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by toontra
17 Feb 2008, 2:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: I'm still looking for cycle insurance
Replies: 19
Views: 3639

And no stupid list of approved locks For most people the lists of approved locks are anything but stupid. I was looking at the approved list of one insurance company, and for my bike (over £1600) I would need a "gold" standard lock. I checked the list and they all weigh a ton - really hea...
by toontra
15 Feb 2008, 12:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: I'm still looking for cycle insurance
Replies: 19
Views: 3639

essexman wrote:I just got a deal from norwhich union. 4 bikes, top value £1200, £32 !!

I was well chuffed, worldwide cover and just needs locking up :-)


Is this part of your home contents insurance?
by toontra
14 Feb 2008, 12:28pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Cable lock users beware...
Replies: 21
Views: 2177

That makes their sub-£2 cable cycle locks seem like less of a bargain :wink:
by toontra
12 Feb 2008, 10:49am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: CTC badge from the 1930's
Replies: 1
Views: 412

CTC badge from the 1930's

Just come back from a visit to my parents. I was telling my dad about my planned 7-day LEJoG this May and how I was taking out CTC membership for the routes and 3rd-party insurance. He said he used to be a member in the 1920's & 30's. I always knew he was keen on cycling in his youth but didn't ...
by toontra
28 Jan 2008, 1:11pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Motorcycles in bus lanes - surprising result to pilot study
Replies: 135
Views: 16851

Kal wrote:Especially as the 42% drop in collisions included collisions with other two wheeled road users - powered and unpowered.

Comments please?


Talking of statistics, how about the fact that 40% of motorcycles on the road are currently un-taxed.
by toontra
26 Jan 2008, 4:36pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: London scheme buried in Politics?
Replies: 9
Views: 1702

A bigger problem comes when they invade ordinary cycle lanes, ASL's etc. I think that most motorcyclists would use their speed and manoeuvrability to go down the outside of queueing traffic to get to the front (ASL or no ASL) but having had a learner scooter rider try to overtake me in a substandar...
by toontra
26 Jan 2008, 4:09pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Motorcycles in bus lanes - surprising result to pilot study
Replies: 135
Views: 16851

Ben Lovejoy wrote:My money is on:

3) Ken agreed to the pilot to play for time as he doesn't want to do it


Why would he be against motorcycles in bus lanes?
by toontra
26 Jan 2008, 4:06pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Motorcycles in bus lanes - surprising result to pilot study
Replies: 135
Views: 16851

Let's all bear in mind 40% of motorbikes (probably more in London) shouldn't be on the road at all, let alone in bus lanes.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7200066.stm
by toontra
26 Jan 2008, 3:55pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Motorcycles in bus lanes - surprising result to pilot study
Replies: 135
Views: 16851

Best to wait for the final report? Report or no report, we can still discuss the issues as they appear to us from our experience. My betting is the report in the article was sat on because either: 1) It's methodology was questionable 2) The use of bus lanes by motorcycles could have consequences no...
by toontra
26 Jan 2008, 3:29pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Motorcycles in bus lanes - surprising result to pilot study
Replies: 135
Views: 16851

There's another thread on this: http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?t ... highlight=

Can a mod combine these?
by toontra
26 Jan 2008, 2:46pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: London scheme buried in Politics?
Replies: 9
Views: 1702

What a limited study like this can never predict is how the mass legalising of motorcycles using bus lanes would affect motorcyclist's behavior in the long term. At the moment they tentatively creep down bus lanes. In the limited study I'm sure their behavior was also mitigated by the time/geographi...
by toontra
26 Jan 2008, 9:02am
Forum: On the road
Topic: London scheme buried in Politics?
Replies: 9
Views: 1702

However, I have always argued that the main weapon in the road safety argument is the FACTS provided by research. My point was that there are no statistics in this article (don't know about the report), let alone FACTS. Faced with actual statistics I would make a considered judgement. Bear in mind ...
by toontra
25 Jan 2008, 10:23pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: London scheme buried in Politics?
Replies: 9
Views: 1702

There's no data in the article or quotes from the report, just vague statements like, "conditions for cyclists did not significantly deteriorate". None of that is particularly reassuring. Apparently the methodology of the study is also in question. I really don't want more mopeds and motor...
by toontra
24 Jan 2008, 5:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Isle of Wight Randonee 2008
Replies: 114
Views: 14901

Out of interest, would there be anything stopping someone from doing the long route, then doing the short one after (taking the total up to nearer 100m)? I fancy the trip down but I need to be doing some serious training for my E2E around that time. You could always do the Vectis RCC 25 mile time t...
by toontra
21 Jan 2008, 12:07pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Bath or Shower
Replies: 17
Views: 2063

Better than sitting in a solution of your own filth any day! Better than sitting in a solution of someone else's filth! But honestly, if the water gets that filthy then you should be washing more regularly. A bit of scum isn't going to kill anyone. If I've done a 150 - 200 mile day in the saddle th...