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Re: New Route Planner

All ok on my iPad. Richard: One day we are all going to bully Queeny into giving you a well deserved knighthood for exemplary services to dreamy, cycle tourists. You are nearing 'David Attenborough' status in my opinion.

Thank you for at least the 17th time [emoji106]

Re: Driverless cars in UK this year

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 May 2016 - 7:36pm
There could be a lot more cars in a driverless car park though, bumper to bumper, door to door, just need to figure out the best way of them being arranged, though this would depend on probability of them being needed soon I suppose. If all cars were driverless, roads could be a lot narrower, pavements/gardens bigger.

Re: New Route Planner

Cycle.travel new feature works fine on my iPad mini; iOS 9.3.1.

Re: Where to leave the car

I don't know the area but we've been successful before by asking the campsite that we stayed in when we arrived. Same would go for a hotel that's not got loads of parking pressure I should think. Otherwise try a local warm showers person either for somewhere to leave it or advice.

Re: Fill the hole website

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 May 2016 - 5:38pm
Psamathe wrote:I used to report loads. But then they took ages to repair and the repairs were as bad as the holes.


I think I'm in the same boat as Ian. I reported many potholes and defects, some were done within 1-2 weeks others took up to 6 months( possibly related to no budget left until new financial year ). The repairs were third rate, in fact irish travellers would have done a better job and we know their reputation.

I think if you put wording such as "this defect is likely to kill a cyclist" it may alert them to respond quickly. I sometimes see the survey van that goes around using ultrasound I think to map the road surface and all defects that need fixing. Obviously it's on a planned schedule so in between reporting is required, it'd be best to send council operatives out on bikes and they'd see the reality of the situation. Utility companies are responsible for many problems, their reinstatement of the road surface leaves a lot to be desired. On fill that hole I left a comment on a report "even the luftwaffe didn't damage our roads to the extent our utility companies do".

Interestingly a road near me was in a shocking state for all the years I've lived here, then the tour of britain comes. A few weeks before whole sections of the road were replaced with perfect tarmac sections.... and I mean really flat and smooth, so it can be done but it was ok for all other cyclists in the years before to risk their necks on it . Also recently other sections of the same road with the tiniest of defects have been arrowed and highlighted for repair? Why, well there is a huge open cast application pending and it seems as much as there is huge local objection it may simply be a done deal, hence the road improvements for heavy traffic. What a world we live in.

Re: Driverless cars in UK this year

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 May 2016 - 5:30pm
While , I think technically the idea of driverless cars is great . I can sit in the back of my car and read a paper , will hopefully take out the driver aggression to cyclists and other road users and allow a more efficient road system etc . I just dont see it happening for at least 50 years. Why , because of human nature will not trust it. We could of had driverless trains . A much easier proposition but the only line using it in the UK is Dockland Light Railway and then still with someone to be responsible for door closing . Birmingham Airport to the train station has a short one that is fully automatic

Pilot less aircraft would be pretty easy . autopilot already does 90 percent, but we still have not one but 2 pilots on each aircraft. pilot error is a major cause of aircraft accidents

Cars are far more complex to program . But the usual rule with technology is it will take far longer to achieve than thought but have a far greater effect than envisaged

Re: Sally Shalloe

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 May 2016 - 5:29pm
Lives wasted. Tragic+++

Re: New Route Planner

New feature doesn't appear to load.
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Re: Fill the hole website

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 May 2016 - 4:56pm
Psamathe wrote:Only thing I found worked was adding a comment along the lines of "3rd time of reporting so maybe time to get my local Councillor on the case ?" and then it would be done within the week - but you'd still have to avoid the repaired patch.

So why disrupt your ride and achieve very little. Yet I do still feel that I ought to be reporting them.
Actually, it sounds like you should see if you can get your local councillor to work on reforming the Norfolk Transport Asset Management Plan because it's clearly not working for cycling (yet again).

Re: New Route Planner

New feature time!

I've just added a "Suggest a ride" button to the route-planner. Enter a start place, click the button, and it'll suggest two or three circular rides you can try. Drag the slider if you want a shorter/longer route, then click the one you want.

It usually comes up with enjoyable routes, especially in rural areas and for longer distances. There's a couple of things I still need to iron out (it sometimes chooses routes that aren't really circular, more like two out-and-back rides) but it's generally fun and fast.

I've also tweaked the placename entry on the route-planner so it autocompletes your typing.

Re: Fill the hole website

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 May 2016 - 4:28pm
We live on a steep narrow lane, and 20years ago they resurfaced it.
Great eh?
Nope, coz they've done very little to it since.

Because of all the rains we had last autumn/winter, the holes that had appeared over the years got worse.
I got in touch with Cornwall Highways and let them know about the issues.
I had a nice polite reply, but was told that the steward(?) would be looking generally and would report any problems. A few months later, SOME of the holes were filled ............... and I could have done a better job of it.

Therefore, I reckon three things:
1. There's not enough money to repair the roads properly .......................... despite Objective One funding for Cornwall.
2. There's a steward employed to do his rounds and keep an eye on the roads .......... just like they employ people to check on street-lights and road signs.
3. Fill That Hole only raises the existing problems that they already know about. Maybe it gets your pet problem to the top of the pile.

Re: Fill the hole website

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 May 2016 - 4:04pm
Mick F wrote:It's been years since I reported any.

