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Alex has written for more cricket publications than the rest of the road.cc team combined. Despite the apparent evidence of this picture, he doesn't especially like cake.

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Carlton Reid [146 posts] 1 month ago
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Times' front cover should be withdrawn. Reporter likely wasn't at conference where subject was raised. I was, and so was Mark Hookham of the Sunday Times, who asked the helmet/hi-vis question.

Full transcipt is available, as is audio.

See: http://www.bikebiz.com/news/read/the-times-leads-with-false-story-about-...

If this is the sort of misleading reporting that politicians have to deal with on a daily basis I feel very sorry for politicians, and rather ashamed at fellow journalists who've got this story so about-face it's shocking.

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Miller [69 posts] 1 month ago
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Hm, could a newspaper with an ageing tory readership possibly have an agenda?

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PRSboy [141 posts] 1 month ago
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Daily Wail running it now... apparently due to be introduced in the new year!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5113697/Cyclists-wear-helmets-hi...

 

edit to add DONT read the comments below their article.  You will dispair.

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davel [2055 posts] 1 month ago
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Zero sympathy for Norman: he needs to get a straighter bat and a better grasp of his subject matter.

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Carlton Reid [146 posts] 1 month ago
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@CygnusX1 – I like your thinking.

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CygnusX1 [702 posts] 1 month ago
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@Carlton,

Your article makes for interesting reading - particularly the last paragraph with the various headlines  used by various rags.  The Daily Mail's is a SHOCKER of a headline, but what we've come to expect. Click bait indeed.

Let's hope none of the anti-cycling lobbies realise they need to submit as a suggestion  to the review (maybe these headlines may actually help - they may think its already on the table). 

Shhh! don't tell!     

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ConcordeCX [566 posts] 1 month ago
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I’ll agree to helmets and hi-viz if, and only if, the Daily Mail readership agrees to wear LGBT-rainbow-coloured burqas whenever they leave the house .

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OldRidgeback [2847 posts] 1 month ago
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The Daily Mails is a horrible rag posing as a newspaper. It's be better suited as toilet paper except that the ink leaves marks.

I mean, compulsory helmet use has had such a beneficial effect in reducing deaths and injuries for cyclsits in NZ hasn't it?

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DrG82 [216 posts] 1 month ago
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ConcordeCX wrote:

I’ll agree to helmets and hi-viz if, and only if, the Daily Mail readership agrees to wear LGBT-rainbow-coloured burqas whenever they leave the house .

Or, if all dark/dull coloured cars vehicles have to be painted in high viz (white vans included as they blend into the sky if it's a bright day).

 

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Bluebug [276 posts] 1 month ago
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ConcordeCX wrote:

I’ll agree to helmets and hi-viz if, and only if, the Daily Mail readership agrees to wear LGBT-rainbow-coloured burqas whenever they leave the house .

Just make them wear LGBT colours with reflective strips so they will be visible while walking and driving should be sufficient.

 

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CygnusX1 [702 posts] 1 month ago
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Nice Helmet Row jpeg but I think mine's better (had to check it was a real street on Google Maps, and saw this):

 

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oldstrath [931 posts] 1 month ago
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OldRidgeback wrote:

The Daily Mails is a horrible rag posing as a newspaper. It's be better suited as toilet paper except that the ink leaves marks.

I mean, compulsory helmet use has had such a beneficial effect in reducing deaths and injuries for cyclsits in NZ hasn't it?

If the goal is actually to reduce KSI rates then the answer is indeed clesr. If the true goal is to reduce cycling rates then the answer is also clear.

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BehindTheBikesheds [1149 posts] 1 month ago
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Those old CRT TVs in the bus, just lol, what is this back to the future to the olden days!

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handlebarcam [1076 posts] 1 month ago
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I always figured if this country made helmets compulsory I'd move aboard. Not because it'd be such a terrible imposition in itself, but because it would be a sign that pandering to irrational groupthink had reached a level that threatened individual freedom. However, that was before legions of idiotic gargoyles, who'd never previously given enough of a toss about anything to schlep to the polling station, decided their lives would seem less pathetic if they voted to strip the rest of us of our right to live in Europe. Being stuck on this island with that bunch is one thing, having to do so while forced to dress like a Belisha beacon, so drivers can feel like they've taken back control of the roads as well as the country, is another.

