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by danhopgood
1 Apr 2015, 12:57pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Ramming cyclist at only 10mph is OK
Replies: 41
Views: 7408

Re: Ramming cyclist at only 10mph is OK

The missing bit from the reports is of course why the cyclist felt they needed to kick the car in the first place. My take on this is this is it's an example of why retaliation by cyclists at poor driving - whilst understandable (I've done it myself) - is a bad idea. It just ups the anti, with the m...
by danhopgood
23 Mar 2015, 1:48pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: It me or do SUVs alway drive to close
Replies: 55
Views: 10532

Re: It me or do SUVs alway drive to close

It's generalisation. It's easy to think because some cyclists ride through red lights and on pavements and are generally a menace therefore ALL cyclists are a menace. similarly for car makes and driving styles. When I first explained to my girlfriend of the time (some years ago) that all BMW drivers...
by danhopgood
18 Mar 2015, 12:32pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Where to cycle on semi-narrow lanes?
Replies: 28
Views: 8303

Re: Where to cycle on semi-narrow lanes?

Bluetooth intercom ordered: http://www.sportsbikeshop.co.uk/motorcycle_parts/content_prod/92822 More than I wanted to spend and it'll need modding for cycle use, but if it works, hopefully it's worth it. Main worry is puffing noise - will have to keep moving the mic me thinks. Been using the interc...
by danhopgood
11 Mar 2015, 9:18am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Stop!
Replies: 60
Views: 7946

Re: Stop!

............ some cyclists see themselves as informal road users, or pedestrians on wheels. Oh but they are, aren't they? Haven't you seen all the new ideas about shared space? Pedestrians are usually shown with cyclists. And what about all the shared pavements? It's not just some cyclists who see ...
by danhopgood
6 Mar 2015, 4:10pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Clarkeson ! again !
Replies: 87
Views: 11957

Re: Clarkeson ! again !

As others have said - who knows what driverless cars will do to change transport? There's no doubt in my mind that driverless cars will only be used in very controlled environments to start with - like motorways. As the technology develops it could then be used where there are more interactions invo...
by danhopgood
4 Mar 2015, 6:12pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Where to cycle on semi-narrow lanes?
Replies: 28
Views: 8303

Re: Where to cycle on semi-narrow lanes?

Bluetooth intercom ordered: http://www.sportsbikeshop.co.uk/motorcycle_parts/content_prod/92822
More than I wanted to spend and it'll need modding for cycle use, but if it works, hopefully it's worth it. Main worry is puffing noise - will have to keep moving the mic me thinks.
by danhopgood
4 Mar 2015, 2:31pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Where to cycle on semi-narrow lanes?
Replies: 28
Views: 8303

Re: Where to cycle on semi-narrow lanes?

Good idea re. child helping. He's still in a childseat on the tandem at the moment so could help. He seems to just go to into zombie mode after about 1/2 a mile on the bike - maybe because I don't get him involved. Main reason I don't is that I struggle to hear him. I did toy with getting a motorcyc...
by danhopgood
4 Mar 2015, 12:38pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Where to cycle on semi-narrow lanes?
Replies: 28
Views: 8303

Re: Where to cycle on semi-narrow lanes?

I got caught the other morning on the tandem, with a long, straight, uphill, into wind approach to my son's school, where we have to turn right. Continuous parked cars both sides. Just room for two cars to pass at slow speed. Normally there's not a lot of traffic and we just keep a safe distance fro...
by danhopgood
4 Mar 2015, 12:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclists are treated as if they are staionary.
Replies: 46
Views: 11690

Re: Cyclists are treated as if they are staionary.

I think part of the problem is motorists aren't always good at assessing the speed of cyclists and do it partly based on what they look like, rather than how fast they're actually going. Example, pretty girl in swirly dress on bike. Driver thinks - bound to be slow - and acts accordingly. She may be...
by danhopgood
3 Mar 2015, 4:49pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Brakes work, shame brain doesn't
Replies: 107
Views: 6781

Re: Brakes work, shame brain doesn't

It's the "I'll do what I can get away with 'cos no-one's enforcing the rules" version, which is much less safe. Which is bizarrely why rules exist - because we can't be trusted with our own judgement. Obviously the ideal is to enforce them but since we're not then why is this system bette...
by danhopgood
3 Mar 2015, 4:24pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Brakes work, shame brain doesn't
Replies: 107
Views: 6781

Re: Brakes work, shame brain doesn't

No, no, no! I admit I like rules - and there are plenty of people out there that don't. But to suggest everyone just "does the right thing" is just mad given the state of the roads. Maybe in the outback in Oz. Not in central London, thank you. My view is we need to enforce the law as it s...
by danhopgood
3 Mar 2015, 3:54pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Brakes work, shame brain doesn't
Replies: 107
Views: 6781

Re: Brakes work, shame brain doesn't

............... As someone who has a more pragmatic viewpoint the only thing that really bothers me is "being too stupid in a built up area" because tbh if people actually engaged their brains all round not only would it be nicer out there but traffic would flow better and the majority of...
by danhopgood
2 Mar 2015, 2:21pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Brakes work, shame brain doesn't
Replies: 107
Views: 6781

Re: Brakes work, shame brain doesn't

Hmm, that is almost certainly the case Elliib. I'm sure you're just making a tongue in cheek "Top Gear'esque comment about references to racing and use of the road, but the point is there - people sometimes treat the roads as a racetrack. We've all read the big "motor racing is dangerous&q...
by danhopgood
2 Mar 2015, 1:43pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Brakes work, shame brain doesn't
Replies: 107
Views: 6781

Re: Brakes work, shame brain doesn't

Three points come to my mind on this situation, other than the lorry driver was being cheeky and where's the enforcement? : 1 Look how many cyclists are in front of the stop line waiting to go ahead. Breach of Legislation & HC 175. Cyclists fail. Where's the enforcement? 2 Look how many cyclists...
by danhopgood
27 Feb 2015, 1:11pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Another cyclist death: left-turning lorry
Replies: 252
Views: 17398

Re: Another cyclist death: left-turning lorry

Yay - we've gone back to the wrong end of the H&S debate again. ....the general cycling public, which may not be native to this country, should not suffer death for following the advice from our traffic planning professionals as seen commonly painted on the roads. So let's actually address the ...