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by PaulCumbria
3 Jun 2014, 9:45pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Crash not Accident
Replies: 19
Views: 5262

Re: Crash not Accident

Precisely.
by PaulCumbria
3 Jun 2014, 8:07pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Crash not Accident
Replies: 19
Views: 5262

Re: Crash not Accident

We'll have to agree to differ in that case.

I'm surprised you choose to use the outdated RTA, when the Police themselves have longsince accepted Roadpeace's argument and now utilise RTC instead.
by PaulCumbria
3 Jun 2014, 7:31pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Crash not Accident
Replies: 19
Views: 5262

Re: Crash not Accident

Might be worth checking the Roadpeace website I referenced at the end of the piece. It makes it clear that the suggested use of 'crash' is not prescriptive, but rather that crash/collision/incident are a all more appropriate than accident, depending on the circumstances. I'm not convinced that anyon...
by PaulCumbria
3 Jun 2014, 5:59pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Crash not Accident
Replies: 19
Views: 5262

Crash not Accident

Here's an article I've just had published in my local paper, the Westmorland Gazette. Not directly about cycling, it does address the fatalistic attitude widely displayed towards road deaths, and the farcically lenient sentencing that often follows: http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/04/azuryqe6.jpg (S...
by PaulCumbria
16 May 2014, 3:24pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Another helmetted cyclist with a lesson for us all
Replies: 211
Views: 5014

Re: Another helmetted cyclist with a lesson for us all

Well done - at least you managed to steer away from what I'm sure would have been my error - pointing out that her riding was reckless, and that without a helmet she would have taken more care... Thanks Bob. My first draft laid into her for her recklessness, and suggested her helmet probably DIDN'T...
by PaulCumbria
16 May 2014, 1:07pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Another helmetted cyclist with a lesson for us all
Replies: 211
Views: 5014

Re: Another helmetted cyclist with a lesson for us all

Back on-topic:

Here's my letter as published in the local paper.

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by PaulCumbria
9 May 2014, 8:42pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Another helmetted cyclist with a lesson for us all
Replies: 211
Views: 5014

Re: Another helmetted cyclist with a lesson for us all

On my commute to work, I descend a steep (1:5 to 1:7, according to OS) narrow hill with an uncertain surface - uneven and loose in places, green with algae in places. I'm not in a tearing hurry, but I'm commuting, and enjoying myself, so I descend at a reasonable tempo. (I'm applying both brakes pr...
by PaulCumbria
9 May 2014, 8:06pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Another helmetted cyclist with a lesson for us all
Replies: 211
Views: 5014

Re: Another helmetted cyclist with a lesson for us all

A rider who frequently needs the full stopping power of the front brake in normal (non-racing) environments, is pushing the risk envelope in the same way that someone descending a narrow road at 40mph. which brings us back (I hope) to the threads original subject. And has anyone here ever suggested...
by PaulCumbria
9 May 2014, 11:01am
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Another helmetted cyclist with a lesson for us all
Replies: 211
Views: 5014

Re: Another helmetted cyclist with a lesson for us all

As the OP, I'm outraged that this has gone so off-topic for the past ten (unread) pages or so - especially as the diversion was entirely of my own making! Seriously though, when I inadvertently started the diversion, I was referring to a colleague who goes for 100 mile rides across Cumbria, includin...
by PaulCumbria
5 May 2014, 7:11pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Another helmetted cyclist with a lesson for us all
Replies: 211
Views: 5014

Re: Another helmetted cyclist with a lesson for us all

beardy wrote:Have you ever noticed how people who habitually use the front brake have these "unavoidable" crashes due to gravel, ice, manhole covers, diesel, mud, rough surfaces, being on a bend etc


No.

I think we'll have to agree to disagree.
by PaulCumbria
2 May 2014, 11:26pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done
Replies: 433
Views: 70246

Re: Bedford turbo roundabout - NOW UNSUSPENDED

gaz wrote:Time to edit your thread title again? :wink:

Done B-)
by PaulCumbria
2 May 2014, 6:23pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Another helmetted cyclist with a lesson for us all
Replies: 211
Views: 5014

Re: Another helmetted cyclist with a lesson for us all

[XAP]Bob wrote:He's never tried an emergency stop? Does he ever move?

Astonishingly, he regularly does 100 mile day rides - which include stiff Lakeland passes. To be honest, I find it hard to believe he actually rides downhill at all
by PaulCumbria
2 May 2014, 2:05pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Another helmetted cyclist with a lesson for us all
Replies: 211
Views: 5014

Re: Another helmetted cyclist with a lesson for us all

A cycling colleague at work is forever berating me for not wearing a helmet. In conversation about this particular incident the other day (he's an Ambleside resident) I discovered he has no idea how to use his brakes properly, massively favouring the rear brake over the front. He has never even atte...
by PaulCumbria
2 May 2014, 1:56pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done
Replies: 433
Views: 70246

Re: Bedford turbo roundabout - NOW SUSPENDED

It's being reported that Bedford Borough Council's walking and cycling officer Patrick Lingwood is saying, at Cycle City Expo, that he fully expects construction to go ahead in July, despite criticisms.
by PaulCumbria
27 Apr 2014, 12:08pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Another helmetted cyclist with a lesson for us all
Replies: 211
Views: 5014

Re: Another helmetted cyclist with a lesson for us all

I reckon the 40 mph bit is an exaggeration, too. But we can only deal with the info as offered. I'm not surprised she wants to think the helmet saved her, but it does irritate that the paper itself says "Joan owes her life to the fact that she wore a helmet" - pure speculation presented as...