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by danhopgood
25 Feb 2015, 12:03pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Another cyclist death: left-turning lorry
Replies: 252
Views: 17635

Re: Another cyclist death: left-turning lorry

[XAP]Bob wrote:
BUT - she went where we are repeatedly told to go, by all sorts of sources, including our esteemed road designers.

I don't understand. Can you explain this point in more detail please?
by danhopgood
25 Feb 2015, 12:01pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Another cyclist death: left-turning lorry
Replies: 252
Views: 17635

Re: Another cyclist death: left-turning lorry

The risk might be low but why risk it at all when the penalty for a mistake (or someone else's mistake or negligence) is death or serious injury? The consequences are many and all around to see. Beyond some limit, it doesn't matter how huge the penalty for a mistake is! That's why we don't try to g...
by danhopgood
24 Feb 2015, 3:42pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Another cyclist death: left-turning lorry
Replies: 252
Views: 17635

Re: Another cyclist death: left-turning lorry

Any answers? Was the lorry involved in the accident articulated? From the accounts I've read it was a non-articulated tipper truck If so, does it take a different path when turning from a non-articulated lorry? Articulated vehicles are generally longer and the articulation makes it more difficult f...
by danhopgood
23 Feb 2015, 12:36pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling into the sun
Replies: 57
Views: 8081

Re: Cycling into the sun

There are many hazards cycling. Low sun is only one of them, and frankly, I think it is far from the worst. There are a couple of well-publicised cases in which a driver *claimed* that he or she was blinded by a low sun, but we know that that alone won't make someone drive into a cyclist. There's a...
by danhopgood
20 Feb 2015, 12:21pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Another cyclist death: left-turning lorry
Replies: 252
Views: 17635

Re: Another cyclist death: left-turning lorry

Indeed, AIUI a banksman is required on work sites - where everyone is (or at least should be) trained and aware of the danger of large, heavy, un-sighted, dangerous vehicles. Where these same vehicles are used around inexperienced road users however, no such safety feature is required. The logic of...
by danhopgood
19 Feb 2015, 4:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Can anyone explain what caused this chain to break?
Replies: 24
Views: 2385

Re: Can anyone explain what caused this chain to break?

SRAM PC850 with 900 miles on it did this in three places last month: Used on a hub geared bike used for commuting. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BySMW7YA0TAgQVZNd0FjMTV1Yzg/view?usp=sharing Chain snapped before I noticed any defects in the waisted section opposite one of the failed links. I retur...
by danhopgood
13 Feb 2015, 5:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Recommendation please - Mudguards.
Replies: 9
Views: 799

Re: Recommendation please - Mudguards.

+1 for SKS. I've still got the original SKS gold narrow Chromoplastic guards on my 1982 531 Carlton. Can't be too much wrong with 'em!
by danhopgood
12 Feb 2015, 4:23pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: CYCLISTS ARE OWN BIGGEST DANGER
Replies: 146
Views: 19028

Re: CYCLISTS ARE OWN BIGGEST DANGER

You miserable lot....
by danhopgood
12 Feb 2015, 12:15pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: CYCLISTS ARE OWN BIGGEST DANGER
Replies: 146
Views: 19028

Re: CYCLISTS ARE OWN BIGGEST DANGER

John Armitt was also Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority and probably the one with the most influence on the successful delivery of the infrastructure for the London Olympic games. The safety record of that project is one of the best of any project any time. It also left a legacy of transport...
by danhopgood
10 Feb 2015, 6:19pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Top Gear Factor?
Replies: 81
Views: 10378

Re: Top Gear Factor?

I wonder if John Armitt watches it ?!
by danhopgood
10 Feb 2015, 10:51am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: CYCLISTS ARE OWN BIGGEST DANGER
Replies: 146
Views: 19028

Re: CYCLISTS ARE OWN BIGGEST DANGER

It's probably worth reminding yourself what a green light means. It means "proceed if your way is clear", not "floor it, screw anyone who's in the way". I thought I wrote that I stopped on a green light - which is not exactly "flooring it and screwing anyone in the way"...
by danhopgood
10 Feb 2015, 9:55am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: CYCLISTS ARE OWN BIGGEST DANGER
Replies: 146
Views: 19028

Re: CYCLISTS ARE OWN BIGGEST DANGER

when I'm driving I want respect from cyclists so that I can drive safely. That's a pretty amazing statement. It basically says that you don't feel able to drive safely if you don't get "respect". If you aren't able to drive safely without "respect", it is solely because you choo...
by danhopgood
9 Feb 2015, 2:49pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: CYCLISTS ARE OWN BIGGEST DANGER
Replies: 146
Views: 19028

Re: CYCLISTS ARE OWN BIGGEST DANGER

Urghh. Can't agree. From the introduction to the Highway Code: Many of the rules in The Highway Code are legal requirements, and if you disobey these rules you are committing a criminal offence. You may be fined, given penalty points on your licence or be disqualified from driving. In the most serio...
by danhopgood
9 Feb 2015, 1:51pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: CYCLISTS ARE OWN BIGGEST DANGER
Replies: 146
Views: 19028

Re: CYCLISTS ARE OWN BIGGEST DANGER

"As if anyone is arguing that cyclists should not bound by any rules". Any rules? The rules I'm interested in are the Highway Code - all of it - by all road users. We can't control the actions of individuals - but the perception of the majority (motorists) is affected by the actions of a m...
by danhopgood
9 Feb 2015, 12:44pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: CYCLISTS ARE OWN BIGGEST DANGER
Replies: 146
Views: 19028

Re: CYCLISTS ARE OWN BIGGEST DANGER

Two comments to add to rheon2's excellent points: 'Respect' is not something that has to be earned (whatever your mum said): https://beyondthekerb.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/the-most-basic-respect/ Victim blaming is easy but wrong: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/20/blaming-cyclists...