• Manchester Council employees failing to hit targets for cycle to work scheme uptake1 year 9 weeks agoWhat a silly article and full

    Waiting

    What a silly article and full of inaccuracies. If the writer knows anything about the subject matter she really should apply it. A few points:

    1. Manchester council staff numbers is massively below 25000 and has been for a long time. Therefore the uptake is a lot better.
    2. However, even if 99% of staff cycled to work there might still be a "low" take-up of the cycle to work scheme because everyone has got a bike already! Travel-to-work modal split would have been more meaningful.
    3. Numbers are well in excess of 1000 for the bike scheme and average over 200 a year. That isn't too shabby and ranks in the top bracket of any bike to work scheme provider contracts.

    Finally cycling by Manchester council staff is rising year on year. Something to be positive about.

  • Police operation to educate and advise cyclists and drivers raises questions about police education and advice1 year 9 weeks agoYou would think, given the

    You would think, given the revenue generation opportunities, that the police would spend more time stopping trucks.

    A concerted push on that and the industry would have to sort itself out... of course, that would upset the Chief Inspector and make him unpopular at his funny-handshake meetings.

  • Massive London police traffic enforcement operation next week1 year 9 weeks agoGoldfever4 wrote:Quote:Mr

    Goldfever4 wrote:
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    Mr Jones said half of all cyclists killed on London’s roads since January 2010 have been going down the inside of lorries. “They may well have the right to be there but the fact is it is a dangerous manoeuvre.”

    Simple. 50% of cyclist deaths are completely avoidable by cyclists not being thick as mud.

    The other 50% is down to all sorts of factors, and this doesn't necessarily carry across to injuries, but it's a good point well made.

    Source?

    If you're telling 50 or so people a year they deserve their deaths, personally I'd feel pretty ashamed at myself if I hadn't researched that sufficiently well to be sure first.

    (edited since I didn't realise there's no swear filter here)

  • Boris Johnson says he'd back ban on cyclists wearing earphones1 year 9 weeks agoBoris is a tw*t, a lovable

    Boris is a tw*t, a lovable tw*at, but none the less, a tw*t.

    using headphones whilst cycling can't be sensible, I guess it depends to a degree the level of music and type of earphone. I admit I used to do it in my youth and never had an issue but its not something I do now.

    How on earth do you enforce it? I never see mobile phone car users getting pulled over.

    Does music have to be on or does the earphone just have to be in your ear, big difference and how do you prove it?

    Why not ban in cars smoking, fiddling with sat nav/stereo/listening to the foo fighthers.......all distract you and would probably reduce incidents.

  • Sustrans calls for action after 11 cyclist deaths in UK this month1 year 9 weeks agomrmo wrote:Quote:Creation and

    mrmo wrote:
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    Creation and use of ‘quietways’- low traffic side streets as designated main cycle routes, as opposed to use of busy main roads

    This is the point i have real issue with. It sounds lovely, BUT.

    side streets where kids are playing, drivers are failing to de-ice windscreens, where there are most junctions, etc.

    And all to often ridiculusly circuitous routing.

    If i ride a bike i will take the most direct sensible route. if the choice is 9miles main road, or 10miles on sideroads i will consider the side roads, but if the alternative is 15-16miles then i am going to think WTF. If the main road route is 30mins and the side roads are 40mins what is 10mins, but if it is 60mins then again WTF!

    There has to be a balance, but bikes are traffic and have every right to use the roads, if an alternative is going to exist then it has to be realistic, it has to be clean, gritted when appropriate, well lit if urban, and to have a reasonable surface without too many potholes! there has to be a minimum of car/bike junction type interactions.

    riding quiet backstreet roads is only an option for the casual weekend rider, out to see some sights and meander about.
    anyone wanting to actually transport themselves from home to work cant be expected to use quiet side roads.
    for a start many of them are one way.
    then theres the problem of poor surfacing, pot holes etc.
    after that we come to the worst problem with this idea - the nature of side streets mean lots of t junctions and cross roads. the stop / start nature of the ride makes it so slow you may as well walk to work, on the pavement taking the most direct route along a main road as it will be faster!

  • Boris Johnson says he'd back ban on cyclists wearing earphones1 year 9 weeks agoJoeinpoole wrote: I know

    Joeinpoole wrote:

    I know Boris isn't making much sense on this issue (so far) but overall I can't think of anyone in recent history who has done more to promote cycling generally and especially cycling in London. He cycles himself (properly too, without the ministerial Jag behind him), introduced the 'Boris bike' scheme and is genuinely investing significant amounts in cycling infrastructure. Unfortunately we are having to come from 40 years behind that of other European countries and also overcome a largely hostile public attitude.

    Nope, it was all started before he sadly became "mayor", you should be thanking Ken Livingstone.

  • Return to cycling after hip resurfacing1 year 9 weeks agoThanks for the feedback. It's

    Thanks for the feedback.

    It's been tough getting my head round being told my right hip is shot and that's the reason for a year of groin pain.

    Arthoscopy is / was an option but I've been told I'm far along so 1 in 5 chance it'll make it worse.

