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by danhopgood
18 Oct 2018, 10:04am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Car Indicators - Is it me?
Replies: 36
Views: 1682

Re: Car Indicators - Is it me?

Of course the value of the indicator varies in different situations. Right turners at a tee junction are pretty obvious even if they don't signal. Single lane entry roundabouts are one example of when a signal is essential to understand where a vehicle is going to go. No signal left turners are a pa...
by danhopgood
17 Oct 2018, 1:39pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Car Indicators - Is it me?
Replies: 36
Views: 1682

Car Indicators - Is it me?

Maybe it's my age (52) but I struggle to see the front indicator of modern cars - especially when they have lights on. I experience this both in the car and on the bike, I had a near miss this morning with my son on the back of a tandem where I failed to spot a car turning across me who had right of...
by danhopgood
4 Oct 2018, 4:52pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 2017 Road casualties annual report
Replies: 19
Views: 980

Re: 2017 Road casualties annual report

Road Safety group comments on this: Road safety charity Brake’s campaigns director Joshua Harris lamented the “shocking lack” of progress on road safety. “Our laws are only as strong as their enforcement and roads policing is fundamental to improving UK road safety,” he said. “Shockingly, the number...
by danhopgood
19 Apr 2018, 12:26pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: You Tube Head Cam footage
Replies: 20
Views: 3435

Re: You Tube Head Cam footage

You were assaulted and have proof of same. I would be asking to speak to the Superintendent and would want to know why he felt that violent crime should not be prosecuted. My initial reaction was anger and wanting to take it further. I've now made peace with myself now about letting it drop. The sa...
by danhopgood
13 Apr 2018, 3:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: You Tube Head Cam footage
Replies: 20
Views: 3435

Re: You Tube Head Cam footage

The issue is lack of Police resources. I ended up writing a note to my (tory) MP to say I wan't taking it further with the Police as they are obviously short of resources and it wouldn't make any difference what I say to them. I said to her the government had cut Police resources too far and suggest...
by danhopgood
6 Apr 2018, 3:08pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: You Tube Head Cam footage
Replies: 20
Views: 3435

Re: You Tube Head Cam footage

Debs, I wasn't injured, other than a sore arm for a couple of minutes. I think I would have been injured if I'd been slower going up the hill - and if I hadn't avoided the car swerving towards me I hate to think what the outcome would have been. I worked out the distance between the kerb and his win...
by danhopgood
6 Apr 2018, 2:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: You Tube Head Cam footage
Replies: 20
Views: 3435

Re: You Tube Head Cam footage

Hampshire Police. They have told me the car reg is not straightforward so they can't automatically trace the driver - they said the car may be in the trade. I said can't they just find the driver and give him a talking to. The response was they haven't got the resource for that....
by danhopgood
6 Apr 2018, 12:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: You Tube Head Cam footage
Replies: 20
Views: 3435

Re: You Tube Head Cam footage

Having been using an "always on" camera on the bike for the last three years, I had my first proper "incident" the other day. A car gave me zero space pulling away from a pedestrian crossing where I had given way. I gave him a warning wave, he kept coming. I tapped his car, follo...
by danhopgood
29 Mar 2018, 12:48pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Self driving car kills pedestrian.
Replies: 140
Views: 10817

Re: Self driving car kills pedestrian.

I'm a doom-monger by nature. The way I see the future of driverless technology going is this: Development is overwhelmingly USA based, where there's already a culture of driving everywhere. There's already a lot of big money going into development - and the developers want a quick return on investme...
by danhopgood
21 Mar 2018, 1:42pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclist "spared gaol."
Replies: 18
Views: 2169

Re: Cyclist "spared gaol."

Reading the MEN article the cyclist did refer to danger at a nearby junction as a reason he was on the pavement. Seems odd looking on Streetview that he needed to be very close to the shop entrance where the collision apparently occurred, but I do have some sympathy. The road layout looks really nar...
by danhopgood
14 Dec 2017, 12:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Near miss on busy road - plea for good lights!!
Replies: 112
Views: 4737

Re: Near miss on busy road - plea for good lights!!

"Westminster" is a collection of politicians who are elected by society to reflect the majority view on what's acceptable behaviour and legislate for behaviour deemed unacceptable. Sadly, from a vulnerable road user perspective, society has decided that it'll accept road deaths and injurie...
by danhopgood
8 Nov 2017, 5:45pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Distance from kerb.
Replies: 21
Views: 1908

Re: Distance from kerb.

As far as I'm concerned the distance is variable depending on the conditions. On a good road surface, good weather, light wind and slow traffic 300mm might well be enough. On a badly maintained road with sticking out sunken gullies on a dark wet windy night and lots of traffic I probably would want ...
by danhopgood
29 Sep 2017, 1:06pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Temporary Traffic Lights and Cyclists
Replies: 107
Views: 5857

Re: Temporary Traffic Lights and Cyclists

There is of course Rule 169 of the Highway Code: "Do not hold up a long queue of traffic, especially if you are driving a large or slow-moving vehicle. Check your mirrors frequently, and if necessary, pull in where it is safe and let traffic pass." I don't think the delay caused by cyclist...
by danhopgood
29 Sep 2017, 12:46pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Pedestrians that think they're the path police (rant)
Replies: 42
Views: 4643

Re: Pedestrians that think they're the path police (rant)

signs have been changed to "Pedestrian Priority" Which according to a previous thread here mean nothing. Signs like that do mean something - they highlight that the route is sub-standard for shared pedestrian / cycle use and that for all users to get equal benefit from the facility, cycli...
by danhopgood
27 Sep 2017, 4:59pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Temporary Traffic Lights and Cyclists
Replies: 107
Views: 5857

Re: Temporary Traffic Lights and Cyclists

More information on the legal side of temporary traffic signals at roadworks. The national standard required by most if not all local authorities, who's approval is required to use temporary signals is the document "Safety at Streetworks - a Code of Practice". That contains the requirement...