Today, out for a ride, I counted 21 potholes between Tavistock town centre in the affluent county of Devon to the county border. 4.5miles of A390.
From the border over the bridge into the EU Objective One funded county of Cornwall to the village of Gunnislake, I counted 25 potholes. This is still the A390 but this distance is only half a mile. :shock:

Report 'em all??????

This is before I even count them on the minor roads.
They are too numerous to count.
I used to report loads. But then they took ages to repair and the repairs were as bad as the holes.

So I started deciding I'd do an occasional disrupted ride i.e. a ride where I would accept less distance/longer time and I'd stop and report them all. And apart from potentially enabling a few when it came to making claims (and how many people with a broken suspension check on the Fill that hole/Fix my street/etc web sites), all I was doing was interfering with my ride. Cynical reports of fixed holes that were "not adequate" or had come apart within a month got nowhere.

Winter was worse as wearing gloves you had to take the gloves off (to work the phone) and then if your hands/gloves were damp they were difficult to get back on.

Only thing I found worked was adding a comment along the lines of "3rd time of reporting so maybe time to get my local Councillor on the case ?" and then it would be done within the week - but you'd still have to avoid the repaired patch.

So why disrupt your ride and achieve very little. Yet I do still feel that I ought to be reporting them.

Ian

Re: Sally Shalloe

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 May 2016 - 3:57pm
It's badly-worded, as these things invariably are, but I don't think the CTC, sorry CUK, forumites are aware of this...

Lifetime Driving Ban If You Are Found Guilty Of Killing Someone Whilst Driving.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/128648

Re: Fill the hole website

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 May 2016 - 3:49pm
Tangled Metal wrote:Seriously though, does anyone else report potholes? Worthwhile doing IMHO.

I report 'em, but on Fix My Street rather Than Fill That Hole. Fix My Street also allows you to report encroaching vegetation, broken street lights, fly-tipping, and all sorts of other stuff the council should be made aware of. It's a very good tool.

Re: Fill the hole website

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 May 2016 - 1:56pm
It's been years since I reported any.

Today, out for a ride, I counted 21 potholes between Tavistock town centre in the affluent county of Devon to the county border. 4.5miles of A390.
From the border over the bridge into the EU Objective One funded county of Cornwall to the village of Gunnislake, I counted 25 potholes. This is still the A390 but this distance is only half a mile.

Report 'em all??????

This is before I even count them on the minor roads.
They are too numerous to count.

Re: How can a Brooks be the preferred touring saddle?

Spa Cycles Nidd saddle. All day. For months. Almost exactly the same as a Brook's B17, but half the price. I actually think the leather is a little thicker, so it took a bit longer to break in.

Re: Driverless cars in UK this year

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 May 2016 - 1:02pm
eileithyia wrote:Some interesting things were aired yesterday. the driverless cars would be parked somewhere(???) and would arrive when you required one...... how much space is this going to take up. then they would go away again when you reach your destination.
It would be good if we could get this point discussed more in public, as the storage of cars on public roads is a problem. All that can be said in respect of robocars is that there's nothing about them to intrinsically make the problem worse, and it's possible that by transforming the concept of cars in cities and towns from ownership to usage they might reduce the total number on the roads -- though there are other reasons to think they might increase it. But in essence, swapping personal driven cars for hired "chauffeur" vehicles need not worsen the problem. It even presents an opportunity to shift the problem onto purpose built car parks on the peripheries, as the cars need not be stored near their users. Of course, that merely shifts the problem to a different area.

Re: How can a Brooks be the preferred touring saddle?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 May 2016 - 12:19pm
ChrisF wrote:I've been very happy with my Brooks (Swift) for 3 years (3 two-week tours plus a few day rides) and was planning on a trip again next month. But yesterday the tension pin snapped and it now has to go back to Brooks for repair (£25) - seems it's v. difficult to repair these without special tools. A bit of Googling suggests I'm by far not the only one to have this problem.
Anyway, glad it happened yesterday and not 1-2 days into my next trip. Not sure if I'll get the repaired unit back in time; if not it's back to the old cheap saddle

This happened to my B17, but I managed to repair it myself, after getting a similar quote from Brooks. I bought a new nose bolt from SJS cycles in Bridgwater for about a fiver. The tricky bit is stretching the saddle enough to get it over the new nose bolt. I managed to do this using a flat screwdriver and the nose bolt as a fulcrum. Not easy but possible. I would also agree about the repaired saddle becoming "stiff". Mine used to sag quite a bit but is now rock hard again, even with the nosebolt not extended at all.

Where to leave the car

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 May 2016 - 11:54am
Hi all

I am taking by bikes over to Germany for a weeks bike tour with my wife - based round the Moselle valley route

I will be starting from Trier, but will need to leave the car for about a week. Any experience of good places to leave the car - either at Trier or generally?

Thanks for any ideas

Richard

Re: Fill the hole website

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 May 2016 - 11:31am
mjr wrote:Tangled Metal wrote:Seriously though, does anyone else report potholes? Worthwhile doing IMHO.
Yes, I do, but I find http://www.fixMyStreet.com easier to use and handles non-pothole problems too. I use stills taken from handlebar camera footage of the worst ones (which also means I don't have to stop and note the exact location).
I used to use that but their iPhone app looked not fantastic. when interrupting my ride I want quick and easy and minimal rather than donation requests, etc. I also want offline as I do minimum recording at the hazard and fill in the rest at home afterwards and then submit. And Fill that hole was a bit better in that regard.

Ian
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