• Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 8 weeks agoWhat a stupid invention.

    What a stupid invention. Haven't they heard of mirrors?

  • Half of Britons say local roads too dangerous for cycling in BBC poll1 year 8 weeks agoJoeinpoole wrote:Airzound

    Joeinpoole wrote:
    Airzound wrote:
    Cycling on UK roads is dangerous - 3 knock downs in 15 years, 2 of which were hospital trips and one a hit and run plus scores and scores of near certain death experiences plus several instances where drivers have threatened and been prepared to use extreme violence which could have resulted in very serious injury or death had I not got away. Thousands of close passes, hundreds of which were imho deliberate. Cycling on UK roads is not safe and definitely NOT for the faint hearted. Period.

    Sorry but maybe you need to examine *how* you ride and maybe where you ride too.

    I've had plenty of *potential* serious incidents but there's always been enough 'tells' to make me back off and avoid them.

    It's a bit like it seems that everyone who advocates the wearing of helmets has invariably had millions of near-death experiences from which "the helmet saved their lives". In contrast those of us who have *never* worn helmets (because I'd been cycling for 20 years before they were invented) have remained disappointingly impervious to such drama.

    The fact remains that British roads are actually incredibly safe for cyclists. There's about 100 deaths per year on British roads out of what, about 10-15M cyclists? From what I read in the news at least half of those killed are unfortunately down to the cyclist's own fault through being drunk, texting, racing, inexperienced, etc.

    I have reported over 20 drivers just in the last 2-3 years, I was cycling in a safe manner, taking the lane when necessary etc. In nearly all cases I wasn't wearing a helmet.

    It's only a couple of week since I was knocked off my bike, thankfully I wasn't hurt. It most certainly wasn't my fault and the statistic I have read is that 80% of cases where a cyclist is injured - the driver is at fault. Cyclists should be able to make mistakes without getting maimed, if drivers follow the rules, this can happen.

    There may only be 100 deaths per year, it's the many thousands of serious injuries that worries me, and the fact that every other person that cycles a lot seems to have been knocked off their bike often resulting in serious injuries - I think that a lot of these injuries aren't being categorised properly.

  • Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 8 weeks agoNice idea but a bit of a

    Nice idea but a bit of a solution looking for a problem IMO.
    Personally I almost never get surprised by a vehicle I didn't know was behind me- YMMV if you use headphones Wink
    And just knowing something's there isn't all that useful- what are you going to do with that information?
    Most of the things behind you won't be a problem, and even if this system could somehow detect which ones are a problem what are you going to do about it?

  • Segregated cycle lane planned for £600m east London bridge1 year 8 weeks agoAl__S wrote:When the second

    Al__S wrote:
    When the second Blackwall tunnel was built, the amount of traffic using the Blackwall tunnels route more than doubled in a couple of years. This was far, far beyond background traffic growth in the rest of London, let alone the rest of the country. "Build it and they will come" has always applied with roads capacity.

    London's population has grown a great deal in the last 20 years and so has the number of vehicles being driven in the city and registered in the whole of the UKL. Constricting traffic flow in a particular area will hinder economic development. There are better ways too to encourage people to swith from personal motor vehicle transport to cycling or public transport, but that's something else entirely. And in any case, the public transport system is over-used as it is.

  • Segregated cycle lane planned for £600m east London bridge1 year 8 weeks agoYet more UK taxpayers money

    Yet more UK taxpayers money spent on London with the odd scraps thrown to elsewhere.

  • Contents of vial that fell from rider's pocket during Paris-Roubaix prove innocent1 year 8 weeks agoSo, treatment asthma and

    So, treatment asthma and tropical diseases?

    Has to be Froome then innit?

    What do you mean he wasn't even racing? Since when did truth get in the way of a bit of rider bashing?

  • Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 8 weeks agoPretty good idea, IMO, but

    Pretty good idea, IMO, but will depend on the execution in reality (eg will it just pick up motorists, or cyclists too?)

