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Overheard

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  1. chdot
    Admin

    "because I stopped to take a photo of the sunrise..."

    Try that in a narrow segregated cycle lane...

    Posted 2 years ago #
  2. Stickman
    Member

    With its own car park? Free?

    Yes and yes.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  3. HankChief
    Member

    @chdot - good point. Maybe we should ask for wide segregated lanes so we can stop for photographs without holding up (bike) traffic.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  4. chdot
    Admin

    Does the 'management' know the cost of this staff perk?

    Is it being taxed?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  5. wingpig
    Member

    In New Zealand even very narrow lakeside/fjordside roads had wide parking/gawping spots any time there was any space, presumably to prevent scenery-derived blockages.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  6. chdot
    Admin

    "Maybe we should ask for wide segregated lanes"

    Yes.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  7. jules878
    Member

    Pootled along canal today towards Bridge Inn, ting tinging gently and saying "Good morning" to all, and "Thank you" to pedestrians and dog walkers. All good....

    But encountered youngish couple walking two abreast (filling wthe whole width of path) in Wester Hailes stretch. They were walking in same direction as we were cycling.

    Gentle ting ting provoked no reaction. So tried again.

    Woman to male companion "Why is it we have to move all the time?

    Man to woman "Push em in then."

    Woman to man "Why is it we have to move all the time? It's a walking path, not a bike path".

    Man to woman "Push em all in then."

    Thankfully they weren't as bold as their words.

    It is interesting though that they were clear in their own minds that this isn't / shouldn't be a shared path for those walking AND those cycling. Perhaps more signage highlighting that it is a shared path is required? #justathought.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  8. jules878
    Member

    PS I edited out the liberal sprinkling of adjectives starting with "F" just in case there are any children watching.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  9. LaidBack
    Member

    Apparently I was "breaking the speed limit" on George IV Bridge today.

    Comment from pedestrian trying to get across road which was like long car park as a few people bringing their cars right into town. I do have a bright headlight which is maybe seen as unduly aggressive in combination with the semi-low bike. If I had been less visible I could have slipped by un-noticed - although it is hard to avoid detection it seems!

    Good though that people are now aware of the 20mph limit even though I doubt I was over 20.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  10. gembo
    Member

    @laidback nice that you posted in overheard rather than today.'s unwarranted comment

    Posted 2 years ago #
  11. SRD
    Moderator

    As I approached the MMW bike counter today, I noticed some heriots kids larking about - one 9-10 year old boy in the cycle lane, jumping on the strip, another heading that way with a scooter. As i got closer, I heard one of them comment on my helmet - along the lines of 'hey, look at the cool lights on that helmet'. So I then activated my turn signal, wondering if they'd notice (since it's only visible from the rear) and then could hear them going - 'wow - look at that'.

    It's clearly a hit with the primary 6 demographic.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  12. Rosie
    Member

    @SRD - why only visible from the rear? You want to inform people coming out of side roads that you're going to turn left so that they don't have to wait for you to go pas.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  13. acsimpson
    Member

    @Rosie, If you are turning out of a side street should you not wait until a vehicle has started to turn in before you start pulling out. You can never be certain that the indicator isn't on by accident.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  14. SRD
    Moderator

    @Rosie, yes, agree that's one limitation to the concept that I've identified as well. on the other hand, I would never rely on just a helmet indicator in such instances anyway.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  15. gembo
    Member

    @srd how did you activate the indicator?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  16. SRD
    Moderator

    @Rosie I'm an idiot. It does indicate on the front too. I just didn't do a proper demo for myself.

    @gembo there's buttons that attach to my (already crowded) handlebars.

    You can check it out at PY.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  17. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Overheard in Another Land, strange talk of road users;

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jan/12/cyclists-dont-count-as-road-users-argues-transport-secretary

    Posted 2 years ago #
  18. LaidBack
    Member

    "...motorists are the road users, the users of the roads. It’s fairly straightforward, to be honest."

    Basically all announcements from the Mayhem tendency have to pass the Farage test. This one scores 100%.

    Commonsense you see.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  19. jdanielp
    Member

    Oops, just created a new thread about the above prior to finding it posted here...

    Posted 2 years ago #
  20. chdot
    Admin

    That's fine, deserves its own.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  21. Stickman
    Member

    Work colleague returned from a lunchtime wall around the Meadows. Heard her saying she stopped in at Soul Cycles and nearly bought a bike but where to store it put her off. Need more on street storage!

    She'll get one eventually I'm sure - a few months ago she was saying she used to cycle all the time in Germany but roads here scare her. Think she's working her way through all the barriers one at a time.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  22. chdot
    Admin

    "Think she's working her way through all the barriers one at a time."

    Maybe need a checklist(?)

    http://cyclefridays.wordpress.com

    Posted 2 years ago #
  23. wingpig
    Member

    "...six points and a £250 on-the-spot fine for changing her satnav, on her phone, attached to the dashboard..."

    Not sure where. Friend of colleague's wife. It was just about accepted by all those paying attention, so I didn't need to pipe up.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  24. chdot
    Admin

    Is the law so well written it can 'distinguish' between a fixed phone and a fixed SatNav?

    (Not that I'm saying it should...)

    Posted 2 years ago #
  25. Frenchy
    Member

    "Just about accepted" as in they said ”Yeah, that sounds fair"?

    Edit: @chdot -I'm on my phone so can't check for sure, but I don't think there's any difference legally. Pushing buttons on a fixed device is not inherently illegal, but you can still be done fornotposting enough attention to actually driving.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  26. lorlane
    Member

    "It is illegal to use your phone while driving or riding a motorcycle"

    Applies whatever you are doing with it (making a call, taking a photo, using satnav) or using an app e.g. smartpay

    Posted 2 years ago #
  27. paddyirish
    Member

    On Friday on Inverkeithing High St heading uphill, I (on my bike) stopped at 2 traffic lights. Two L-Plated motorcyclists came behind me revving their engines in a very loud manner.

    A cyclist comes through the red light, heading up the LH Cycle lane.

    One motorcyclist said "F**king idiot"
    The other said "That's why people hate cyclists"

    Before I could think of a retort the light went Green and they revved off.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  28. urchaidh
    Member

    Bikeability training this morning, P7 class. Kids had all just been given the mandatory hi-viz vests...

    KidA: Why do I have to put this on?

    KidB: So drivers can see you.

    KidA: What! If they can't see me, they shouldn't be driving.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  29. biketrain
    Member

    Overheard today.

    [quote]Cyclist should grow up and get a car.

    From the obese man sitting not to far away.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  30. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    In the pub last night from a man sitting beside a Newfoundland dog;

    'And then his nipples fell off!'

    Posted 1 year ago #

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