• Forestry Commission pulls down anti-cycling posters ahead of New Forest sportive this weekend1 year 5 weeks agoTHE REPLY FROM " Her in the

    THE REPLY FROM " Her in the forest"

    Hi Christian -- may I say!!!! - that my nephew in out in Afgan at the moment on his third tour and I was a Special Constable for 20 years (google me). Now i am too old to serve my community in that role - the community voted me into be their local District Councilor and look after them and make sure their voice is hear - as in this instance.
    This is a much more complicated problem -- and below i have answered other questions that have been raised - so I have cut and pasted my reply.

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    oh dear - I think cycling is great - the New Forest is great for family cycling - the New Forest National Park has recieved money to promote family cycling - this is what it is about.
    BUT

    just recently there was a horse rider killed when thrown after being spooked by speeding cyclists - many and i mean many people have been thrown including children.
    AND we have had cyclists killed and seriously injured
    also the livestock killed and maimed.

    In my view any organization who encourages cyclists to speed by recording their times - down narrow single track roads - is in view reprehensible and seems to 'smack' of avarice at £30+ a cyclist

    We have 10+ million visitors to the New Forest all seem to want to come at the same time!!! - so everyone must behave responsibly - in this unique place. Sending out thousands of cyclists - causes problems and we are encouraging people to do the right thing and complain via the right channels.
    In the last two weeks we have had cyclists trying to do the route as fast as possible prior to this weekend and they will be back afterwards to do the same again.

    we have worked hard here on looking after the Forest (known locally as the Forest First) - the speed limit has been reduced fro 60mph down to 30mph in the lanes. The NPA has worked hard on codes of conduct for all users of the Forest.

    My information is it will go down the route of licensing as other events are - this will ensure it will be proportionate to all parties.

    I will always speak up to get the best for the Forest.

    I have put up two posters and answered questions in the last few months - telling everyone to write to the MP or complain to offical bodies.

    I will be out monitoring this weekend for bad behaviour by anybody!!!. We had serious problems last year with defecation and urination on the sides of the road with families and visitors driving past - swearing at drivers and banging on cars - lets just hope it is properly managed this year. I get so many complaints.

    ANN

  • Forestry Commission pulls down anti-cycling posters ahead of New Forest sportive this weekend1 year 5 weeks agoI've just read, in detail,

    I've just read, in detail, the code of conduct - she has beached it more than once with her poster efforts.

    I encourage everyone to take the time to download, full in a complaint form and send it in. Let's not be the silent disgruntled and do something about this vile woman!

  • "Incredibly light" sentence for driver who killed Sheffield cyclist1 year 5 weeks agoC**t

    C**t

  • Get money back on your Oyster card every day you walk or cycle to work?1 year 5 weeks agoWhat a good idea.

    What a good idea.

  • Cyclist killed in Whitechapel in November had almost twice driving blood alcohol limit1 year 5 weeks agoAre you sure you aren't just

    Are you sure you aren't just another reactionary like all the rest talking about nothing they know little about...

    I couldn't give a toss about "gaining the respect" of people i have nothing in common with, what a funny thing to want.

  • First look: Bespoked UK Handmade Bike Show… There's a lot to see, so get on down there!1 year 5 weeks agoI quite like the Craddock

    I quite like the Craddock simplicity. Also reminds me of Penguins books and that can't be bad Smile

  • Forestry Commission pulls down anti-cycling posters ahead of New Forest sportive this weekend1 year 5 weeks agoIf the person responsible for

    If the person responsible for these posters is the one identified on this thread, it's worth pointing out that Councillors are subject to a 'Code of Conduct'.

    This, along with a complaint form, can be found here:
    http://www.newforest.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=1649

  • First look: Bespoked UK Handmade Bike Show… There's a lot to see, so get on down there!1 year 5 weeks agoYennings wrote:why no Rusby

    Yennings wrote:
    why no Rusby mention?

