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Another sad accident.

13 February 2016 - 11:10pm
http://www.kentonline.co.uk/sittingbourne/news/breaking-serious-accident-closes-a2-90921/

My impression from this report is that the cyclist was passing a parked delivery lorry when it pulled out and drove away, probably without realising he had hit her.

Re: A steam powered E-Bike?

13 February 2016 - 10:59pm
Word not wood. I blame the keyboard

Re: A steam powered E-Bike?

13 February 2016 - 10:58pm
Bécane being a slightly archaic wood for bike!

Re: A steam powered E-Bike?

13 February 2016 - 10:58pm
The French would be a motobecane

Re: A steam powered E-Bike?

13 February 2016 - 9:51pm
Hi,
Ah, the French one I used to race daily, caught me on the hills but lost on the flat, and I would win overall over 3 miles with ease.
No idea what they or the other is called. 40 years ago.

Re: Wrecking a bike in floodwater ( France )

13 February 2016 - 9:50pm
mercalia wrote:Bordeaux floods after heavy rain in south west.

The French are just as stupid?

No

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betteridg ... _headlines

Re: Too many vehicles!!!

13 February 2016 - 9:46pm
TonyR wrote:pwa wrote:The Tesco driver travelling between small villages will quite reasonably want to use a route that is efficient. When you are doing door to door deliveries in rural communities you are not using lanes as rat runs. The lanes are your network.

I'm sure their routing software will learn to cope. It may take a bit longer but so what? Most of our problems with lanes is drivers in too much of a rush.

I have friends who live in places accessible only down partly single track lane. No main road option. Obviously you cannot prohibit delivery vehicles in such locations. Tesco, the Royal Mail, BT and all the rest serve customers living alongside narrow lanes. Farmers use the lanes to get from field to field. The lanes are not just there for us cyclists, or drivers who don't really need to use them. They are there for the local residents who use them for practical purposes and who get their goods and services via them. Of course there are a small number of lanes that have such a rat run problem that some sort of bollard answer might suit the locals.

Re: A steam powered E-Bike?

13 February 2016 - 9:25pm
PhilWhitehurst wrote:They are called mopeds if you can't find them.

I was trying to remember the name of the ones you can still get in Belgium/Netherlands - NOT the French ones with engine over front wheel. Any ideas?

Re: A steam powered E-Bike?

13 February 2016 - 9:12pm
An S-Bike, surely?

Re: A steam powered E-Bike?

13 February 2016 - 9:11pm
They are called mopeds if you can't find them.

A steam powered E-Bike?

13 February 2016 - 9:09pm
I was looking up details for petrol based e-bikes like the cyclemaster and came across this oddity?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Dampf-Fahrrad_2.jpg


atleast you could have a cuppa at any time?

Re: Wrecking a bike in floodwater ( France )

13 February 2016 - 6:35pm
Ah, mercalia and his good old question marks?

Re: Deliveroo

13 February 2016 - 6:27pm
I thought most of these pizza boys had largely disappeared from our streets - but apparently not! Today I happened to glance at one of our local - big-chain - pizza outlets as I cycled past, and sure enough, there were a couple of these scooters parked outside, carrying the livery of the chain (not "deliveroo"), big box at the rear and adorned with 'L' plates. Do they still have to deliver to a time limit? Can't anything be done about this gratuitous danger to everyone?

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

13 February 2016 - 6:21pm
reohn2 wrote:I've far better visions than that for him,though they'll remain 'visions' until the system is fixed, I'm not holding my breath on that though.
Aha! Maybe this is what's on your mind.

Re: The French are just as stupid?

13 February 2016 - 6:17pm
mercalia wrote:Bordeaux floods after heavy rain in south west.

The French are just as stupid?

http://www.thelocal.fr/20160212/in-images-bordeaux-under-water-as-river-breaks-bank

WEATHER LATEST: Much of western France on alert for high winds and coastal flooding on Friday.

A whole nation tarred (albeit questionably) with the same stupid brush

Re: Why are cycle paths so bumpy? And narrow?

13 February 2016 - 6:08pm
I suspect it's because the councils in bumpy-cycle-track areas don't contain enough cyclists, so the officers don't specify it properly (basically, machine-laid Hot Rolled Asphalt 55/10) and the councillors don't hold them to account because they're not riding the junk their council built.

In King's Lynn, we have cycle tracks like the attached photo - 9 metres wide and nearly smooth enough for marbles - but 3m and smooth is the usual. We generally only end up with lumpy stuff where it's a Highways England road (who also seem to use 1.2m width as standard!), it decays too far (one track is 20+ years old, has some tree root damage and has patches on patches) or where a developer builds a cycle track with their development and then the worst of the utilities (usually Anglian Water, but BT and UKPN both occasionally seem to subcontract to nutters) dug it up to provide services to the development but most of the cycle tracks are rideable at a fair old speed.

If you want to elect more cycling councillors, I think many English highways councils (mostly county?) have elections this May. Get in touch with your local cycling campaign and help ask questions of candidates.

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

13 February 2016 - 4:57pm
661-Pete wrote:tyreon wrote:Its why the Italians go to the Ndraghetta to sort stuff out. Sad but salient
I have this vision of our beleaguered motorist waking up one morning and finding the sawn-off steering wheel of his beloved Beemer at the foot of his bed.....

I've far better visions than that for him,though they'll remain 'visions' until the system is fixed, I'm not holding my breath on that though.

Re: Brutal hit & run - Nottingham

13 February 2016 - 4:54pm
Flinders wrote:If he had done as you suggested, he'd have been done for contempt of court if he'd done it in court during the trial, or he would have compromised the trial if he'd said it anywhere else before the trial.
He has done the only thing he could have done.
And he has certainly not 'failed'.

Agreed.
This chap done everything right IMO,and shown the justice system up for what it is,a failure,an absolute abysmal failure .

Re: Why are cycle paths so bumpy? And narrow?

13 February 2016 - 4:34pm
From Barcaldine ( near Oban) northwards there is a newish cycle path. There are some of the usual issues in that it diverts where you do not necessarily want to go but that apart motorists complain bitterly that it has a beautiful surface much better than any of the roads around. Why do these cyclists get preferential treatment?

Re: Why are cycle paths so bumpy? And narrow?

13 February 2016 - 1:48pm
Si wrote:Tbh, I've not noticed that the paths around the QE are especially bumpy. I ride a tourer with 1.5 tyres and have no problems. I've not really noticed many coming to sudden stops and not going anywhere. They link the uni, hospital, canal (access to be improved), paths along side the busy A38, the nee Bournebrook path out to Woodgate country park, and the Mosley route to cannon hill park and the city centre.
I agree that the width can be questionable in places...this is sometimes due to having to fit them onto pavements where it was never originally even considered that bike paths may one day be required. In other places there had to be a compromise with Parks, etc.
There are some elements of very bad design..such as running through bus stops, and the spray'n'chip in places.
Overall they fall short of the N.Euro ideal but make the arts much nicer to cycle in than 20 yrs ago when I used to commute through there.
There are some in Essex that are ridiculous. There's one on the A132 near Wickford that was so bumpy (for years; I doubt it's different now, though I haven't been there for a few years), I couldn't ride my hybrid with 700 X 42 faster than about 8 mph without shaking my teeth out. I used the road, instead, even though it is a busy, narrow A road.

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