• Forum's Scorum's Mini League1 year 8 weeks agoSounds like a plan.

    Sounds like a plan.

  • PCSOs to get power to fine unlit cyclists1 year 8 weeks ago'This is good surely. If you

    'This is good surely. If you ride in the dark, show those lights!'

    Precisely. What's not to like about this?

  • Video: Groningen - The World's Cycling City from Streetfilms1 year 8 weeks agoNot sure I want the UK to be

    Not sure I want the UK to be like Denmark or Holland, my commute is not a couple of miles from one side of town to another. I was in York the other weekend and the amount of poor cycling I saw was a shock to the system, they mostly rode wearing normal clothes with no helmets.

    We could though use the best bits of Holland.

  • PCSOs to get power to fine unlit cyclists1 year 8 weeks agoIs it just PCSOs that can

    Is it just PCSOs that can issue tickets?

    Or are there any other fancy dress costumes you can wear to issue them?

  • PCSOs to get power to fine unlit cyclists1 year 8 weeks agoThis is good surely. If you

    This is good surely. If you ride in the dark, show those lights!

  • Updated: Court hears crowd-funded fixed-penalty appeal1 year 8 weeks ago'You can have that one for

    'You can have that one for free.'...used whilst in pedant mode - hilarious.

  • Video: Groningen - The World's Cycling City from Streetfilms1 year 8 weeks agoHas anyone on here been to

    Has anyone on here been to Groningen? Its an absolute nightmare to drive/walk around, the quality of cycling and the behaviour of cyclist is deplorable, they'll ride 2-3 on a bike, 2 cyclists side by side holding hands, they (I presume!) have the right to ride the wrong way down a one way street - 3 abreast is generally common, very rarely have lights on their bikes and if they are are frequent old style dynamo's with filament lamps, i have spent close to 5 months there and - twice have I come across serious accidents in the city centre where cyclist have been killed or serious injured (but i think they were both the former) and also seen several cyclists run into pedestrians.....

    apart from the commendable number of cyclists the only real positive was seeing the number of ladies cycling in short skirts and heels!!!

  • Updated: Court hears crowd-funded fixed-penalty appeal1 year 8 weeks agoAhem... Entering an ASL when

    Ahem...

    Entering an ASL when the lights are at red via any other route than the filter (in the gutter) is an offence.

    (Sorry and all that - but I have no discretion sir)

  • Death of French student struck by lorry while riding Boris Bike "accidental"1 year 8 weeks ago"TfL’s lawyer suggested to

    "TfL’s lawyer suggested to Mrs De Gerin-Ricard that it had been the lack of high-visibility clothing that had led to her daughter’s death."

    Shocking statement from TfL.

    Until we have the next generation of cyclists come through into parliament nothing is going to change, millions wasted on poor "super highways" leaving the main problem, poor road design & maintenance the same.

  • Space for Cycling campaign launches standalone website1 year 8 weeks agoBez wrote:Interesting

    Bez wrote:
    Interesting comment, what's the actual story behind it?

    Just their attitude on Twitter when it was suggested that someone should do Space4Cycling stickers that didn't have "London Cycling Campaign" on them for use outside of London. It was basically 'why wouldn't we want our logo on it, we deserve the credit'.

    Given that the general vibe of the Space4Cycling campaign in Manchester and Birmingham was people coming together under one banner they came across as a bit divisive to me and others.

  • Updated: Court hears crowd-funded fixed-penalty appeal1 year 8 weeks agovery unfortunate situation,

    very unfortunate situation, did what he thought was right I guess ...

  • Updated: Court hears crowd-funded fixed-penalty appeal1 year 8 weeks agoWas the police car the one in

    Was the police car the one in the ASL?

  • PCSOs to get power to fine unlit cyclists1 year 8 weeks agoI support this 100%, but hope

    I support this 100%, but hope they'd be flexible about my SPDs, which don't have reflectors. Like therealsmallboy I've got two front and two rear lights.

    Won't be difficult to dish out fines in London, given the suicidal Sids who ride around without lights.

  • Updated: Court hears crowd-funded fixed-penalty appeal1 year 8 weeks agoeurotrash wrote:..., if I

    eurotrash wrote:
    ..., if I can't see the box and I filter up there and it's full, what am I supposed to do? I can't just stay there beside the traffic. I'll pull in behind if I can, sometimes there will be a bit of space in the "gutter", but if not then I'll position myself ahead of the vehicle and thus outside the box, to ensure I am seen. Booking anyone for doing so in that circumstance is taking the piss.

    I would suggest riding on the outside of the lane of the traffic rather than the "gutter" where you are more visible and may be able to see further ahead to note whether an ASL is already blocked. Drivers are more likely to expect to be overtaken on the outside and will check this side more regularly, and you are less at risk of being sideswiped by drivers turning into side roads across your path or pedestrians stepping out.

    If the ASL is clear and you have time to get to it before the lights change then enter it from the outside. If you think it is blocked or you don't think you can get to it before the lights change then wait in line. You can usually find a space just in front and on the outside of the driver behind you. Look back at them and make sure you have eye contact with them so they know you are there. Make sure you have set the pedal ready to go. When the lights change set off. Chances are the driver will be a little bit slower in setting off (they'll need to put the vehicle in gear and take the handbrake off) and you can drop into the gap in front of them.

