• ITT1 year 5 weeks ago1,2,12 so far

    1,2,12 so far

  • ITT1 year 5 weeks agoIst and 10th so far. Boom

    Ist and 10th so far.
    Boom rubbish

  • Transport Research Laboratory: Mandatory helmet laws “prevent head and brain injuries”1 year 5 weeks agoBez wrote:drfabulous0

    Bez wrote:
    drfabulous0 wrote:
    How on Earth is this organisation "respected" when they release reports without evidence or citation?

    Have you read the report? It cites 68 references and includes evidence.

    Also,

    drfabulous0 wrote:
    as I understand it you are some 17 times more likely to receive a serious head trauma while in a car than on a bike

    That probability isn't one I recognise. Normalized by what? Where are *your* citations or evidence?

    I'm doubtful that that is the correct statistic. What I think _is_ true is that the most common cause of head injury is being a car occupant in a car accident. That's not the same thing of course because you have to account for how many car journeys there are compared to bike journeys. _Per journey_ the result is presumably rather different.

    e.g. a quick google search shows:
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimgorzelany/2012/04/02/forget-football-car-...

    However, that its only true in an absolute rather than per-journey sense, doesn't really change the fact that you could reduce head injuries more in absolute terms with compulsory car helmets than with compulsory bike helmets.

    What I wouldn't mind seeing is a careful health-and-safety analysis of, for a given short journey, the total health impact (on everyone, not just those travelling) of choosing to drive vs choosing to cycle without a helmet vs cycling with a helmet. The first would have to take into account _all_ the health effects, including pollution and physical inactivity.

    I'd be interested to see how the difference between the first two compares to that between the last two.

    (Did this super long report with all its annexes and references actually do that? Because if not its not much use to me)

  • Phil 'N Paul Bingo1 year 5 weeks ago"He's literally turning

    "He's literally turning himself inside out."

  • Video: Ninja skills cyclist lands on feet in miracle escape after being hit by car that cuts across him1 year 5 weeks ago"Drive at a speed that will

    "Drive at a speed that will allow you to stop well within the distance you can see to be clear."

    It was clear, and should have remained so. End of story.

  • ITT1 year 5 weeks agoPoor from Durbridge. I was

    Poor from Durbridge. I was going to go for Barta but went for Durbo instead. Sad

  • Alec Baldwin cleared of charges for riding the wrong way up NYC street1 year 5 weeks agoHonestly, I doubt anyone even

    Honestly, I doubt anyone even cares about this. Why are you posting stories like this?

    Just because something has a tiny mention of cycling doesn't mean we want to read it. This is more celebrity news than cycling news!

  • Not more #bloodycyclists: Social media intern slammed for 'asking to be hit' tweet1 year 5 weeks agoronin wrote:The fact is, on

    ronin wrote:
    The fact is, on the road we are all Palestinian.

    No, we're not.

    We don't have an unelected gov't ruling by force, which is also sending more rockets against civilians than Germany did against London/England during the blitz. And then intentionally use us as human shields against the inevitable retaliation, hoping to get dead cyclists (Palestinians) in the news.

    In fact, we're worse off, because in no way have we incited this hatred and resulting second-class status.

  • Transport Research Laboratory: Mandatory helmet laws “prevent head and brain injuries”1 year 5 weeks agoSo, if the Australian study

    So, if the Australian study was so flawed, why do they given the very nice climate have such very low modal share for cycling?

    My a**e could come up with a better study than these clowns, yet they're hired by TfL. Go figure.

    Yes, I'm annoyed by these cr*p-spouting 'think tanks'.

  • Not more #bloodycyclists: Social media intern slammed for 'asking to be hit' tweet1 year 5 weeks agoI think someone like this

    I think someone like this isn't fit to hold a license. Simple.
    Yes many people can drive, some good some bad. It's really about being able to see things from someone else's view.

    Hitting someone with a car can potentially lead to death. If you think that it's a fair outcome when there's a cyclist that will potentially add a few seconds to your journey; if you think that risky manoeuvre to get ahead, or feel resentment to someone simply for taking a different mode of transport, you shouldn't be driving.

    Why do people always disregard the golden rule? Is it any wonder why there are almost 900 people dead in Gaza? Before anyone says that's a bit of a stretch linking the two, last week two ghetto rats in a car drove up beside me as I was climbing an 8% hill and grabbed my saddle, I hit the deck, ruined £200 worth of assos gear, and got bruises and grazes. For absolutely nothing. Didn't see them properly, couldn't identify them, on a completely quiet road. I felt helpless. Made me question why I even cycle on these roads.
    Seeing the futile destruction in Gaza, you can only imagine how the people there feel. All because people refuse to see things from someone else's view.

