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Sunday, 31 August 2014
What was this driver thinking?

Or perhaps he wasn’t thinking.

Posted by bigblue on 31/08/2014 at 12:11 PM
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Friday, 29 August 2014
Permeability

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I was interested to see the concept of filtered permeability being put to use on Parisian streets, like this one. The metal bollards prevent cars using the streets as routes through the city. Only locals would access the street in their car (and then they might struggle to find parking. Other metal bollards put an end to the Parisian habit of parking cars on the pavement). Meanwhile cyclists and pedestrians can pass through at will. Previously I have seen this working in York.

It keeps motor vehicles onto main roads, and creates quieter residential and business zones within the city that provide a better living environment. Children were playing in the street and the pavement cafés and restaurants were more pleasant than those a block away. The streets had more of a community vibe, and I saw my first French hipsters.  They look like hipsters in any other country.

Posted by bigblue on 29/08/2014 at 01:46 PM
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Thursday, 28 August 2014
Lose is not the correct word

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And nor would a lock prevent your bicycle from being nicked. York University could provide more secure bicycle parking of course, but that solution might be too obvious, and it will cost more than little notices on the wall.

Posted by bigblue on 28/08/2014 at 07:43 PM
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Sailing in Jardin de Tuileries

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I remember doing this a few years ago when my children  were young. The yachts are hired from a vendor in the park for a fixed time period.

Posted by bigblue on 27/08/2014 at 08:13 PM
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Tuesday, 26 August 2014
Ide Hill Descent (with dash)

Another video of me cycling down Ide Hill in Kent. Here I am displaying the (closely synchronised) speed and orientation information. The yellow track is the route of my complete ride, with an arrow indicating where I am on the route.  I didn’t think I was going particularly fast here because my top speed was not very high, but my end-to-end speed for this segment of the route is (according to my computer) my fastest recorded time.

Posted by bigblue on 26/08/2014 at 03:12 PM
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Monday, 25 August 2014
Whatever the Cost

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Cost is a graffiti writer who blanketed New York in the 1980s and 1990s with a series of stickers. His real name is Adam Cole and, from what I saw in Paris recently, he has recently plastered parts of Paris.

Apparently when asked by a New York Times Style reporter what it all meant (the stickers he produced with a collaborator), he replied “if you could give us the meaning of life, I’d give you the meaning of us”.

From what I saw of his stickers there is no mystery. The banal message celebrates the ubiquitous modern cult of celebrity. Without irony, and without intelligence, he is apparently parodying one of the least attractive aspects of modern society. Probably unintentionally too.

Posted by bigblue on 25/08/2014 at 09:30 PM
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Sunday, 24 August 2014
Lingfield is lovely!

It’s just a pity about some of their daredevil drivers. This chappie put me, the occupant of the oncoming vehicle, his passenger and himself at risk for no reason.

I had a nice ride this morning through Surrey, Kent and East Sussex. I passed more cyclists than drivers (over a three hour period that ended after noon), and everyone was cool and relaxed. However coming home through Lingfield I met a couple of reckless drivers. This is one of them. Perhaps he gets so bored sitting in traffic queues that he takes his chances of excitement when they present themselves?

Posted by bigblue on 24/08/2014 at 06:03 PM
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Thursday, 21 August 2014
Aggressive driver threatens me with his vehicle

As you can see in the video this driver was quite irate at my using the road, and that due to the narrow road and oncoming traffic he needed to slow down and add a few seconds to his journey time.  The question is: do I report his threatening and aggressive behaviour to Kent Police? My previous experience suggests that Kent Police would only be interested if he was threatening me with something other than his motor vehicle, or if he had actually hit me with his vehicle.

Update:

The incident occurred on Pilgrims’ Way West leaving Otford in the direction of Sevenoaks at approximately 8:25 this morning. This evening at about 21:10, I followed the advice of commenters on the YouTube video and reported the incident to Kent Police.

As I might have mentioned before, Kent Police handles these a bit differently to Surrey Police (my home county is Surrey). Whereas Surrey Police require you to fill in a form (and discourage you from reporting an incident where you do not have two ‘independent’ witnesses) the Kent Police just take a verbal report over the phone. They log the facts in their database and say that this is then passed to the ‘case review team’ who will then come back to make contact with the reporter.

So, now there’s a wait to see what happens and also to see whether they are interested in reviewing my video footage.

Posted by bigblue on 21/08/2014 at 11:53 AM
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