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location Southampton, United Kingdom
age 44
visits member for 3 years, 7 months
seen Apr 15 at 21:04

I live here (near 'A').

Currently working on: Cash sorting machines using .Net

Completed the London to Brighton bike ride on 21st June, 2009 in aid of the British Heart Foundation in a time of 4 hours five minutes (not including the time spent standing on the steep climb waiting for the pack of cyclists to move). Raised 149 GBP in total. Thanks to everyone who sponsored me.

This year on the 28th August 2011 I'm doing the London to Hastings bike ride to raise money for the British Heart Foundation again. Sponsor me at this page.


Apr
15
comment Cycling too Fast
@ShemSeger: Close, head east and you'll get to Woodmans Farm (north side) and it was between there and the trees on the south side. I was heading west.
Apr
15
comment Cycling too Fast
To be honest, I don't remember anything of the incident at all. I don't think he cut me up from the reports I've read but how much space he allowed before pulling in I really can't say. Avoiding a collision would be a good solution, but the road had steep grass banks and the cars ended up wedged between them - no gaps. Standard rubber rim brakes alas. To be honest, I don't think I was going that fast as I think my head didn't hit anything - I stayed on the saddle, the helmet didn't crack or compress at all and the car was undamaged. Unlucky? Maybe.
Apr
15
comment Cycling too Fast
I think what I'm trying to say there is: do you leave 2s or enough space to come to a complete stop? In the latter case you'd have to slow down a lot. I sometimes feel that had I been in a car, this wouldn't be an issue.
Apr
15
comment Cycling too Fast
I'm well aware of tailgating and I do usually slow down when being overtaken. I've been commuting by bike for 20+ years, I do take great pains in making sure I'm safe (hivis, regular maintenance, etc). The scenario was: car pulls out, accelerates and overtakes, pulls in, hits oncoming car (oncoming car on wrong side of road), I can't stop in time. All this in 150m on country lane (two lanes though). The car came to a really sudden stop (0mph) so the 2 second rule is probably not enough - can you come to a absolute stop with reaction time in 2s?
Apr
15
comment Cycling too Fast
The speed limit was 60mph which I've never been anywhere close to (even going down the final hill on the London to Brighton ride). I feel like saying no to any compromise and letting them try to prove I was going too fast (whatever that means), maybe they'll back down when they see the cost of doing that.
Apr
15
comment Cycling too Fast
The safe distance thing is tricky as the car had just overtaken me so it was possibly closer than I would have usually liked. Would this then lead to the case that I should have slowed down when being overtaken and by how much? And what could this mean to other cyclists? Would this be setting a precedent?
Apr
14
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Apr
14
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Apr
14
comment Cycling too Fast
@PeteH: Perhaps I should have been clearer. I'm not really looking for advice, I have a solicitor for that! I was really looking to see if anyone had any pointers or had any idea what might be coming my way. Be prepared as they say (sorry, wrong people!) @ Max: That is kind of obvious really ;-)
Apr
14
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Apr
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Apr
14
comment Cycling too Fast
Just to clarify, all my comments about the crash are based on police reports, witness statements and past experience of cycling that road. I have no memory of it at all. I was just vaguely aware of being in hospital some days afterwards (not suddenly waking up there like you see on TV!)
Apr
14
comment Cycling too Fast
@ChrisH: Wow, lots on the CTC site. That article would be interesting to look at thanks. As for the crash, there was a driver coming towards us round a bend on the wrong side of the road that caused the initial collision and its his insurance being awkward. The overtake completed safely and then the car on the wrong side of the road appeared - he has been found guilty by the courts.
Apr
14
comment Cycling too Fast
@PeteH: I do have a personal injury lawyer involved but he's not a cyclist specific lawyer so I was just seeing if anyone had experience of something similar. It does sound lame to me too, especially given the circumstances. The British Cycling is worth a look, thanks.
Apr
14
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Oct
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May
18
comment If I report intentional dangerous driving to police, will it have any effect?
I have to say I have been thinking about getting a video camera after an incident last week where a van driver deliberately drove at me on the wrong side of the road, i.e. head on. There was no reason for the driver to be on the wrong side of the road.
Oct
10
comment Intersection detection doesn't notice me, what should I do?
In the UK, I believe the correct action to take when faced with a malfunctioning signal is to turn around and find another route.
Oct
7
comment If I'm riding on the road, and there is a red light but a walk signal in my direction, should I go?
Definately not legal in the UK as well. Personally I generally don't pass red lights (the only exception are those temporary lights you get that are activated by the presence of a vehicle and there's no vehicles around and there's no path to use)
Oct
7
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