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by soapbox
29 Jun 2019, 10:00am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Zebra Crossings
Replies: 29
Views: 4304

Re: Zebra Crossings

Zebra crossings are rubbish Islands are better so one may wait for a gap, except on very busy roads Islands can be very dangerous for cyclists. There should be a minimum road width for any traffic islands. Not all cyclists have the confidence to take up primary position when approaching these often...
by soapbox
25 Jun 2019, 1:59pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Zebra Crossings
Replies: 29
Views: 4304

Re: Zebra Crossings

As a pedestrian, I think zebras on junctions are a good idea. As a cyclist, I'd be concerned about the sort of paint used -large white stripes of slippery paint on a wet day isn't good for cyclists cornering.
by soapbox
24 Jun 2019, 1:31pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cyclist 50% to blame for hitting pedestrian
Replies: 227
Views: 16616

Re: Cyclist 50% to blame for hitting pedestrian

The judge's comment that his riding "fell below the level to be expected of a reasonably competent cyclist" is subjective and unhelpful. What exactly is a 'reasonably competent cyclist' when there's no formal road test for cyclists?
by soapbox
23 Jun 2019, 5:21pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cyclist 50% to blame for hitting pedestrian
Replies: 227
Views: 16616

Re: Cyclist 50% to blame for hitting pedestrian

I've just trawled through the comments and I'm still not clear how much the cyclist would have ended up having to pay if he'd been a CyclingUK member. If he'd been a member, would this incident have cost him anything other than a few phone calls and travel costs to court? Good question, if only for...
by soapbox
23 Jun 2019, 3:07pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cyclist 50% to blame for hitting pedestrian
Replies: 227
Views: 16616

Re: Cyclist 50% to blame for hitting pedestrian

I've just trawled through the comments and I'm still not clear how much the cyclist would have ended up having to pay if he'd been a CyclingUK member.
If he'd been a member, would this incident have cost him anything other than a few phone calls and travel costs to court?
by soapbox
18 Oct 2018, 6:31pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Hate crime review
Replies: 15
Views: 903

Re: Hate crime review

One would like to know why Lancashire police publicise hateful texts and do nothing about them Do they publicise racist or sexist sentiments? I don't know about racist or sexist comments. I'm only ever drawn to the facebook page when cyclists/cycling is the topic. Why they do nothing about them is ...
by soapbox
18 Oct 2018, 6:27pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Hate crime review
Replies: 15
Views: 903

Re: Hate crime review

I'm not a cyclist, I'm someone who's sometimes on a bike. Where I'm a part of a group that's subject to hate crime, that's who I am not what I do. There is no cyclist group that everyone on a bike belongs to, we're just people who cycle, I can't see how trying to form such a group helps anyone, we ...
by soapbox
17 Oct 2018, 5:07pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Hate crime review
Replies: 15
Views: 903

Re: Hate crime review

I think the list of protected groups under 'hate crime' legislation should be expanded (still not sure about Goths, but modern Goths are very different to the ones I knew in my youth...). I certainly think that some of the Katie f-ing Hopkins style journalists should probably be prosecuted under 'i...
by soapbox
17 Oct 2018, 5:04pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Hate crime review
Replies: 15
Views: 903

Re: Hate crime review

Replace the word 'cyclist' amongst the language used against the people within this group with 'gay', homo, nigger, paki or even women and plod would be on it in a split second, there are swathes of officers, particularly in London trawling the internet for such language. We've seen the outcome of ...
by soapbox
16 Oct 2018, 6:56pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Hate crime review
Replies: 15
Views: 903

Re: Hate crime review

No such thing as a "hate " crime .... all hate crimes are covered by current legislation, its a political, liberal box ticking exercise ... well .. thats my opinion. :) I get your point, but it exists legally, and affects sentencing, and I think we all know how lenient sentencing can be w...
by soapbox
16 Oct 2018, 6:42pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Hate crime review
Replies: 15
Views: 903

Hate crime review

Should cyclists be included as a group that is particularly subject to hate crime, in the review of hate crime legislation? The evidence is overwhelming -on social media, youtube, in conversations in public places and workplaces, and, of course, out there on the roads. People hate cyclists and aren'...
by soapbox
17 Apr 2017, 1:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Repair to rusted frame
Replies: 9
Views: 634

Re: Repair to rusted frame

Get rid. That really isn't worth attempting to repair and I'd be VERY surprised if any frame builder/repairer told you anything different.
by soapbox
3 Aug 2013, 8:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Sorry probably been discussed zillions of times
Replies: 19
Views: 3130

Re: Sorry probably been discussed zillions of times

Riding a mountain bike on the road is a tedious affair, which is why I wouldn't want to tour on anything resembling one, and prefer a well-made traditional steel touring frame fitted with quality components, gears to suit, a 40-spoke rear wheel, and drop bars, which give more positions than other ba...
by soapbox
3 Aug 2013, 7:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Compact double vs triple- why?
Replies: 91
Views: 11651

Re: Compact double vs triple- why?

I've ridden a 42/36 double x 13-26 for the past 25 years and it's suited me for both day rides and camping tours without too much changing between rings. I've never understood the 'compact' chainset and always considered it a hopeless compromise that nobody ever seems to be comfortable with or even ...
by soapbox
25 Mar 2013, 7:48pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Selfish & Aggressive Fishermen
Replies: 89
Views: 6727

Re: Selfish & Aggressive Fishermen

Was it a legal stretch of the towpath to be cycling on? In practice, this rarely makes any difference, but technically, on the Leeds-Liverpool canal, for example, cyclists are only allowed on some sections.