    If I had a rocket, as those two ghetto rats drove away, perhaps I wouldn't have hit their car, but i would have aimed just in front so their car fell in the hole Wink

    The fact is, on the road we are all Palestinian.

  • Not more #bloodycyclists: Social media intern slammed for 'asking to be hit' tweet1 year 5 weeks agoRedfishUK wrote:There was a

    RedfishUK wrote:
    There was a recent study about how when people at work etc laughed at sexist jokes, it empowered those holding fairly extreme views.
    This is no different.

    Do you have a link to it? Not doubting it, I've seen similar re online discussions and zero-tolerance for trolling. Just want to read/refer to it.

  • Michael Albasini insists he’s not racist, apologises to Europcar’s Kévin Réza1 year 5 weeks agoStinkers wrote: 2. Let's hope

    Stinkers wrote:

    2. Let's hope that we see a more mixed and representative peleton in future

    Representative of what ? And why should professional cycling represent the demographics of the real world ?

  • Not more #bloodycyclists: Social media intern slammed for 'asking to be hit' tweet1 year 5 weeks agojoemmo wrote:truffy

    joemmo wrote:
    truffy wrote:
    It's amazing the people who work in 'social media' who have no frikkin' clue about the power of social media.

    Unless that 'power' translates into pressure on the agencies that can actually make a difference to cycling safety in infrastructure, driver training, policing, sentencing etc. it's just another tiny storm in a tiny teacup. Getting one idiot reprimanded for an indiscretion is not power.

    No, but if it causes a few reckless drivers to start driving a bit more sensibly because of the realisation that they could lose their job if caught driving dangerously near a cyclist, then I'm 100% for the chastisement of these idioits.

  • Not more #bloodycyclists: Social media intern slammed for 'asking to be hit' tweet1 year 5 weeks agojoemmo wrote:Sharpen the

    joemmo wrote:
    Sharpen the pitchforks and start another twithunt...?

    Works for me. Fetches kindling. I'm already singing Disco Inferno in my head. Marshmallows on a stick time.

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins says he's unlikely to ride Tour de France again1 year 5 weeks agoIm not sure that the decision

    Im not sure that the decision to 'drop the road' for the track is in his control. I wonder what his employers SKY ProCycling feel about that when clearly he has it in him to win the Eneco Tour, the Vuelta all prior the Worlds and lets be honest after the Tour, I guess SKY will be desperate for some type of Grand Tour success this season Worried

  • Transport Research Laboratory: Mandatory helmet laws “prevent head and brain injuries”1 year 5 weeks agoMandatory helmet laws

    Mandatory helmet laws “prevent head and brain injuries”

    Except some studies have shown the complete opposite, the science is really unclear on this. I'm not saying that helmets won't help your head if it hits the road/curb etc at just the right speed, but a study has shown that drivers drive more dangerously around cyclists that are wearing helmets. It it also thought that cyclists compensate for wearing a helmet by cycling more dangerously. Of course TRL conveniently ignore these facts.

    TRL found that current evidence “does not support the assertion that cycle helmet legislation leads to large reductions in cycling participation that outweigh any potential injury reduction benefits through a corresponding reduction in health benefits”. It adds that any reductions in cycling activity “are likely to be small and short term”.

    Wrong, completely demonstrably wrong.

    Cycle helmets - CTC

    These idiots (TRL) actually say that cycling could have a net health "disbenefit", and the obvious conclusion of that would be that it doesn't matter if less people cycle. (Page 33, middle of third paragraph).

    Also note these people have been helping TFL with the cycling infrastructure over the last 20+ years, great job eh!

    They just did a study for TFL, not to see where good cycling infrastructure from Netherlands and Denmark could be put in London but instead to see if it was feasible to put good cycling infrastructure in London, FFS. Along with TFL I'd say that the Automotive Transport Industry funded TRL have a bit of a anti-cyclist bent.

    Where they have found evidence of helmet compulsion causing a drop in cycling, they mention those studies but dismiss them!

    Are all of these people wrong? Groningen: The World's Cycling City

    And these: rush hour in Utrecht

    And what about car passengers and pedestrians, should they be forced to wear helmets too? No, why not?

