I've been caught in a police speed-trap!

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Re: I've been caught in a police speed-trap!

Postby JohnW » 15 Jul 2009, 11:27pm

thirdcrank wrote: The issue then was the danger from motor vehicles and that's what the legislation was intended to tackle.


Didn't work, did it?

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Re: I've been caught in a police speed-trap!

Postby thirdcrank » 16 Jul 2009, 8:29am

JohnW wrote:
thirdcrank wrote: The issue then was the danger from motor vehicles and that's what the legislation was intended to tackle.


Didn't work, did it?


It's my understanding that as fas as the situation in the 1930's goes, Belisha's reforms achieved quite a bit in bringing Mr Toad under some sort of control. I tend to think that part of the modern problem occurred because after he had acted, not much more happened till Ernest Marples - who was more parking control - and Barbara Castle - who introduced the breathalyser.

Anyway, I was trying to demonstrate that speeding on a cycle is not a specific offence because it's never been a social problem (not even young Yorkshiremen going courting :wink: )

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Re: I've been caught in a police speed-trap!

Postby JohnW » 16 Jul 2009, 10:35am

thirdcrank wrote:Anyway, I was trying to demonstrate that speeding on a cycle is not a specific offence because it's never been a social problem (not even young Yorkshiremen going courting :wink: )


Nice one tc - yeah - I was young then !!

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Re: I've been caught in a police speed-trap!

Postby Robzere31 » 8 Aug 2009, 3:39pm

Beakyboy wrote:Great story, has anyone ever been done for speeding on a bike?


Not done, but I was warned by a traffic cop for my excess speed once.

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Re: I've been caught in a police speed-trap!

Postby pete75 » 8 Aug 2009, 6:12pm

Beakyboy wrote:Great story, has anyone ever been done for speeding on a bike?


From Wikipedia article about Alf Engers

In July 1976 he was heading for a 48-minute ride when he was stopped by a police patrol while doing 50 mph (80 km/h) on a descent of the A2 near Swanscombe, in Kent. He was banned from racing for two years, reduced to 12 months on appeal. This suspension might have ended of his career, but he came back in 1978 to achieve his best result.

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Re: I've been caught in a police speed-trap!

Postby groveller » 10 Aug 2009, 4:51pm

A few weeks ago I was riding uphill on one of my favorite narrow country lanes when a runner of a similar vintage to myself appeared alongside me. I managed a sickly smile through the sweat, we exchanged greetings, he then went on to say it was the first time he had passed a cyclist. Being a bit competitive I made sure he didn't actually get past. :twisted:

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Re: I've been caught in a police speed-trap!

Postby EdinburghFixed » 10 Aug 2009, 4:58pm

pete75 wrote:
Beakyboy wrote:Great story, has anyone ever been done for speeding on a bike?


From Wikipedia article about Alf Engers

In July 1976 he was heading for a 48-minute ride when he was stopped by a police patrol while doing 50 mph (80 km/h) on a descent of the A2 near Swanscombe, in Kent. He was banned from racing for two years, reduced to 12 months on appeal. This suspension might have ended of his career, but he came back in 1978 to achieve his best result.


That's interesting. Presumably there is some clause in the roadie handbook that covers riding "too fast" even though it's not illegal*...

* although of course they could perhaps have done him on careless cycling or something

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Re: I've been caught in a police speed-trap!

Postby thirdcrank » 10 Aug 2009, 5:45pm

groveller

I now the feeling, but nothing to worry about. If you watch the TdeF people running up the climbs even manage to pass the riders. Anyway, you always come to a downhill bit and leave them standing.

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Re: I've been caught in a police speed-trap!

Postby Mick F » 10 Aug 2009, 9:48pm

I was struggling up LONG the hill toward Blubberhouses/Forest Moor on the A59 last year, and a couple of cyclists flashed past me on a training run. To my credit, I was pulling my trailer, and they were stripped down and light.

I caught them up at the top as they rested in a layby and we chatted for a few minutes. They left, whizzing off down towards Skipton. I followed, a few minutes later.

I overtook them way before the time they got to the roundabout at the bottom of the hill where they turned off for Ilkley.

I shot downhill. Weight was on my side!
Mick F. Cornwall

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Re: I've been caught in a police speed-trap!

Postby thirdcrank » 10 Aug 2009, 10:08pm

Mick F wrote: ... I shot downhill. Weight was on my side!


That's why they have the escape lane. (You should have visited Buffers at Storiths -see my recommendation on the cafes sticky. )

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Re: I've been caught in a police speed-trap!

Postby quiksilver » 19 Aug 2009, 11:32am

My ambition is to set off the 30 MPH flashing sign on the way into work in the mornings, keep getting caught by the traffic lights 200 yards before hand :(