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by basingstoke123
4 Oct 2010, 12:39am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling is amongst the most dangerous ways to travel
Replies: 26
Views: 1998

Re: Cycling is amongst the most dangerous ways to travel

I hate lifts. Theres something that *bleeps* me up! :shock: :shock: :shock: I take the stairs at work most of the time. And how many people fall down stairs? I trust that if you decline to use the expensive lift provided for your safety and convenience, then at least, you put on a helmet before tac...
by basingstoke123
19 Apr 2010, 7:09pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Do NOT ride at night - health warning
Replies: 18
Views: 3069

Re: Do NOT ride at night - health warning

A couple of the more memorable warnings that I've seen: On the door of a hotel gym: "do not use if unfit". And in Mexico a warning sign next to a small cliff (a couple meters high) where you could safely dive into the sea. The sign gave several reasons not to dive in, the final one being '...
by basingstoke123
5 Apr 2010, 7:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Faster in the rain?
Replies: 21
Views: 1086

Re: Faster in the rain?

I find that the threat of rain makes me go faster, as I try to arrive before the next storm arrives :)
by basingstoke123
29 Sep 2009, 12:36am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Planning Policy Guidance on Cycle Parking
Replies: 26
Views: 1717

Re: Planning Policy Guidance on Cycle Parking

Cycle parking and cycle racks - how hard can it be? The problem is that most people who specify and install cycle racks have never tried locking a cycle to one. What's obvious to you and me, isn't to them. And they assume that reputable suppliers would only sell cycle racks that were fit for purpose...
by basingstoke123
28 Sep 2009, 11:04pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Sue heads for Court, helmets case, down under
Replies: 62
Views: 6910

Re: Sue heads for Court, helmets case, down under

The most likely explanation for the increase in the accident rate in Australia is the 'safety in numbers' effect (see http://www.ctc.org.uk/desktopdefault.aspx?tabid=5225 ). One of the big problems I have with mandatory helmet laws is that if this reduces the number of people cycling (as observed in...
by basingstoke123
29 Aug 2009, 10:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Mobile Phone tracking
Replies: 22
Views: 978

Re: Mobile Phone tracking

I am not aware of any emergency texting number. Regarding emergency calls: In Europe, it is a regulatory requirement that a phone can always make an emergency call, if possible. You don't need to be in the coverage area of your own operator - any operator will do. (This is why phones sometimes displ...
by basingstoke123
25 Apr 2008, 8:18pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling whilst at work - legal position
Replies: 13
Views: 2029

Do employers do a risk assessment before letting people drive cars in connection with their work? My company appears to! It has numberous procedures relating to driving, company cars etc. I had to use my car this week for work (very rare), so I though I would just double check with HR that I would ...
by basingstoke123
21 Mar 2008, 9:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How many of you always wear a helmet?
Replies: 291
Views: 23418

Example to follow up on comments made by Si and bovlomov: A 12 year old boy sadly lost his spleen in a freak bike accident last year after loosing control when going to fast. Leason learnt: always wear a helmet (not 'cycle more carefully'!). And his parents now want to make wearing a helmet compulso...
by basingstoke123
13 Feb 2008, 10:55pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Not so "Smart" traffic lights
Replies: 17
Views: 2375

Unresponsive Traffic Lights

If the lights fail to detect you, then they are not working properly. Under these conditions, going through a 'red light' is not the same as going through a red light on working lights. If this happens to me (as it did last night), I usually report it to both the local authority and to the police. T...