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by basingstoke123
22 Aug 2018, 1:09am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclists ignoring traffic lights
Replies: 233
Views: 19481

Re: Cyclists ignoring traffic lights

There is a staggered road crossing in my town that is supposed to be for cyclists. The fences and clearances are ridiculous for bikes. But that's Stafford for you, a total dump if you are a cyclist. The farcilities we have around here are worse than useless, badly planned, badly designed, badly bui...
by basingstoke123
18 Aug 2018, 7:01pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclists ignoring traffic lights
Replies: 233
Views: 19481

Re: Cyclists ignoring traffic lights

I suspect that in some cases, the problem is not with the final sensor at the lights, but that you missed earlier sensors, and the final one doesn't do anything if triggered on its own? It's only used to detect that the last vehicle has past? But this is just a guess. (I know that at some lights, t...
by basingstoke123
18 Aug 2018, 1:27pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclists ignoring traffic lights
Replies: 233
Views: 19481

Re: Cyclists ignoring traffic lights

Is that really a reasonable expectation of what cyclists should do to avoid upsetting motorists by passing a red light? No, of course not. But when it's 11pm and you want to get home, it may be preferable to waiting indefinitely, and it's an alternative to just going through a red light. Can also b...
by basingstoke123
17 Aug 2018, 11:54pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: MPs clueless as to what would help active travel
Replies: 10
Views: 898

Re: MPs clueless as to what would help active travel

It's not just a case of people driving instead of walking or cycling. There have been many changes in our society over the past few decades that have increased travelling, and outside large cities, this means driving. Jobs: a job is no longer for life. The more often people change jobs, the more lik...
by basingstoke123
17 Aug 2018, 10:58pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Another cyclist killed by lorry in London
Replies: 50
Views: 2152

Re: Another cyclist killed by lorry in London

Stevenage was also a good effort. The Stevenage experiment did not end up as the success it was meant to me. I am puzzled as to why this is, but the evidence is there: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/sep/19/britains-1960s-cycling-revolution-flopped-stevenage Perhaps British cyclists have a ...
by basingstoke123
17 Aug 2018, 10:34pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclists ignoring traffic lights
Replies: 233
Views: 19481

Re: Cyclists ignoring traffic lights

Is there any empirical research or study on cyclists RLJing? And does it occur more frequently in some places than others? (I don't mean where there are more red lights!) I very rarely see cyclists do it though it annoys me when l see cyclists slip onto the pavement, ride across the pedestrian cros...
by basingstoke123
14 Aug 2018, 12:25am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Close encounters of the agricultural kind
Replies: 37
Views: 1824

Re: Close encounters of the agricultural kind

I'd say the vast majority of agricultural vehicles are considerately driven, but there are some which seem to be driven by lunatics. I've always assumed these are the contractors paid by the job, but I don't know. As for the size of vehicles, I've seen some amazing ones round Somerset in the last c...
by basingstoke123
14 Jan 2018, 9:53pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why Isn't More Made of the Ever Increasing Width of Motor Vehicles?
Replies: 116
Views: 5809

Re: Why Isn't More Made of the Ever Increasing Width of Motor Vehicles?

Are we sure it's not the ground getting higher? That's something I've been pondering about for years. Each time they resurface the roads, the hills get higher. Indeed. Now if that wasn't the case, then archeologists wouldn't have to dig, would they? Simples :D Or is it that car occupants are gettin...
by basingstoke123
26 Jul 2017, 10:41pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bucks: Petition to ban cyclists from 'high speed' DC's
Replies: 71
Views: 5637

Re: Bucks: Petition to ban cyclists from 'high speed' DC's

AFAIK the term trunk refers to main routes that aren't under the remit of local councils but a higher level. They can be both single and dual carriageway. Yes; again, that's why we've been using the term trunk dual carriageways ;) But the petition does not use the term 'trunk'. As it stands, this b...
by basingstoke123
27 Jan 2017, 12:46am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Three Fatal Crashes - Still Driving
Replies: 13
Views: 1410

Re: Three Fatal Crashes - Still Driving

I don't understand how he can be rewarded with a reduced term if he got caught driving during the ban? That should result in an automatic requirement to serve the full ban - and some more - but I am not a lawyer. However, how easy will it be to get insurance? Would you be willing to insure him? Even...
by basingstoke123
15 Dec 2016, 11:18pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Whiplash consultation
Replies: 39
Views: 17520

Re: Whiplash consultation

Maximum payout for soft tissue damage which heals in 6 months is £400. Someone who has soft tissue damage which heals within 6 months but prevents them from working for 6 weeks for example and loses £400 a week in wages will be 2,000 quid out of pocket under the new regulations. These proposals dea...
by basingstoke123
8 Dec 2016, 11:48pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 770m for London cycleways
Replies: 24
Views: 4028

Re: 770m for London cycleways

I'm not too familiar with cycling around London, but I have found this: if you get off the main through routes you will often discover a network of much quieter back streets with almost no traffic, if you know your way you can often thread your way through those in relative safety. Progress will be...
by basingstoke123
2 Aug 2016, 11:33pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: GWR compulsory bike booking
Replies: 32
Views: 3110

Re: GWR compulsory bike booking

One of the reasons I finally bought a car in 1991 over a decade after passing my test was the end of easy and free travel with bikes on trains. That was about the same time that I got my first car, with the increased difficulty of taking my bike by train being the final prompt to do so. I only occa...
by basingstoke123
11 May 2016, 10:55pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: New City Mayors
Replies: 20
Views: 1705

Re: New City Mayors

For the record - The new mayor of London is Sadiq Khan. Here's his manifesto. About cycling: My aim is to make London a byword for cycling around the world – with a plan to make cycling and walking safer and easier in the capital. Although a great deal of progress has been made, we still have a lot...