• Jersey coroner says foot stuck in clipless pedal led to cyclist's death1 year 8 weeks agoHow did he manage to hit a

    How did he manage to hit a lamp post if he was cycling in the road?

    Considering the area, I suspect he was having a nice slow pavement cycle, hit a lamp post, got confused by the pedals, and fell over into the road. It could happen to anyone, really.

  • ASA bans safety advert showing helmetless cyclist for being socially irresponsible +Video1 year 8 weeks agoThe Road Danger Reduction

    The Road Danger Reduction Forum has sent this out. Note the fourth point - most of the rest has been mentioned by other commenters:

    Dear friend/colleague,

    You have probably seen how a piece of idiocy by the ASA has caused justified anger among cycling groups and others concerned with a civilised approach to danger on the road.

    If not, you can read about it here:
    http://beyondthekerb.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/the-killing-of-the-horse/c...

    here:http://aseasyasridingabike.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/the-advertising-standards-authority-not-fit-for-purpose/

    and the CTC's comments here: https://www.ctc.org.uk/news/advertising-watchdog%E2%80%99s-helmet-ruling...

    The RDRF objects to the ASA's decision on the basis that:

    1. It does not understand that the positioning of the cyclist is absolutely correct in terms of the advice given by Bikeability (National Standards) cycle training.

    2. Although the Highway Code at present recommends helmet wearing , there is a lack of evidence that this can reduce cyclist casualty (even cyclist head injury) rates.

    3. If the ASA is going to oppose representation of anybody who is not apparently obeying all the recommendations of the Highway Code, it would have to ban advertisements featuring such behaviours as pedestrians walking about at night without hi-viz clothing.

    4. Of course, the ASA could take note of the fact that typical driving tends to involve not just infringing Highway Code recommendations but the law, for example on breaking speed limits. The fact that this behaviour may not be explicit or even visible (as with driving when fatigued) does not excuse condoning such behaviour.

    Taking this seriously would involve not just restricting a large proportion of all car advertisements, but representations of typical motor traffic in any advertising. Take a look at (and contribute to) the CTC's site here: https://www.ctc.org.uk/blog/chris-peck/which-car-ads-show-breaches-of-hi....

    We are not suggesting that most advertisements featuring examples of typical driver behaviour which may, or are likely, to be infringing the rules and recommendations of the Highway Code should be banned - too many would have to be restricted. But that would be more fruitful than focussing on supposedly rule or recommendation breaking behaviour by those much less likely to endanger others – even if the recommendation was based on sound evidence, which helmet wearing is not.

    Organisations such as the CTC are writing to the ASA, you may wish to sign this petition on Change.org http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/sir-hayden-phillips-please-reverse... as well as contacting the ASA directly trough their complaints arbiter Sir Hayden Phillips whose receiving e-mail is indrev@asbof.co.uk .

    Dr Robert Davis, Chair, Road Danger Reduction Forum
    www.rdrf.org.uk

  • CORE Bike 2014: Storck, Lightweight, Ritte and Cipollini1 year 8 weeks agonotfastenough wrote:Loving

    notfastenough wrote:
    Loving the Ritte paintjobs. Will also be interested in the review, because I have heard of Ritte referred to as just an overpriced paintjob on an generic average frame. I hope not.

    Where have you heard this? I haven't spoken directly to the Ritte guys yet, but I will ask them about this. From looking at the frame with my own eyes, it doesn't look much like anything else on the market. Found this interesting article that touches on the subject http://www.wired.com/playbook/2012/01/ritte-van-vlaanderen-bicycles

  • ASA bans safety advert showing helmetless cyclist for being socially irresponsible +Video1 year 8 weeks agoLord Chris Smith, the CEO of

    Lord Chris Smith, the CEO of the ASA is also a Sustrans patron.

    Marvellous work there.

  • Jersey coroner says foot stuck in clipless pedal led to cyclist's death1 year 8 weeks agoAyBee wrote:At no point does

    AyBee wrote:
    At no point does the article state that the van was travelling in the same direction, in fact it states that the van driver could do nothing to avoid the cyclist.

    Which I'm inclined to agree with - but see my post above re direction..

  • Jersey coroner says foot stuck in clipless pedal led to cyclist's death1 year 8 weeks agojarredscycling

    jarredscycling wrote:
    Richard1982 wrote:
    "we don't always need to find someone or something to blame."

    +1

    I really wish more people would take this to heart

    I respect the sentiment, but there is usually a reason why these things happen, and if only to avoid it happening again it makes sense to understand that reason. To, if possible, learn and avoid it happening again.

    In this case, why was he riding where he could hit a lamp-post.

