• French 102-year-old to attempt to break his own Hour Record1 year 8 weeks agoYes Boss!

    Yes Boss!

  • MPs debate tougher sentences for drivers who kill while banned1 year 8 weeks agoPersonally I think that if

    Personally I think that if someone is found to be driving while disqualified, never mind being involvoled in any kind of accident or incident, the remainder of their driving ban should automatically be translated into a prison sentance with a further driving ban on release. In short, if a person can't be trusted to adhere to a ban they would be forced to.

    Perhaps if a firm hand was applied in this way this terible tradegy could have been avoided. This guy had been caught driving while disqualified 11 times already, he should have been under lock and key safe from the potental to cause harm in the first place.

  • French 102-year-old to attempt to break his own Hour Record1 year 8 weeks agoBravo, monsieur. Formidable!

    Applause

    Bravo, monsieur. Formidable!

  • Boris Johnson in moves to get deadly lorries off London roads1 year 8 weeks agoThis is a good news story but

    This is a good news story but its really a very small step.

    The reality is that lorries pose a high risk to vunerable road users and the volume of them on urban streets (not just London) remains unacceptable. These safety features are no bad thing but the key to improving safety lies in removing as many of these vehicles as possible from urban areas.

    The other thing I'd like to see Boris do is to ban the use of contracts that reward drivers for speed/number of journeys. These contracts put constant presure on drivers so they are, in effect, always in a hurry. Not a good situation.

  • Beginner's advice on pedals & shoes?1 year 8 weeks agoCrosshouses wrote:I have

    Crosshouses wrote:
    I have Shimano M424's which I've been using since I went clipless a couple of years ago. The only downside is that they look a little out of place on a road bike and I have had a roadie comment that I've fitted the wrong pedals Rolling Eyes

    The pedals have a fairly big platform and can be used with street shoes, although not for long rides as the metal cleat mechanism is slightly proud of the platform.

    I'm interested in the comments about 'float'. Bad knees forced me to give up running, but I've had no knee pain with these pedals (my summer rides are 3/4 hours) - do they 'float' or have I been lucky so far?

    From what I've read they have 5 degrees of float so just enough to keep your runner's knees happy?

  • Minibus driver cleared over Southampton cyclist death1 year 8 weeks ago“I was driving like I

    “I was driving like I normally drive"

    I suspect that this was the cause of the problem. Too many motorists just don't expect to see bikes on the road and therefore aren't looking for them. I think that the road in question is a dual-carridgeway which tends to bring out a certain 'motorway mentality' in a lot of drivers.

    As for the trial I would like to know more about the composition of the jury. How many cyclists (who use the roads, not off-road only sports cyclists) were on the jury? How many of these were non-drivers? Without a good mix of people in the jury the concept of a fair trial is undermined and a bias towards drivers is likely to exist.

  • Boris Johnson in moves to get deadly lorries off London roads1 year 8 weeks agoSide guards would make

    Side guards would make lorries more aero, don't know if this is a good thing or not.

  • ASA withdraws ban on Cycling Scotland advert pending "independent review"1 year 8 weeks agoFluffyKittenofTindalos

    FluffyKittenofTindalos wrote:
    I hadn't noticed the reference to the 'parking lane'. Wonder who at the ASA invented that concept? They seem to be developing their own private highway code over there!

    I have mentioned this before but there is abroad a concept that the Highway Code is something that each individual can tailor to suit their needs and then quote with authority to make any case they wish to.

    My most laugh out loud one was a senior type middle aged lady in a big 4x4 who over took me after being delayed for maybe 10 seconds. No aggro. A way up the road she pulled over and stopped. Got out and stood behind her vehicle with her arms crossed waiting for me. I stopped of course as we were the only people on a back lane in Surrey.

    "Now young man" she began. I am 52 mind and have grown up kids. "The white line at the side of the road is there for a purpose, can you tell me what that purpose is?" says she in her best school marm voice.

    "Well" I said "it just marks the edge of the highway. It's called an edge line."

    "No, it's the cycling line.." she said very dismissively. "..cyclists must stay on that line and not get in the way of traffic."