  • Police confiscate £170,000 McLaren after driver hits cyclist1 year 9 weeks agotimothy wrote:can you get a

    timothy wrote:
    can you get a bike carrier on that? If so I'll have it.

    Problem is that the "rules" state that if you must put a bike on a car it must be worth more than the car !!

  • Aldi Performance Cycle clothing sale this Thursday1 year 9 weeks agoWilliam, have a look at

    William,
    have a look at Purnasports.com (uk seller), they have 2 thicknesses and all sizes of base layers....

  • Boris Johnson says he'd back ban on cyclists wearing earphones1 year 9 weeks agozanf wrote:So everyone who

    zanf wrote:
    So everyone who thinks wearing headphones whilst cycling is retarded/stupid/dangerous/etc/ad nauseum, must despair when you find out a cyclist is deaf?

    How can they possibly be aware of their surroundings if they cannot hear?

    Pointless discussion that Johnson has done his classic misdirection trick on you all, and like mugs, you fell for it.

    As for awareness whilst travelling, check out this study carried out by the Bicycle Network of Australia

  • Boris Johnson says he'd back ban on cyclists wearing earphones1 year 9 weeks agoHave a listen to the actual

    Have a listen to the actual discussion

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01kkx9j

    The discussion regards headphones is brought up by a caller, starting about 30 minutes into the show - Boris says they're a problem, but also mentions pedestrians wearing headphones as well.

    He argues against helmet compulsion, says that cyclists having a right to be on the road and to take road space, puts Vanessa Feltz to rights and the discussion is very pro cycling and he discusses many of the challenges.

    The response from some on here is typical knee-jerk based on what's been reported (twisting what was actually said and taking it all out of context) which simply doesn't stack up when you listen to what he actually said!

    I'm all for giving Boris stick when he comes out with his usual gaffes but on this one show, he was actually pretty reasonable.

    Like all those people complaining about that prank call by Russell Brand - about 90% of them hadn't even heard the radio show, just jumped on the "I'm outraged!" bandwagon!

  • Massive London police traffic enforcement operation next week1 year 9 weeks agoGoldfever4 wrote:Quote:Mr

    Goldfever4 wrote:
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    Mr Jones said half of all cyclists killed on London’s roads since January 2010 have been going down the inside of lorries. “They may well have the right to be there but the fact is it is a dangerous manoeuvre.”

    .

    Going up the inside or on the inside? But yes being going anywhere near stationary hgvs is pretty stupid. Then again where are the feeder lanes for ASLs! nothing like joined up thinking!

  • Massive London police traffic enforcement operation next week1 year 9 weeks agoI'd have thought the

    I'd have thought the policeman in the picture would have stopped the cyclist for carrying an inappropriate load in his basket.

  • Police operation to educate and advise cyclists and drivers raises questions about police education and advice1 year 9 weeks ago[In reply to crazy-legs] Name

    [In reply to crazy-legs]
    Name & shame the bugger. No doubt, had he taken you out, it would've been your fault for 'going up the inside' of him.

    We all know that every single time we're out on the roads, some pillock in a car, van or bus will decide their time is more important than our life, or that we shouldn't be on the road, so drive as if we're not on the road.
    As the lady in the article put it so succinctly, they're the ones doing the killing.

  • Police to crack down on mobile-using drivers this week1 year 9 weeks agoI'd like to see employers

    I'd like to see employers taking a stricter stance on this. When somebody is caught using a phone whilst driving for work it should be treated as gross misconduct (bringing the company into disrepute) and treated as such.

  • Massive London police traffic enforcement operation next week1 year 9 weeks agoGoldfever4 wrote:Quote:Mr

    Goldfever4 wrote:
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    Mr Jones said half of all cyclists killed on London’s roads since January 2010 have been going down the inside of lorries. “They may well have the right to be there but the fact is it is a dangerous manoeuvre.”

    Simple. 50% of cyclist deaths are completely avoidable by cyclists not being thick as mud.

    The other 50% is down to all sorts of factors, and this doesn't necessarily carry across to injuries, but it's a good point well made.

    Thick as mud, or just cycling along the cycle lanes and filter lanes to the ASL, where they are being directed to?

    One mistake should not mean a bloody and brutal death. I hope you never make a mistake on the road, and pay for it with your life.

    You can fck right off.

  • Massive London police traffic enforcement operation next week1 year 9 weeks agoI second undercover traffic

    I second undercover traffic enforcement. I actually think a great way to catch both cyclists and drivers who *break the law* would be undercover coppers on bikes. If it was a permanent measure, I think it would change the attitude of drivers around cyclists and make cyclists think twice about anti-social cycling (RL Jumping etc.),

    Although, the way some drivers behave around cyclists, they'd probably claim entrapment because the copper hadn't paid road tax and was hogging the road!

  • Massive London police traffic enforcement operation next week1 year 9 weeks agowell said goldfever4. lets

    well said goldfever4. lets wait for the response backlash from the righteous

  • Boris Johnson says he'd back ban on cyclists wearing earphones1 year 9 weeks agoMaking the wild (and

    Making the wild (and incorrect) assumption that all of the recent fatalities were wearing headphones, and wearing them at a level that covered all other external noise; what would removing the headphones have done to avert these tragedies?

