Archive for the ‘driving’ Category

You sir, are a buffoon.

January 7, 2016

On the grounds you’ll never enforce the legislation you are suggesting, therefore it’s pointless and redundant from inception.

As a road user, on both four wheels, two wheels etc I have always felt that cycle lanes are dangerous because they bring cyclists in to potential confrontations with motorised vehicles. Given the contemporary increase in the interest in cycling there will be greater numbers of cyclists who lack the experience of joining faster-moving traffic.

My solution is so simple it’s hidden in plain sight; remove all cycle lanes so there are no points where cyclists are merging in to motorised traffic.

Therefore car drivers will have to share the roads, as they are obliged to do so. Similarly, cyclists will have to share the road, and because there are more of them now that task will be made easier.

Lunch On The Go.

May 24, 2011

I don’t know what the police would make of this. It looked like the driver was peeling an orange while sat waiting for the traffic lights to change. Would it have been that hard to peel the orange before setting off? Then you can just grab the segments from your lunch box as you go.

New rule for The Highway Code?

March 16, 2011

The Highway Code is a compendium of rules (the law of the land) and guidelines for all users of the roads here in the UK.
Following a near-miss this morning I have a suggestion for a new entry:

[School children] When crossing the road, do not attempt to update your facebook status at the same time.
Blindly stepping out in front of oncoming traffic may lead to serious injury and all your friends laughing at you.

What happened was this: I was driving, stopped at a Give Way junction indicating left. To my left there was a small group of school children, obviously on their way to Walney School. They were stood on the footpath, near the kerb waiting to cross.
I looked both ways up and down the road (the children remained where they were). I started to move off to the left.
That is when two of the children decided to cross the road. So I dropped the anchors to a chorus of screaming and shouting.
I had to give way, mostly to prevent injury and also because Rule 170 says so.
Did I use the car horn as a rebuke? No.
Did I let the children see me shaking my head slowly in despair? Yes.
Where the pedestrians holding their mobile phones in their hands? Yes (they are children).
Should the pupils of Walney School be bringing their mobile phones in to school? No. I know this, I have a few friends on “the inside”.

The tuesday night ride, 22nd December 2009.

December 23, 2009

It was short, hard and slightly dangerous to get to.
I’m glad I went though, even if the Highways Agency are saying don’t make unnecessary journeys because of a bit of scary snow on the ground.
In fairness, there’s next to no snow down here in Barrow. The insulating water jacket called The Irish Sea makes snow in Barrow quite rare. If you go inland it’s different. About 10cm of snow has fallen in Ambleside over the past 24 hours, and it’s more like 15 to 20cm on the lower fells.
It took one hour and fifteen minutes to get from Ambleside to the top of Iron Keld. Without snow it takes about an hour, possibly less if you’re keen.
There were two riders on this ride, and I was one of them. That’s part of the reason why I’m glad I decided to take part – it made it worthwhile for Andy to participate. I’d have felt very guilty if he had turned up to find no-one there at all.
If you were planning on coming, but didn’t, you missed:
(a) a lot of sliding around in the snow
(b) a good bit of pushing up and along trails we normally breeze up and along.
(c) an entertaining, but not quick, descent of Sunny Brow.
At that stage we were both feeling the effort of pushing through 15cm of snow, so we decided to cut the ride short. The total distance was about 11 miles, but they were well earned.

I shot this (and a couple of others) just to demonstrate we were there.
Two bikes and the sign post on Iron Keld, Ambleside.

A word about “scary snow”.
I was able to drive sensibly up to Ambleside from Barrow without any fuss or drama.
Coming back there were two “non-steering” moments where I had to control a slow front-wheel skid – and one of those was at the roundabout at Newby Bridge.
I think the hardest part about driving there and back, was parking in Rydal Road car park. Several times I had to rock the car forwards and backwards to coax it out of the snow.
I learned this forwards/backwards technique from the BBC’s Top Gear Polar Special – thanks to all concerned for that.

Taxi drivers of Barrow; a little bit of advice.

June 12, 2009

I respectfully draw your attention to rule 185 of The Highway Code, due to the bad habit some of you have about incorrect lane use on roundabouts. Particularly at the roundabout opposite the library at Ramsden Square.
What you should refrain from doing is using the right hand lane for going straight-ahead, as the image in The Highway Code suggests. You seem to be surprised when I correctly change to the right hand lane after exiting the roundabout.