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nbfiresprite last won the day on January 18

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  1. nbfiresprite

    Government Plans For Increasing Cycling & Walking

    What I said was ' Two-way paths on pavements are frequently added as an afterthought and might be too narrow to allow cyclists to pass each-other or achieve a useful speed' Which was a comment on poor design. It is perfectly legal for cyclists and motor cyclists to filter through slow or stationary traffic. It is all down to risk of injury. Cars passing too close to cyclists can and do cause injury and death due to the speed difference. There is therefore a case for having a minimum passing distance. Cyclists filtering through traffic do not pose such dangers, therefore the passing distance does not need to be the same. I realised a long time ago that cars are pointless in towns. I cycle 20-40 miles a day Would you like to see a 14 minute long video of my commute, overtaking literally hundreds of people stuck in ''car'' jams all over Cambridge, because the car is clearly so much better than the bicycle is it not. much more efficient, much more able to escape other car drivers, much more able to get round than a bicycle. The petrol heads keep harping on about that they see people without lights, running red lights (Many petrol heads also do this), riding on the pavement (Petrol heads also park on the pavement blocking it) , Yet when they do knock someone down in broad daylight the first thing they say to the Police is 'Didn't seem them officer'. Two old friends of my who I known for over 40 years are Police officers in Dorset told me this. Also most of the people that they have pulled over for riding on the pavement or running red-lights are only riding bikes as they have been banned from driving, So they ride a bike like they drive a car badly. It's all about the balance of consequences. When a cyclist fails to wear clothing you deem appropriate or even jumps a red light, it may cause you a pang of irritation. When a motorist is posting to Facebook while driving their car, the lives of everyone around them are hanging in the balance. Can you see the difference? I see when riding, driving, walking or on public transport. Use of hand held mobile phones when drving is fairly common and on many occasions spotting the mobile phone user is preceded by their doing something odd or dangerous. Only last I saw a lady in an open top Audi driving in Cambridge in slow traffic watching a video/TV on her phone which was mounted on her front window. Noticed because she kept leaving large gaps in traffic. Had I a cam fitted it'd been sent to the Police but as it was she got away with it. According to the RAC Report on Motoring 2017, 23 per cent of drivers admitted to using a handheld mobile at the wheel to make or take a call in the past 12 months, and 18 per cent admitted to checking texts, email or social media. Research shows drivers are four times as likely to be involved in a crash when using their phone. A perfect illustration of the continued arrogance of some drivers. I believe it is becoming more frequent as motorists do not see the visible deterrent of roads policing units any-more, because there are so few. They therefore feel it is less likely to be detected. Most motor vehicles don't have working indicates or are not used. I look to see which way the front wheels are pointing as all to often the lights are not used.
  2. nbfiresprite

    Government Plans For Increasing Cycling & Walking

    So WHY do so many cyclists shun cycle paths in favour of roads? Cycle facilities are often not designed around the needs of cyclists, instead being crudely show-horned in as an after-thought, they are often unlit at night, poorly maintained and swept and rarely treated for ice. Where cycling facilities are added to pavements without appropriate consideration being given to the needs of cyclists, street furniture is often not removed, creating hazards for cyclists and endangering. Because these facilities are often designed as an afterthought, with little of no consideration for the needs of cyclists and to no legally binding minimum standard, they often run out as soon as it becomes more difficult to accommodate separate facilities for cyclists, often placing cyclists suddenly on a blind corner, or merging into a lane containing large volumes of fast-moving motor traffic. The lack of consideration and design standards adhered to in the design of British cycle facilities often means that cycle lanes exist on quiet and slow roads where they are unnecessary. Often they are just installed to gain votes, So a local counciler can claim we have built X Kilometers of cyclepath, so vote for me, petrolhead I got these cyclists off your road Two-way paths on pavements are frequently added as an afterthought and might be too narrow to allow cyclists to pass each-other or achieve a useful speed. ‘Shared use’ pavements are often implemented on roads as a way to avoid addressing the problems on the adjacent carriageway; speeds and volumes of motor traffic which are entirely inappropriate for residential areas. The result is often not surfaced to a quality required for cycling and brings cyclists and pedestrians into direct conflict. This provides a poor cycling experience whilst also reducing subjective safety for pedestrians.
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    Brand New to this and looking for tips!

