• PCSOs to get power to fine unlit cyclists1 year 19 weeks agoThe pedal reflectors

    The pedal reflectors requirement does seem odd: motorcyclists don't have to have reflective foot pegs... Maybe a throwback to very poor bike lights? LEDs are now very bright: I got seriously abused by a motorcyclist the other night because my (bog standard cateye) rear light was "too bright". Tough!

    The law / highway code needs to be changed to reflect (do you see what I did there?) the reality of rider and bike as one "system".

    e.g. if there are no pedal reflectors then reflective bands or reflectors on shoes should be allowable substitutions. Likewise for front and rear reflectors vs a gilet with loads of reflective patches and also helmet mounted lights.

    The BS maybe needs updating to include Scotchlite etc garments and accessories as appropriate substitutions.

    My 500 lumens front light should trump a daft plastic reflector.

  • 10 reflective cycling products to help you stand out in the dark1 year 19 weeks agoSchwalbe Sammy Slick tyres

    Schwalbe Sammy Slick tyres have reflective writing on the sidewall. Always surprised that more tyre manufacturers don't do this!

  • Updated: Court hears crowd-funded fixed-penalty appeal1 year 19 weeks agoThe case may be a 'nonsense',

    The case may be a 'nonsense', but by bringing it to court hopefully there is going to be some clarity on how you should act in this situation. Or at least, pressure on the government to quickly change the law about behaviour which is to protect oneself even though it is technically illegal, as I understand they are planning to do anyway..

    As for cycling up to the right of traffic, it puts you in a tricky position when they set off , plus you cannot enter the ASL that way.. Not to mention the danger from drivers who will not expect you to be there (@NND's experience) and the numptys who will berate you for not using the cycle lane..

  • 10 reflective cycling products to help you stand out in the dark1 year 19 weeks agoThe Respro ankle bands are

    The Respro ankle bands are particularly effective. Our club does a weekly 6pm road ride and one of my club mates uses these, one side yellow out for dusk & the other reflective for when it gets dark. they are doubly effective as the are on a moving bodypart & the human eye has evolved to focus on movement. not bad for £15.

    There are also loads of reflective tape options on ebay that are signifcantly cheaper than, just search for 3M

  • PCSOs to get power to fine unlit cyclists1 year 19 weeks agoGreat move, except for the

    Great move, except for the reflectors thingy. They take up real estate on the bike that can be better used by lights.

    My shoes are reflective at the back, my rucksack cover is, I've got good lights, but no reflectors on the bike. I could fit them to the bars/seatpost, but that's where my lights are.

    Oh, and will my speedplays become illegal?

  • Updated: Court hears crowd-funded fixed-penalty appeal1 year 19 weeks agothe junction design itself is

    the junction design itself is fundamentally flawed, cyclists are encouraged to approach on the extreme left and can only legally access the advance box from the left.

    If turning right as in this case you then need to turn perpendicular to the traffic direction to cycle across 3 lanes and position yourself within the box to turn right. at no time do you know when the lights are about to change and the cars start to move forward.

    I would say that if I were turning right at this junction I would want to be in the right hand lane on approach, but since there is then no legal access to the Advance Stop Box there is no point in filtering through the traffic. A cycle lane between Lanes 2 and 3 allowing safe access to the Advance box would possibly help.

  • Death of French student struck by lorry while riding Boris Bike "accidental"1 year 19 weeks agoDon't know if you've kept up

    Don't know if you've kept up with the inquests of this lady and Brian Dorling on twitter, but the Coroner has been awesome, really on the ball with her observations and conclusions re the infrastructure. (She did state that she "is a motorist, a cyclist and a pedestrian" so that explains a lot)

    Also sounds like she made life uncomfortable for TFLs lawyers. In addition to the nasty line of questioning around Phillippine's choice of clothing (would they have questioned the victim's choice of skirt if sexual assault was involved?!), she apparently took them to task for 'adversarial' questioning of witnesses.

  • Updated: Court hears crowd-funded fixed-penalty appeal1 year 19 weeks agoMust suck for the ticketing

    Must suck for the ticketing officer taking all the heat. You bet they didn't know all the details and simply trusted the colleague

  • PCSOs to get power to fine unlit cyclists1 year 19 weeks agoSupport the idea in

    Support the idea in principle: the number of times I see 'bike ninjas' around at this time or year especially is ridiculous.

    However, as above - PCSOs can't compel you to stop as far as I know; they can ask, but you can politely decline. Or have they been given power of arrest without me noticing?

    edit: PCSOs do not have a power of arrest but they can require a suspect to remain with then until a police officers arrives. Pffff, good luck.

  • Updated: Court hears crowd-funded fixed-penalty appeal1 year 19 weeks agobrackley88 wrote:Actually, he

    brackley88 wrote:
    Actually, he may not have broken the law as there are situations where it is entirely permissable to go through a red light. For example, to clear the way for an ambulance.

    Wrong - you *are* still commiting on offence by crossing the stop line - but this may be treated according to circumstances:
    http://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/faq-answer?id=Q699

    The ambulance driver may treat the red as a give-way, but they're still liable if involved in an incident by doing so.

    edit - ah, missed mrmo's post.

  • Death of French student struck by lorry while riding Boris Bike "accidental"1 year 19 weeks agoribena wrote:Its worth

    ribena wrote:
    Its worth reading Tom Edwards feed mentioned in the article

    https://twitter.com/BBCTomEdwards

    "Pedestrian witness: cyclist was 6in ahead of lorry when I saw her wasn't enough room for her on kerb side"

    "HGV driver #aldgate cyclist inquest: maybe if they gave out reflective clothes with hire bikes & helmets. coroner: but it was daylight"


    Well said by the coroner.

    As I was saying above; for the purposes of their 'evidence' relating to hi-vis, reflectives, etc, the witnesses are simply unqualified members of the public. The public believe that hi-vis etc are "needed" in order to be safe, even in daylight. This is clearly, demonstrably, incorrect.

  • PCSOs to get power to fine unlit cyclists1 year 19 weeks agoas i understand it a bike

    as i understand it a bike bough before 1985 is exempt from pedal reflectors, My road er...pedal powered vehicle was a) never bought, warranty replacement, b) a frame, i believe that the duty charged on frames and bicycles is different so someone has already decided that a bike and a frame aren't quite the same thing.

    Do we really think the PCSOs are going to be able to distinguish between the many stupid details of the bike lighting regs?

    Remember also that most front bike lights aren't actually legal, they need to be stamped BS or euro equivalent, not many are these days.

    http://www.ctc.org.uk/cyclists-library/regulations/lighting-regulations

  • Updated: Court hears crowd-funded fixed-penalty appeal1 year 19 weeks agoGkam84 wrote:He broke the

    Gkam84 wrote:
    He broke the law, no matter if it was for safety or not. As I said in the other article that brought this to everyone's attention.

    Filtering can be done when safe, but some cyclists see it as a "I must get to the front" http://road.cc/content/news/94166-londoner-challenge-red-light-fixed-pen...

    I don't know what I want the outcome to be, I want to see sense prevail, but I also want him to be made an example of. You cannot just do things because you think its right.

    In my eye's, the worst place you can put yourself, is right in front of a queue of traffic. They will all be eager to get past you in most places. So to be, that's dangerous. At traffic lights, I act like a car, take my place in line and play it safe.

    And your eyes are wrong. Certainly in London, the safest place to be is in front of a queue because it's the most visible. In traffic, you won't be seen, you get swamped, and you're more at the mercy of larger vehicles where visibility is severley limited.

    If it does go to court, I'm pleased you won't be the judge.

  • Updated: Court hears crowd-funded fixed-penalty appeal1 year 19 weeks agobrackley88 wrote: Actually,

    brackley88 wrote:

    Actually, he may not have broken the law as there are situations where it is entirely permissable to go through a red light. For example, to clear the way for an ambulance. It's not black and white my friend...that's why there is a case to discuss at court. That's why we have courts. Has he broken the law? (altogether now in a Big Brother voice)...you decide!

    Thing is, this is actually an offence, you aren't allowed to cross a red light regardless of reason. Yes it is stupid but rules are rules!!!

    Maybe the rules are stupid and need looking at...

  • Updated: Court hears crowd-funded fixed-penalty appeal1 year 19 weeks agoCar shouldn't have been in

    Car shouldn't have been in the box. But he didn't have to ride to the front. Could have waited behind at a safe place.

    I don't like having to do that, but sometimes do, if there's no safe/spare room in the box.

  • 10 reflective cycling products to help you stand out in the dark1 year 19 weeks agoMat Brett wrote:joemmo

    Mat Brett wrote:
    joemmo wrote:
    The mavic vision jacket has been discontinued according to my local dealer. Shame because it's a good bit of clobber.

    Here's what Mavic have told us:

    "They are still in the FW13 range (so in some selected stores now) but the Viz + range will not continue going forwards.

    Here is the current lineup:
    - Vision jacket: £120
    - Vision jersey: £60
    - Vision gloves: £45
    - Vision Arm warmer: £30"

    Cheers - I think the vision jacket may refer to the softshell jacket, not the H2O waterproof one though (which is £110). I found that the middle sizes were sold out all over the interwebs but was able to find one in a nearby shop to try and buy.