    Just a little warning light to say there's something right behind you, when you may not have known about it, is pretty useful

    similar idea to blind spot detection systems in cars / cyclist warning systems in HGV's , which are pretty useful inventions.

    The Volvo I drive has got a fair bit of safety equipment like this, but they make it clear in the manual that it absolutely should not replace giving driving your full attention. so these things are designed as safety aids, in the event of unforseen situations, so I don't see why cyclists wouldn't wasn't the same sort of tech to keep them safe - IF it's unobtrusive and reliable..

  • Chain damage - cause?1 year 8 weeks agoAs above, but with the damage

    As above, but with the damage on the outside I'd say that happened on the chainset rather than the cassette.

  • Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 8 weeks agoHow about wearing a flashing

    How about wearing a flashing disco ball on your back? approaching vehicles will surely take notice and perhaps even slow down a bit to look at the pretty lights before running you over.

    please form a orderly queue and send your monies this way for my idea.

  • The Tour1 year 8 weeks agoPurist is couple GC riders

    Purist is couple GC riders with the rest making up those riders who always go in a break at some point...... Nerd Big Grin

  • Half of Britons say local roads too dangerous for cycling in BBC poll1 year 8 weeks agoJoeinpoole wrote:The fact

    Joeinpoole wrote:
    The fact remains that British roads are actually incredibly safe for cyclists. There's about 100 deaths per year on British roads out of what, about 10-15M cyclists?

    Not sure where you get the 10-15M cyclists estimate from, but the risk is better measured as a Casualty Rate (e.g. the risk of serious injury per mile on the road).

    2012 figures were 118 cyclists killed, 3222 seriously injured.
    The total road miles cycled was estimated as 3.11 billion.
    So (118 + 3222) / 3.11 gives a Casualty Rate of:

    1074 cyclists killed or seriously injured per billion vehicle miles.

    To put that in context, 801 car users were killed and 8232 seriously injured.
    Total miles driven was estimated at 240 billion.
    So (801 + 8232) / 240 gives a Casualty Rate of:

    38 car occupants killed or seriously injured per billion vehicle miles.

    People feel that cycling is risky compared to taking the car. The accident stats show that this is unfortunately very true. Sad

    On the plus side, regular cycling has enormous health benefits so despite the occasional accidents it remains massively beneficial to overall public health and some would say, quality of life. Smile

    (Figures from RRCGB Annual Report 2012, Tables RAS30065 & RAS30067)

    Joeinpoole wrote:
    From what I read in the news at least half of those killed are unfortunately down to the cyclist's own fault through being drunk, texting, racing, inexperienced, etc.

    The news does like to report that, yes.

    But research suggests that cyclists are to blame for 20% motor vehicle vs cyclist collisions. Drivers were at fault in 68%.

    And yes, some of those cyclists may have been "inexperienced" - but having roads that are only suitable for "experienced" cyclists is indicative of the problem!

  • Contents of vial that fell from rider's pocket during Paris-Roubaix prove innocent1 year 8 weeks agoIncidentally, for those

    Incidentally, for those 'concerned' about the Theophylline - according to wikipedia it's actually found in quite high levels in cocoa beans, and also in tea.

    Essentially it's an energy drink, with some anti inflammatory properties. No biggy.

  • Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 8 weeks agoAfter seeing the bike

    After seeing the bike whiskers article this (or any other ) idea seems it will be of great use.

  • Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 8 weeks agoOK so you get a warning about

    OK so you get a warning about what's going on behind but it's not going to tell whether the vehicles going to come past too close and/or too fast and what the hell can you do about a problem coming up behind - suddenly dive off the road into the nearest hedge as it'll hurt less !

    Clever but pointless ... I'm out

  • Segregated cycle lane planned for £600m east London bridge1 year 8 weeks agoBridges east of the Tower

    Bridges east of the Tower have to have 50m clearance for shipping. Anyone who's ridden over tall bridges in France or elsewhere will know there's always a gale blowing at the top. This bridge would probably only have 500m ramps, ie 10%. A bridge here may be bike-accessible, but it won't be bike-friendly.

