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by dan_b
20 Sep 2008, 10:24am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Is nothing sacred?
Replies: 29
Views: 2273

Re: Is nothing sacred?

kwackers wrote:Surely bike designs evolve?

I kind of hope Intelligent Design is involved, where bikes are concerned. Though I must admit I've seen some Halfords bikes and wondered just how intelligent ...
by dan_b
20 Sep 2008, 2:05am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Quick bus whinge
Replies: 33
Views: 3670

My bus whinge is quite succint and runs as follows: "bendy buses have a sign on them saying 'this vehicle is 18m long', Why is this on the back of the bus, instead of on the dashboard where the driver might actually be able to see it?"

They are the worst vehicles ever for pulling in before they've finished overtaking
by dan_b
20 Sep 2008, 1:38am
Forum: On the road
Topic: What’s the fastest busy dual carriageway you’ll cycle on?
Replies: 36
Views: 3331

MartinC has it exactly right for my money. The bigger the space available for them to leave when overtaking, the bigger the speed differential that feels safe.

Single-carriageway twisty country roads can be NSL. At least dual carriageways typically have reasonable sightlines,
by dan_b
20 Sep 2008, 1:30am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Ran a Red Light > I'll be hearing from the courts!
Replies: 170
Views: 21643

kwackers wrote:Hmmm, at what point does a bike become a roller skate (or skateboard)...

Well, a roller skate has no status in law: we just assume we must therefore be pedestrians on account of how we're not in a vehicle of any kind, and rely on the common law "right to pass and repass"

So I guess the relevant question is really "at what point does a bike cease to be a vehicle". I believe that one answer is "when it has fewer than two wheels", but I don't know what else you could change about the design to make it not-a-vehicle in law.

[ edit: that said, I believe that the body responsible for cycling events at the olympics has managed to define skateboarding as a form of cycling and thus fast-track its inclusion as an olympic sport. Whether this has any legal impact or not, I don't know, but it's a pretty wizard wheeze and us inline skaters are uniformly bitter that we didn't think of it first]
by dan_b
20 Sep 2008, 1:24am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: CTC Newsnet
Replies: 17
Views: 1221

I was going to ask: what's in it?
by dan_b
19 Sep 2008, 12:59pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Ran a Red Light > I'll be hearing from the courts!
Replies: 170
Views: 21643

You've never seen anyone pulled for RLJ on a bike? They have regular crackdowns in some parts of town - guess you've been lucky

I know people who've been stopped by police for red light jumping on rollerskates - that's actually slightly more complicated, because as far as anyone knows a rollerskate (or even a pair of them) is not a vehicle in law, and there's not much traffic law that applies to non-vehicles at all ...
by dan_b
19 Sep 2008, 12:00pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Ran a Red Light > I'll be hearing from the courts!
Replies: 170
Views: 21643

kwackers wrote:Given the amount and complexity of the law I think it's unreasonable to expect your average police bod to have anything but a fairly superficial grounding.

Prolly true. But when I have only a superficial grounding in some subject I (hope I) tend to keep my trap shut instead of making decisions based on my "common sense" that could seriously affect others' livelihood or liberty. Not in this case, in which the law seems fairly clearly broken, but see e.g. Daniel Cadden.

Yeah, so I'm a hippy at heart.
by dan_b
19 Sep 2008, 11:54am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: What can we do to encourage more women to cycle?
Replies: 358
Views: 43492

Re: What can we do to encourage more women to cycle?

I have little personal experience from which to comment, and I'm male, so I should probably stay out of this one. But I did notice this point:
CTC Press Office wrote:women are three times less likely to cycle to work than men because they are put off by "helmet hair" and getting sweaty.


My insertion, my italics. I'm not saying these are good reasons or bad reasons, but in the context of commuting they do make more sense than if they were said about cycling in general.

