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by Ruadh495
28 Sep 2017, 9:44am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Temporary Traffic Lights and Cyclists
Replies: 107
Views: 5916

Re: Temporary Traffic Lights and Cyclists

Sounds like we need to be campaigning for some kind of cycle bypass lane to be incorporated into temporary traffic lights. IMO filtering to the front just shifts the problem back in the queue. You take primary, as you should, so the whole queue is held at your speed, not only through the lights but ...
by Ruadh495
27 Sep 2017, 11:55am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Temporary Traffic Lights and Cyclists
Replies: 107
Views: 5916

Re: Temporary Traffic Lights and Cyclists

Personally I try to avoid having the same motorist overtake me twice. The way I do that is to avoid overtaking them when they are sat at lights, even if I end up waiting beside the queue in a "cycle lane". If you filter to the front at every light, you get into a "leap frog" situ...
by Ruadh495
27 Sep 2017, 11:04am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: recommendation for a low cost E-bike
Replies: 6
Views: 1006

Re: recommendation for a low cost E-bike

Interesting. Will the motor cope with a modern battery though? The rules in the 90s only allowed 200W max. Current regulations allow for 250W continuous, which means modern e-bikes can run peaks of about 500W. That's a big difference. Presumably the control gear is 24V, most modern batteries are 36V...
by Ruadh495
25 Sep 2017, 12:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Trails - Wanted : woodland near Ipswich
Replies: 17
Views: 1231

Re: Trails - Wanted : woodland near Ipswich

Who is fining you for trespass? As far as I know this isn't legal. Trespass is not a criminal offence and a land owner's "powers" are limited to requesting a trespasser leave and removing them with minimal force (best left to police?) if they fail to comply. I suspect that anyone demanding...
by Ruadh495
25 Sep 2017, 11:15am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: E-Bike Battery
Replies: 26
Views: 3000

Re: E-Bike Battery

As I understand it if the voltage per cell drops to below a certain level (think it's 2v) there is a risk of lithium whiskers forming which can short the cell, resulting in a particularly nasty fire when recharging is attempted. For this reason the battery management system (built in to larger lithi...
by Ruadh495
25 Sep 2017, 10:07am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Branch groing across cycle track hit in the dark
Replies: 43
Views: 2863

Re: Branch groing across cycle track hit in the dark

When I encounter such things in daylight I stop and remove them, on the basis that I or someone else might encounter them in the dark.

This possibly constitutes criminal damage ("going equipped" as well, I carry a saw) but I feel it's justified.
by Ruadh495
21 Sep 2017, 12:18pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Government launches urgent review into cycle safety
Replies: 172
Views: 7782

Re: Government launches urgent review into cycle safety

So the review won't be considering questions like: Is a 1M wide bidirectional shared use pavement protected from a 50mph limit carriageway only by a curb in any way fit for purpose?

Even though that directly impinges on the problem of cyclist / pedestrian collisions.
by Ruadh495
20 Sep 2017, 12:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: paratrooper pro accepting 650b wheels?
Replies: 4
Views: 463

Re: paratrooper pro accepting 650b wheels?

Check how your train company defines "foldable" too. Some have a maximum wheel size...
by Ruadh495
19 Sep 2017, 11:04am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: World Car Free Day
Replies: 8
Views: 1130

Re: World Car Free Day

E-bike maybe? The idea of the event in my area is nothing to do with going car-free, the day (which does seem to be mainly in Indonesia) is being used as an excuse to try to persuade the school drop off traffic to park in the supermarket car park and walk to the school from there (it's not far, but ...
by Ruadh495
15 Sep 2017, 2:12pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: World Car Free Day
Replies: 8
Views: 1130

World Car Free Day

I've just found out that 22nd September (next Friday) is to be "World Car Free Day". Did anyone else know? My local council and SUSTRANS are proposing to "celebrate" by closing a road from 1-6pm. Unfortunately the road they intend to close is the only vehicle access to a consider...
by Ruadh495
15 Sep 2017, 9:07am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cycling as a whole; losing the plot...?
Replies: 512
Views: 20329

Re: Cycling as a whole; losing the plot...?

Sounds like he needs an N+1. Maybe he's restricted to a single bike for some reason.
by Ruadh495
12 Sep 2017, 12:21pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Is the average person up to the job?
Replies: 62
Views: 2490

Re: Is the average person up to the job?

The quality of politicians does appear to be declining. I don't think it's the voters that are the problem though, it appears to lie with the choice of candidates they are offered.
by Ruadh495
11 Sep 2017, 5:02pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Turning Right - Rule 180
Replies: 23
Views: 1618

Re: Turning Right - Rule 180

Generally there is so little room that the centre position is uncomfortable for a bike, impossible for a car. If there's no room to allow traffic behind to pass anyway, it's better to move to the left before turning right as this increases the radius of the turn and makes you less likely to cross t...
by Ruadh495
11 Sep 2017, 4:58pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Turning Right - Rule 180
Replies: 23
Views: 1618

Re: Turning Right - Rule 180

No, it is best to follow good driving standards and not attempt to annoy other road users unnecessarily. Do you also advocate positioning away from the kerb for a left turn? Depends on the junction, but yes actually. I've done a fair bit of minibus driving and if you don't move right before turning...
by Ruadh495
11 Sep 2017, 1:00pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: North Dorset RoW Clearance (Lack of)
Replies: 15
Views: 1580

Re: North Dorset RoW Clearance (Lack of)

[A bridleway may be used only by a rider on horseback (and pedestrians and cyclists) and not a horse drawn carriage. That's the difference. Motorised vehicles are not allowed on restricted byways, but they are on BOATs. Many RUPPs became bridleways. Exactly. So a road classed as a "byway"...