Lockdown Nostalgia

Commuting, Day rides, Audax, Incidents, etc.
Golflad
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Re: Lockdown Nostalgia

Postby Golflad » 19 Jun 2020, 10:13am

It has been most nostalgic having the roads almost to our selves. My wife and I ride every week 3/4 rides between 6 and 15 miles. The first two or three weeks of lock down were indeed blissful. The gradual increase has been very evident for the past 3 weeks culminating in the horrendous ride last Monday which is posted on here "Current riding situation". With regard to vans I am firmly convinced that a lot of Van drivers simply do not know the width of the vehicle they are driving. I bet most of them drive cars and then the van for work and they cannot switch from car to van mode. Am I being a little too forgiving here?

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tykeboy2003
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Re: Lockdown Nostalgia

Postby tykeboy2003 » 27 Jun 2020, 11:52am

Golflad wrote:I bet most of them drive cars and then the van for work and they cannot switch from car to van mode.


In my experience most car drivers don't know the width of their cars, judging by the constant close passes I get, not to mention the cars I see passing parked cars leaving barely 6 inches.

I think there is a case for all drivers to have regular "theory" tests, say every 5 years. It could be done online, would cost very little to administer but would have huge benefits both in human lives saved and the costs of accidents. The test would be based on the Highway code and would have the added benefit of keeping people up to date. I passed my test in 1980 and currently there is no compulsion for me to keep up with the HC.

Jdsk
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Re: Lockdown Nostalgia

Postby Jdsk » 27 Jun 2020, 11:59am

Why do you think that a test of knowledge would have any effect on behaviour in a different setting?

I don't know any evidence either way on the effects of universal refresher training, but I suspect that focussed intervention based on estimate of risk to others would be wiser. And probably more acceptable.

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tykeboy2003
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Re: Lockdown Nostalgia

Postby tykeboy2003 » 27 Jun 2020, 12:30pm

I agree there is no evidence to support it but it would be a simple and easy way to make sure that people at least KNOW how they should drive. Those that then choose not drive in a proper way can be dealt with by effective policing (as if...). I've had several conversations with drivers about passing clearances and pretty well all of them thought that the couple of feet they gave me was acceptable. I include in that several occasions when I've been a passenger with friends who again thought they were giving plenty of room.

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Re: Lockdown Nostalgia

Postby Jdsk » 27 Jun 2020, 12:34pm

I liked that police/ Cycling UK initiative with the rolled out mat that showed the clearance that was needed rather than expressing it in text.

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Re: Lockdown Nostalgia

Postby dodger » 3 Jul 2020, 4:06pm

Oh dear. Estimated 80,000 tourists on their way here (Cornwall) this weekend.
After a brief excursion on two A and two B roads today I'm going to stick to the country lanes. Lots of traffic and lots of speed on the As and Bs and even when they stick to the speed limit and give a metre clearance, it's frightening.
In fairness, it's not just the tourists. There are two main problems. Tourists are afraid to get close to the hedges, especially with them being rather overgrown at present, and locals drive too fast in the lanes because they are used to them being relatively quiet.
Think I'll have to take up off-road biking.