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Member since Oct 2009 • Last active May 2016
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    I didn't think so, but in fact it does - then it wiggles down Lambeth Road to St George's Circus, and heads up Blackfrairs from there. Cycle route in joining-up shocker.

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    I used the anti-clockwise lane all the way round last night, and it was lovely. No bus conflict at the exit - not sure how typical that is though.

    This a.m. I stayed on the road to go all the way clockwise, and it was quite a smooth experience. For those that are turning up St George's, the lane behind the bus stops looks tempting cos it cuts out two sets of lights and only introduces 1. Plenty of people using it too, which possibly reduced the number of bikes on the road and made my life a bit easier there - less of a bunfight. But still enough bikes so that I didn't stick out like a sore thumb, and no motor hassle.

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    Turning right from newingtonbutts to nkr will be interesting. It's unlikely I'll be hugging the left lane or waiting for endless ped/bike crossings. Cue howls of motor outrage.

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    I think that it is often forgotten that there is a legitimate and important retribution aspect to justice. It is not just about deterrence of others and preventing re-offending ("I'm really sorry guv, won't do it again, look how good I've been up until now, hardly killed anybody")

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    ^ Pretty much, yes. Even with video evidence, just refuse to say who was driving.

    Though I understand that the max fine for doing that is £1000 - I have no idea why, given the seriousness of the collision, the guy was only fined £150.

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    Why can't putting in a claim be done online these days.

    It can if you're claiming on Co-op home insurance. As I've just had occasion to find out.

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    Hi,
    My bike has been stolen from my garage in Ewell. It's a white Condor Italia (the one with the curvy frame), with white Shimano RS31 wheels, white bar tape and saddle.
    It was a birthday present from my wife a few years ago, and is my pride and joy.
    I've no illusions about getting it back, but if someone does see it, I'd love to know.

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    I have no evidence as to whether there is any correlation between how fast a cyclist goes and their likelihood of a crash

    Then here's a data point. I've been riding in London at various speeds for 10 years. I have fallen off twice. Once was a clipless moment. Once was going up a dropped kerb that wasn't dropped as much as I thought, in the wet, at a snail's pace. So both my crashes were at considerably less than 5mph.

    Obligatory helmet statement - I wasn't wearing a helmet in either case, and amazingly my head didn't crack like an egg. Possibly didn't even hit the ground - it's rather narrower than my shoulders, perhaps. But it's noteworthy that this is exactly the type of accident a helmet is designed for - low speed fall onto hard surface.

    Oh great, I've commented on the helmet thread. Kill me now.

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    Thought as much, though it annoys me if the police/council had real issues with that section being ridden on then they would have done something about it before, including improved signage. Now they are fining cyclists on the pretence of 'safety' just to make a quick £50. I will now be cycling around the ring road outside of Kingston with the HGV's which i'm sure will be alot safer for me and a lot more convenient for the car drivers as they are stuck behind me.

    Yeah, riding East/West through Kingston is a pain. I lived there until about a year ago. There is a cycle path you can follow by the side of Wood Street - starts at the top of the bus station outside Bentalls, and eventually sends you round Fife Road, from where you can go down Castle Street and onto Eden Street that way. I'm not sure which bits are one-way or two-way, and it's a bit of a faff.

    Or you can go round the other way - the cycle path from John Lewis past the White Stuff, down Union Street, left onto Eden Street and follow it round.

    It would be nice to ride down Clarence Street when it's quiet, but I can't see it being allowed when it's heaving with peds on a Saturday...

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