  • The bikes of the Tour de France1 year 8 weeks agoThink FDJ are now riding the

    Think FDJ are now riding the Lapierre Aircode rather than the Xelius? they seemed to be in the Giro at least Nerd

  • Cycling route to TDF Stage 21 year 8 weeks agoCouncil websites say 30min to

    Council websites say 30min to an hour depending on when the ASO vehicle passes.

  • L'Eroica Britannia: best of British1 year 8 weeks agoa very nice feature on

    a very nice feature on L'Eroica Brittania on tonights InCycle, Sky Sports 4 , 7pm and Online tomorrow... the official film is coming very soon too...

  • Segregated cycle lane planned for £600m east London bridge1 year 8 weeks agoAl__S wrote:When the second

    Al__S wrote:
    When the second Blackwall tunnel was built, the amount of traffic using the Blackwall tunnels route more than doubled in a couple of years. This was far, far beyond background traffic growth in the rest of London, let alone the rest of the country. "Build it and they will come" has always applied with roads capacity.

    With all of these projects, what was the impact on traffic on the previously used, now less convenient routes?

    Yes, overall, the road use would go up, but these dramatic figures would be offset by smaller decreases in other areas mainly from route shifting.

    Still, East London does need another river crossing, one that's also not exclusive to motorised vehicles like the current crossings are.

  • Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 8 weeks agoGargghhh, I'm not sure I can

    Gargghhh, I'm not sure I can take another one of these crowd funding videos with the anticipatory music that forms into a crescendo as the inventor makes the final big pitch!

  • Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 8 weeks ago140m range? So about six

    140m range? So about six seconds between the first light illuminating and being hit by a car closing at 50mph.

    Going to stick with listening and looking, myself.

  • Video: Backtracker uses radar technology to warn of approaching vehicles1 year 8 weeks agoPlease pledge £250,000 to my

    Please pledge £250,000 to my genius idea of regularly looking over my shoulder.

  • Half of Britons say local roads too dangerous for cycling in BBC poll1 year 8 weeks agoMatt eaton wrote:When

    Matt eaton wrote:
    When comparing the UK to countries where utility cycling is more popular we should consider the length of the commute. We always talk about the Dutch but from visiting Holland I certainly don't get the impression that the guys and gals turning up at the office in smart dress on traditional town bikes have just completed a 15-20 commute. In the UK many regular cycle commuters cover these sort of distances. In the UK you would be very lucky to live within 5 miles of your place of work, which I would consider a resonable distance to cycle in office clothes.

    Average UK commute: 9.3 miles. While is doable by bike, but you won't get mass cycling under those conditions.

    BUT 43% have a commute under 5km. 58% of men and 70% of women travel less than 6.2 miles.

    And that's before you consider bike + train and other multi-mode options.

    So there's nothing lucky about it. We could have mass cycle commuting.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/road-and-rail-transport/10724224/...

  • Contents of vial that fell from rider's pocket during Paris-Roubaix prove innocent1 year 8 weeks ago"Seems wrong to combine them"

    "Seems wrong to combine them" - you could do this inadvertently any day of the week (shot of coffee, tonic water and maybe you're needing something for the period pains..), this could be viewed as either being wrong or being clever about what you're eating. Just because these things are in powdered form doesn't mean they're instantly naughty. Of course this depends on moral standing, but it's not illegal, so case closed.

    I'm glad he wasn't identified, he's innocent and we should leave it at that.

  • St John Ambulance launches cycle-specific first aid app and courses1 year 8 weeks agoI'm not sure if it still is

    I'm not sure if it still is the case, but a friend who took a first aid course in the US was advised by his instructor to make sure he learnt all the skills but to fail the test at the end so that he couldn't be sued if someone he administered first aid to died. That's pretty messed up.