Saturday Jan 31, 2009

Risks from cyclists

If you were to believe the papers you would think there was a huge problem cyclists endangering pedestrians. Whether it is cyclists jumping traffic lights or cyclists on the pavement. However llike so many things the truth of the matter is very different. While pavement cyclists and red light jumping should not be condoned the danger it represents is wildly overstated. As a pedestrian or any other road user the the dangers are motor vehicles.

As can be seen from the answer given by the secretary of state for Transport:

Jim Fitzpatrick: The numbers of pedestrians that were (a) injured, (b) seriously injured and (c) killed in collisions with (i) cars (ii) all motor vehicles and (iii) cyclists in reported personal injury road accidents in each of the last 10 years are given in the table:

Number of casualties

 

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Cars











All injured

37367

35054

34199

32955

31490

29276

28116

26680

24963

24169

Serious

8063

7451

7161

6828

6496

5886

5552

5251

5236

5064

Killed

673

608

590

531

534

533

462

470

471

433












All motor vehicles











All injured

43621

41598

40783

39431

37734

35337

33931

32290

30060

29297

Serious

9492

8876

8559

8169

7801

7109

6746

6389

6322

6224

Killed

904

863

851

825

770

767

669

666

672

642












Pedal Cyclists











All injured

309

346

291

258

205

255

235

276

223

225

Serious

72

70

66

60

47

45

49

61

47

48

Killed

2

5

3

0

4

4

1

3

3

4

1. All injured includes seriously injured and slightly injured casualties.



So if you percieve you are in danger from cyclists, watch out for the cars.

Original data here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200809/cmhansrd/cm090126/text/90126w0003.htm#column_14W

Sunday May 11, 2008

May Flyer

Once again we, Molesey BBT, rode the South Western Road Club's May ride. This year is was called the “May Flyer” the route was identical to last year but the weather was not. Today was glorious sunshine. We started off as a group but one immediately, that is within 10 yards of the start, punctured and the rest of us pushed on. By the time I got over Coombe Bottom all the other BBT riders were no where to be seen. One rider I know from the trips to Italy and France was with me and a few others I did not know. We pushed on.

After about 22 miles we were caught by three riders who had started 3 or 6 minutes behind us and so were clearly going faster than us. I decided to try and catch a wheel and see how far I could hold it for. One of the riders had blistering speed on the “flatter” sections the second I later discovered was doing the ride on the big ring and could clearly have left us all standing. The third seemed like a very good all rounder.

I managed to stay with them until the return climb up Coombe Bottom where the “all rounder” was dropped but the rider on the big ring disappeared. I was only 10 yards off the other rider at the top but He was on a mission and the drop from there to the finish suited his style being able do a fast pace.

My GPS told me I completed the ride in 4:54 for the 86.24miles giving 17.6mph.

Finally on the way home I got to be bicycle repair man to a random Lady whose chain had come off. The whole day was 104 miles and my legs certainly feel that I have had a good workout. I do really need to find out what the problem is with my right foot which became extremely painful during the ride. I was wearing my Sidi shoes. I'll try the Carnacs for a few weeks to see if that makes it better.

Friday Jun 08, 2007

South Western Road Club May Cyclosportif - results

I got the results through for the South Western Road Club Cycle sportif, which is not a race but since they publish times you can see how well you did compared to others. I came in ninth, (fifth for my age group) which I find amazing:

9 05:03 Gerhard Chris E 05:03 GOLD

I've now forgotten the rain and how horrible the day was.

Sunday May 13, 2007

South Western Road Club May Cyclosportif

This years South Western Road Club Randonee has been renamed a Cyclosportif. I'm not sure why as this years event was practically indistinguishable from last, except that it ended in Ripley where there is hall and that it rained for the entire ride.

A group of us from Molesey BBT left together at 09:09 but almost immediately we were split up with just two of use off the front and we did not stay together for long. By the time I reached Albury I was on my own but feeling good catching riders from earlier groups. Then in Wonersh I was passed by three riders and managed to grab a wheel. This could have ended in tears as they were pushing on and just outside Godalming the rider just in front of me went down on a left hand bend. How I missed him and his bike and managed to stay upright I don't know. He and his bike were fine. It certainly did not stop them pushing along however he was more circumspect on the bends from then on.

I managed to stay with them until the halfway check near Amberley but while we were getting our cards signed the faller managed to escape of the front so there where then just three of us. However it was clear to me that I was never going to be able to stay the distance with them. Then one of them punctured and I was alone briefly before I joined up with another group. Then we passed the faller who had also punctured, there were lots of riders puncturing. I must have past at least 10, each one making me think it was only a matter of time before I joined them. I did not see them pass me but they may have when I stopped to tighten the screws that hold my water bottle cage on which had worked loose.

>By the time I reached the third checkpoint I was leading a small group and on leaving I was on my own. I wanted to be alone as I climbed Coombe Bottom so no one would know just how slow someone could go up a hill. I failed. Got caught.

Managed to ride the last few miles to Ripley as a pair and since it was down hill it did not feel quite as slow as it could have. Also the rain had eased a bit. I finished at 14:13 approximately which is a disappointing time 5 hours 2 minutes to do 90miles. I have plenty of excuses though.

Not really sure how far it was by the end as once again my speedometer stopped working for part of the ride. I measured the distance as 83 miles and have 104 for the day with an average of 18mph when I finished and 17.8mph when I got home.

I was completely soaked but overall I enjoyed it.

Friday Jan 26, 2007

UK statute Law On line

Dave has prompted me to post where you can actually find the definitive statue law or the U.K. on line.

It is here: http://www.statutelaw.gov.uk/

Interestingly, to me, searching for "road traffic act" in google still does not find it on the first page.

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