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by Jon Lucas
16 Dec 2018, 11:41am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Chrimbo plans
Replies: 27
Views: 1447

Re: Chrimbo plans

Years ago we would go for a ride every Christmas Day, as you could rely on the roads being almost deserted, but it isn't like that now... And the Christmas Day weather does seem to have gone downhill of late. :( For a while we arranged a ride around a Christmas meal - each course in a different pers...
by Jon Lucas
7 Dec 2018, 10:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Arran, Islay, Jura, Colonsay
Replies: 26
Views: 1351

Re: Arran, Islay, Jura, Colonsay

And just as a counterbalance to what I wrote before - as tourism is an important part of the economy, you can find accommodation in some very remote areas, and if none is obvious, it is always worth asking around any local houses, as you can find people willing to put people up who don't do this com...
by Jon Lucas
7 Dec 2018, 8:40pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Cycle mag, CTC finally caved in re helmets & sold us out?
Replies: 511
Views: 18023

Re: Cycle mag, CTC finally caved in re helmets & sold us out?

One question is has the editor sold us out? It seems the CTC are still on the ball with their information. This is probably getting to the point, which is that, AFAIK (and I'm happy to be corrected on this), the CTC do not have any control over the content of the magazine, which I understand is don...
by Jon Lucas
7 Dec 2018, 8:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Arran, Islay, Jura, Colonsay
Replies: 26
Views: 1351

Re: Arran, Islay, Jura, Colonsay

CalMac ferries no need to book. You could be unlucky and find a large group but as an individual you would probably be able to talk them round. Most staff are very helpful. There are now increasing chances of delay with ferry technical problems as the boats are being worked to their maximum. Accomm...
by Jon Lucas
4 Dec 2018, 8:07am
Forum: On the road
Topic: My commute in
Replies: 5
Views: 724

Re: My commute in

I have been off the bike for longer than I care to admit (combination of bad shoulder, bad knee, bad cold, plus a developing laziness :D ). Finally got back on the saddle yesterday, rode to and from work. Really enjoyed it, had forgotten what I was missing, although I was asleep by nine o'clock. Th...
by Jon Lucas
4 Dec 2018, 7:59am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LEJOG tattoo?
Replies: 74
Views: 19820

Re: LEJOG tattoo?

A person standing up, with legs apart, isn't totally dissimilar in shape to Great Britain, so perhaps you could trace the whole route up from the small toe on your left foot to the top of your head. :D
by Jon Lucas
30 Nov 2018, 1:19pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bath final day Air pollution consulation
Replies: 23
Views: 3336

Re: Bath final day Air pollution consulation

A lot of the points mentioned above will have been fed into the responses to the consultation, and a final decision on the proposal will be made by the full council. It is worth noting that when the original proposal was made, it was for a smaller charging zone, and it was comments from residents wh...
by Jon Lucas
26 Nov 2018, 6:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bath final day Air pollution consulation
Replies: 23
Views: 3336

Re: Bath final day Air pollution consulation

Yes, it closes at 11.59pm to be precise. The consultation is on a Clean Air zone proposal to tackle just one pollutant, NOx, and Bath is 1 of 28 cities that are having to propose measures to deal with this due to EU pressure on the UK government. I live in Bath and have responded to the consultation...
by Jon Lucas
20 Nov 2018, 9:19am
Forum: On the road
Topic: London - on the spot fine
Replies: 95
Views: 14649

Re: London - on the spot fine

So, getting back to the issue raised by the OP, this interpretation of the law seems to suggest that if you are cycling along a road towards a traffic signal with a right turn filter lane, and don't have the confidence to move across into the right turning lane, but instead choose to stop at the red...
by Jon Lucas
19 Nov 2018, 2:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Liverpool , where is one allowed to chain a bike?
Replies: 7
Views: 1973

Re: Liverpool , where is one allowed to chain a bike?

Although the route along the Mersey estuary is lovely, particularly for its views along the river, of all the cities I know, Liverpool has the largest gap between the dearth in cycling and its potential. This is due to a woeful lack of investment into much cycling infrastructure, including cycle par...
by Jon Lucas
5 Nov 2018, 8:37am
Forum: On the road
Topic: A fantastic ride!
Replies: 6
Views: 467

Re: A fantastic ride!

I had a good ride 2 weeks ago, and a RAT ran alongside for several yards! That was a first for me. :o When I was cycling in Galloway many years ago, I had a hare running in front of me down a lane for the best part of a mile. A few miles before this, I had been resting up on the side of another lan...
by Jon Lucas
31 Oct 2018, 7:46pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dooring - Have You Experienced It?
Replies: 30
Views: 2001

Re: Dooring - Have You Experienced It?

I'm 66 and have only been doored once. It was a long time ago, so can't remember the details now, but think the door injured my hand but I didn't come off or get hit by another vehicle. I've had plenty of occasions when people have started opening their doors and then either they have seen me and cl...
by Jon Lucas
31 Oct 2018, 7:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bills Epic Round the World Tour!
Replies: 23
Views: 1481

Re: Bills Epic Round the World Tour!

That's an interesting coincidence. I've only ever visited Greater Manchester about half a dozen times and have never cycled in the western part until last Friday morning, when it looks like I would have almost crossed Vantage's path close to Barton Bridge. I was headed for the free ferry that crosse...
by Jon Lucas
31 Oct 2018, 9:55am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Anglesey must ride roads and cafes
Replies: 14
Views: 951

Re: Anglesey must ride roads and cafes

We've just had 3 days in Anglesey, and fortunately all of them were sunny, so had a wonderful time. We went to Trearrdur Bay, near to Holyhead, where we discovered the Sea Shanty cafe, which is worth stopping off at. Its name belies it, as it is a large cafe designed to serve the campers and caravan...
by Jon Lucas
23 Oct 2018, 7:47am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: New Thames Crossing
Replies: 30
Views: 4341

Re: New Thames Crossing

There will also be no shuttle service. Highways England believe all existing NMU routes lead to the Gravesend-Tilbury ferry. The ferry runs 05:40 to 19:00 Mon-Sat only excluding public holidays and that will do just fine :roll: . Just out of interest, why does the ferry not run on Sundays or Bank H...