    The article wrote:
    Sadly, all we have time for here is the (almost insultingly) briefest of tasters to whet your appetite.

  • Cyclist killed in Whitechapel in November had almost twice driving blood alcohol limit1 year 5 weeks agonorthstar wrote:"He was hit

    northstar wrote:
    "He was hit by a 205 double decker bus at about 11.30pm after riding the wrong way up Leman Street"

    I expect this of the the trash that is the ES but a cycling website using the "wrong way" when no such thing exists for riders...

    You sure you read the article? The actual quote is "He was hit by a 205 double decker bus at about 11.30pm riding the wrong way up Leman Street, A ONE-WAY STREET leading to Whitechapel High Street".

    In order to be given equal respect, cyclists need to follow the same vehicular laws as everyone else. My sympathies for the deceased, his family and the bus driver but am not surprised at the result of cycling drunk against the traffic flow.

  • "Incredibly light" sentence for driver who killed Sheffield cyclist1 year 5 weeks agoI see lots of claims for

    I see lots of claims for lifetime driving bans??

    Will this really fix things, idiots like this will then just drive without license. I doubt this guy made a point of hitting the cyclist more that he's a bad driver with a bad attitude and the cyclist was the unlucky recipient.
    Longer sentences required and a way of educating these lads of the danger of their recklessness
    Again, very sad situation mixed with poor decision from judge.

  • Video: Cyclists behaving badly - helmetcam cyclist turns his lens on other cyclists1 year 5 weeks agozzzzz

    zzzzz

  • Ask Dave1 year 5 weeks agoOh the temptation...

    Oh the temptation...

  • Paris Roubaix1 year 5 weeks agoWill the Wanty Group riders

    Will the Wanty Group riders be added to the game?

    Cheers

  • Cyclist killed in Whitechapel in November had almost twice driving blood alcohol limit1 year 5 weeks agoBack in 1998 or 99 I went out

    Back in 1998 or 99 I went out drinking and cycled the 4 mikes home, and clipped a wooden post on a cycle path and fell off, sustaining a few cuts and bruises. Luckily my lovely XT equipped Kawasaki green Specialised FSR survived unscathed.

    I must have been pretty seriously munted that night - the following morning I was sitting in the bath and threw up in it.

    At the time I put it down to the folly of youth, and in quieter and more contemplative moments perhaps attributed the drinking to an attempt to anaesthetise the still raw pain of a traumatic relationship breakup and significant family problems earlier on.

    In retrospect it's clear that unsafe infrastructure was entirely to blame - yes, I was horribly pissed, and yes, I rode that cycle path every day and knew pretty much every bump and ripple on it, and indeed swerved past the same wooden post daily, and yes, it was dark, although I had lights, but I now see that all of that is irrelevant. If the post wasn't there, I'd not have fallen off and wouldn't have this little anecdote today.

  • Video: Cyclists behaving badly - helmetcam cyclist turns his lens on other cyclists1 year 5 weeks agoSalmoning - wrong-way cycling

    Salmoning - wrong-way cycling has become widespread. It's stupid and dangerous. I'm quite happy for the Police to stop any stupidity by cyclists, but they mustn't just focus on cyclists. They need to pull and prosecute all those incompetent-dangerous drivers out there.

    Having recently seen a TV programme about drivers who have obtained a licence other than by the traditional and official route - education, training, and examination, but instead via deception / impersonation etc., I would like to see all motorists involved in traffic violations subjected to compulsory testing.
    This might explain why I encounter so many utterly clueless-incompetent drivers out there.

