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Wednesday, 02 October 2013
Road Rage on Oxford Street, London

This taxi driver tried to pull out and “barge” his way through some cyclists. While he probably gets away with this with cars, it is not a safe thing to do with cyclists.  In fact there was a young child in a trailer being pulled by one of the cylists.  A tricyclist (I think he was riding a pedicab) was so incensed that he dismounted and gave the taxi driver an earful.

It is not clear from the video but there was a lot of vehicular traffic on the street and so the taxi driver was not going anywhere fast - the bicycles were keeping up with (and overtaking) the cars, which were causing a traffic jam.

Posted by bigblue on 02/10/2013 at 10:48 PM
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Saturday, 25 May 2013
Descending Chalkpit Lane (Dashboard version)

This is another version of the video that I previously posted here.  I have added a display of some of the GPX data, indicating my speed and altitude.

I’m still getting the hang of this malarky and so I didn’t sychronise the data properly with the video (there’s a lag of a few seconds in the data, relative to the video).  Nonetheless it gave me some ideas for what is possible in future.  The data comes from the SportsTracker application, and I merged it using DashWare software, which allows for the GPX data to be represented in a number of different ways.

Posted by bigblue on 25/05/2013 at 11:37 PM
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Sunday, 19 May 2013
Race on!

Half way up from Bristol to Fishponds I was overtaken by a young cyclist. I raised my pace a bit to keep up with her, when she dropped her pace a bit I easily overtook her.  A similar thing happened with some young lads further on. They didn’t like me cruising past them, and so chased me and overtook me again shortly afterwards (when I slowed down for a tight bend). However I maintained my pace and easily overtook them again a little later.

This was just a bit of fun: there were so many people out and about cycling that a “race” would have been inappropriate.

Posted by bigblue on 19/05/2013 at 04:37 PM
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Be alert, your country needs lerts

Some general tips for navigating a roundabout:

Posted by bigblue on 19/05/2013 at 12:30 PM
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Wednesday, 08 May 2013
A dangerous overtake

This driver overtook me a little too fast, and too close.  Section 163 of The Highway Code states:

Section 163:

Overtake only when it is safe and legal to do so. You should:

    • give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car (see Rules 211 to 213 and 214 to 215).
  • The video is taken using a wide angle lens, so it is a bit deceptive. However the car passed me about 1 foot to my right, when the guidelines call for 3 feet passing space.

    Posted by bigblue on 08/05/2013 at 09:00 PM
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    Monday, 06 May 2013
    I saw this kid getting pulled

    In Bath yesterday afternoon.

    Posted by bigblue on 06/05/2013 at 09:24 PM
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    Saturday, 04 May 2013
    Who’s that guy?

    I think I’ve seen this chap out and about sometime last year. Anyway, as you can see we couldn’t really stop and exchange pleasantries, we barely had time to greet and remark on how marvellous the weather was that evening… earlier this week.

    Posted by bigblue on 04/05/2013 at 07:53 PM
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    Thursday, 02 May 2013
    Recklessly endangering my life

    I thought some of the drivers in front him/her were driving too fast, too close to the car in front, and too recklessly in the path of oncoming traffic.  There were also drivers behind him/her doing this (although they are not shown on this segment of video). 

    Nonetheless this driver of R715YKK wins the prize for recklessly endangering my life.

    Posted by bigblue on 02/05/2013 at 07:34 PM
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    Driver on Mobile Phone

    As seen in Woldingham yesterday afternoon.  He also lost control of his vehicle while bringing it to a stop at this point because the cars in front of him stopped. The current penalty for this is a £60 fine and 3 points on your licence.

    Posted by bigblue on 02/05/2013 at 08:32 AM
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    Sunday, 03 February 2013
    Too fast or too close?

    I could feel comfortable being overtaken by a car this close to me, but they would have to be going slower than this driver was.

    Posted by bigblue on 03/02/2013 at 11:17 AM
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    Tuesday, 01 January 2013
    Road Rage in Lingfield

    I had this unfortunate encounter with a dangerous driver on New Year’s Eve Eve (30th December), and loaded the video to YouTube.  I loaded it without any sound. I was going to “bleep” my swearing and add the sound but now I found I can’t do that.  Also in the video there is a lot of noise of wind on the microphone, and while you can hear me quite clearly it is quite difficult to hear what the other party is saying.  So here’s a transcript that I made of the video:

    Sound of wind and breathing only for 2 minutes 12 seconds. 
    At 2 minutes 12 seconds the vehicle overtakes. As it does so I shout: “Hey! F* you!” (loudly).
    The car stops.  I stop some way behind the car.  The driver gets out of vehicle.
    At 2 minutes 21 seconds I say “How can you do that to me?”
    The driver then says something inaudible and starts to approach me.  I say “You’re on camera and I’m reporting you. LV07FRL”.  The driver says something to me (also inaudible) along the lines that I should take a note of (perhaps “jot down”) his registration number.  I reply “I have taken it down”.
    The driver points his finger to his head at this point and says something inaudible followed by “and also next time remember to use a little bit of common sense. I was 200 metres behind you and I beeped my hooter”. (His belly is thrust into camera and his face is thrust into my face).
    I say “I didn’t hear you”.
    The driver then says “you’ve got too much of that Bert” (making “chatty” sign with his hand). “You really have. I warned ya. And I give ya a wide berth. You wanna act like a prat, act like that but don’t blame me for it”. He turns away and moves back towards car, starts saying something inaudible and turns back to me.  He then says something along the lines of “you cyclists think you own the road”. 
    I interupt and say “Put your number plate into YouTube in 48 hours”. He starts coming back towards me. He says something that is inaudible, but is perhaps “What?”.  He starts walking back towards me.
    I say “Search your number plate in YouTube in 48 hours and tell me that you still think it was safe”.
    The drivers’ belly is thrust into the camera and his face into my face (again) and he says “I don’t want to talk to you on YouTube you prat. I tried to tell you you’re an idiot”.  He raises his hand above his shoulder, then he turns and goes back to his car.  On the way back he turns and says “Too much of that you got” (gestures “chatty” sign with hand?).  He turns back to his car, muttering/saying something too low to hear, and gets in his car .
    I say “LV07HRL” (twice), as he drives off. I start cycling.
    Video ends

    In retrospect I don’t think the swearing was very wise, and a loud “Hey!” on its own would have sufficed.  On the other hand this happened out of the blue and I got a fright (so I learn that when I get a sudden fright I have a tendency to swear).

    I have mentioned (and shown) the 2 minutes and 12 seconds of breathing/wind leading up to the event because the driver told me that he had “hooted” at me “200 metres” further back down the road, and I told him that I didn’t hear this.  However, had we been having a more reasonable and lengthy discussion I could have asked him whether he expected me to dismount and get off the road. Clearly if I had become aware of him behind me, I would have let him pass me at the next “passing zone” (there are several on that stretch of road, and I think they are signposted even).

    My main objection to the driver’s behaviour was that he overtook me dangerously: I believe he was going too fast and too near to me, in contravention of the Highway Code, section 163:

    Overtake only when it is safe and legal to do so. You should:

    • not get too close to the vehicle you intend to overtake
    • ...
    • give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car (see Rules 211 to 213 and 214 to 215).

    I noticed when transcribing the audio, that I read out two different versions of the driver’s number plate. When checking the footage of the overtake (when the car was near to me) I have now confirmed that the second version is the correct one.

    Posted by bigblue on 01/01/2013 at 04:37 PM
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    Sunday, 25 November 2012
    My first tumble of the day

    In Great Church Wood, Woldingham, I went onto the bridlepath which is covered in mud and leaves. The mud coated my tyres, making them slide on any incline. You can see the result here.

    Posted by bigblue on 25/11/2012 at 10:46 PM
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    Sunday, 18 November 2012
    Latest Sick Cycle Lane of Surrey

    After using this cycle lane a few times, I felt the need to record it (and add some comments/criticisms).  I took this video last weekend near the tail end of Sunday afternoon ride.

    I have commented in the video how the cycle path doesn’t meet Surrey County Council’s own standards. However to be fair to Surrey County Council they do have a lack of standards when it comes to cycling infrastructure.  Their 2007-2011 Cycling Strategy stated (inter alia) committed them:

    To review internal working processes and procedures to ensure all new and improved facilities and their maintenance fully meet national and Surrey standards.

    Since Surrey County Council have said that they will adhere to “national standards”, these are what they should be held accountable to: The Cycling England Design Standards and the Department for Transport Design Standards

    Surrey County Council has promised to publish a new Cycling Strategy by the end of 2012, so it will be interesting to see whether they are going to start getting serious about these points or whether they are going to continue with the woeful and piecemeal approach of the last five years.

    Previous by me:

    Posted by bigblue on 18/11/2012 at 07:03 AM
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    Thursday, 04 October 2012
    Barcelona Timelapse

    A short video that I put together from my last trip to Barcelona.
    Link: Barcelona Timelapse from bigbluemeanie on Vimeo.

    Posted by bigblue on 04/10/2012 at 04:49 PM
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    Tuesday, 24 July 2012
    Thistle and Weeds

    Descending back into Oxted at the end of my ride on Sunday morning.

    Posted by bigblue on 24/07/2012 at 07:10 AM
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