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brooksby [2812 posts] 1 month ago
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handlebarcam wrote:

I always figured if this country made helmets compulsory I'd move aboard. Not because it'd be such a terrible imposition in itself, but because it would be a sign that pandering to irrational groupthink had reached a level that threatened individual freedom. However, that was before legions of idiotic gargoyles, who'd never previously given enough of a toss about anything to schlep to the polling station, decided their lives would seem less pathetic if they voted to strip the rest of us of our right to live in Europe. Being stuck on this island with that bunch is one thing, having to do so while forced to dress like a Belisha beacon, so drivers can feel like they've taken back control of the roads as well as the country, is another.

Thats it: it's not wearing a helmet that's so objectionable, if you decide to wear one, but the *compulsion* to wear a helmet. No choice in the matter, no attempts to make the road environment better or safer; just make everyone wear a styrofoam hat because that will protect them from everything ever (honest!).  Like rear lights in the 30s, make the cyclists dress in hi-viz so it is *their* problem and not the problem of the motorist who should be looking where they're going.  Hell, I could go further and invoke Godwins in this, but I shall restrain myself   3

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davel [2055 posts] 1 month ago
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handlebarcam wrote:

However, that was before legions of idiotic gargoyles, who'd never previously given enough of a toss about anything to schlep to the polling station, decided their lives would seem less pathetic if they voted to strip the rest of us of our right to live in Europe. Being stuck on this island with that bunch is one thing

I hear you. I'd be tempted to move overseas, too.

I think the hills of Afghanistan might be better suited to your level of mindless prejudice of people you've never met, based on what box they ticked in a democratic process.

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David9694 [20 posts] 1 month ago
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I didn’t think the Daily Mail piece was that bad. Presumably the improvement to American football players’ safety from helmets was in relation to...playing American football? that kind-of makes sense in a bears/woods kind of way.  

BY LAW - like mobile phones while driving, MOTS, speed limits, not getting the red mist* and just generally looking where you’re going - you mean those laws, right?  I could just about, just about suffer new laws about cycling if the other lot played fair and did their bit.

The helmet law thing if it came to pass for adults, would surely mean pretty much the end of the city cycle hire schemes?  Acquiring still more armour plating for road users (of all types) is NOT the answer!

This is the government that flunked the whole healthy eating thing a few months back - maybe that’s because of food industry pressures, maybe because they don’t see themselves as regulating people’s lives in this much detail?

There is a curtain-twitching segment of our society that believes that if you’re out late/after dark and a bad thing happens to you then, that it’s your own silly fault. It probably isn’t a good idea to leave your laptop on view, it probably is a good idea to lock your house when you go out, in line with police advice.  But let’s not forget that the factors that lead us this way are a bad thing and in an ideal world it wouldn’t be like that.  I think it’s in those terms that non cycling people see hi viz and helmets. 

i don’t think anyone (usual exceptions: Audi, etc) actively hates cyclists and cycling  - we’re more of an irritation, an annoyance, shaving vital nanoseconds off important car journeys, that somehow I remember used to be quicker (yes - less cars). 

It’s a slightly strange thing to be defending the ongoing use of mixed use highways (against the “push” referred to in the Mail story, what with us cyclists being so darned numerous and all) but that’s what we now need to do.  

When this wretched review was announced, many of us had a good rant about it  - now we need to get our shit together and present our arguments around the many benefits and freedoms of cycling.  We should expect something to replace “furious riding”, I think, but let’s make sure it’s proportionate/ reasonable and also keep other road users’ behaviour in the conversation.

*By the way, red mist drivers, I notice that somehow you’re allowed to barge your way past me, but the moment I pass you when you get stuck, it becomes a matter to be avenged - how does that work, exactly?