  • Ask Dave1 year 5 weeks agoDave, what was the first

    Dave, what was the first Fantasy Cycling game you played? Did you get hooked on it immediately? Thanks! Smile

  • Game improvements/suggestions for next year - 20151 year 5 weeks agoDave, on the 'Rankings' page

    Dave, on the 'Rankings' page for a competition, could you make the columns sortable by Team, Points (Rider Score) and Rider Value? I think that would be helpful. Smile Thanks. Smile

  • Cyclist killed in Whitechapel in November had almost twice driving blood alcohol limit1 year 5 weeks agobikebot wrote:Woah, what

    bikebot wrote:
    Woah, what happened to the Northstar who could start an argument in an empty room?

    You must be getting old mate Laughing

    Hah, you mean start a "argument" with fuckwits perhaps.... ; )

  • Get money back on your Oyster card every day you walk or cycle to work?1 year 5 weeks agoteaboy wrote:I'm not entirely

    teaboy wrote:
    I'm not entirely sure how this would work. How do you discriminate between 'cycled to work' and 'worked from home' or 'had a day off'

    You don't.

    It's little to do with cycling, it's simply updating the travelcard to account for the fact that a large number of workers no longer commute five days a week to an office. Working patterns are much more varied than that.

    It should have been done years ago, but again, the cycling link is fairly tenuous.

  • First look: Bespoked UK Handmade Bike Show… There's a lot to see, so get on down there!1 year 5 weeks agoMercuryOne wrote:Jesus. Font

    MercuryOne wrote:
    Jesus. Font snobs have discovered cycling. Funny how bike names sound like fonts though.

    I won't be at Bespoked. Rather than gawping at a pretty bike I'll be riding it.

    It's a Knockout Sans Serif. With a Helvetica 12pt chainset.

    If you're spending 2.5k on a frame it's not too much to ask that the decals don't look like they were stuck on with letraset is it? Besides, if you've got a rather blunt brand name like Craddock it needs a bit of sensitivity with the typeface. Anyway, I'm off to the shops to tut at the palette choice on some cereal boxes.

  • Cyclist killed in Whitechapel in November had almost twice driving blood alcohol limit1 year 5 weeks agoQuote:rich22222 wrote: Shame

    Quote:
    rich22222 wrote:
    Shame that there was nowhere safe for him to ride.
    Quote:

    I assume you're joking? There's also nowhere safe to drive while drunk - just don't do it! He paid the ultimate price for making the decision to ride drunk but that decision was his and his alone.

    No I'm not joking. There is a reason there isn't a drink-ride limit, same as there isn't a drink-walk limit.
    Have you never walked home drunk? Maybe you haven't, but a lot of people do every day.
    To everyone saying "Get a cab" - no, cabs are never the answer.

    We are a species of people, not cars, let's get our priorities right.

  • Video: tailgating a tipper truck at 40mph1 year 5 weeks agoWas on a club run back in the

    Was on a club run back in the eighties and had just got my first Avocet computer. I got in behind an artic at the top of a long smooth dual carriageway descent; hit 67mph.
    I was seventeen at the time. Foolish, irresponsible, dangerous, a twat! Yes.
    One of the scariest, enjoyable, intense, visceral, memorable moments of my life; absolutely!
    I doubt there are very few on here who haven't ever done this.

  • Galibier Roubaix Vision Gloves1 year 5 weeks agoAnd the price... Specialized

    And the price... Specialized sell socks at £13.99 and there might be consumer confusion.

  • Forestry Commission pulls down anti-cycling posters ahead of New Forest sportive this weekend1 year 5 weeks agoTell you what Mrs, report any

    Tell you what Mrs, report any illegal riding or whatever, not to the Parish Council, but to the police if its so serious.

    The horse thing has echoes of a Etape Caledonia, it's true, squads of bikes do freak some horses out, I'm not in any of the pictures, but was there and seen it.

    http://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/local/perth-kinross/absolutely-terrifyi...

    Though we have all seen horses enjoying running alongside and within groups of cyclists on the a Continent.

  • Galibier Roubaix Vision Gloves1 year 5 weeks agoOoh, careful with the name.

    Ooh, careful with the name. The Specialized lawyers will be on the case before you know it. Nerd