Speed cushions

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Re: Speed cushions

Postby gentlegreen » 14 Dec 2011, 10:54am

PW wrote:Speed cushions/tables I can live with, at a pinch. The one which REALLY gets my goat is the "Pedestrian Refuge Island". Those things are potentially lethal if you don't block any attempt to overtake, and we all know the occasional idiot will try to knock you out of the way or start a fight 'cos you haven't paid enough tax to slow his journey time by 3 seconds. :evil: My old works commute was like a series of sprint intervals along Old Whittington High Street, with a series of climbs at either end. Gave up in the finish and used the canal instead for the sake of an extra 10 minutes.

There's a particularly annoying one on my morning commute. It was plonked there in conjunction with a new "facility".
I can squeeze past the others on the hill when the cagers have clogged the road, but this one is particularly large and sharp-edged.

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It's really only a problem when I filter and I confess I sometimes deliberately ride the wrong side of it - the only time I would ever do such a thing.

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Re: Speed cushions

Postby karlt » 14 Dec 2011, 12:27pm

PW wrote:Speed cushions/tables I can live with, at a pinch. The one which REALLY gets my goat is the "Pedestrian Refuge Island". Those things are potentially lethal if you don't block any attempt to overtake, and we all know the occasional idiot will try to knock you out of the way or start a fight 'cos you haven't paid enough tax to slow his journey time by 3 seconds. :evil: My old works commute was like a series of sprint intervals along Old Whittington High Street, with a series of climbs at either end. Gave up in the finish and used the canal instead for the sake of an extra 10 minutes.


Is it just me, or does it often stink of ordure down at that canal?

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Re: Speed cushions

Postby PW » 14 Dec 2011, 12:40pm

There's a slurry farm across the river just after Newbridge Lane lock. Pedal like hell up the old railway track you soon get past it.
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Re: Speed cushions

Postby karlt » 14 Dec 2011, 1:06pm

PW wrote:There's a slurry farm across the river just after Newbridge Lane lock. Pedal like hell up the old railway track you soon get past it.


That'd be it then. Nice idea to put a recreational path through an area that smells like a cats' litter tray the morning after the animal nicked some out of date pork.

Which reminds me of proof that God is a civil engineer. Who else would put a waste disposal pipe straight through a recreation area?

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Re: Speed cushions

Postby pwward » 14 Dec 2011, 9:46pm

pwward - thanks for the link - it will cost money to download, so I'll consult our section treasurer.

Have another look, it's free. You just have to register.

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Re: Speed cushions

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Re: Speed cushions

Postby Audax67 » 15 Dec 2011, 10:55am

One in our region consists of a high full-width speed bump with one-foot-wide vertical slots left for cyclists. Turn the pedals and you're off.
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Re: Speed cushions

Postby [XAP]Bob » 15 Dec 2011, 6:07pm

Or carry low panniers, or have three wheels.
And of course don't even think of riding fixed...
A shortcut has to be a challenge, otherwise it would just be the way. No situation is so dire that panic cannot make it worse.
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Re: Speed cushions

Postby PRL » 15 Dec 2011, 10:35pm

With a thin covering of snow the sides of cushions can rotate a cyclist neatly through 90 degrees. Been there got the bruised elbow :cry: