• MP moots A-road cycling ban3 years 3 days agoIt's a bit like banning

    It's a bit like banning people from parks because someone got mugged in one. If the road is dangerous to cyclists, fix it.

  • Cycling Embassy of Great Britain – the ambassador responds3 years 3 days agoI'm an LCC member and not

    I'm an LCC member and not involved in CEoGB at all but I've been watching its development. CEoGB seems to be reflecting everything I think about cycling in the UK and I wish them every success. I'll be joining as a member as soon as I'm able to.

    I've lost count of the number of friends and relatives who express an interest in cycling, immediately followed by "but of course I'd be too scared I'd get killed". I don't blame them. I'm pretty scared myself sometimes. I genuinely can't see how my mother, my girlfriends, and my young cousins will ever even consider starting to cycle without proper segregated routes to places they want to go.

    The argument that has been going on here seems pretty lame to an outsider. It seems to be all about one person's perception of being personally insulted, and people on both sides have been needlessly provocative and hysterical. Can we just give it a rest now and let CEoGB get started without hostile tweeting sessions every half an hour? Because everyone has a valuable part to play here, but all of this is making everyone look like a bunch of navel-gazing knobs (forgive the mixed anatomical similies).

  • Be Realistic Ask the Impossible: Getting Up On The Downs3 years 3 days agoA fellow noob on the same run

    A fellow noob on the same run seconds this, friendly club and a great place to get started, though I can't say I took to the signals as well.

    Jamesup

  • MP moots A-road cycling ban3 years 3 days agoThe A50 isn't as good as a

    The A50 isn't as good as a motorway. It is dotted with roundabouts along the section mentioned - Uttoxeter to Doveridge.

    If you take this argument to it's logiical conclusion, no pedestrian should be allowed to cross a road other than by a high level walk way or subway.

  • MP moots A-road cycling ban3 years 3 days agoAlso in Edinburgh area -

    Also in Edinburgh area - cyclists and pedestrians are banned from A90 from Burnshot to Forth Road Bridge. Ban has been in place for 7 or 8 years after a fatality between a truck and a cyclist near Cramond Brig. No proper alternative offered. A90 path from Burnshot towards Dalmeny is woeful and detours add substantial distance.

  • Two cyclists injured in Hackney days after local paper launches cycle safety campaign3 years 3 days agoI stayed with a friend in

    I stayed with a friend in Hackney in Jan and was amazed at the number of speeding cars - despite the extensive traffic calming!!

  • MP moots A-road cycling ban3 years 3 days ago“You don’t hear about

    “You don’t hear about cyclists being killed on the M1 or the M6"

    But they are on other roads
    The logic is clear
    Put cyclists on the M1 and M6 for added safety

  • Alberto Contador to ride Giro d'Italia - a diplomatic way of avoiding the Tour de France?3 years 3 days agoI have to second pjt201 who

    I have to second pjt201 who has said pretty much the same that I have been posting these last few days.

    If you Google Clenbuterol you will find that in addition to it's promotion of lean mass over fat, it is also a bronchodilator and is used by some asthma sufferers to aid breathing.

    Contador had not raised prior to TdF as he was said to have flu. In the early 10 days or so of 2010 Tour AC had not been quite up to his best but then did pick up in the second half of the race. So maybe (and obviously I am just being a conspiracy theorist here) the drug was used to promote/improve breathing in an athlete with a still compromised respiratory system. And maybe that is why the dose is so low? Just something to consider and I'm sure these multi million pound governing bodies must have considered this!?!?

  • MP moots A-road cycling ban3 years 3 days agoI sympathise with Mr

    I sympathise with Mr Livingstone's reason for wanting a ban on the A50 but following his own argument to its logical conclusion, cars should be banned from the M1 and M6 due to fatal accidents.

    A-roads can be anything from a country road to a fast moving dual carriage way and it should be left to the discretion of the individual whether to use the road or not.

    Rob

  • Alberto Contador cleared of doping charges by Spanish federation3 years 3 days ago@whizz kid your mention of

    @whizz kid your mention of Tom prompted me adding a link to my photos of an early feb visit to Mont Ventoux !

    http://bit.ly/gZNftM,Sun

    As you will see it was sunny and warm, like my may/june visits in earlier years.

    Think i was the first Aussie to the top n 2011 and came across some that reached tom's monument and because of 6ins on snow for a hundred metres turned back ! Incredible to ride so far and stop 800m short .

  • Cycling Embassy of Great Britain – the ambassador responds3 years 3 days agowould tend to agree that CTC

    would tend to agree that CTC and others are not lobbying hard enough for infrasructure that is good enough to get families to their schools and shops by bike. Full marks to those involved in the CEGB for trying to change this. Another year or two on these roads will be enough to kill any enjoyment of cycling in my kids. The way to change this is at a local level but we need a voice nationally arguing for change. The policy doc posted above by cycle nation is so inadequate that it is in itself good enough argument for bringing something like CEGB into being, just send me the membership form.

  • MP moots A-road cycling ban3 years 3 days agoSurely this can all be fixed

    Surely this can all be fixed with a simple strip of green paint with a bike painted at intervals on top of it. This way all dangerous (or careless if you are the CPS and deciding on how to prosecute) drivers will know to keep out of this bit when texting, putting on makeup, shaving etc...

    I have sympathy for anyone who has lost someone but to think that they make cycling safer for all by banning us from stretches of road that can be dangerous is absurd and does not account for all users.

    When group riding at night smaller unlit lanes can be a lot more dangerous than a lit dual carriageway. The small lanes can be the domain of the drunk driver using the backroads to get home from the pub whilst trying to avoid an encounter with the police. Maybe cyclists should also be banned between 10.30 and midnight to give the drunks a chance to drive home without hitting us?

  • MP moots A-road cycling ban3 years 3 days agoA de facto ban effectively

    A de facto ban effectively exists on pretty well all major trunk roads by virtue of they being designed for motor traffic only. That they are *designated* public highways open to ALL traffic suggests that they are unfit for that purpose. As others have suggested, perhaps such roads should be re-designated as motorways - as they are such in all but name - then as "Step-hent" states, alternative provision would have to be made for non-motorized traffic.

    (Before anyone says...
    yes, I know...
    Pigs fuelled and ready for take-off.)

  • Alberto Contador to ride Giro d'Italia - a diplomatic way of avoiding the Tour de France?3 years 3 days agocat1commuter wrote:JC

    cat1commuter wrote:
    JC wrote:
    He was caught with a tiny amount of clenbuterol in his system - and this drug has zero limit
    The lab was able to screen with an accuracy of 40 times the legal requirement...
    He must have been tested a few days before and a few days after and nothing showed up
    So does anyone know what amount of clenbuterol would give you any benefit (or how much would be left behind by an illegal transfusion?)
    Without knowing this it is difficult to draw any conclusion whether or not he did anything wrong
    Or am I also being too liberal?

    The quantity he had in his system is certainly far too small to be of any therapeutic benefit. But maybe he was using clenbuterol whilst training. Then, after a period of time during which it was assumed that clenbuterol levels would have fallen below the level at which they are detectable, extracted some blood to be re-transfused during the Tour de France. The alleged detection of plasticisers in his urine (from the blood bag) might support this scenario.

    Perhaps the dodgy steak was brought to France in a blood bag?

  • MP moots A-road cycling ban3 years 3 days agoSlightly off topic, but by

    Slightly off topic, but by mistake I've cycled along a section of motorway in Portugal, after taking a wrong turn. Strangely, it felt safe. I did however get off the road at the earliest opportunity.

  • Ambassador you're spoiling us…3 years 3 days agoDid anyone else notice the

    Did anyone else notice the launch date - 1st April?

  • MP moots A-road cycling ban3 years 3 days agoThere's a precedent here: a

    There's a precedent here: a section of the A55 in North Wales near Bangor effectively has motorway regulations without having an (M) status or the hard shoulders which are necessary for a 'proper' motorway.

    As both a cyclist and a motorist who used to drive that section of the A50 every week, if there's a viable alternative route, I say the ban should be put into place.

  • Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson hits out at cyclists: "Work hard and get a car"3 years 3 days agoTopGear is the TV equivalent

    TopGear is the TV equivalent of 'Lads Mag', it has so very little to do with real life. The only thing missing is scantily clad girlies. When was the last time they really, actually reviewed a car that the average BBC viewer could / would buy?

    Alas, it's also a VERY big money spinner for the BBC who sell it round the world. So they'll pay Jessa and Co. to continue to be a cartoon series.. We DO take cartoons seriously, don't we? Yawn

  • MP moots A-road cycling ban3 years 3 days agoAgree with the option of

    Agree with the option of re-designating it as a motorway.

    After all, as an A-road its also open to 50-125cc scooters which aren't much faster than a cyclist and could easily have been the victim of the txting driver. They wouldn't be "protected" from a cycle ban.

  • Alberto Contador to ride Giro d'Italia - a diplomatic way of avoiding the Tour de France?3 years 3 days ago... yes, yes, the rules. If

    ... yes, yes, the rules. Yawn
    If the blood sample was sent to another certified lab (without such accurate measuring kit) then no charges would have been made!
    And surely all cyclist are being tested on a regular basis, during all competitions, most weeks
    Little or no chance to slip through the net?

    @cat1commuter
    “maybe used it when training”
    “alleged detection of plasticisers in his urine”
    … that isn’t going to stand up in court

    That all said - I think it is more important to understand whether he deliberately cheated.

  • Alberto Contador to ride Giro d'Italia - a diplomatic way of avoiding the Tour de France?3 years 3 days agoWhy don't the French just do

    Why don't the French just do to him what the Italians did to Valverde.

    Another case where the Spanish authorities were reluctant to actually do anything.

  • MP moots A-road cycling ban3 years 3 days agoIf it's as good as a motorway

    If it's as good as a motorway anyway, then it should be designated as subject to motorway regulations (like the A1M and other stretches of A-road treated as motorway) - and then alternative provision has to be made (and maintained) for all non-motorway traffic. Hopefully someone in the highways agency (or whoever is responsible for designation of the roads - is it local government?) will point this option out...

  • MP moots A-road cycling ban3 years 3 days agoCarlton, I am with you on

    Carlton, I am with you on your concerns about segregated cycling. Part of my concern about it is that I can't believe that anyone is going to stump up the cost of new, high-class cycling infrastracture.

  • Alberto Contador to ride Giro d'Italia - a diplomatic way of avoiding the Tour de France?3 years 3 days agoJC wrote:He was caught with a

    JC wrote:
    He was caught with a tiny amount of clenbuterol in his system - and this drug has zero limit
    The lab was able to screen with an accuracy of 40 times the legal requirement...
    He must have been tested a few days before and a few days after and nothing showed up
    So does anyone know what amount of clenbuterol would give you any benefit (or how much would be left behind by an illegal transfusion?)
    Without knowing this it is difficult to draw any conclusion whether or not he did anything wrong
    Or am I also being too liberal?

    The quantity he had in his system is certainly far too small to be of any therapeutic benefit. But maybe he was using clenbuterol whilst training. Then, after a period of time during which it was assumed that clenbuterol levels would have fallen below the level at which they are detectable, extracted some blood to be re-transfused during the Tour de France. The alleged detection of plasticisers in his urine (from the blood bag) might support this scenario.

  • MP moots A-road cycling ban3 years 3 days agoSo rather than trying to

    So rather than trying to reduce the danger, his approach is to simply remove anyone who might be affected by the source of that danger?

    Stupid, arse-about-face logic. I hope this goes no further than one grandstanding idiot. Angry