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  • cruffcruff Posts: 1,359
    cruff wrote:
    Hang on, I'm not legitimising any criticism of cyclists but I'm also not blinkered to te idiots on the road both driving and cycling. It almost appears some here think if you cycle you can do no wrong. Also how the fark can you comment on a program you haven't even watched!
    The problem is that you're buying into the con trick being pulled on all of us. Do some cyclists ride like twats? Yes. Do some drivers drive like twats? Also yes. But the difference here is that the consequences of those two things are NOT EQUAL - borne out by statistics showing on average 2-3 people killed per year by cyclists, and 1700+ killed (with 24,000+ seriously injured) by drivers. The two things are not even comparable - but they are given equal weight in the media and, as a result, the argument isn't being framed correctly.

    And I also don't under tnad the 'you didn't even watch it' argument. I don't need to have watched Idi Amin's speeches to know that he was a murderous tyrant responsible for the death of thousands of people.

    Lovely rant there - last paragraph finished it off just
    Rant?

    I thought that was pretty composed and articulate (save for the phone spelling - never type when sat on the bog without proofreading :wink:)

    I figured I'd sidestep Godwin there by using a different historical sh1tbag...
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  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 7,321
    Secondly, if it was about numbers killed/maimed then it would be a whole different ball game, it wasn't about that.

    Isn't that the whole problem though? If you make a programme called "Cyclists: Scourge of the streets?", then it should be, really.
    and then the next thing you know
  • cruffcruff Posts: 1,359
    Secondly, if it was about numbers killed/maimed then it would be a whole different ball game, it wasn't about that.

    Isn't that the whole problem though? If you make a programme called "Cyclists: Scourge of the streets?", then it should be, really.
    Unless that programme is five seconds long, and consists of somebody asking that question, and somebody else responding: "no"
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  • redveeredvee Posts: 11,929
    Haribo has gone up in price by 50%. I used to buy the 10p bags of Tangfastics in bulk, 30 at a time as I use them in work and on the bike too. A big ride Sunday and needed some and Morrisons have bumped the price up to 15p/bag.
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  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 7,321
    Disappointed with what it looks like they are spending a lot of effort building in Kingston on London Road/Kingston Hill. The cycle lanes are very subservient to cars as per usual - they are alongside the main road but at every junction, have a give way, so the side road traffic has priority over the cycles. Unless that changes, it's very disappointing.
    and then the next thing you know
  • anonymousblackfganonymousblackfg Posts: 1,974
    Disappointed with what it looks like they are spending a lot of effort building in Kingston on London Road/Kingston Hill. The cycle lanes are very subservient to cars as per usual - they are alongside the main road but at every junction, have a give way, so the side road traffic has priority over the cycles. Unless that changes, it's very disappointing.

    I was told the junctions aren't finished but i'd hardly trust them. The bus stop signs in the middle of the cycle lanes in front of the bus stops are TfL's responsibility apparently and no word on the shocker of them having built dropped kerbs on the lower section which turns the downhill bit into a roller coaster. Also, apparently there was not space for bus stop bypasses and the shared space censored down near Norbiton is fully acceptable to the council.

    A real example of how doing 80% of something is a real waste, they could have saved a lot of cash and produced something much better.
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  • wolfsbane2kwolfsbane2k Posts: 2,844
    Digging for stuff at tredz and find a few things that come in at 29.97... and a £5 off over £30 voucher pops up..

    Can I find anything I want for less than a fiver, effectively getting it for free? nope..

    Loads of tat though.
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  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 7,321
    Disappointed with what it looks like they are spending a lot of effort building in Kingston on London Road/Kingston Hill. The cycle lanes are very subservient to cars as per usual - they are alongside the main road but at every junction, have a give way, so the side road traffic has priority over the cycles. Unless that changes, it's very disappointing.

    I was told the junctions aren't finished but i'd hardly trust them. The bus stop signs in the middle of the cycle lanes in front of the bus stops are TfL's responsibility apparently and no word on the shocker of them having built dropped kerbs on the lower section which turns the downhill bit into a roller coaster. Also, apparently there was not space for bus stop bypasses and the shared space censored down near Norbiton is fully acceptable to the council.

    A real example of how doing 80% of something is a real waste, they could have saved a lot of cash and produced something much better.

    Kind of related, I can't believe they have reopened Manorgate Road as a through road, especially as it is a "home zone". You could improve the standard of living for people in that part of Kingston by making most roads in the area dead ends, but that would get in the way of people driving.
    and then the next thing you know
  • anonymousblackfganonymousblackfg Posts: 1,974
    edited 15 July
    Kind of related, I can't believe they have reopened Manorgate Road as a through road, especially as it is a "home zone". You could improve the standard of living for people in that part of Kingston by making most roads in the area dead ends, but that would get in the way of people driving.

    It's like all that tripe about solving traffic around Kingston Gate, lots of consultation then the Council decide best solution is to let people park on the pavement.

    Maybe the local residents just need to form a sham property development company, re-elect Davis then just pay him to do what they want.
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  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 7,321
    Kind of related, I can't believe they have reopened Manorgate Road as a through road, especially as it is a "home zone". You could improve the standard of living for people in that part of Kingston by making most roads in the area dead ends, but that would get in the way of people driving.

