• London Cycling - Commuter Experience1 year 8 weeks agoOldRidgeback wrote:SideBurn

    OldRidgeback wrote:
    SideBurn wrote:
    ?
    At the moment everyone seems to blame everything and everyone else...
    Meanwhile around 2000 people a year die

    DfT data shows that 1752 people were killed on British roads in 2012. That compares with the 2222 killed on British roads in 2009 for instance. The numbers of people killed on Britain's road network continues to fall, a long term trend oberved over a number of years. The same is true for virtuallly every western developed nation. Fewer people now die on British roads than in 1950, when vehicle numbers were a fraction of what they are now.


    Accepted; but is this because cars are being made much better able to protect the occupants?

  • Horse riders ask New Forest Show to stop renting car parking to sportives1 year 8 weeks agoOne of the things that annoy

    One of the things that annoy me in the reporting of issues like these is the lack of data. Like, how many organised rides are taking place per year in places like the New Forest and Surrey?

    We need to understand the scale of the situation. At the moment we seem to be focusing on the major events like Wiggle New Forest and Ride London, whereas there are other rides out there. A quick search on Google for sportives in the NF shows a fair few events being organised and I suspect that is just the tip of the iceberg.

    If there really were large organised bike rides occuring there every weekend in the season, It's not hard to imagine people getting pissed off with it.

    Anyone can organise a Sportive - I know this for a fact because I organise one myself. Well, it's more of a charity ride in the Chilterns for about 50 riders. But I have no qualifications, licences or permission to do such a thing, just the organisational skills I've built up over the years.

    I've thought about scaling things up and organising a sportive-style ride just on the basis of what logistics would be involved and how much money I could make.

    If I can do it, anyone can. And that seems to be the problem here. There are no restrictions and no centralised process, which makes it a free for all.

    Yes, the roads are for everyone and no laws are being broken, but if you are going to channel thousands of bike riders into the most densely populated national park in the UK (New Forest) every weekend of the year then it will eventually annoy the hell out of the people that live there.

    And stop with the 'economic benefits' of tourism too. That's something else that needs quantifying. Too many people on these threads spout off about how much money cyclists bring into an area without actually realising that most of the cash is going into the hands of the people organising the rides.

  • Teen 'stunned' as police find his stolen bike - then say they can't return it to him1 year 8 weeks agoWhen I had my Cinelli bike

    When I had my Cinelli bike stolen from outside a shop many years ago I made strenuous efforts to find it, calling in to all the bike shops I knew & alerting them. It was very distinctive for many reasons. It was identified by the very one I had recently had it re-enamalled in when brought in for adjustments a few days later! But when I informed the police they took it and insisted on keeping it for several months "as evidence". Yet nobody was ever charged with a crime! I had to buy another bike just to keep on cycling to work.......

  • VIDEO: Cyclists hurt on 'lethal' Edinburgh tram tracks1 year 8 weeks agoGot a question for the locals

    Got a question for the locals if there's a cycle path down the middle of the tram lines who has the right of way? if a tram comes up behind you does it have to stay behind you until you follow the cycle path/route off the lines.

  • DARTMOOR CLASSIC 20141 year 8 weeks agoMy riding bubby and myself

    My riding bubby and myself are signed up (within the 1st hour) Big Grin

  • London Cycling - Commuter Experience1 year 8 weeks agoSideBurn wrote:? At the

    SideBurn wrote:
    ?
    At the moment everyone seems to blame everything and everyone else...
    Meanwhile around 2000 people a year die

    DfT data shows that 1752 people were killed on British roads in 2012. That compares with the 2222 killed on British roads in 2009 for instance. The numbers of people killed on Britain's road network continues to fall, a long term trend oberved over a number of years. The same is true for virtuallly every western developed nation. Fewer people now die on British roads than in 1950, when vehicle numbers were a fraction of what they are now.

  • Greater Anglia trains plans bike ban1 year 8 weeks agopjay wrote:Ridiculous and

    pjay wrote:
    Ridiculous and backwards looking. The Dutch would laugh at us.