  • Buyer's guide to cycling overshoes1 year 19 weeks agoA bit off topic, but I

    A bit off topic, but I managed to tear the sole on one of my Gore thermo overshoes (reinforced with kevlar!) after a spill. Does anyone have any suggestions for a company that may be able to repair this?

  • Death of French student struck by lorry while riding Boris Bike "accidental"1 year 19 weeks ago@teaboy, I do agree where

    @teaboy, I do agree where possible it should be done. My experience is that most roads in an urban environment aren't that wide. London is a bit unusual in that it has more wider roads, but imo the drivers are more agressive which doesn't help.

    As for blue/red/green paint marking out cycle lanes, all i can say is don't waste the money!!! Either do it properly or don't bother, and certainly don't create situations which make accidents more likely!

  • PCSOs to get power to fine unlit cyclists1 year 19 weeks agoYeah enforcement of cyclists

    Yeah enforcement of cyclists riding without lights is a good idea in principle. But why single it out? Because it's the 'bane of this particular MP's life'?!

    Why not get them to ticket cars in bike lanes or ASL'a, as others have suggested? After all it's about cyclists safety, right?

    Or is it because we are an easy target?

  • 10 reflective cycling products to help you stand out in the dark1 year 19 weeks agoHorses for

    Horses for courses.

    Bright/contrasting colour when there's reasonable light to see them. Though in this situation they should damn well see you anyway.

    Flouresent fabrics in low light levels (dawn/dusk) because they re-emit ultraviolet sunlight as visible light.

    Reflectives when its properly dark, as they send headlamp light straight back at the driver. Won't help when you are outside the headlamp beam (e.g. approaching a car coming out of a side road).

    Always assertive road position, primary position at pinch points and junctions and not tucking behind other vehicles.

  • Updated: Court hears crowd-funded fixed-penalty appeal1 year 19 weeks agoNDD wrote:A few years ago, I

    NDD wrote:
    A few years ago, I cycled up the middle of the road to overtake rather than undertake cars to get to an ASL box. A kind Foxtons estate agent decided she didnt want to wait in the traffic and performed a u-turn without looking/indicating. She managed to drive over my front wheel, bent my frame and sent me flying into the path of oncoming traffic. Fortunately I didn't break anything.

    My point is that riding up to traffic junctions during rush hour is inherently dangerous. Car drivers and cyclists are both often in a rush and want to get to the front/get away promptly.

    Having been knocked off I would rather be infront of traffic where they can see me, and not tucked inbetween vehicles in blind spots or in places where drivers are not expecting to see you.

    As for this case - it's nonsense. Stopping infront of a white line on the road, but still not going over a junction should not be an offence. At almost every set of lights I stop at when cycling or driving, there is someone who has over shot the line for one reason or another. This smells of semantics and over zealous police officers who were out to make an example of a cyclist that day.

    But how do you get to the front of the traffic to be in that space in the first place? If you sit in the line of traffic then you are visible to the most important person to you on the road, which is the driver immediately behind you. Putting yourself at the front of the traffic may work in the same way but you've still got to get yourself there.

  • PCSOs to get power to fine unlit cyclists1 year 19 weeks agoSome more info on the

    Some more info on the reflector side of things would be nice.

    I literally light up like a Christmas tree (red fairy lights on my bag, two rear flashers, 2 front lights), but I don't have any reflectors at all.

  • Updated: Court hears crowd-funded fixed-penalty appeal1 year 19 weeks ago'Stopping infront of a white

    'Stopping infront of a white line on the road, but still not going over a junction should not be an offence'

    So why not apply the same to cars? Just get rid of ASLs, right?

  • Updated: Court hears crowd-funded fixed-penalty appeal1 year 19 weeks agoA few years ago, I cycled up

    A few years ago, I cycled up the middle of the road to overtake rather than undertake cars to get to an ASL box. A kind Foxtons estate agent decided she didnt want to wait in the traffic and performed a u-turn without looking/indicating. She managed to drive over my front wheel, bent my frame and sent me flying into the path of oncoming traffic. Fortunately I didn't break anything.

    My point is that riding up to traffic junctions during rush hour is inherently dangerous. Car drivers and cyclists are both often in a rush and want to get to the front/get away promptly.

    Having been knocked off I would rather be infront of traffic where they can see me, and not tucked inbetween vehicles in blind spots or in places where drivers are not expecting to see you.

    As for this case - it's nonsense. Stopping infront of a white line on the road, but still not going over a junction should not be an offence. At almost every set of lights I stop at when cycling or driving, there is someone who has over shot the line for one reason or another. This smells of semantics and over zealous police officers who were out to make an example of a cyclist that day.

  • 10 reflective cycling products to help you stand out in the dark1 year 19 weeks ago'reflector strips taken from

    'reflector strips taken from a new traffic cone' Pure genius that. I assume you purchased said cone?