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by PaulCumbria
8 Jan 2014, 5:26pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Helmets
Replies: 48
Views: 6223

Re: Helmets

So why anyone suggests helmets as a safety measure before a mirror, I don't know. +1 You can make a long list of stuff that should come before helmets as desirable safety measures (mirrors, eye protection, cycle training, bike maintenance lessons), but these suggestions are all drowned out by the n...
by PaulCumbria
7 Jan 2014, 10:00pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Wonderful short film
Replies: 7
Views: 677

Re: Wonderful short film

You've missed the obvious point to this......the vast majority of people filmed, happily riding their bikes in normal clothes and no helmets, were young people with hardly any older people on view. Obviously means very few are surviving into old age....such are the dangers of this style of riding. ...
by PaulCumbria
7 Jan 2014, 3:34pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Maybe it's me?
Replies: 21
Views: 15339

Re: Maybe it's me?

I think it's worth cultivating a Zen-like serenity, such that you can deal with the most outrageous behaviour calmly. You may still need to bellow STOP!!! at someone pulling out of a side road, but if you can then pedal statuesquely past them with a genial, 'thank you' smile on your face, you'll enj...
by PaulCumbria
7 Jan 2014, 3:26pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: do flashing lights help drivers see you?
Replies: 43
Views: 28684

Re: do flashing lights help drivers see you?

thanks for all the comments. I think I will try having one flashing and one not, but also expecting the drivers not to see me. seems to be the way to maximise my chances martin I'd go further still. Don't EXPECT them not to see you, PRESUME they haven't seen you. It'll make your progress round roun...
by PaulCumbria
7 Jan 2014, 2:57pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: When the rules don't apply...
Replies: 7
Views: 12972

Re: When the rules don't apply...

I'll suggest it's a cause for concern that people are apparently not being eventually disqualified under the totting-up when they are convicted of not identifying the driver at the time of an alleged offence. I can only speculate that it's somebody like the secretary of a company whose vehicles are...
by PaulCumbria
7 Jan 2014, 2:49pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle skyways for London?
Replies: 31
Views: 24392

Re: Cycle skyways for London?

It would appear Boris has now poured cold water on the idea.

Surprise!
by PaulCumbria
6 Jan 2014, 8:00pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Wonderful short film
Replies: 7
Views: 677

Wonderful short film

I don't see why this backwater of the forum shouldn't include lovely stuff, as well as the hardnosed debate-y stuff that is its staple fare.

So have a look at this beautiful short film, folks!

http://amsterdamize.tumblr.com/post/72442729513/beautifully-shot-edited-film-by-thomas
by PaulCumbria
4 Jan 2014, 10:00am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Out of the saddle
Replies: 26
Views: 13532

Re: Out of the saddle

I find getting out of the saddle an impossibility unless I'm at a complete standstill.

Here's a picture of my bike:
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by PaulCumbria
4 Jan 2014, 9:34am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle skyways for London?
Replies: 31
Views: 24392

Re: Cycle skyways for London?

...the real problem is and always will be the unwillingness to do anything whatsoever to impede the flow of motor traffic (however low the cost). Spot on. The problem is, if you argue overtly for any measures that would reduce traffic capacity you're accused of being 'anti-car', and as such an unre...
by PaulCumbria
4 Jan 2014, 9:21am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle skyways for London?
Replies: 31
Views: 24392

Re: Cycle skyways for London?

About 60 years ago someone in Birmingham had the idea of building lots of underground subways so that pedestrians could get around the city easier. Instead, they became somewhere people could urinate in relative privacy or mug someone. Cyclists belong on roads ... Roads need to be made safer for cy...
by PaulCumbria
3 Jan 2014, 11:09pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Drivers Face No Jail...
Replies: 17
Views: 22087

Re: Drivers Face No Jail...

A cyclist being knocked off his bike does not necessarily equate to a crime. There is the possibility of it being the cyclist's fault or simply an accident. The police investigate all serious accidents and do prosecute if they believe a crime has been committed. So why all the ho-hah? You did read ...
by PaulCumbria
3 Jan 2014, 2:48pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle skyways for London?
Replies: 31
Views: 24392

Re: Cycle skyways for London?

Stupid stupid stupid. Completely missed the point that journeys are all about start points and destinations - places like homes, offices, shops, parks, schools etc. And surprisingly, these are all lined up along the streets, NOT floating above railway lines! One of the chief beauties of urban cyclin...
by PaulCumbria
3 Jan 2014, 2:39pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: New sub-sub-section needed
Replies: 1
Views: 383

New sub-sub-section needed

I'm getting fed-up with all the ski helmet stuff cluttering up my favourite corner of the forum - isn't it about time there was a new sub-section to the helmets sub-section for the weirdos who insist on discussing ski helmets?
;-)
by PaulCumbria
3 Jan 2014, 2:26pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: OK lets go over the issue one more time
Replies: 135
Views: 5121

Re: OK lets go over the issue one more time

Vorpal wrote:All of the helmet threads are turning into ski helmet discussions... :shock:
In that case I'll look forward to the moderators transferring them en masse to The Tea Shop...
by PaulCumbria
18 Dec 2013, 5:03pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: BBC 2 Daily Politics 18/12/13
Replies: 18
Views: 1624

Re: BBC 2 Daily Politics 18/12/13

I'm increasingly impressed by Mr Boardman. In particular, I'm just loving the references to "walking and cycling", as natural bedfellows. For too long these two modes have been seen as separate and even conflicting modes, rather than naturally complementary and harmonious. Walking tends to...