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by cotswolds
15 Sep 2017, 4:37pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Jail for road-rage motorist who deliberately ploughed into cyclists
Replies: 44
Views: 2654

Re: Jail for road-rage motorist who deliberately ploughed into cyclists

I was thinking the other day about the reports we often see in the press about people on the road with more than 12 penalty points on their licence who are still driving, because they plead they need the car for work etc , I was wondering how much their insurance premiums are, as insurance companie...
by cotswolds
7 Sep 2017, 8:07am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Sea Sickness - any hints, tips, advice?
Replies: 52
Views: 2349

Re: Sea Sickness - any hints, tips, advice?

I've never had a problem on larger boats, even in storms, so was surprised when I was seasick on my first trip on a small boat. I agree with what other people have said, particularly keeping your eyes on the horizon - I looked down to tie a knot once and was sick. I've tried different brands of seas...
by cotswolds
28 Aug 2017, 2:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How many pedestrians are killed by motorists?
Replies: 28
Views: 2240

Re: How many pedestrians are killed by motorists?

For completeness, shouldn't we also know how many cyclists are killed by pedestrians?

I don't ever remember seeing a report of such a (fatal) collision yet it seems likely to me that there must be some.

I do remember seeing a figure of 1/year a while back (which of course I can't find now).
by cotswolds
28 Aug 2017, 12:02pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Inadequate crash investigation?
Replies: 13
Views: 907

Re: Inadequate crash investigation?

There might have been something to analyse if the victim, cyclist and his bike had been left in position in the road until they'd done their measurements, but in the real world, surely a pedestrian/cyclist collision leaves very little to analyse. There may be little to analyse, that doesn't mean th...
by cotswolds
28 Aug 2017, 11:05am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Inadequate crash investigation?
Replies: 13
Views: 907

Re: Inadequate crash investigation?

A bit more information here http://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/15495987.Call_for_Wiltshire_Police_to_re_investigate_historic_cycling_incident/ I know little about this, but would the Serious Collisions Investigations Unit have been the slightest help here? My impression was that their skills lie...
by cotswolds
26 Aug 2017, 3:49pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclist on trial for manslaughter- sentenced
Replies: 1064
Views: 39967

Re: Cyclist on trial for manslaughter

Out of curiousity, I dusted down my copy of Cyclecraft to see if it said anything relevant to this sort of collision. The most relevant paragraph is In traffic, a bell is useless. Shouting can be effective, but on most occasions it is far better for cyclists to give all their attention to taking eva...
by cotswolds
25 Aug 2017, 9:07am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclist on trial for manslaughter- sentenced
Replies: 1064
Views: 39967

Re: Cyclist on trial for manslaughter

There's a follow-up story on couriers/fixies here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41036581 If the following point's been made, I've missed/forgotten it in a long thread. Riding without a front brake seems reckless to me and possibly sufficient to justify manslaughter, but (and it's a very big BUT...) ...
by cotswolds
24 Aug 2017, 10:11am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycle.Travel - quiet route default
Replies: 5
Views: 791

Re: Cycle.Travel - quiet route default

I agree cycle.travel is good and use it for planning longer rides. I tend to prefer cyclestreets for urban areas, but that can come up with silly ideas in rural areas, such as quiet routes that include footpaths with stiles. I don't mind a bit of extra mileage to avoid a busy road, but having recent...
by cotswolds
21 Aug 2017, 8:14am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 'Fake' speed bump to slow traffic?
Replies: 5
Views: 833

'Fake' speed bump to slow traffic?

Interesting story in The Guardian about using paint to create the illusion of a speed bump that isn't really there. https://www.theguardian.com/cities/shortcuts/2017/aug/20/invisible-speedbumps-tfl-london-illusion I'm a bit sceptical they'll work for long, but if they're cheap and can pop up in new ...
by cotswolds
7 Aug 2017, 12:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling in the Netherlands - advice
Replies: 13
Views: 964

Re: Cycling in the Netherlands - advice

I agree with the above and can add the following: Use cycle facilities where they are provided (which is pretty well everywhere). Drivers respect cyclists but don't like them in their road space when they don't need to be. (It may be the law that you must use the cycle facility, can't remember for s...
by cotswolds
24 Jul 2017, 12:05pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 'Space for cyclists' initiative launched in London
Replies: 4
Views: 1040

'Space for cyclists' initiative launched in London

http://news.met.police.uk/news/space-for-cyclist-initiative-launched-to-improve-driver-and-cyclist-safety-252101 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/met-police-london-drivers-undercover-officers-bicycles-dangerous-driving-roads-a7852951.html No mention of the 1.5m used in other campaigns...
by cotswolds
2 Jun 2017, 8:33pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Operation ‘Close Pass’ launches in Bristol and Bath
Replies: 2
Views: 2786

Operation ‘Close Pass’ launches in Bristol and Bath

The close pass initiative seems to be spreading slowly. https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/newsroom/2017/06/operation-%E2%80%98close-pass%E2%80%99-launches-in-bristol-and-bath/ I found this story more interesting - presumably the number of hours cycled by the off-duty officers is going to be sign...
by cotswolds
20 Apr 2017, 9:55am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Colmar to Freiburg
Replies: 7
Views: 567

Re: Colmar to Freiburg

Open Street Map is way better than Google maps for cycling in Germany (and much of the rest of Europe). I assume this is the bridge you want to cross. https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=17/48.02072/7.57877&layers=C Looks like a good route to me, with an underpass where the cycle route crosses fr...
by cotswolds
28 Mar 2017, 9:02am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Diary / mapping tools
Replies: 4
Views: 7006

Re: Diary / mapping tools

I've never blogged a tour myself, but this one looks like an obvious choice to me. https://www.crazyguyonabike.com