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YellowPeril

Member since Dec 2012 • Last active Dec 2014
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    Is it OK to call out cyclists encountered while driving?

    I was parallel parking 30 minutes ago, and stopped alongside the car in front of "my" space, indicated left, and engaged reverse gear. There were two cars and a cyclist approaching from behind, and no cars approaching from in front. Expecting the cars not to wait, I remained stationary, and the two cars overtook. A couple of seconds later, the cyclist chose to pass me on the left, blithely passing between me and the space I was clearly intending to occupy, his beard wiffling gently in the breeze.

    As it happens, there was no danger, because I was watching the whole thing, agog. But he didn't know that, the gormless twonk.

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    Very random!

    Please confirm if that is the right shop, and there is still stock, and I'll pop in at the weekend!

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    Sorry, but I'm not the street-wise Hercules.

    Its funny that on LFGSS we can insult drivers/bad cyclists as much as we want. We use the line 'natural selection' when talking about bad decisions these road users make.
    Joking about death and being killed is OK. Until its against the grain, until something like helmets/light placement/RLJ/ or anything else that could have some 'trendy' qualities applied to. Suddenly everyone has to fight for moral high ground and we're all Judge Judy.

    It's probably not a popular view, but I think you've got a point. If a pedestrian steps out right in front of a car, most people would not assign blame to the unfortunate driver that ploughed into them. My personal view is that cycling up the inside of a moving vehicle that is indicating left is equally foolhardy, and the result is fairly predictable.

    It seems to me that lots of forumengers are happy to "call out" cyclists doing irresponsible things, but when those actions lead to a fatality, they become entirely the fault of the motorist. I don't understand why.

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    This apparently happened to h2o. Not sure when, or where (somewhere with post vans and jaguar cars).

    Point of order - is a single turd sufficient for two seperate, though probably related, incidents?

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    You are making an assumption that this system needs to be accessible to every courier.

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    ^ Agreed. And the fact that he'd never heard of zipments means that, at the very least, their marketing could be improved upon.

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    I think it sounds intriguing, but will be very hard to balance the best interests of customer and courier. As a customer, it would be great to be able to submit a job (pickup, destination, time it needs to arrive), get couriers to quote for it, then choose one that suited me. But as a professional courier, you run the risk of being undercut by part-timers earning a bit of extra cash. Maybe you need a scheme to level the playing field, penalizing occasional couriers in some way, or maybe sending more timely notifications about jobs to regular users?

    The other concern is with notifying couriers based on proximity. You can get much cleverer here - notifying couriers who are idle but within reach of the pickup, or couriers that already have scheduled drop-offs in that area (unless they have a follow-on job that is incompatible).

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    I'm liking the way this is going. But rather than dye, how about paint? Stealing the bike's going to be pretty undesirable if you get covered in paint, and also need to get the bike resprayed before you can sell it.

    Better still, add some skin irritants, and a strong smell of poo, into the mixture!

    The main problem is producing a trigger that won't go off prematurely; spraying a passing pedestrian with a shit-smelling, permanently-staining nerve-agent might be considered anti-social.

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    ^^this

    Trying to make bikes unstealable means heavy, expensive & cumbersome.

    I want something light, as easy to deploy as locking a car (not threading through grubby wheels and picking up oil from the chain), and where it is clear that any attempt to steal the bike is simply not worth the effort.

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    Not sure what you mean by giving freewheelers "a heads-up" - how does being told that they (or drivers?) may or may not see that you're slowing, in any way protect you?

    Have you ever ridden in a fast, close chain gang? My experience is that you pedal hell for leather most of the time, then cover your brakes as soon as you spot any freewheeling ahead of you. I think that, if riding fixed in this context, you should be thinking about calling "slowing" in cases where normally you woud expect the act of freewheeling to suffice.

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