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Re: Pedestrian pushes cyclist off bike and into traffic

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 September 2015 - 4:53pm
Too many things to list I'm not a nervous driver or cyclist, but, she worried me. Just a complete lack of any judgement as far as where she was going, what everyone else was doing or looked like they might be going to. No anticipation of any sort, as well as not seeming to know how to smoothly control the vehicle. Just too nerve wracking!

Re: Red light jumper arrested fined and point on licence

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 September 2015 - 4:53pm
reohn2 wrote:Tom Richardson wrote:I'd like to see the police able to implement fines like this and use the money to fund the police force. Police numbers are being cut to reduce the cost of the police force - it would be a way to make up the funding. And It would be a step in the same direction as other public services too so maybe not entirely unimaginable.

There's a regular complaint about the police raising money by persecuting innocent people by catching them breaking the law but I think that makes sense. Rather than me paying for the protection I get from the enforcement of the law it makes more sense to me that people who can't self regulate should pay for it through fines.
Great in theory but open to abuse in practice.
It'd be a bit of a beggar to expect the police to earn their salary as a direct result of fines handed out

Quite. It'd be a very unjust system of justice if the police had a direct financial interest in seeing people fined, particularly for the sort of offences where the only evidence is the word of the officer.

Re: North Coast 500 - Scotland???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 September 2015 - 4:18pm
rualexander wrote:Autumn touring in the highlands? No problem, but be prepared for anything in terms of weather.
The north coast itself is often noted by cyclists to be very windy, and October is often a rather windy time of year. Keep an eye on the forecast, but in general clockwise is often going to be a much better idea on this route.

Re: North Coast 500 - Scotland???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 September 2015 - 4:10pm
Nothing 'opened', this is just a collection of existing roads that have been cobbled together by the tourist industry to try and promote driving holidays in the region.
Camping on this route should be a piece of cake, just find a nice spot and put your tent up.
Highlights? Loads of them.
Autumn touring in the highlands? No problem, but be prepared for anything in terms of weather.

Re: Bike provision on Beeston tram route and a question

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 September 2015 - 3:59pm
boliston wrote:Even though I cycle I would much rather see trams than busses in cities as a lot of people regard buses as an "inferior" form of transport so stick with their cars, but trams don't seem to have the same sort of poor image that busses have and they are much more pleasant to use than busses.

I notice in many continental towns there are a lot of trams AND a lot of cyclists so it shows that the two can happily co-exist.


Maybe they're better are sorting out how the two live together rather better than we are......

Re: Bike provision on Beeston tram route and a question

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 September 2015 - 3:58pm
That cycle route looks like about the worst I've seen - slow, very dangerous for bikes, dangerous for pedestrians and passengers.
If they had sat down and worked at it for a year solid they couldn't have come up with anything much worse.

Re: Bike provision on Beeston tram route and a question

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 September 2015 - 3:42pm
Hi – to respond to Tim’s questions.

RideWise have been involved in consultations about tram routes and particularly helping cyclists ride safely around and through the tram tracks. The objective of the planners has been to provide a route for people less confident and competent on a bike (Route B) without taking away the option to travel on road to the more confident (Route A).

There are some excelent additions to the cycling network that have come with the tram but as Tim’s photos show, at times the objective to have a Route B does make for some interesting situations for pedestrians and cyclists. The cyclists will need to be vigilant of the various types of pedestrian situations they might encounter when on the shared paths and road hazards when leaving the shared path. Alternatives away from the High Road are being explored and this might help the less confident cyclist just passing through. Route B does not have to be followed

We have provided training by accredited cycle instructors to adults and local schools near the tram tracks in Broxtowe Borough. Some advice gets covered within the Tramlink Video see http://www.thetram.net/latest-news/1/tr ... fety-tips/

However all our training is based on cyclists rights embedded within the Highway Code – especially to take centre lane (often called primary position but Tim calls it riding like a car which is exactly what it is) when the road narrows or when manoeuvring through or turning at junctions and crossroads. In addition take care and concentrate around the tracks and determine what your road position/line will be well in advance of making the manoeuvre.

We agree with Tim that one of the safest places for a confident cyclist is between the tram lines - for the same reason as him about tram speed and stopping plus it means you are in the best position for manoeuvres. Incidentally we are told tram and bus drivers locally have been trained to understand about primary position and the Highway Code gives us the same right as any road user to hold up other traffic until it is safe for other road users to overtake. Personally I’d recommend he stay in the middle of the tram tracks until clear to go when making a right turn. Going into the hatched area might bring him into conflict with oncoming motorised traffic but it would depend on the on road situation at that time – I’ve done both.

The next session for Tram Track training / information is this Saturday 5th September, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm at Tesco, Swiney Way, Toton, NG9 6QX. We aim to run more sessions

Re: Pedestrian pushes cyclist off bike and into traffic

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 September 2015 - 3:17pm
reohn2 wrote:Flinders.
Has it taken so long for curiosity to get the better of you

Yep, I'm a bit behind with things this week.

Re: Scenic route to/from Cork

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 September 2015 - 2:15pm
Limerick is in the same visitor category as Waterford, and is somewhat to the north of a straight line from Dublin to Killarney - I think OP, if not detouring south to Cork in one or both directions, would find rather more in way of nice or reasonably pleasant small towns to stay in, such as #1 mentions, if he stays to the south of Limerick - though Portlaoise (pron port leesh), noted for its prison, and a junction of many busy roads, isn't one of those nice small towns.