Perhaps the emphasis on "reaching" these women should then be to promote cycling as a leisure or fitness activity first ("better scenery than at the gym, and no getting changed in front of strangers, and nobody's watching you and passing comment"), and let them acquire them the confidence on roads etc that way before they make the jump to commuting (next time the car breaks down or the tube goes on strike or ...)
by dan_b
19 Sep 2008, 10:13am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Next Fad?
Replies: 29
Views: 2382

I like. "It's actually safer, you get a better view of the traffic higher up".

I nearly suggested unicycles too, but I have poorly articulated misgivings about that. Actually, I want a unicycle so I hope they don't catch on in this way
by dan_b
19 Sep 2008, 9:48am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Helmets Anyone?
Replies: 234
Views: 19763

Hehe. I was going to post that link in the RLJ thread
by dan_b
19 Sep 2008, 9:43am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Next Fad?
Replies: 29
Views: 2382

Wish I knew. Judging by trends it will need to be inefficient, inappropriate (e.g. brakeless in traffic, knobblies on the road, BMX almost anywhere), and ideally also unsafe for the unskilled user (choppers, and see also "brakeless" again). If it also allows "personal expression" through bike customisation (e.g. pink rims) that will help as well.

Cargo bikes? They meet "inefficient" and "inappropriate" (unless you use it for carrying a load, in which case fair play to you) and the potential for putting wacky stuff on the back is unmatched, but most I've ridden are at least safe. They also tend to be a bit on the pricey side, which may discourage their mass adoption.
by dan_b
19 Sep 2008, 1:07am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 26" wheel question
Replies: 17
Views: 1243

I think the grain is that 26" is traditional MTB size and 700C is traditional road size, therefore economies of scale/marketing considerations may dictate that "road" components are cheaper/more available in 700C than in 26".

Can't see any technical reason, though.
by dan_b
18 Sep 2008, 10:51pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Ran a Red Light > I'll be hearing from the courts!
Replies: 170
Views: 21643

Funny how the OP has come on a total of only three times in this thread, and everyone is falling about themselves.

On the other hand, the thread's only been here a day and a half, it's been derailed into a general RLJ flamewar, and anyone's allowed a day off the internet from time to time. Not saying you're wrong, just that it's imo too early to tell.

Anyway, it keeps the rest of us entertained...
by dan_b
18 Sep 2008, 2:16pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Ran a Red Light > I'll be hearing from the courts!
Replies: 170
Views: 21643

JQ666 wrote:The guy who nearly hit me and my family whilst RLJing on a bike was too busy for watching for the "traffic" & "cops" (to his right) to see me and my family right in front of him!!

The guy who nearly hit you an your family was clearly cycling like a twonk, and I doubt that anyone sane would disagree.

If the lights had been in his favour but your family were still crossing the road anyway (say, your four-year old son had fallen over, or your aged grandmother was unable to finish crossing in time, or the bottom had dropped out of your bag of books leaving them scattered in the road) and the cyclist had nearly hit you, I submit that he would still have been cycling like a twonk.

My suggestion is that "cycling like a twonk" is actually a far more serious problem than the enforcement of a law that in its fullest form (amber means stop, not "speed up"; red+amber doesn't mean "go" either; ASLs may only be entered by bikes through the feeder lane in the gutter) is broken by so many people in all kinds of vehicle that it may as well not exist.
by dan_b
18 Sep 2008, 2:01pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Ran a Red Light > I'll be hearing from the courts!
Replies: 170
Views: 21643

JQ666 wrote:you don't have to watch for traffic, cops, and pedestrians, that all think you are going to stop at the red light instead of completely disregard the law (when it is an inconvenience) and proceed through!

I think local expectations differ. In London with its high level of traffic lights and correspondingly low observance of same (on my commute there is a light-controlled junction every 130m on average), no pedestrian would ever make such a rash assumption. The pedestrians aware enough to have seen me coming very often look pleased and surprised when I stop. The other kind, those who aren't so aware, will still happily step into the road without checking anything least of all the state of the traffic signals, so red light or no you still need to keep watch.

Oxford Street was quite an eye-opener the first time I tried cycling down it. Except for some of the cabbies who think they are rulers of the world, there's practically an unofficial Monderman shared-use scheme going on there these days