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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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    No it's not, it's on Clarence Street further away from the crossing.

    I meant, the view is that of someone standing on the road, in the crossing. Just to give some positional context to the rest of my post. I realize the sign is behind the crossing, on Clarence Street.

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    Ed's streetview is from a ped Xing, and there's no indication that you can ride a bike on the pavement there.

    A little further round there is a dropped kerb (the entrance to Clarence Street) with a pair of full-size no-entry signs on it.

    A little further round again there is another dropped kerb (the entrance to Castle Street, where you can ride) with a full-size no-entry sign, with an "Except Cycles" underneath it.

    That little sign looks like it's just a reminder. Apart from this, I think it's pretty clear (in this direction at least) that you're not meant to enter Clarence Street from this end on a bike.

    At the other end of Clarence Street, I think you have those empty red circular signs that mean (and say) No Vehicles, which includes bikes. (No Motor Vehicles has a car and a motorbike in the circle). So, as long as you know what the signs mean, it's quite clear that you shouldn't be riding there, I think.

    I wouldn't challenge your FPN. Sorry.

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    Oh it's definitely on a route to work, at least for cyclists - it's on the main commuter track from Richmond Park to central London. When I lived in Kingston, there was more than one occasion when it would have been useful to have found it open as I passed, but it rarely was.

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    Dibs on complete bike, if it's still available - PM on its way.

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    This pic from Ed's post yesterday, is profoundly depressing. Do these people really think this is necessary when you ride a bike?

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    New cables.
    More of a gears thing than a brakes thing, but shifting with new cables almost = new bike.
    At least, it does if you've let them get really shitty first.

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    I could'nt quite believe what I was witnessing, my eyes opened ever wider as my brain thought 'surely not, no he won't - Oh, he did'. Shouting any guidance at that moment in time may have tipped him over the edge. He's probably a decent chap just having a crap ride, or he's a decent chap when not riding, who knows but on recent rides I've seen actions like this far too often. Maybe it's Nodder fatigue season and van drivers are on the hunt?

    Sorry, I didn't mean to imply that it should have been you bellowing guidance from across the road - you can predict how well that would have gone down :)

    A few years riding in London has definitely given me a new perspective on general human behaviour though, in all its blinkered, selfish, ignorant glory. (not everyone, and not all the time, but much more widespread and generalised than I used to assume)

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    Nods have a heart too, even the really stupid ones

    ^ I feel quite sad after reading that. Do you think that this is a small, but typical, view into this man's life - that he is generally rather clueless and spends much of his life frustrated, feeling like a victim, without being able to work out how to improve his lot? Or do you think he's actually quite good at some things, and generally a really nice guy, but just can't figure out how bikes fit into traffic and needs some guidance?

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