    Or Dogtrack
  4. nbfiresprite

    Government Plans For Increasing Cycling & Walking

    Are you sure about that? Greenland had 'Grexit' in 85
  5. nbfiresprite

    Government Plans For Increasing Cycling & Walking

    Shared pavements are dangerous, As far as brain dead highway engineers (and indeed the vast majority of the non-cycling population) are concerned shared use pavaments are cycle paths and cyclists must use them. Cycles are defined by law as vehicles of the highway. Until 1888 cycles had no legal status, no legal right to be on either roads or footpath. Shared-use pavements are typically an 'on-the-cheap' conversion to create cycle infrastructure on paper that tends to be weak or sub-standard in practice, because pedestrians feel threatened and cyclists must slow down.There is no law which forces cyclists to use these substandard poorly design shared pavements. In the 1996 National Cycling Strategy it was stated that shared pavement design be used as a last resort and be as short as possable. The maximum safe speed on a share pavement is walking pace. Modern cycles are capable of relatively high average speeds 20-25mph and weaving around pedestrians on shared pavements is danagerous. Not only do the pedestrians slow you down but without priority at junctions it's just continual stop/start ( 70% of cycle accidents occurred at junctions) . Wherever these shared-use (aka multi-use) paths exist, there are complaints due to the conflicts which occur. Many of the complaints are from pedestrians who find the speed of cyclists unacceptable on paths which they use for walking. Cyclists are still likely to be regarded as a problem because their behaviour is different to that of pedestrians. Cyclists appear to invade personal space around pedestrians, to "squeeze past", to wobble and to swerve in and out. Even when taking care, their behaviour seems aggressive and unpredictable to many pedestrians. Complaints about excessive speed of cyclists on shared paths are often a result of perception by pedestrians rather than being due to cyclists riding past pedestrians at genuinely high speeds. Infrastructure on which cyclists and pedestrians are expected to share equally does not properly take the requirements of either group of users into account and creates conflict situations.
  6. nbfiresprite

    New skin tank or not

    He did say that he had replaced the thermostat, I make a point of testing before fitting using a bowl of hot water and lowing the thermostat into the water it should just pop open. If not you have a dud.
  7. nbfiresprite

    New skin tank or not

    You need to take the hose off and look through it. The inner liner of the hose can collapse casuing a blockage therefore reducing coolant flow and puting more stain on the pump.
  8. nbfiresprite

    New skin tank or not

    Another thing to check is the coolant hose. these can became partly blocked due to collapsing within the hose with no sign on the outside.
  9. nbfiresprite

    New skin tank or not

    It may looked that, You find that the sides of the skin tank are covered in thick layer of build up which needs to be removed. My own looked cleared. Central heating needs to be flushed every so often as boilers along with engine rads to remove build up.
  10. nbfiresprite

    New skin tank or not

    It would be worthwhile to flush out the skin tank first to see if that gives you any improvement. I flushed my own out last year, a great deal of muck came out.
  11. nbfiresprite

    Visited some Irish waterways today.

    Seems things are changing over there, https://www.dublininquirer.com/2018/07/04/the-future-looks-shaky-for-some-houseboat-owners/ and not for the better.
  12. nbfiresprite

    Visited some Irish waterways today.

    I seem to have the luck of the Irish, Every time I visit, never had any rain.
  13. nbfiresprite

    How much will be “cruisable” by August?..

    Expect the Northampton flight to be closed most days due to it's many leaking pounds. Last time there was a water shortage, it was only open two mornings a week.
  14. nbfiresprite

    Transporting a Sea Otter?

    Try http://www.centralboathaulage.co.uk
  15. nbfiresprite

    Temporary mooring for Higham Ferrers.

    Nearest moorings are about a mile downstream passed the A6 Bridge on the left handside next to Citus Training Building. Two mile walk uphill to Higham Ferrers. Irthlingborough is closer

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