    If they were killed by a large vehicle approaching from the rear, they would surely have had to stop and dismount as I assume, again, that headphones weren't causing them to weave erratically around the road.

    If they were killed by a large vehicle they had caught and either sat beside or had passed, then they should have noted the vehicles presence and would be aware that it would most likely be approaching from the rear in the near future.

    I don't use headphones while cycling as I like to know when vehicles are about to pass me, but I don't change my cycling if I hear something approaching. The greater concern is that drivers are not seeing cyclists because they are not looking at the road ahead in enough detail. In addition, there appears the be no criminality or significant social stigma attached to driving offences so people don't care enough to avoid them. Driving offences have become more of an inconvenience than anything else.

  • London police stopping cyclists without helmets in "advice & education" exercise1 year 9 weeks agoI've no problem with the

    I've no problem with the police stopping me and providing me with some sound advice about staying safe but in this case some of the advice they are giving is not necesarily sound.

    The advice about headphones is good, advice about being visible (not necesarily high-vis) is also good, as has been discussed on here many times, helmet wearing is a double-edged sword which reduces risk in certain circumstances and increases it in others.

    To be fair, its not the police at fault here but the highway code. The advice they are giving is based on the highway code and they don't have anything else to go on.

    It does worry me that this enforces the creaping compulsion that we are seeing. If this sort of thing becomes a regular occurance riders will recognise that wearing a helmet = not getting stopped. Although this doesn't ammount to compulsion it could modify cyclist behaviour to some extent.

  • London police stopping cyclists without helmets in "advice & education" exercise1 year 9 weeks agoI've no problem with the

    I've no problem with the police stopping me and providing me with some sound advice about staying safe but in this case some of the advice they are giving is not necesarily sound.

    The advice about headphones is good, advice about being visible (not necesarily high-vis) is also good, as has been discussed on here many times, helmet wearing is a double-edged sword which reduces risk in certain circumstances and increases it in others.

    To be fair, its not the police at fault here but the highway code. The advice they are giving is based on the highway code and they don't have anything else to go on.

    It does worry me that this enforces the creaping compulsion that we are seeing. If this sort of thing becomes a regular occurance riders will recognise that wearing a helmet = not getting stopped. Although this doesn't ammount to compulsion it could modify cyclist behaviour to some extent.

  • Thoughts and comments please!1 year 9 weeks agoAside from you attempting to

    Aside from you attempting to insult my social life, can you please reference any quote I made regarding standing in favour of petition signing and wet liberalism?

    There is a difference between non-aggressive action and wetness.

    Personally, after being in several accidents in London myself, I do not want to see an increase in tension, which is exactly what this suggestion of aggressive revolution sounds like. I'm sure many people will agree. I really can't be arsed with dealing with pissy drivers because some twat of a cyclist called him a c*** merely because he's in a car 5 minutes previous.

    There is nothing wrong with what the CTC are trying to do, in that they are actually trying to rally support to provide the government with solid demand surrounding the needs of cyclists. Just because they haven't made a large enough dent in the state of affairs right now does not mean they are on the wrong side.

    Quote:
    its time people got out on the streets and shut down lethal junctions, closed down their estates to rat running and reclaimed their streets.

    I'm the one who needs to get out more?

    Sorry for attempting to provide some guidance on the OP's questions!

  • Boris Johnson says he'd back ban on cyclists wearing earphones1 year 9 weeks agoBanning headphones sounds

    Banning headphones sounds logical, but as some people have pointed out, could you have a handsfree kit or just one headphone in for a phone call/navigation/similar?

    But to take that one step further, why not ban all cars from having music and radio - they often can't hear things like horns, people shouting for attention, emergency sirens.

    It's easy to see that headphones are dangerous, but what about pedestrians and drivers using them or listening to music?

    Lorries are clearly the biggest issue, as most of the recent news stories have highlighted. But the best way to make London safe to cycle in is to start from scratch and redesign all the roads to have proper cycle lanes - no half measures.

  • Police operation to educate and advise cyclists and drivers raises questions about police education and advice1 year 9 weeks agoAmazing what a short burst of

    Amazing what a short burst of enforcing zero tolerance by the police achieves - 15 tickets out of 70 lorries stopped! Staggering.

    If the police could spend some more time enforcing the traffic laws we already have, there would be a swift, albeit painful for some, cultural change on the roads. People sit up when it hurts in the pocket or they may lose some of their freedom.

  • Massive London police traffic enforcement operation next week1 year 9 weeks agoQuote:Mr Jones said half of

    Quote:
    Mr Jones said half of all cyclists killed on London’s roads since January 2010 have been going down the inside of lorries. “They may well have the right to be there but the fact is it is a dangerous manoeuvre.”

    Simple. 50% of cyclist deaths are completely avoidable by cyclists not being thick as mud.

    The other 50% is down to all sorts of factors, and this doesn't necessarily carry across to injuries, but it's a good point well made.