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by basingstoke123
13 Apr 2012, 10:51pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclists - dismount?
Replies: 18
Views: 3291

Re: Cyclists - dismount?

I take the pragmatic approach that a cycle rack implies access by cycle.
by basingstoke123
26 Mar 2012, 11:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: An end to CYCLISTS DISMOUNT?
Replies: 29
Views: 9634

Re: An end to CYCLISTS DISMOUNT?

So the legislation clearly has provision for cyclists to have priority when following cycle tracks and so there is no excuse for the usual "Cyclists Dismount" signs that oblige cyclists to give way at every junction, driveway, etc. Has anyone seen an example in the UK of a cycle path havi...
by basingstoke123
25 Mar 2012, 12:01am
Forum: On the road
Topic: An end to CYCLISTS DISMOUNT?
Replies: 29
Views: 9634

Re: An end to CYCLISTS DISMOUNT?

Regarding "CYCLIST DISMOUNT" signs, I have a theory that cyclists fall into 2 groups: Group 1: "what sign!" - if we are honest, some cyclists appear not to see any signs. Most, I suspect, automatically filter out meaningless signs. Group 2: those who actually notice these signs, ...
by basingstoke123
4 Mar 2012, 8:42pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Traffic lights discriminate against cyclists!
Replies: 41
Views: 9495

Re: Traffic lights discriminate against cyclists!

Can anyone beat this? I just experienced the weidest fault: a light that goes green when there is no traffic but stays red when it detects a cyclist. For anyone familiar, this is the junction of Beggarwood Lane with the A30. Background: Earlier in the week, I got stuck at a red light, at this juncti...
by basingstoke123
3 Mar 2012, 12:04am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Traffic lights discriminate against cyclists!
Replies: 41
Views: 9495

Re: Traffic lights discriminate against cyclists!

I have raised the issue of unresponsive traffic lights more than once at the local Local Authority sponsored Cycling Forum (in this case Dudley MBC), but to date I can't see any improvement. Pete IME it's the type of thing where you have to report specific problems directly to the department dealin...
by basingstoke123
31 Oct 2011, 10:20pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A place to record lenient sentencing for motorvehicle....
Replies: 403
Views: 192976

Re: A place to record lenient sentencing for motorvehicle...

A woman who killed a mother and injured her nine-year-old son when she lost control of her car in Reading has been given a 12-month community order, and was disqualified from driving for 12 months. Judge Stephen John told Olayemi that he had taken her remorse and early plea into account. Passing sen...
by basingstoke123
23 Sep 2011, 7:54pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Mobile phone clampdown on drivers
Replies: 30
Views: 2041

Re: Mobile phone clampdown on drivers

Given what people are saying here that conversation is the the main culprit then we should ban talking to other passengers, ban smoking in cars, touching sat-navs, in fact ban listening to music or any other process that involves distracting our brains :roll: There are two overlapping reasons why c...
by basingstoke123
22 Sep 2011, 11:17pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Mobile phone clampdown on drivers
Replies: 30
Views: 2041

Re: Mobile phone clampdown on drivers

ferrit worrier wrote:
Michael R wrote:3 year ban and confiscation of vehicle. That seems about right


after being made to drive over said mobile phone.


while hand held?
by basingstoke123
30 Aug 2011, 12:42am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: The Great Myth
Replies: 44
Views: 5445

Re: The Great Myth

Duty on a pint at your local is used by the government to pay for pubs? Or a free taxi to take you home, if you have paid too much duty, so are unfit to drive? VAT on footwear is used to pay for the upkeep of pavements and footpaths? I've never heard anyone argue for either of the above. So, why are...
by basingstoke123
21 Mar 2011, 12:26am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Roundabouts - which lane should I be in?
Replies: 42
Views: 3000

Re: Roundabouts - which lane should I be in?

Note: rule 77 suggests using the left lane. It does not say 'keep to the left' or 'hug the left curb'. On a roundabout, I almost always take the 'primary position' i.e. use the middle of the lane. But I agree that the so called advise is not very helpful. The government's highway code website ( http...
by basingstoke123
5 Mar 2011, 11:59pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Use it or lose it
Replies: 9
Views: 958

Re: Use it or lose it

The problem is that these facilities aren't being removed because they aren't fit for purpose. Instead they are being taken out by councils who are largely anti-cycling. I rather feel that by not defending them we are complicit in allowing these people to attack cyclists generally. It's the anti cy...
by basingstoke123
24 Feb 2011, 5:49pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why cycling to work is one of the biggest causes of heart at
Replies: 31
Views: 2232

Re: Why cycling to work is one of the biggest causes of hear

thirdcrank wrote:The next big shock coming for anybody who pays for their own motoring could be £1-50 a litre.

Another heart attack trigger?

I once saw a warning notice outside a hotel gym: "Do not use if unfit" :?
by basingstoke123
19 Feb 2011, 10:51am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Alternative facilities, what do you make of this one?
Replies: 41
Views: 3189

Re: Alternative facilities, what do you make of this one?

CYCLIST DISMOUNT signs are nearly always the wrong sign. I think that cyclists fall into two groups: 1) those that subconsciously filter out these signs as meaningless, to be ignored. 2) or those (many of us on this forum) who see them and think 'advisory'. Advises 'what idiot put that there' or 'ad...
by basingstoke123
18 Feb 2011, 3:00pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Ban cyclists from specific A roads
Replies: 45
Views: 3479

Re: Ban cyclists from specific A roads

What are the financial/political/legislative reasons for not designating them as motorways when they are motorways in all but name? Mostly the junctions, lack of suitable hard shoulder, and tight(er then motorway spec.) curves, I suspect. It is not just cyclists who are prohibited from using motorw...
by basingstoke123
14 Feb 2011, 9:55pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Hitting a child who ran out
Replies: 22
Views: 1208

Re: Hitting a child who ran out

Another common occurrence is the pedestrian who steps off a pavement into a quiet road without looking but relying on their hearing. Idiocy considering that both ears are blocked with sound blocking but sound generating ear buds, attached to an iPod or similar. Further, listening to their loud music...