Re: Cars Point Of View: Close pass.

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 September 2015 - 2:03pm
I am sure that on average, drivers give parked cars less space then a moving cyclist. I am also sure that they give less space to oncoming traffice even bigger vehicles such as HGVs.

Well, I certainly do. Today most of my passes were like that as they normally are, however you get at least one idiot per day. Today it was a Mercedes that passed me at about 60mph while keeping on my side of the white lines, despite us being the only vehicles on the road in sight. I doubt he would have done that to a parked car or HGV. He didnt even have to slow down or deviate by more than 5 degrees from a straight course in order to have done a safe overtake.

Cars Point Of View: Close pass.

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 September 2015 - 1:41pm
I have always wanted to know what a close pass looks like from a drivers point of view. I am sure that on average, drivers give parked cars less space then a moving cyclist. I am also sure that they give less space to oncoming traffice even bigger vehicles such as HGVs.

Re: Scenic route to/from Cork

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 September 2015 - 1:34pm
Have you a particular reason for travelling via Cork? I would have thought Killarney or Limerick would be more direct. I would be tempted to use public transport, at least for part of the way. I don't know what the current situation is with Irish trains but buses will take bikes in the luggage hold, subject to space being available.

I would echo what others have said about the Ring of Kerry. Lots of traffic including coaches, although by the end of the month it might be a bit less busy.

There is a much nicer road that passes right through the middle which you can access from Molls Gap. Go through The Gap of Dunloe and just head west when you get to the other end. The G-o-D is a bit of a tourist trap but if you stay overnight at the Black Valley Hostel at the southern end, you can set off early morning when it's much quieter. When you get to the west coast, say around Waterville, head off around Ballinskelligs and Valencia Island.

Re: Pedestrian pushes cyclist off bike and into traffic

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 September 2015 - 1:25pm
Flinders wrote:Phil Fouracre wrote:...........................................
Self preservation has to be the default, in every situation. I'm not saying that you have to defer to anyone, or, as cyclists, 'give in' to drivers etc, but look at every situation individually. We have a family friend, who, incidentally, doesn't cycle, who has had numerous 'road rage' incidents. I was always intrigued by her latest 'story', until I drove with her - I then fully understood
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What was she doing?

Probably obeying the speed limit, stopping for amber lights, to let pedestrians cross the road, not entering yellow boxes until the exit was clear and all those other similar things that get drivers very angry.

North Coast 500 - Scotland???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 September 2015 - 1:16pm
Hi All,

I hope this finds you all well. I've just booked tickets up to inverness at the start of October to tour the new 500 mile north coast route in the highlands (http://www.northcoast500.com/home.aspx. Has any of the community cycled it since it opened? I'd be really interested to hear how people got on camping on route and any particular highlights to look out for.

Also, I toured the outer hebrides last summer (beautiful) and know the Scottish weather to be rather unpredictable. Has anyone any stories of touring in the highlands in early October/Autumn weather?

Look forward to hearing your stories and thanks in advance.

M

Re: Giant tough road

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 September 2015 - 1:13pm
Lovely looking bike, but I share your reservations about carbon forks on a bike that is clearly aimed at taking you over rough terrain. The double chainset should be fine. It has the low gears you need, and that is what matters most. I like triples, but many prefer the simplicity of a double. It's down to personal preference. The same applies to the bars.

Re: Red light jumper arrested fined and point on licence

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 September 2015 - 1:13pm
I have known my German friend for years. Presently he is dying from stomach cancer that has spread to his liver. Why on earth would he tell me this if it wasnt true? As well as his health he has two teenage boys to bring up. Keep your stupid insinuations to yourself!

Al

Re: What do you do when the going gets tough?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 September 2015 - 1:07pm
The motivation to do something like training for an event, or even just to improve fitness may be somewhat different than the motiviation to do LEJoG, or even just a week's tour somewhere.


Training for fitness may be harder because the goal is harder to define and the results less obvious.

Personally, I'd rather be out on my bike in crappy weather than sitting at a desk warm and dry. And sometimes, I just need to remind myself of that.

Giant tough road

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 September 2015 - 1:04pm
Has anyone ridden one of these or seen one in the flesh?
I've been considering a new tourer for a while but there is always something that I don't like about a certain model.
These seem to be like 29er mountain bikes with disk brakes. Personally I prefer drop bars and not sure about carbon forks with a low rider rack. Also the SLR1 (£900) has a double chainset albeit with a wide/low gear range of 42/28 and 11-36 cassette.

http://www.rutlandcycling.com/318668/pr ... k-red.aspx

The cheaper (£700) has a triple chainset.

http://www.rutlandcycling.com/318669/pr ... green.aspx

Re: What do you do when the going gets tough?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 September 2015 - 1:02pm
I must be the odd one out: if I ever feel like stopping, I stop.

Re: Red light jumper arrested fined and point on licence

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 September 2015 - 12:43pm
Most junctions in Germany where there are separate traffic lights for cyclists (and there are very many) then the cyclists do get a few seconds to get underway before the main lights turn green. As for being arrested for red-light jumping; I doubt it. The police may well stop cyclists for red-light jumping in Germany (if they are bored) but to get arrested means something more went on. If you have spent any time in Germany, you'll know that cyclists who stop at red lights are in the tiny minority. The Germans may well be disciplined in some ways, but their use of bicycles leaves much to be desired.
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