    If you don't feel confident doing this then I would suggest sitting in the line of traffic, in the eyeline of the roaduser behind you, again looking back at them - it's amazing what eye contact can do. Nowhere in the Highway Code does it say cyclists must get to the front of the line of traffic Smile If there are only two or three vehicles in front of me at the lights I will stay where I am. The driver behind me can see me and, as mentioned above, he or she will take a little bit longer to get going than me. Once we are through the lights I will check to see if there is somewhere safe for me to allow the driver to pass.

  • PCSOs to get power to fine unlit cyclists1 year 8 weeks agoI can just picture it, a

    I can just picture it, a power crazy PCSO stopping bikes to check "the lighting" and issuing FPN on non-conforming reflective pedals. Its bad enough they issue fines for cycling on pavements when there is no danger posed to peds and they are using said path for safety.

    Still no talk in Parliament about law changes to PROTECT cyclists and changes to sentences given out to drivers.

  • Updated: Court hears crowd-funded fixed-penalty appeal1 year 8 weeks agoGoing to trail on 5th Dec,

    Going to trail on 5th Dec, but they have to make up their mind by 6th Nov if its in the public's interest.

    :edit, I see that's in the updated version.

    I hope it does go to trial, so that the issue is raised in the national media

  • Space for Cycling campaign launches standalone website1 year 8 weeks agoI really want to know what

    I really want to know what "Space for Cycling" actually means. If it's about 3' wide strips of blue paint then it isn't good enough. Show me the maps and diagrams of what this 'space' constitutes, where is should be and how it would help, then I might be able to get behind the campaign more.

  • German cycle tourist gored to death by Camargue bull1 year 8 weeks agoKarbon Kev wrote:stupid

    Karbon Kev wrote:
    stupid spanish traditions ....

    Eh? This happened in France. Fair way from the the border too, well outside French Catalonia

  • PCSOs to get power to fine unlit cyclists1 year 8 weeks agoWould be great if they could

    Would be great if they could ticket cars parked in mandatory cycle lanes. (But then the regular police don't bother doing that.)

    That's because they're "not a banes of my life" !!

    I was obviously under the wrong understanding that MP's were doing the job for the benefit of the people that elected them and not for the individual !!!

    I agree with the objective of the bill but I can't see how they're going to enforce it.

  • Space for Cycling campaign launches standalone website1 year 8 weeks agoInteresting comment, what's

    Interesting comment, what's the actual story behind it?

  • Forum's Scorum's Mini League1 year 8 weeks agoShould be easy enough to

    Should be easy enough to manage with a spreadsheet, just copy the competition league table into a separate tab per comp and set up some formulae. Don't know if I'll have time to help but I can definitely set a clever spreadsheet up that should do most of the work for you.

    Probably best to think about how it'll all work in January once we know what changes to the game have been made.

  • PCSOs to get power to fine unlit cyclists1 year 8 weeks agoI'm not sure about this. I'm

    I'm not sure about this. I'm sure they're bringing the law in as the MP says in order to standardise cycling and make it easier for them to push through pro-cycling initiatives. Get rid of the pavement-riding, RLJing idiots. And fair enough.

    All it's going to take is a trigger-happy PCSO to start pulling people without pedal reflectors though.

    I commute by bike every day and am lit up like a tree. Hi-viz, reflective silver stripes, two lights on the front (one flashing), two on the rear (both flashing) and one on my helmet. I look a bit like a motorbike. Making a pro-active effort to be seen, in order to protect myself. That's all I'm really bothered about- not getting squashed. But my pedals don't have reflectors.

    That makes me a perfect target for an idiot right? Like the 'you're all over the road' comments that me and my chain gang received from a Derbyshire Police officer for riding in a ten long, two wide training group.

    I'm all for cutting the wheat from the chaff so that I'm not lumped in with the 'knobhead on the bike' category, but they do need to make a change to the law so that cyclists who have clearly made an effort to be visible are left well alone. Pedal reflectors or not.

  • Mont Ventoux - Places to stay, bikes to hire1 year 8 weeks agoSeriously, look no further

    Seriously, look no further than Veloventoux. They are superb *and* do bike hire too. Been twice, going again next time I can get enough brownie points together.

    Cingles - B-M-S is the traditional way of doing it, aye. Both times I have done Malaucene first, however.

    And plan a gert big meal at Chalet Reynard on the third descent so that it's hit the system in time for Sault which *is* the easiest but doesn't particularly feel it with the other two already in your legs...

    Galerien/Bicinglette - mentalist to even consider it Wink

  • 10 reflective cycling products to help you stand out in the dark1 year 8 weeks agoNothing wrong with a bit of

    Nothing wrong with a bit of Crane Sports gear...lit and reflected up like a Weihnachtsbaum

  • PCSOs to get power to fine unlit cyclists1 year 8 weeks agoWould be great if they could

    Would be great if they could ticket cars parked in mandatory cycle lanes. (But then the regular police don't bother doing that.)