    Actually they wouldn't. In the Netherlands it's situation normal for bike-rail commuters to keep a bike at both ends - as suggested by Anglia - or use a folder. In the Netherlands you've NEVER been able to take a non-folding bike on most commuter trains (unless you've got a through ticket to connect with another longer-distance train), because everyone cycles in the Netherlands, so the trains would be totally swamped with bikes. Even as it is, the increased numbers of commuters bringing folding bikes onto Dutch trains are generating an escalating number of complaints about barked shins and laddered stockings etc. and there are are rumblings about banning folders too!

    Face reality: bikes on trains as a commuting mode is possible only in countries like USA, Australia and UK, where almost nobody wants to cycle. Not being able to do that anymore, is one of the very few downsides in making cycling more popular.

    In the Netherlands of course, they do station bike parking properly. You generally have to pay, but it's quite cheap and in exchange you do get peace of mind that nobody else will take your bike. And the Dutch don't use the cycling equivalent of a F1 racing car for the journey to work. They use a more practical but less expensive kind of bike, so where parking is free and less secure they don't have to worry as much. But lets hope that Anglia do station bike parking properly: provide lots of it, with convenient access to the platforms and either cheap and well controlled, or free with strongpoints for locking and CCTV.

  • London Cycling - Commuter Experience1 year 8 weeks agoOn my usually uneventful

    On my usually uneventful commute that I normally share with bats and the odd owl. I heard a car being driven towards me at high speed, I slowed down and pulled over to the left. A few seconds later a car came round the corner lights on full beam, wrong side of the road. Not sure how close he came 'cos I could not see a thing. Later I crossed a road at a cycle/pedestrian crossing, I noticed a car slowing down for the red light. He stopped but well beyond the white line meaning an arse clenching moment for me! I was then nearly 'twatted' on the cycle lane by a cyclist at speed not looking where he was going. On the way home as I entered a roundabout a car slowed as if to give me my right of way but even though he was looking straight at me he just carried on causing another arse clenching moment!
    Whilst at work I witnessed a two cars driving with no lights in the dark and quite a few cars jumping a red light and blocking a box junction....
    It is not just cyclists is it?
    And drivers need a licence etc so its not a training/enforcement issue.
    The vast majority of road users treat the road and other users with utmost respect but there are some dick heads out there. How do we deal with them?
    At the moment everyone seems to blame everything and everyone else...
    Meanwhile around 2000 people a year die

  • VIDEO: Cyclists hurt on 'lethal' Edinburgh tram tracks1 year 8 weeks agodunnoh wrote:I had a close

    dunnoh wrote:
    I had a close call with the new Manchester Metro Link near Bagley Tesco. The track crosses a 90 degree right turn and you have to pass over it and back again in some 50 yards. Its very difficult to cross the track at 90 degrees as that puts you straight in front of passing cars. I jump the track but managed to get my rear wheel on the second pass slightly into the track. It flipped the whole bike and I've no idea how I stayed on. I go a different route altogether now although with a buckled rear wheel!

    It's almost as if someone genuinely thought that riding a bike through Baguley wasn't already difficult enough.

  • Horse riders ask New Forest Show to stop renting car parking to sportives1 year 8 weeks agoCrosshouses wrote:Like MDC 06

    Crosshouses wrote:
    Like MDC 06 I was a road runner

    I think New Forresters probably pose a slightly different set of problems than Wile E. Coyote though.

  • Teen 'stunned' as police find his stolen bike - then say they can't return it to him1 year 8 weeks agoWell what did he expect he's

    Well what did he expect he's a cyclist and therefore not entitled to the benefits that the law can provide, now if he were a motorist.

    Running for cover.

  • Video: Driver, 74, confronts cyclists with baseball bat after allegedly injuring rider1 year 8 weeks agoI am adopting "he needs

    I am adopting "he needs Jesus" as my standard rationalisation of the behaviour of ass-hats on the road.

    Applause

  • HOY bikes competition - the shortlist1 year 8 weeks agoMaybe all the cry-babies and

    Maybe all the cry-babies and whingers could collect their tears and make a salt sculpture of their favourite Autumn scene? Crying

  • Sportful Pista LS Jersey Full Zip1 year 8 weeks agoFor long sleeved jerseys and

    For long sleeved jerseys and jackets, it would be useful to have an indication of how windproof the fabric is. I have a Nalini long sleeve and the wind cuts through it like a knife, so it's useless if there's any chill in the air.

