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by snibgo
31 Dec 2014, 4:46pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Deterrent sentencing for pavement cycling?
Replies: 90
Views: 10632

Re: Deterrent sentencing for pavement cycling?

If they put as much effort into designing and building farcilities as into policing, they might actually be worth using. This rubbish is worse than useless. It encourages cyclists to play dodgems with bollards and phone boxes and each other, and encourages motorists to think cyclists shouldn't use t...
by snibgo
23 Dec 2014, 6:08pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "New Cycle Lane a Death Trap"
Replies: 56
Views: 7661

Re: "New Cycle Lane a Death Trap"

I'm with Pete, especially this:
Pete Owen wrote:The entire purpose of giratories is to speed up motor traffic by creating multi-lane roads which require high-speed merging and filtering. They are nasty for pedestrians and cyclists and really have no place in any liveable city.
by snibgo
22 Dec 2014, 5:02pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "New Cycle Lane a Death Trap"
Replies: 56
Views: 7661

Re: "New Cycle Lane a Death Trap"

Roads are not given design features that are dangerous to motorists. It's a fairly obvious design principle. It is equally obvious (to me) that cycle facilities should not be given features that are dangerous to cyclists. A do-gooder Old Shoreham Road designer might say, "The kerb discourages m...
by snibgo
22 Dec 2014, 3:14pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "New Cycle Lane a Death Trap"
Replies: 56
Views: 7661

Re: "New Cycle Lane a Death Trap"

That LCN Design Manual, section 2.2.5, doesn't like cycle lanes wider than 1.2m, and 0.7m is okay. Section 2.6.8 has cycle tracks with a 50-75mm rise to the pavement on one side, and a 75-100mm drop to the carriageway on the other side. The cycle track can be 1.0m wide. Got that? Be careful to ride ...
by snibgo
22 Dec 2014, 7:07am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "New Cycle Lane a Death Trap"
Replies: 56
Views: 7661

Re: "New Cycle Lane a Death Trap"

... and who have been praising the similar low kerbed cycle lane that they installed on Old Shoreham Road a couple of years back as an example of good practice. Ah, I didn't know that. Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear. Googling around, I see that CTC and aseasyasridingabike approve the vertical separation ...
by snibgo
21 Dec 2014, 7:28pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "New Cycle Lane a Death Trap"
Replies: 56
Views: 7661

Re: "New Cycle Lane a Death Trap"

They call it a "death trap" because it is dangerous by design. It is a bike facility designed by someone who has never ridden a bike (or hates cyclists). I wonder if the planners even thought about this scenario ?? They either didn't think cyclists would want to use the cyclelane, or thoug...
by snibgo
21 Dec 2014, 10:54am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "New Cycle Lane a Death Trap"
Replies: 56
Views: 7661

Re: "New Cycle Lane a Death Trap"

Browsing around, I found a PDF plan for the works: Proposed Junction Layout . These things can be dificult to read, and the significance of details can easily be overlooked. But this plan is very clear: "Cyclelane 50mm above carriageway" and "Cyclelane 25mm above carriageway". It...
by snibgo
20 Dec 2014, 5:30am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "New Cycle Lane a Death Trap"
Replies: 56
Views: 7661

Re: "New Cycle Lane a Death Trap"

It is too dangerous and the police should close off the section and have the kerb removed, is this feasible? Yes, but the kerb isn't the fundamental problem. It seems the cycle lane there is a couple of inches higher than the road. The kerbstone creates a vertical drop that can survive multiple bat...
by snibgo
19 Dec 2014, 12:44pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "New Cycle Lane a Death Trap"
Replies: 56
Views: 7661

Re: "New Cycle Lane a Death Trap"

Did a politician decide to install that semi-kerb? Possibly. Politicians don't usually sit down with the drawing-board and pen and design these things. Most road authorities employ professionals to specify road structures, signs, lines, kerbs and all the rest. A professional should have told the pol...
by snibgo
19 Dec 2014, 12:22pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "New Cycle Lane a Death Trap"
Replies: 56
Views: 7661

Re: "New Cycle Lane a Death Trap"

It seems designed to slightly discourage cars and to topple cyclists.

It's at a junction where cyclists should be looking out for motorists, not stupidly dangerous road features.

Someone should lose their job over this.
by snibgo
15 Dec 2014, 11:43am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Hit from behind.
Replies: 115
Views: 19045

Re: Hit from behind.

Yes. Modern cars are remarkably safe for the occupants. In a slow-speed crunch between two cars, or a car and street furniture, the only suffering will be to a no-claims discount. This is good news on the whole, but has adverse consequences. We become complacent as drivers about bumping into things....
by snibgo
14 Dec 2014, 8:13pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Hit from behind.
Replies: 115
Views: 19045

Re: Hit from behind.

If,for some reason there wasn't enough evidence to secure a conviction or referral to the CPS,given that there's been loss of life in unusual circumstances,would it be unreasonable for the public to expect some sort of explanation? Or are we to allow the police and other authorities to make those d...
by snibgo
14 Dec 2014, 5:15pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Hit from behind.
Replies: 115
Views: 19045

Re: Hit from behind.

I agree with your points, TC. And, lest it be thought otherwise, I believe that when a car drives into a cyclist who is doing nothing wrong, and the cyclist dies, a prosecution should follow. On the face of it, this is "causing death by dangerous driving". The thought that this driver wasn...
by snibgo
14 Dec 2014, 4:07pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Hit from behind.
Replies: 115
Views: 19045

Re: Hit from behind.

It is possible that no further action was taken for the reason thirdcrank suggests. If so, then I am horrified. But there are other possibilities. For example the driver's explanation, "I didn't see the cyclist", was this given before or after a caution? If before then (if I understand cor...
by snibgo
14 Dec 2014, 5:12am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Hit from behind.
Replies: 115
Views: 19045

Re: Hit from behind.

As far as I can see, the police should take no further action unless two tests are passed: 1. There is enough evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction, AND 2. A prosecution is in the public interest. I'd love to know on what grounds this case was NFA-ed. On the surface, it appears a charge of...