31 Jul 2008, 12:16pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: if you want to take you bike on the train...
Replies: 46
Views: 5270

I have a slight problem with both petitions: 1) I'm not convinced that more cycle lanes are the answer in town centres. Most lanes I've seen don't work, and cyclists should not be segrated from the road and made to give way where normally they could cycle straight on. 2) I'd have to know more about ...
by James1822
31 Jul 2008, 12:11pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: night-time BMW drivers...
Replies: 15
Views: 1679

I went for a ride last night around 8:00pm. Quiet B road, pleasant evening. Until BMW driver comes up behind doing over 70mph. The vehicle does often indicate what kind of driving to expect, e.g. White Van Man.