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by Ellieb
19 Mar 2020, 2:32pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?
Replies: 2697
Views: 51857

Re: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?

Nice to see there are some politicians prepared to tell it like it is:
French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner has said “some people think they’re some kind of modern-day hero when they break the rules – but they’re imbeciles, and a danger to themselves”.”
by Ellieb
19 Mar 2020, 12:00pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Woman struck by hit-and-run cyclist in Dalston dies - BBC
Replies: 182
Views: 9317

Re: Woman struck by hit-and-run cyclist in Dalston dies - BBC

I still don't understand the bit about the saddle height in the Alliston case. Do you have a source for where it was mentioned in the trial? The prosecution case was all about the brakes IIRC, that and the fact he had time to slow/stop & chose not to.
by Ellieb
19 Mar 2020, 11:50am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?
Replies: 2697
Views: 51857

Re: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?

https://www.boredpanda.com/coronavirus- ... gn=organic
Worth a read if you think it is just a bit of flu.
by Ellieb
18 Mar 2020, 7:59pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?
Replies: 2697
Views: 51857

Re: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?

If the advice experts give advice which turns out to be wrong or not the best then they should be blamed, particularly if it results in great loss of life. They are experts, they are not Gods. They could give the best possible advice given the information avaialble to them and the current state of ...
by Ellieb
17 Mar 2020, 11:19am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?
Replies: 2697
Views: 51857

Re: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?

AIUI the figure for unmitigated spread was 250,000 but whichever it is, it is wrong. The likely figure is roughly in line with a bad flu season (or even a good one), about 20,000. What is your source for this figure? https://fullfact.org/health/coronavirus-compare-influenza/ PHE estimates that on a...
by Ellieb
17 Mar 2020, 11:10am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?
Replies: 2697
Views: 51857

Re: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?

AIUI the figure for unmitigated spread was 250,000 but whichever it is, it is wrong. The likely figure is roughly in line with a bad flu season (or even a good one), about 20,000.

What is your source for this figure?
by Ellieb
16 Mar 2020, 11:11pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?
Replies: 2697
Views: 51857

Re: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?

As an ex ICU nurse my copd nurse is being kept up to date by previous unit, pending possible recall. Her old unit is working on criteria by which they will select who to save and who not. Will need some defensible scoring system. And they better be very careful when they tell people we don't think ...
by Ellieb
16 Mar 2020, 1:30pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?
Replies: 2697
Views: 51857

Re: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?

I have no idea what "numbers" you refer to. Number of deaths per year in the UK from flu (17,000) Number of deaths per year from coronavirus (35 so far) Italy: Number of deaths per year from flu (16,000) Italy: Number of deaths per year from coronavirus (1800 so far) Informed opinion is t...
by Ellieb
2 Mar 2020, 11:04pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Woman struck by hit-and-run cyclist in Dalston dies - BBC
Replies: 182
Views: 9317

Re: Not guilty verdict for cyclist who caused death of a pedestrian

I've not seen the details but 2 things. 1) Even if the e bike had not been modified it could still have been ridden at more than 15mph 2) Bicycles can't exceed the speed limit as it does not apply to non-motorised vehicles But once it is modified it is no longer a bicycle, so it then needs to compl...
by Ellieb
2 Mar 2020, 5:35pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Woman struck by hit-and-run cyclist in Dalston dies - BBC
Replies: 182
Views: 9317

Re: Woman struck by hit-and-run cyclist in Dalston dies - BBC

Yes. He’s got off the ‘causing death by’ charges. He pleaded guilty to the other ones.
by Ellieb
4 Feb 2020, 3:37pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why wear black?
Replies: 784
Views: 22799

Re: Why wear black?

WMIDS_HiViz.png "Our colleagues from @HighwaysWMIDS were dealing with a broken down vehicle on the hard shoulder with all their emergency beacons on when someone not paying attention collided with the HE vehicle. Luckily minor injury. " https://twitter.com/CMPG/status/988234947155693570/p...
by Ellieb
31 Jan 2020, 5:11pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs
Replies: 203
Views: 6218

Re: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs

'Common Sense' says that by wearing 'hi-viz' we should be more conspicuous and that drivers should be able to identify us and avoid driving into us. Drivers run into 'hi-viz' objects despite them being "conspicuous", there is no safety advantage that can be identified at population level,...
by Ellieb
31 Jan 2020, 4:57pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs
Replies: 203
Views: 6218

Re: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs

I am visible and I find it easy without any thought or forethought. It seems to be to be an inescapable feature of existing. Human visual cognition isn't just a case of photons reflecting off an object & then directly forming a recogsnisable image in the brain: There is a massive amount of psyc...
by Ellieb
30 Jan 2020, 9:56pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs
Replies: 203
Views: 6218

Re: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs

It might be that we should put more effort into making sure drivers are fit to drive. Yes we should. However even if it improved safety, it would still be the case that there would be incidents when 'cyclist wearing dark clothing' contributed to an RTC.... because, as with pilots, no driver is perf...
by Ellieb
30 Jan 2020, 9:26pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs
Replies: 203
Views: 6218

Re: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs

The point under discussion was that police advice is confined to only one method of risk reduction. They advise the victims to protect themselves (though there is no good evidence hiviz works) but neglect to take the action which it is their job to take. They do not even bother to remind drivers of...