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Oliver Schick

Member since Sep 2008 • Last active May 2016

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  • in Rider Down
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    she was a refugee

    I thought she might have been. Austrian and not German, as it turned out.

    These refugee stories are always filled with the most abject horror you can imagine.

  • in General
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    Not sure if the same in other 'boroughs' but in Stratford they've been placing all these god awful outside bike storage POS in the estates. I've been walking past 4 (on the same road 50m apart) and haven't seen one being used in 6 months. I wonder why?
    Somebody at the council obviously had money to burn in their budget. It annoys me to the extent i'm considering a FOI to find out how much they cost - and where the money could have been much better spent improving the cycling infra.

    What type of outside storage do you mean? Lockers or bread bins?

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    Been commuting using the new north-south cycle superhighway this week and I'm convinced that it's only a matter of time until some serious accidents take place. People overtaking each other and playing chicken with oncomers all for the sake of rushing to an office to perform a job they most likely resent...

    The question is always whether there will be more serious incidents than before implementation of the tracks. I share your worry, but risk-taking behaviour that is alarming and confusing doesn't always produce what you expect. It is certainly known that cycle tracks don't mix speeds well, but in London fast riders do have the option of staying in the carriageway (unlike in the Netherlands and other countries, where you're compelled to use a cycle track where one exists). We know that on the A118 Stratford High Street injuries to cyclists went up hugely in the first year of operation (2014) of the new cycle tracks, but we don't know how high cycle flows are almost anywhere (where cycling takes place, you can expect people to crash), one year's worth of data isn't enough to draw conclusions (you need at least three, ideally more, plus a baseline), and the designs around the E&C are very different. Also, data from similar designs around the world isn't strictly applicable, as the London context is really quite unique. In all cases, it's best to wait for the evidence to come in, but that will take a while.

  • in Rides & Races
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    grammar.

    "This is a world that everyone of you have helped build." is probably the worst clanger, but there are a couple of other interesting ones. Never mind, some people are better at doing the walk rather than the talk. :)

  • in Rides & Races
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    Isn't he really saying that the motorcycle rider made a fairly basic mistake? (The motorcycle was 'in proper working condition' etc.) It just sounds as if he's trying to avoid saying that openly.

  • in General
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    Another example being the No Cycling sign and the absurdity that, by the way it's worded, it's only illegal to ride past the sign, but dismounting and pushing past before remounting and riding on after the sign seems to be fine.

    No. The sign usually doesn't just apply to a particular point, but to a length of link--again, it depends on the traffic order behind it. I'm assuming you mean one on a highway. Take a 'no cycling' sign at a motorway entrance. It is certainly not legally acceptable to pass this on foot and then remount and ride along the motorway. Away from a highway, the situation is more muddled, of course. 'No cycling' might be governed by a bye-law, or a private landowner might choose to erect their own signs. I don't know what force they would have in the latter case, and bye-laws that need enforcement generally don't work. :)

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