    Of note, the CTC report is against helmet compulsion, it cites 127 references.

  • Aftershokz Bluez 2 Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones1 year 5 weeks agoApple are selling them for

    Apple are selling them for £89.95

    http://store.apple.com/uk/product/HG0T2ZM/A/aftershokz-bluez-2-wireless-...

  • Transport Research Laboratory: Mandatory helmet laws “prevent head and brain injuries”1 year 5 weeks agoRiding my bike in the current

    Riding my bike in the current heat wave with the breeze whistling around my bald head is a true delight, it's pretty good at any time actually!

  • Sir Dave Brailsford hopes Sky can keep Sir Bradley Wiggins1 year 5 weeks agoToo little, too late?

    Too little, too late?

  • Michael Albasini insists he’s not racist, apologises to Europcar’s Kévin Réza1 year 5 weeks agoRich71 wrote:Haile

    Rich71 wrote:
    Haile Gabrselassie had yet to decimate entire fields of runners and thus his theory

    The pedant in me wishes to point out that "decimate" means "to reduce in strength by one tenth". H.G. could have achieved this against a field of runners by coming near to the tail end of the field, at the very front of the last ten percent of the participants.

    If you enjoy words meaning "to defeat completely" and which are spelled "de---ate", I rather fancy that he actually devastated entire fields of runners, rather than decimating them.

    Sorry, I couldn't help myself.

  • Transport Research Laboratory: Mandatory helmet laws “prevent head and brain injuries”1 year 5 weeks agostumps wrote:zanf, the report

    stumps wrote:
    zanf, the report author said that the Aus study was early 90's and was flawed.

    I dont know enough about helmets to say yes / no or whatever however i recently posted some figures where i live and work about helmet use and it was around the 98% were wearing a helmet so if they bring in compulsory helmet use it isnt going to effect cycle use in my area, but i cant speak for other areas.

    The brother of a colleague of mine has recently opened a bike shop in Yorkshire and he initially ordered 50 helmets of varying quality and price, they sold within the first 3 weeks which to me speaks volumes about peoples perception.

    On a personal level i dont think they should make helmets compulsory not because of health improvements etc but because its nigh on impossible to regulate.

    So why introduce a law if it's not going to make any difference? Why not instead target pedestrians of whom roughly 0% are wearing helmets hmmm? Come on I don't hear you arguing that pedestrians should wear helmets, why not?

  • Transport Research Laboratory: Mandatory helmet laws “prevent head and brain injuries”1 year 5 weeks agoIn Holland the majority of

    In Holland the majority of cyclists don't wear helmets whether they be old or young. The only cyclists that I saw wearing helmets were the more dedicated cyclists on race bikes who were travelling faster than casual cyclists who were doing shopping, travelling to work etc.

    Dutch statistics will disprove TRL assertion.

  • Transport Research Laboratory: Mandatory helmet laws “prevent head and brain injuries”1 year 5 weeks agoIn Holland the majority of

    In Holland the majority of cyclists don't wear helmets whether they be old or young. The only cyclists that I saw wearing helmets were the more dedicated cyclists on race bikes who were travelling faster than casual cyclists who were doing shopping, travelling to work etc.

    Dutch statistics will disprove TRL assertion.

  • Transport Research Laboratory: Mandatory helmet laws “prevent head and brain injuries”1 year 5 weeks agodrfabulous0 wrote:How on

    drfabulous0 wrote:
    How on Earth is this organisation "respected" when they release reports without evidence or citation?

    Have you read the report? It cites 68 references and includes evidence.

    Also,

    drfabulous0 wrote:
    as I understand it you are some 17 times more likely to receive a serious head trauma while in a car than on a bike

    That probability isn't one I recognise. Normalized by what? Where are *your* citations or evidence?

  • Transport Research Laboratory: Mandatory helmet laws “prevent head and brain injuries”1 year 5 weeks agoHelmets do save lives, if you

    Helmets do save lives, if you wear one you are invincible and can bounce of cars and get run over by lorries all day with no head injuries.

    They may help in some circumstances at some angles but to make them sufficient they would need to be designed in the same manner as motorcycle helmets. I'm sure they would be comfortable when hot. Do they really think some polyurethane foam is effective against a car at 60 mph?
    A report into motorcycle death's when helmet' laws were introduced showed a reduction in death associated with head injuries but an increase in deaths from organ damage / failures and other injuries.