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by snibgo
11 Mar 2015, 9:03pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: ASL fixed penalty
Replies: 9
Views: 5712

Re: ASL fixed penalty

There was a recent case on Pepipoo, where I think the OP was on a motorbike.

http://forums.pepipoo.com/index.php?showtopic=97149
by snibgo
18 Feb 2015, 3:01am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Filtering and pedestrians
Replies: 13
Views: 2508

Re: Filtering and pedestrians

Rule of thumb: if a vehicle crashes into a pedestrian, the fault is with the "driver". True, a court might find the pedestrian contributed some negligence. It's easy to imagine a circumstance where a pedestrian and cyclist can't see each other until it's too late. What can I do, other than...
by snibgo
11 Feb 2015, 10:49pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Lesson learned - again
Replies: 18
Views: 2809

Re: Lesson learned - again

On country lanes, without another soul in sight, my mind wanders. The bike also wanders and sometimes gives me a rude wakening as it bumps along the grass verge. The best thing is to come to a gentle halt. When I try to ride back to the road, I usually come to a less dignified halt.
by snibgo
10 Feb 2015, 1:28am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: CYCLISTS ARE OWN BIGGEST DANGER
Replies: 146
Views: 20167

Re: CYCLISTS ARE OWN BIGGEST DANGER

Just for once, I have to take a contrary view. "CYCLISTS ARE OWN BIGGEST DANGER": in my case, that is literally true. The only serious injury I've had from cycling was entirely my own fault. I got on my bike, lost my balance, fall off, and broke my hip. No motorist has ever injured me. I s...
by snibgo
7 Feb 2015, 10:17pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Reporting this driver? Road safe or police?
Replies: 43
Views: 4387

Re: Reporting this driver? Road safe or police?

In the second incident, the driver appears to misjudge distance and relative speed. He isn't moving much faster then the cyclist, so squeezes him when the van needs to pull in. It is "must get past the cyclist" syndrome. Would the police take any action on this? Only if nothing else was ha...
by snibgo
30 Jan 2015, 8:19am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cross Rail Super Highway Green Lit
Replies: 16
Views: 5618

Re: Cross Rail Super Highway Green Lit

Hmm, 18 miles at 4 metres wide, cost £913m, and the current price of gold is ... click ... click ... click. Yup, the whole thing could be paved with gold 15mm thick. But then there'd be no money for white paint etc.
by snibgo
26 Jan 2015, 8:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Edinburgh Tram Tracks Court Case
Replies: 22
Views: 3999

Re: Edinburgh Tram Tracks Court Case

This is appalling. tramlane.jpg Clearly, the designer has never tried cycling on such dangerous junk. Sue the council? Certainly. But it's just taxpayers money. How much would the council care? How much would the designers care? Just like the recent example of a half-kerb causing accidents, someone ...
by snibgo
12 Jan 2015, 3:45pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: ASL and motorcyclists
Replies: 43
Views: 4369

Re: ASL and motorcyclists

A couple of time, in Cambridge, I've wanted to go into an ASL but a motorcyclist has blocked it. This is particularly annoying when I want to turn right and my only chance of not being stuck in the middle of the junction is to get across sharpish as soon as the lights change. (At one of those juncti...
by snibgo
6 Jan 2015, 1:34pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: 'Serious cycling keeps you young, say scientists'...
Replies: 29
Views: 1827

Re: Cycling is anti-ageing

Hmm. Sounds like research from the department of the bleedin' obvious: fit old people who don't drink, smoke, have high blood pressure or other health conditions are just as fit as younger people who don't etc. But the essential message is true, and important: Inevitably, our bodies will experience ...
by snibgo
6 Jan 2015, 10:40am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Missed opportunity - or just a shameful waste?
Replies: 9
Views: 3049

Re: Missed opportunity - or just a shameful waste?

A lovely old thing. We can see it has been patched. The white streaks are probably from water seepage, suggesting the road surface hasn't been waterproof. The piers are noticeably dark. I can't see if this is because they are made of engineering blue bricks, or ordinary bricks damaged by water. brid...
by snibgo
5 Jan 2015, 1:16pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Missed opportunity - or just a shameful waste?
Replies: 9
Views: 3049

Re: Missed opportunity - or just a shameful waste?

That's a shame. Is it a Victorian brick-arch bridge? I like those. Especially ones with a big skew like this. They have wonderful curves, when seen from below. (I used to be a railway civil engineer.) I wouldn't be surprised if it is scheduled for demolition. When the railway was built the road was ...
by snibgo
5 Jan 2015, 2:12am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling lesson please
Replies: 25
Views: 4836

Re: Cycling lesson please

Yes, I love the story, Cunobelin. Yes, that street design needs changing. The lanes have that critical horrible width: just wide enough for a bus, so car drivers think bikes should keep to the left of the lane so they can squeeze past us. If I was doing 20 mph, I would certainly not want cars whizzi...
by snibgo
4 Jan 2015, 12:04pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: The Dangers of Road Debris
Replies: 51
Views: 3702

Re: The Dangers of Road Debris

I watched some of the TdF on telly last summer. I greatly admire the skills of the riders, being able to ride so close without (often) barging into each other. Even so, with all the benefits of freshly-minted roads and cars leading the way, when one goes down others usually follow. This is a differe...
by snibgo
1 Jan 2015, 8:55am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Deterrent sentencing for pavement cycling?
Replies: 90
Views: 10632

Re: Deterrent sentencing for pavement cycling?

In my view, the best outcome would be if the CPS dropped the case as "not in the public interest". Failing that, I hope the defence wheel out the big guns to say this cycle path cannot be cycled on, safely and legally at the same time. Roads are not designed in such a way that motorists ca...
by snibgo
1 Jan 2015, 4:23am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Deterrent sentencing for pavement cycling?
Replies: 90
Views: 10632

Re: Deterrent sentencing for pavement cycling?

... but no one can cycle on the track and not hit the phone box. The video shows that the solid white line that makes the shared path segregated vanishes around the phone box. So, along that stretch, the path is unsegregated and cyclists can legally ride where they choose (being careful not to be d...