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by basingstoke123
13 Mar 2014, 11:53pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A place to record lenient sentencing for motorvehicle....
Replies: 403
Views: 192871

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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-26563326

But 14 weeks prison for microwaving a kitten.

I suppose the difference (besides suffering longstanding problems with psychotic depression) is one of intent.

What does this say about our priorities and values?
by basingstoke123
19 Feb 2014, 9:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Reins
Replies: 22
Views: 17264

Re: Reins

Saw him again at the weekend - new bike, now has a FS MTB, with, I think, a new pair of Reins. I was impressed that he can ride out the saddle on them! Anyway someone else spotted him (he's getting to be a bit of a celeb) and snapped a couple of photos: http://api.ning.com/files/mK50tPAXydUiolrjGf2...
by basingstoke123
19 Feb 2014, 9:46pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: get off your phone!!
Replies: 41
Views: 22642

Re: get off your phone!!

I remember a few years ago, cycling to work, almost there, when someone overtook me while on their phone. I had no direct complaint - she gave me lots of space. And continued to give me plenty of space after she had past. It was the on-coming car (driver) that was less impressed as she eventually sw...
by basingstoke123
15 Feb 2014, 12:42am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Two cyclists killed, driver arrested
Replies: 56
Views: 21484

Re: Two cyclists killed, driver arrested

Not that rare. We had that couple on a tandem killed just a year ago. Again a motorists trying to escape the police was involved. And the driver was later was sentenced to 10 years and six months and banned from driving for life, after pleading guilty. A much higher sentence than for 'normal' dange...
by basingstoke123
24 Dec 2013, 12:29pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclist charged withGBH
Replies: 134
Views: 24902

Re: Cyclist charged withGBH

It's interesting that some of the most dangerous looking places on the road are sometimes the safest. There are a couple of places in my home town, and I'm sure others too, that are really scary. One, a 'weaving zone' onto the A52 from the Pentagon Island that gives the appearance of a Kamikaze pil...
by basingstoke123
10 Dec 2013, 10:16pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Road Bike Party 2
Replies: 14
Views: 2705

Re: Road Bike Party 2

The first video ends on the Isle of Wight - South coast looking towards the Needles. I wouldn't attempt a lot of that on foot! Makes my cycling look boring (and long may that last). But he didn't share his bike with anyone else, or pick up other cyclists on route, or swap bikes. See some Chinese acr...
by basingstoke123
10 Dec 2013, 10:05pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Pedestrian Crossing Times
Replies: 75
Views: 16580

Re: Pedestrian Crossing Times

Letter to the Editor, Daily Telegraph, Saturday 7 Dec 2013 Pay as you cross. Sir- To prevent pedestrians thoughtlessly pressing the button at pelican crossings (Letters Dec 6) a 10p coin-in-the-slot mechanism could be introduced. Graham Hoyle Baildon, West Yorkshire. And 20p for no wait? Or a refun...
by basingstoke123
10 Dec 2013, 9:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Hercule Poirot & Sustrans
Replies: 60
Views: 4537

Re: Hercule Poirot & Sustrans

Why should there be more misleading dismount signs? Those things are very annoying, unnecessary sign clutter and a waste of money and metal. They're only informative but create a false expectation in people who don't know their signs that cyclists are required to dismount. If it were necessary to d...
by basingstoke123
3 Dec 2013, 11:26pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycle streets carbon saved
Replies: 32
Views: 2372

Re: Cycle streets carbon saved

If you burn up more calories by cycling then you will need to replace them with eating or drinking. In a car it takes far fewer calories to move from A to B. Of course it would probably good for the driver's health to use up more calories. The problem is not that people who cycle (or walk or run) e...
by basingstoke123
3 Dec 2013, 11:16pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Seeing is not believing
Replies: 31
Views: 2605

Re: Seeing is not believing

Once having just crossed on a footbridge next to a ford (the wet kind, not metallic) I saw a car coming the other way, so thought I would stop and photograph it going through the ford. But the car stopped and the driver asked me if there was another route. His sat nav was directing him through the f...
by basingstoke123
2 Dec 2013, 1:01am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Hercule Poirot & Sustrans
Replies: 60
Views: 4537

Re: Hercule Poirot & Sustrans

As a cyclist trying to follow a route, I am not interested in who is responsible for the signs. The discussion as to whether Sustrans, or the Local Authority are responsible, or even whether Sustrans are permitted to install signs, in my view shows that the planning system is broken. Someone has to ...
by basingstoke123
2 Dec 2013, 12:32am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Hercule Poirot & Sustrans
Replies: 60
Views: 4537

Re: Hercule Poirot & Sustrans

It is easy to whinge about problems on the 14,000 miles of the NCN, there are many. But there is a huge amount to celebrate as well with some excellent routes, especially outside urban areas. For example the C2c got me back into leisure cycling 10 years ago. It's a shame our own organisation has no...
by basingstoke123
30 Nov 2013, 12:13am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Hercule Poirot & Sustrans
Replies: 60
Views: 4537

Re: Hercule Poirot & Sustrans

The council decided that it would be a good off road sustrans route, they didn't consult the local community council or residents, only cyclists... If the signing is done to the typical Sustrans standards, then you have little to fear from cyclists finding and then staying on this route! Were local...
by basingstoke123
29 Nov 2013, 12:17am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Hercule Poirot & Sustrans
Replies: 60
Views: 4537

Hercule Poirot & Sustrans

Do you need the detective skills of Hercule Poirot to follow a Sustrans sign posted route? Or do I lack the required observation skills? Can everyone else spot a 3in square cycle sign warped around a pole for another road sign on the opposite side of the road directing you to unexpectedly turn right...
by basingstoke123
19 Nov 2013, 11:58pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Pedestrian Crossing Times
Replies: 75
Views: 16580

Re: Pedestrian Crossing Times

I always thought that pelican (and other) crossings were designed to minimise the disruption to traffic flow. Not to benefit pedestrians. I understand the need to have a gap between a crossing going red (for traffic) to allow someone to cross, and then red again soon afterwards. But I do not see why...