    I didn't even bother arguing. I just said thankyou waited until she left and carried on.

    I take solace that the driving test is becoming a bit more stringent (it is still designed that most people can pass it) but at least my son had to do more than wander down the Post Office and buy a licennce which I suspect was the case for her. My father BTW was issued with a full driving licence by the Army. He was 19 and a Corporal. It was 1949. An order came from Horseguards that all NCOs were to have driving licences. It didn't say they should be taught to drive just that they should have licences. The Army is very efficient that way. They didn't gold plate anything by adding their own interpretation of the general order. It ordered they had licences. They issued licences. He had never driven a motor vehicle before.

  • Minibus driver cleared over Southampton cyclist death1 year 8 weeks agoIf the scooter rider was

    If the scooter rider was concentrating on the tail-lights ahead of him then probably Mr Petterson was doing the same, i.e. he was looking out for threats to himself rather than looking out for people he might be a threat to.

    How can the Police expert say that Mr Irving should have been seen and then say that he was invisible. A adult male is NOT invisible.

    My deepest sympathies go out to Mr Irving's family and to the car driver who hit him. Mr Petterson however should count himself very lucky indeed!

    I would urge Mr Irving's family to consider a Civil Action.

  • French 102-year-old to attempt to break his own Hour Record1 year 8 weeks agoI love the French!

    I love the French!

  • Minibus driver cleared over Southampton cyclist death1 year 8 weeks agoI think the fact the chap

    I think the fact the chap called his Father to investigate the accident betrays the fact he knew he had not hit a "bus sign".

    There should be a mandatory penalty enforced immediately someone leaves any collision site without being absolutely sure they have checked for any injured parties.

    As for the glare issue - I'm sure we've all had momentary loss of vision due to winter sun - indeed last week I was driving up a brief section of hill and my sight was completely obliterated by the low sun - my only option was to continue to slow as I tried to stay safely on my side of the road following my memory of my last view of it - made trickier by the road bending.

    If I had hit someone due to that momentary lack of vision would that have been a tragic accident or would I be culpable - I honestly do not know, I would certainly have felt responsible.

    On a longer, straighter road I would hope that my attention would have already alerted me to anything ahead before my vision was reduced. If one could not see for the whole stretch of road they are basically driving blind and surely guilty of careless driving?

  • ASA withdraws ban on Cycling Scotland advert pending "independent review"1 year 8 weeks agoThe whole business does

    The whole business does illustrate the ignorance that is out there amongst drivers about cycling and how to overtake in particular.

    Presumably this decision was made by someone (low-ranking?) in the ASA who drives, and believes, amongst other things, that the highway code recognises such a thing as 'the parking lane', that cyclists should stay in the gutter (or the door-zone) at all times, and that its actually _wrong_ to give a cyclist decent clearance when overtaking if it means 'nearly crossing the dividing line'.

    And as such, I think it nicely illustrates the flaw in the Niceway approach - which is assuming there are mild misunderstandings are 'on both sides'. Instead it reveals how wrong-headed are the beliefs of one side in particular.

  • MPs debate tougher sentences for drivers who kill while banned1 year 8 weeks agoUntil gaol is mandatory for

    Until gaol is mandatory for causing death by careless or dangerous driving, judges and ministers will continue to confound victims relatives and families. Mitigation should be considered only on length of sentence.

  • Minibus driver cleared over Southampton cyclist death1 year 8 weeks agoIf you can't see, stop

    If you can't see, stop driving. This verdict is a disgrace.

  • ASA withdraws ban on Cycling Scotland advert pending "independent review"1 year 8 weeks agoSome Fella wrote:The current

    Some Fella wrote:
    The current Coke Zero ad has a group of fixie hipsters doing fixie hipster Coke zero type of stuff - all helmetless.
    Still being shown last night - i suppose the ruling was meant for any new adverts coming through.
    Do the ASA cover print ads too? - i notice that Cipollini advertises his own bikes in print ads and on films doing all kinds of crazy shit riding without a helmet.

    http://inrng.com/2012/08/cipollini-saves-the-day/

    Maybe the Coke ad is exempt because its for a very large and powerful corporation? Mind you, I'd look favourably on any proposal to ban the promotion of fixie hipsters!