    It's like all that tripe about solving traffic around Kingston Gate, lots of consultation then the Council decide best solution is to let people park on the pavement.

    Maybe the local residents just need to form a sham property development company, re-elect David then just pay him to do what they want.

    People always say they want things to be like when your kids could play in the streets, but then also want to use the streets where other people live as through routes because there's a lot of traffic.
    and then the next thing you know
  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,346

    People always say they want things to be like when your kids could play in the streets, but then also want to use the streets where other people live as through routes because there's a lot of traffic.
    We are very fortunate (or was it just good planning?) that where we are now is very safe for kids to play in the street - I don't even mind my 4yo playing out the front - although we do remain within earshot.
  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 1,972
    Gear cable snapped on the way in this morning. Bought a cable a lunchtime and thought i'd replace it there and then only to find the cable has snapped inside the lever and i can't get it out at the moment. Will have to do it at home and it looks like i'll have to dismantle the lever.
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  • cjcpcjcp Posts: 13,278
    Kind of related, I can't believe they have reopened Manorgate Road as a through road, especially as it is a "home zone". You could improve the standard of living for people in that part of Kingston by making most roads in the area dead ends, but that would get in the way of people driving.

    It's like all that tripe about solving traffic around Kingston Gate, lots of consultation then the Council decide best solution is to let people park on the pavement.

    Maybe the local residents just need to form a sham property development company, re-elect David then just pay him to do what they want.

    People always say they want things to be like when your kids could play in the streets, but then also want to use the streets where other people live as through routes because there's a lot of traffic.

    Genuine shame they reopened that road, as traffic flow had already adapted to its closure.

    Agree with the comments on the bike lane, too. The construction of the bus stops do no favours for anyone, possibly with the exception of bus drivers, who are less likely to need to wait to pull out, but pedestrians catching the bus (or those jumping off) and cyclists will now be crossing each other's paths. That's good for no one.

    As for the parking of cars and delivery bikes in the bike lane outside the takeaways at the bottom of the hill, let's see how that one develops as I don't think it's officially open yet. The Kingston Cycling Twitter account do a good job of keeping on top of Kingston Council for infrastructure concerns.

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  • cruffcruff Posts: 1,359
    Kind of related, I can't believe they have reopened Manorgate Road as a through road, especially as it is a "home zone". You could improve the standard of living for people in that part of Kingston by making most roads in the area dead ends, but that would get in the way of people driving.

    It's like all that tripe about solving traffic around Kingston Gate, lots of consultation then the Council decide best solution is to let people park on the pavement.

    Maybe the local residents just need to form a sham property development company, re-elect David then just pay him to do what they want.

    People always say they want things to be like when your kids could play in the streets, but then also want to use the streets where other people live as through routes because there's a lot of traffic.
    Yeah. Pointing out to them that 'when your kids could play in the streets' equates to a time when we had three times as many deaths on the road as now doesn't seem to land either :roll:
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  • monkimarkmonkimark Posts: 683
    I join London road for about 500m on my commute, the new bike lane looks like it's going to cover around half of that distance and will involve having to turn slightly down a side street to get onto it, riding 50m and giving way to the next side street, having the lane disappear around a bus stop and then reappear to give way to a couple of entrances, before disappearing again just under the bridge.

    I suspect that I may stick to the road...
    Disappointed with what it looks like they are spending a lot of effort building in Kingston on London Road/Kingston Hill. The cycle lanes are very subservient to cars as per usual - they are alongside the main road but at every junction, have a give way, so the side road traffic has priority over the cycles. Unless that changes, it's very disappointing.
  • redveeredvee Posts: 11,929
    Digging for stuff at tredz and find a few things that come in at 29.97... and a £5 off over £30 voucher pops up..

    Can I find anything I want for less than a fiver, effectively getting it for free? nope..

    Loads of tat though.

    Got round that on one site by simply looking at the components section and sorting by price low - high and bought an item to creep over the threshold and now have a 20p freewheel spare somewhere that I'll never need nor find again.
    I've added a signature to prove it is still possible.
  • sgt.peppersgt.pepper Posts: 300
  • sgt.pepper wrote:

    Blimey. That was a genuine close pass. Did you catch an operator to complain to?
  • sgt.peppersgt.pepper Posts: 300
    sgt.pepper wrote:

    Blimey. That was a genuine close pass. Did you catch an operator to complain to?

    Yeah it was a rough one, the camera doesn't even quite do it justice. I'm not easily shaken, and it's stuck with me. I got the operator, sent a complaint but not sure if it worked - following up tomorrow.

    Pointless telling the joke of a police force here - even killing people is pretty normalised. Standard punishment is a suspended license and few thousand dollar fine.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 7,321
    sgt.pepper wrote:

    Blimey. That was a genuine close pass. Did you catch an operator to complain to?