  • ASA bans safety advert showing helmetless cyclist for being socially irresponsible +Video1 year 8 weeks agoGrahamSt wrote:This image

    GrahamSt wrote:
    This image (nicked from the discussion on Singletrack) adds important context to her road position:

    Yea 0.5 metre from the kerb.You mean where all the potholes gravel glass etc is.Now I see why we need Helmets because we would crash every time out on the bike Big Grin

  • Jersey coroner says foot stuck in clipless pedal led to cyclist's death1 year 8 weeks agoI find this story very

    I find this story very worrying. Lawyers have already ensured that my quick releases are no longer quick to release. Am I now going to have to ride flat pedals as well?

  • Jersey coroner says foot stuck in clipless pedal led to cyclist's death1 year 8 weeks agoKiwiMike wrote:no. No. NO.

    KiwiMike wrote:
    no. No. NO. N-O.

    "...causing him to lose his balance and fall under a passing van"

    He did NOT 'fall under a passing van'. You cannot 'fall under' something. You fall over, then IT runs OVER you.

    The van driver was following too close, did not react to another road user in front of him, and RAN HIM OVER.

    Had the van driver been travelling at a safe distance behind, or been passing with 1.5m of space, or passing at an appropriate speed, then he would not have ran him over.

    That's it. End of.


    F*cking hell, are you being deliberately stupid or does it come naturally? I'm suprised you manage to do anything with that much anger! At no point does the article state that the van was travelling in the same direction, in fact it states that the van driver could do nothing to avoid the cyclist.

    It's a sad story but Shimano aren't to blame - a guy using their product for the first time (with little or no practice of what it's like to be clipped in), gets distracted, loses his balance and falls off his bike infront of a van which can't then avoid him. Accidents happen and unfortunately this one proved costly where the same sequence at other times wouldn't have done. RIP.

  • I might as well... (Tour of Qatar 14)1 year 8 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:I had the

    Gkam84 wrote:
    I had the startlist set up weeks ago, there was no issue with that, it will be open on 31st if everything is ok at Dave's end

    You're the man! Way to go! Yippee! Smile

  • Jersey coroner says foot stuck in clipless pedal led to cyclist's death1 year 8 weeks agoKiwiMike wrote:no. No. NO.

    KiwiMike wrote:
    no. No. NO. N-O.

    "...causing him to lose his balance and fall under a passing van"

    He did NOT 'fall under a passing van'. You cannot 'fall under' something. You fall over, then IT runs OVER you.

    The van driver was following too close, did not react to another road user in front of him, and RAN HIM OVER.

    Had the van driver been travelling at a safe distance behind, or been passing with 1.5m of space, or passing at an appropriate speed, then he would not have ran him over.

    That's it. End of.

    Yep I was just going to say the same using this quote as a starter

    "The inquest heard that there was nothing the vehicle’s driver could have done to avoid hitting the cyclist."

    and I was about to say that the driver could have complied with the Highway code for starters. I don't know how fast he was driving so can't comment on that but he was going so fast that he was unable to stop in time.

    Rule 163 of the Highway Code states:

    "give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car (see Rules 211 to 213 and 214 to 215)."

    And if the van driver had complied with the Highway code then he would have avoided the collision.

    Another numpty Coroner.

  • ASA bans safety advert showing helmetless cyclist for being socially irresponsible +Video1 year 8 weeks agoComplaining to the ASA about

    Complaining to the ASA about the ASA - chapeau, sir. Top work indeed. Big Grin

  • Jersey coroner says foot stuck in clipless pedal led to cyclist's death1 year 8 weeks agojstreetley wrote:Gkam84

    jstreetley wrote:
    Gkam84 wrote:
    If the van was "passing" him (overtaking) that would have been made clear. He was not being overtaken, he fell into a van travelling the other way, so in this case, there was NOTHING the van driver could do.

    Passing doesn't imply a direction at all, so from what's written there is no way of knowing.

    In fact, there is - one of the links in the BBC report is to:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-jersey-23523790

    - the van shown in the photo is going the *same* direction as the cyclist would have been going.

    A better clue is the location of the lampost - on the furthest side of the pavement from the road, again the wall (see streetview) and
    "He turned to look at his cousin and struck a lamp post, which caused him to lose his balance and fall off his bike into the road under the wheels of a passing van."

    Which sounds rather like he was cycling on the pavement, hit the lampost, and fell towards/into the road where the van was travelling along in the same direction.

    Looks like it was the northgoing side of the A16 a short way south of the south pier turning:
    https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=la+collette+jersey&ie=UTF-8&ei=JxLpUtLm...

  • Jersey coroner says foot stuck in clipless pedal led to cyclist's death1 year 8 weeks agoRichard1982 wrote:"we don't

    Richard1982 wrote:
    "we don't always need to find someone or something to blame."

    +1

    I really wish more people would take this to heart

  • Bradley Wiggins Book. "My Time".1 year 8 weeks agoRead it. Interesting-ish.

    Read it. Interesting-ish. It's been gathering dust since.

  • Jersey coroner says foot stuck in clipless pedal led to cyclist's death1 year 8 weeks agoI asked elsewhere about the

    I asked elsewhere about the lamppost and it was suggested he was riding on the pavement. That the van happened to drive past at the wrong moment.