  • DARTMOOR CLASSIC 20141 year 8 weeks agoA thousan places have already

    A thousan places have already been filled in just the first hour of the on-line entry system going live; could be heading for another event record!!!

  • Horse riders ask New Forest Show to stop renting car parking to sportives1 year 8 weeks agoLike MDC 06 I was a road

    Like MDC 06 I was a road runner and the current popularity of sportives reminds me of the running boom of 30 years ago. Every town and city had its 10k, half or full marathon.

    That was a craze and it soon faded away, as will sportives.

  • Charge 2014 range first look1 year 8 weeks agoLikewise keen on the Plug 5

    Likewise keen on the Plug 5 on paper. I bet it's a heavy lump though...

  • Pictures of your Bike1 year 8 weeks agoThat's not

    That's not inappropriate....that's cycling for you....there is no 'inappropriateness' Cool

  • Levels of cycling falling in Australia, according to national survey1 year 8 weeks ago"While Australia’s nationwide

    "While Australia’s nationwide compulsory helmet laws are often singled out as being a deterrent to cycling, Bicycle Network Victoria spokesman Garry Brennan told the Guardian that it was the perception of danger on the roads that discouraged people from getting on a bike."

    Gee Garry, you don't suppose there could be a connection do you ? Crazy thought, but I'm just throwing it out there...

  • Buyer’s guide: Waterproof cycling jackets1 year 8 weeks agoI have the Sportful Fiandre

    I have the Sportful Fiandre Norain Jacket which is good no doubt and pretty waterproof although in persistent downpours you do tend to end up damp on the inside and when it's really cold ie. around 0-2 degrees I tend to get cold wearing it even when layered up.

    The best jacket I have is the Castelli Gabba by far. More like a jersey but a brilliant insulator and totally waterproof. Get one!

  • Teen 'stunned' as police find his stolen bike - then say they can't return it to him1 year 8 weeks ago"....it was not crimed

    "....it was not crimed through our system."

    The real offence in this story is right there.

  • HOY bikes competition - the shortlist1 year 8 weeks agojimmyd wrote:I think the

    jimmyd wrote:
    I think the shortlist should be scrapped, as there are some poor ones in there, and Sir Chris Hoy should be allowed to pick from the whole list. Does everyone agree?

    the terms and conditions of the competition certainly don't agree

  • Teen 'stunned' as police find his stolen bike - then say they can't return it to him1 year 8 weeks agoIts simple enough - if

    Its simple enough - if someone reports a crime, unless there are major concerns over the legitamcy of their account which is obviously not the case here, then it is a crime and gets recorded as such.

    If its occurred overnight then i imagine its gone from a garage or shed because you dont leave a £900 bike outside do you and that means its a burglary or burglary otd which should be attended by a cop for forensic purposes and h2h.

    Its not often i criticise the Police but on this one they have got it way wrong. Why massage the figures just so the Govt look good At Wits End

  • HOY bikes competition - the shortlist1 year 8 weeks agoLikewise chuffed to have made

    Likewise chuffed to have made the list (#2), let alone have a few votes of confidence. It's an amateur bike ride piccy contest, FFS. You'd think it was deciding the fate of a nation the bleating that's going on.

    FYI the photo was taken on the road between Preston Candover and Upper Wield, Hampshire - one of my favourite parts of the county. 1hr from London and you hardly ever see a car on this ride. iPhone5, 'composed' and shot on the go. http://www.strava.com/activities/87242142

    Any of you Londonneurs out there, allow me to pimp Whitchurch, Hampshire as a great stepping-off point for rides: great pubs, a cafe, Co-Op/Tesco, 55 minutes from Waterloo. You can go south toward Winchester, down the Test Valley, or up into the 'Hampshire Highlands' for more hills than your poxy North/South Downs can muster Wink

    Here's about a bajillion routes starting/finishing here: http://my.viewranger.com/user/details/221

  • HOY bikes competition - the shortlist1 year 8 weeks agoI think the shortlist should

    I think the shortlist should be scrapped, as there are some poor ones in there, and Sir Chris Hoy should be allowed to pick from the whole list. Does everyone agree?