    That's really scary. The way you can see the lorry driver moving across to turn left.
    and then the next thing you know
  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,346
    I had 2 incidents yesterday - it's not much of a rant - first one - a Merc - didn't bother trying to cross the double white line - despite there being plenty of space for him to do so ... the second one - did cross the double white line - to overtake the vehicle that was following me - overtaking both of us into the path of an oncoming vehicle - as we were entering a 30mph limit.
    Both reported to the local Police's "anti-social driving" website - first one will (probably) just get a letter - not sure on the other one as it was a blatant impatient illegal overtake - so better keep the full video ...
  • cjcpcjcp Posts: 13,278
    sgt.pepper wrote:

    Blimey. That was a genuine close pass. Did you catch an operator to complain to?

    That's really scary. The way you can see the lorry driver moving across to turn left.

    Not great, that.

    EDIT: Got a barrage of abuse from a chap in a BMW pulling out of the garage on the NKR, just before the SW-bound chicane. This was after I'd had to make some evasive manoeuvres to avoid him he was pulling out of the garage while on his phone, and I suggested he get off it. Clearly I was interrupting a very important call.
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 43,780 Lives Here
    Drug dealers are usually impatient.
  • cjcpcjcp Posts: 13,278
    edited 17 July
    Drug dealers are usually impatient.

    :lol:

    EDIT: he was wearing a hi-viz gilet, too! Maybe I should have said that I'd have seen him earlier if he was wearing a full hi-viz jacket.
    FCN 2-4.

    "What happens when the hammer goes down, kids?"
    "It stays down, Daddy."
    "Exactly."
  • TGOTBTGOTB Posts: 4,828
    Instructional videos on YouTube where a simple written description would do.

    Dropped my car off at the garage this morning; bike in the boot so I could cycle on to the office. Thought I'd waypoint the garage on my Garmin so I won't have any trouble finding it this evening, but didn't know the sequence of button presses, so I Googled it. Every single bl**dy link in the search was for a YouTube video. Why do I need to download and watch a freaking video to find out a sequence of 3 button presses that could be described in a single sentence?!?
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  • drhaggisdrhaggis Posts: 771
    TGOTB wrote:
    Instructional videos on YouTube where a simple written description would do.

    Dropped my car off at the garage this morning; bike in the boot so I could cycle on to the office. Thought I'd waypoint the garage on my Garmin so I won't have any trouble finding it this evening, but didn't know the sequence of button presses, so I Googled it. Every single bl**dy link in the search was for a YouTube video. Why do I need to download and watch a freaking video to find out a sequence of 3 button presses that could be described in a single sentence?!?

    By all means, check this one-button sequence:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BB6wj6RyKo
  • thistle_(mbnw)thistle_(mbnw) Posts: 2,733
    slowbike wrote:
    Both reported to the local Police's "anti-social driving" website - first one will (probably) just get a letter - not sure on the other one as it was a blatant impatient illegal overtake - so better keep the full video ...
    Good luck, sounds like your local police are a bit more proactive than around here.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 7,321
    cjcp wrote:
    Drug dealers are usually impatient.

    :lol:

    EDIT: he was wearing a hi-viz gilet, too! Maybe I should have said that I'd have seen him earlier if he was wearing a full hi-viz jacket.

    Was he wearing a helmet?
    and then the next thing you know
  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,346
    slowbike wrote:
    Both reported to the local Police's "anti-social driving" website - first one will (probably) just get a letter - not sure on the other one as it was a blatant impatient illegal overtake - so better keep the full video ...
    Good luck, sounds like your local police are a bit more proactive than around here.
    generally - I've reported quite a few (less than a dozen) since I had the rear view camera -they've all had a letter sent - only one has challenged the letter sent which is just accepted so the mark removed, which did annoy me as it was a stupid overtake up a hill towards a blind summit on double white lines - but hey, if the driver actually modifies their behaviour, that's something ...
    I'm slightly disappointed there's not been anything more than just "letter sent" - but I suppose they're probably all "first time offenses" and the majority have been benign (thoughtless close passes)

    On another note - Just seen an article about an accident on the local trunk road - looks like a motorbike went in through the back window of a car ... which reminds me of last nights escapades and a mini rant.
    I went to fill the wifes car up with fuel (I'm nice like that) and on the way back a smallish motorbike caught up with me. Most of the way back is a 30mph limit through the village. This guy got so close that I couldn't see is front light in my rearview camera ... despite a couple of deliberate (gentle) braking sessions he didn't get the hint and in the end I pulled over so the to$$er could get past. He didn't roar past, but pootled off at about 40 - wtf? Happy to put your life (and my car) in danger by tailgating me ...
  • wolfsbane2kwolfsbane2k Posts: 2,844
    drhaggis wrote:
    TGOTB wrote:
    Instructional videos on YouTube where a simple written description would do.

    Dropped my car off at the garage this morning; bike in the boot so I could cycle on to the office. Thought I'd waypoint the garage on my Garmin so I won't have any trouble finding it this evening, but didn't know the sequence of button presses, so I Googled it. Every single bl**dy link in the search was for a YouTube video. Why do I need to download and watch a freaking video to find out a sequence of 3 button presses that could be described in a single sentence?!?

    By all means, check this one-button sequence:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BB6wj6RyKo

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