    Which then raises the question of would he have had an accident if he had actually been doing as he was meant to and riding on the road, or was this a "cycle path" with furniture blocking it, in which case does the council have to accept some blame?

  • CORE Bike 2014: Storck, Lightweight, Ritte and Cipollini1 year 8 weeks agobikeandy61 wrote:Always liked

    bikeandy61 wrote:
    Always liked the look of Ritte frames. Maybe just a paintjob on a generic frame. Who knows, never seen a review so I can't comment.

    If that's an open-mould frame, what's it copying? The tubes are huge.

  • Video: In the wind tunnel with Boardman1 year 8 weeks agoPhoto4: Bike porn at it's

    Photo4: Bike porn at it's finest! #BeautifulBike #MeWant Love Struck

  • Design and win a Trek Project One bike worth up to £3,200!1 year 8 weeks agoDave Atkinson wrote:nope. but

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    nope. but it will be next week

    Is it next week yet Dave?
    I'm looking forward to the battle between the most creative use of all black and migraine inducing chromatic dissonance.

  • Greater Manchester Police under intense criticism as they host Twitter chat about cycling1 year 8 weeks ago“93 per cent of 754 cyclists

    “93 per cent of 754 cyclists stopped had no formal training since school.”

    And how many drivers have had training since their lessons? Stupid statement.

  • ASA bans safety advert showing helmetless cyclist for being socially irresponsible +Video1 year 8 weeks ago700c wrote:Simon E

    700c wrote:
    Simon E wrote:
    Signed the petition.

    This is the most ridiculous ruling I've ever heard of. From where I'm sat it looks like a criminal abuse of power.

    Think that's taking the 'anti-helmet' thing a bit far, TBH !.. I understand the need for cyclists to be outraged by certain things - like injustice in our criminal system, when car drivers who kill cyclists fail to be properly punished and lack of safe infrastructure for us cyclists ..

    But let's get some perspective - the advert is trying to promote cycle safety and awareness of cyclists for car drivers and the ruling, albeit a little misguided, is also trying to promote the same thing.

    I just wish we - as a group - would start to understand who is on our side and who isn't. We risk just being seen as an angry militant pressure group by being outraged because some of us disagree with the opinion that helmets contribute to our safety (I actually believe they do but wont go there..!)

    Sorry 700c but that's bonkers. The ASA is not on your side. It is not promoting cycle safety by this ruling. It is though imposing a view of what a "legitimate" a cyclist looks like. ie Hi viz tabard, helmet, and keeping out the way of motorists. That's not cycle safety that's a Jezza Clarkson ish definition of how
    speeding motorists can be least impeded by other road users.

    1 If you cycle in the gutter you are more vulnerable to being squzzed or struck by vehicles that misjudge the gap.

    2 If you wear a helmet you are likely to be passed more closely than if you do not. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/somerset/5334208.stm

    Just add point 2 to point 1

    3 The perception that cycling is dangerous and requires special safety attire is a myth but one that puts many people off cycling. Where people cycle in ordinary clothes (Amsterdam, Copenhagen etc) cycling is more widespread.

    4 The more cyclists using the road the more aware motorists become and the overall safety of cyclists is increased.

    The ruling from the ASA is not only factually wrong in its citing of the Highway Code and safety advice, it is also counter to everything we know about safety for cyclists.

    The ASA is not our friend - It is (in this case) a promoter of danger to cyclists.

  • Jersey coroner says foot stuck in clipless pedal led to cyclist's death1 year 8 weeks agoIt seems to me the main cause

    It seems to me the main cause of this tragic accident was colliding with a lamp post and hence losing balance, falling over and being hit by a van.

    I am not sure the type of pedal would make much difference in this instance.

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins says he wants to ride in "whatever capacity" at the Tour de France1 year 8 weeks agoI really hope this saga is

    I really hope this saga is just put to bed so that Wiggins and Froome can ride together and it isn't a constant new story. Doubt it'll happen though

  • ASA bans safety advert showing helmetless cyclist for being socially irresponsible +Video1 year 8 weeks agoActually the ASA is not a

    Actually the ASA is not a government body it is a self funded industry body and has no legal standing whatsoever. All they give is advice.

  • Jersey coroner says foot stuck in clipless pedal led to cyclist's death1 year 8 weeks agosponican wrote: Let's not be

    sponican wrote:

    Let's not be too quick to apportion blame. We don't know that the van was travelling in the same direction or the width of the road. It could be that he fell on a narrow road as the van was passing in the opposite direction.

    You're right, and it's an idea that hadn't occurred to me. However, as a cyclist, if you know there's a van coming the other way on a narrow road you keep your eye on it. Or maybe even stop. Not turn around, ride into a lamppost and go down like a sack of spuds.

    It's a tragedy however it happened, but you simply can't blame the pedals, that's like blaming Nike if I walk out in front of a bus.