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by danhopgood
14 Dec 2017, 12:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Near miss on busy road - plea for good lights!!
Replies: 112
Views: 4834

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: 1983

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: 5948

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: 4713

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: 5948

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...
by danhopgood
26 Sep 2017, 1:16pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Temporary Traffic Lights and Cyclists
Replies: 107
Views: 5948

Re: Temporary Traffic Lights and Cyclists

Feel free to shoot me down on this one, for all our benefit. But; Temporary Traffic Lights are "Advisory" only. Traffic lights need an act of Parliament to install and have legal standing. You cannot be charged with the offence of "non compliance" .. but if you cause or are invo...
by danhopgood
21 Sep 2017, 1:59pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclist on trial for manslaughter- sentenced
Replies: 1064
Views: 42542

Re: Cyclist on trial for manslaughter- sentenced

All deaths and injuries on the roads are tragic and a lot of it is avoidable. I had a near miss on the bike just this morning, with a left hook from a BMW X5. What I think needs to change is the culture. Different types of road users blaming each other is only making things worse. Different road use...
by danhopgood
21 Jul 2017, 2:00pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Another nasty hit-and-run in Leicester - RLJ?
Replies: 10
Views: 1319

Re: Another nasty hit-and-run in Leicester - RLJ?

Well if the cyclist went through a red light and could have stopped safely that obviously would be a mitigating circumstance for the car driver. The cyclist not wearing a helmet isn't a mitigating circumstance though. Car driver's actions are callous - an obvious question being did they have more to...
by danhopgood
11 May 2017, 12:12pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Motorist jailed for three years for using her car as a weapon
Replies: 71
Views: 21333

Re: And again .....road rage ....

I do wonder what the outcome of this would have been if there hadn't been a CCTV camera to clearly record the collision and run up to it......
by danhopgood
6 Apr 2017, 4:54pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclist defence fund Michael Mason
Replies: 116
Views: 20023

Re: Cyclist defence fund Michael Mason

I'm saddened by this. Hopefully there'll be some feedback in due course about what was said in court.
by danhopgood
5 Apr 2017, 12:51pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Interesting dashcam footage.
Replies: 38
Views: 14859

Re: Interesting dashcam footage.

Totally inexcusable behaviour and I think a prosecution is warranted, but the video, significantly in my view, didn't include the roundabout incident that the "innocent party" references. The X5 driver says he "needed" to accelerate to keep safe. I'm suspicious of that statement ...
by danhopgood
23 Nov 2016, 1:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spoke breakages and small wheels
Replies: 8
Views: 778

Spoke breakages and small wheels

I've got a Circe Helios, 20" wheel tandem, which I use for the school run with an 8 year old. Bike is a couple of years old, 2,500 miles on the clock. Twice now we've had a front wheel spoke break. The wheel has a Son Deluxe dynamo hub, which has a fairly large flange. The large flange and smal...
by danhopgood
27 May 2016, 2:04pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Do we need a vehicular manslaughter charge?
Replies: 6
Views: 1041

Re: Do we need a vehicular manslaughter charge?

Seemingly this:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36394842

means the charges are the least of the issues to worry about. Seemingly in Manchester even if you're charged there's an 80% chance the case will fall over before it even gets to Crown court.

Blimey.
by danhopgood
25 Apr 2016, 4:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Circe Helios tandems
Replies: 33
Views: 1968

Re: Circe Helios tandems

Re. Alfine hubs, we've had a Helios with an Alfine 11 for 2 1/2 years and 2000 miles now. Mostly used on the school run - where it performs fabulously. Regarding the reliability of the Alfine 11, it's still relatively early days, but for us the advantages - any gear you like from stopped, good gear ...
by danhopgood
22 Apr 2016, 5:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fit the widest tyres you can. Discuss
Replies: 105
Views: 6101

Re: Fit the widest tyres you can. Discuss

I think for many it's enough to debunk the idea that you need to pump your tyres to their maximum pressures if you want to go fast. Um, looking at the graphs in the link, I don't agree. Ignoring "comfort" factors, the rolling resistance of all tyres reduces as the pressure increases. So w...