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by danhopgood
26 Sep 2017, 1:16pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Temporary Traffic Lights and Cyclists
Replies: 107
Views: 5797

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: 38863

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: 1288

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: 21311

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: 17336

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: 14827

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: 767

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: 1025

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: 1879

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: 6012

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...
by danhopgood
20 Apr 2016, 10:29am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Another depressing acquittal
Replies: 17
Views: 1434

Re: Another depressing acquittal

Without knowing the full details, looks like the jury's view was "cyclist hit the car so got what he deserved". It's so frustrating when drivers use their cars as weapons. I don't see there's an answer to this other than cyclists resisting any attempt at retaliation and prosecuting the dri...
by danhopgood
2 Dec 2015, 5:55pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Black on yellow roadwork signs - advisory or compulsory?
Replies: 16
Views: 1926

Re: Black on yellow roadwork signs - advisory or compulsory?

Hmm, Whilst I sympathize with a tortuous diversion route, those signs are there for a reason - and that reason is someone has done a risk assessment that concluded that cyclists were at excessive risk due to the narrowed road/closed lanes etc. Ignoring those signs is - as you say yourself - likely t...
by danhopgood
30 Sep 2015, 5:15pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: 31% increase in cycling Road casualties 2007 to 2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1681

Re: 31% increase in cycling Road casualties 2007 to 2014

"Paint is not infrastructure. Paint is not a safety feature." Reallocation of roadspace in favour of cyclists can be done with paint and is effectively also reallocating the infrastructure in favour of cyclists. Similarly there are circumstances where paint can improve safety for cyclists....
by danhopgood
1 Sep 2015, 12:46pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Lorry safety in London
Replies: 10
Views: 2707

Re: Lorry safety in London

I think it'll help - a bit and every improvement in safety has to be a good thing. My view is that it will encourage a wider rollout across the country. Big firm lorry fleets that operate in London need the flexibility to work elsewhere - and it's better to standardise across the fleet - so the enti...
by danhopgood
23 Jun 2015, 12:46pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Tar on my tyres
Replies: 13
Views: 1084

Re: Tar on my tyres

Just be grateful Devon CC have still got some money to spend on road maintenance!