  • Minibus driver cleared over Southampton cyclist death1 year 8 weeks agoYet more evidence of the

    Yet more evidence of the deeply institutional anti-cyclist attitudes in the UK. Commiserations to the family who are, let's not forget, most affected by this.

    How many time does it have to be said? Careful drivers, who know they'll go to jail for manslaughter should they 'accidentally' kill you, would actually make cyclists safe on roads. This kind of ruling simply reinforces the 'SMIDSY' danger all non-motorised road users face. Disgraceful.

  • ASA withdraws ban on Cycling Scotland advert pending "independent review"1 year 8 weeks agoI hadn't noticed the

    I hadn't noticed the reference to the 'parking lane'. Wonder who at the ASA invented that concept? They seem to be developing their own private highway code over there!

  • I might as well... (Tour of Qatar 14)1 year 8 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:Wasn't me, twas

    Gkam84 wrote:
    Wasn't me, twas the boss man

    Hurray for Roadcc! Hurray for Dave! Hurray for Gkam! We still love you! Who doesn't love the bearer of good news? Big Grin

  • Jersey coroner says foot stuck in clipless pedal led to cyclist's death1 year 8 weeks agoI do find it a bit awkward

    I do find it a bit awkward that the discussion is occurring in the context of a case where so many of the specifics seem to be unknown, and where someone tragically died.

    The trouble is though, that I don't know that the coroner's speculation about the pedals is any more strongly grounded than what's been discussed here. He might have more information than we do, but he doesn't seem to have said what it is. So its hard not to continue the discussion that he's already started.

    It really doesn't sound to me like the driver was at fault, but it does sound like something that could have been avoided if there had been better infrastructure in place, i.e. something that wouldn't require cycling on a path with obstructions in it right next to fast moving traffic. Is there anything about the facts of the case that contradicts that?

    I don't, as its described, see why the coroner focuses on the pedals while ignoring that side of it.

  • I might as well... (Tour of Qatar 14)1 year 8 weeks agoLiking the 'Skinsuit' badge

    Liking the 'Skinsuit' badge for picking a TT winner Smile

  • Boris Johnson in moves to get deadly lorries off London roads1 year 8 weeks agoQuote: Truck makers Skania

    Quote:

    Truck makers Skania and MAN favour the new designs, but Daimler is opposed because it has recently introduced new trucks.

    Ah yes, poor Daimler. Perfectly understandable, I mean who cares about the lives of people they don't know, protect my money!

    I wonder how quickly Daimler would turn to favouring those designs if one of the CEO's family members had been crushed to death by such a vehicle.

    Selfish greedy pricks.

  • Minibus driver cleared over Southampton cyclist death1 year 8 weeks agoMurdering ****

    Murdering ****

  • Minibus driver cleared over Southampton cyclist death1 year 8 weeks agoI lived around Southampton a

    I lived around Southampton a while back, and I will say that there is a different approach to driving there. I'm sure it is not unique, but I was certainly more aware of it when driving in the area.

    This approach manifests itself in driving at the same speed no matter the condition... a case of put your head down and hope. Now this seems to work as everyone does the same, and it only goes wrong if someone chucks a cyclist in there.

    The only parameter of safety being if you can see the car infront, you can react to what they are doing. So if the car in front fails to see the cyclist but happens to miss, the car behind won't look for the cyclist as the driver has not been prompted to look for a hazard. Probably why the car behind ran over the chap as well.

    Unfortunately the judicial system condones this style of driving by not convicting those who get it wrong.

    Why o why does no one ask these drivers, if they are so innocent of carelessness, is it that no one else has run over the cyclist/pedestrian in question? Why was it them? Why were they so 'unlucky'?

  • French 102-year-old to attempt to break his own Hour Record1 year 8 weeks agogood grief, well done that

    good grief, well done that man! best of luck with this latest attempt.

  • Beginner's advice on pedals & shoes?1 year 8 weeks agoSpeedplays is where it's at!

    Speedplays is where it's at!