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by arnsider
24 Mar 2017, 8:21pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Mobile Phones at the Wheel
Replies: 93
Views: 4384

Re: Mobile Phones at the Wheel

I am amazed that I have to enlarge on my assertion that head phones are a danger to both cyclists and pedestrians alike. Walking or riding on shared paths is a "Safety critical " activity and you need to be able to hear ambient noises both for your own safety and that of others. We rely a ...
by arnsider
23 Mar 2017, 9:51pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Mobile Phones at the Wheel
Replies: 93
Views: 4384

Re: Mobile Phones at the Wheel

Just to put a different slant on all this, I drove down my road this morning and a young guy on a mountain bike was coming up the other way, steering one handed, eyes glued to his mobile that he had in the other hand. One of the biggest dangers that hasn't come under scrutiny is the use of in ear he...
by arnsider
21 Mar 2017, 9:21am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Yorkshire's reet grand - We love Yorkshire
Replies: 162
Views: 30598

Re: Yorkshire's reet grand - We love Yorkshire

Earlier, someone commented on the similarity of Wales and Yorkshire. Well, I certainly agree and nowhere is quite as similar as the quiet valleys of the Black mountains, say over the Gospel Pass from the North, to say the climb south over Fleet Moss, down into Wharfedale. Thank heavens I've never ha...
by arnsider
9 Mar 2017, 10:58am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dangerous Warburtons HGV Driver
Replies: 116
Views: 28751

Re: Dangerous Warburtons HGV Driver

That's OK and I appreciate the acknowlegement.
by arnsider
8 Mar 2017, 4:10pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dangerous Warburtons HGV Driver
Replies: 116
Views: 28751

Re: Dangerous Warburtons HGV Driver

As soon as the oncoming vehicle came into view, the wagon anchored on and aborted his manoeuvre. That's not to say that to even attempt an overtake there was safe. I think the wagon deriver was winging it, but thankfully pulled up. Had our cyclist not stopped top remonstrate, the wagon would have tu...
by arnsider
6 Mar 2017, 3:54pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dangerous Warburtons HGV Driver
Replies: 116
Views: 28751

Re: Dangerous Warburtons HGV Driver

"There isn't room for a safe overtake, and you would encourage their manoeuvre?" That is entirely a matter of opinion. The head cam looks back, so how do you know precisely that prior to the oncoming van coming into view, the wagon did not have a safe opportunmity to pass? The outcome of t...
by arnsider
5 Mar 2017, 11:37pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dangerous Warburtons HGV Driver
Replies: 116
Views: 28751

Re: Dangerous Warburtons HGV Driver

Please do not lecture me on the rights of cyclists to ride. I take that as intrinsic and indeed it is an argument I have used with aggresive motorists.
I repeat that the wagon driver was right over in the oncoming lane, and obviously mindfull of the cyclist.
This seems lost on the both of you!
by arnsider
5 Mar 2017, 11:34pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dangerous Warburtons HGV Driver
Replies: 116
Views: 28751

Re: Dangerous Warburtons HGV Driver

OK, so I had another look at the video. It looks as though the cycle was positioned in the middle of his side of the road. No real problem there and I agree that it was the safest position bearing in mind the state of the raod surface further back with what looked like storm debris. All I am seeing ...
by arnsider
5 Mar 2017, 10:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dangerous Warburtons HGV Driver
Replies: 116
Views: 28751

Re: Dangerous Warburtons HGV Driver

I agree the wagon driver had no right to overtake dangerously, but we always seem to forget humanity in all of these arguments. Just how far out from the road edge was the cyclist? I would have been inclined myself to pull over as close as safely possoble and give this artic some room. Nine times ou...
by arnsider
3 Mar 2017, 6:03pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Broken Ankle
Replies: 13
Views: 1492

Re: Broken Ankle

You obviously suffered a lot worse than me and I sympathise. It points to the fact that cycling does very little for the foot other than keeping the ankle mobile. Hill Walking does a lot for the foot, the ankle and calves. As much as I love cycling, I really love Hill Walking and it's gauling to hav...
by arnsider
3 Mar 2017, 5:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dangerous Warburtons HGV Driver
Replies: 116
Views: 28751

Re: Dangerous Warburtons HGV Driver

I think that as cyclists, drivers or pedestrians, we have to be careful of our state of mind. There is no reason at all for roads to be places of conflict and if you go about seeking conflict, you will find it in spades. I would not say that I am intimidated by HGV's but fear is some way to describi...
by arnsider
3 Mar 2017, 1:36pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Broken Ankle
Replies: 13
Views: 1492

Re: Broken Ankle

Here I am some five months after the break and things are not good! No problem with the fractured left side, but I must have compensated that much with the right that I am suffering nasty pain in my right heel and instep. I've compared symptoms and it looks like its tendinitis. I did a 54 mile ride ...
by arnsider
3 Mar 2017, 11:59am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dangerous Warburtons HGV Driver
Replies: 116
Views: 28751

Re: Dangerous Warburtons HGV Driver

Our roads are ever becoming the arteries of commerce. The upsurge of mail order is huge and all this trade is speed and haste dependent. I think there is a constant trade-off between road safety and speed and I do not think the drivers are given enough regard. Union representation has become a dirty...
by arnsider
3 Mar 2017, 7:36am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dangerous Warburtons HGV Driver
Replies: 116
Views: 28751

Re: Dangerous Warburtons HGV Driver

Well, I am going to step out of line on this one. I appreciate we should not be intimidated or brow beaten by other oad users, wagon drivers in particular, but this might have had an entirely different outcome had the cyclist given way. I often give way to large vehicles by slowing and pulling close...
by arnsider
23 Feb 2017, 8:27am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Does 12 points means a ban? nope
Replies: 39
Views: 1187

Re: Does 12 points means a ban? nope

If the law allows clemency, then why on earth doesn't it come down heavily in other ways? Why for instance aren't very heavy fines or extended community service levied? This just another example of muddled and inconclusive thinking that governments are guilty of. What we have in the UK is an inefect...