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19 September 2013 14:14
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26 September 2013 07:05
I have some quite strong feelings about people who race around housing estates and past schools. They belong in the same category as agressive tailgaters, drunk or otherwise chemically altered drivers, and those preoccupided by some other task, inevitably staring at the hand by their groin which I hope is holding a phone.
I note the trend of 40 and 50 boards appearing where there have been incdents of drivers approaching a hazard too quickly for the conditions, which are promptly ignored by most road users who fail to spot the reason why their NSL has been interrupted. I wonder if signing the hazard would be a better idea.
There are dual carriageways I despise because they can become 90mph traffic jams, I do not like running at that kind of speed with little gap between the traffic, and I think trying to run slower than such traffic is even more dangerous.
I understand that the current ACPO "rules of engagement" make clear note that speed limit enforcement must take place with community support and not feel like revenue generation, a 20 zone must feel like such for effective enforcement to take place, and similarly with faster limits they must be widely observed for any kind of meaningful enforcement to take place.
I have noticed a shift where I live from roads lined with cameras to the occaisonal camera as the road enters a residentual area and cameras at the traffic lights that are frequently jumped in a dangerous manner. This is frequenly backed up by video vans parked by schools and the bits of housing estate and village that are frequently abused.
I don't have to go too far to find streets lined with cameras or the dreaded average speed systems. I note that advertising standards have been involved in the marketing of the latter as they can't be proven to reduce accidents.
Of course the worst accident I have seen the aftermath of was a hot hatch, presumably distracted by the speed camera just around the blind bend a few hundred yards into the 30 zone, smashed into the wall and camera. I saw the ambulance crew first, and knew I did not want to look, but still I saw dark stains on the road and a child's trainer still in the road.
I don't have a problem with people risking their own lives, risking the lives of people who don't have a choice as to whether to participate is the real crime here.
25 September 2013 18:02
we're not always bad, just more agile...
The whole speeding thing is ridiculous in that the regulations were created a long time ago when the vehicles were very different. What is more, you cannot consider an elderley Mercedes driver as the same as someone who clocks up kilometres on a modern sports bike. We have reaction times quicker than their accidental breaks of wind and we are not thinking about the good old days while listening to comments about the terrible situation of modern society.
As impossible as it may seem, speed limits should be less of an obsession nowadays. The police should be a lot more concerned about driving under the influence of drink and drugs, people using their GPS while on the move, drivers too preoccupied with what the children are doing in the back and MOSTLY, people using their mobiles while driving to speak or, as I have repeatedly seen, send messages.
The time has come for an upheaval of the system.
25 September 2013 09:15
I do every ride but not often by much. Are the people who have selected "Never Intentionally" saying they have never done 35mph in a 30mph zone for example? If so I can't believe it.
I don't think by saying that I am "damaging" the community, I rarely follow a car that is doing the speed limit and I'm no speed demon myself but I can't deny occasionally straying over the speed limit by 10mph or so.
24 September 2013 14:29
Ruxxy, Think Again.
Before dismissing anyone concerned as a 'muppet,' consider the following. Some years ago Ride magazine published articles on the best biking roads and had a rating for 'police interest' on these routes. A newpaper, I think it was the Western Mail, but I may stand corrected, picked up on this and printed an article claiming that Ride was encouraging racing on rural roads and suggesting the best routes to try to dodge the police. You get the idea: speeding, urban motorcycle hooligans are coming to terrorise respectable rural communities. It does not require people in 'authority' to create a negative impact on motorcycling, all it needs is a cynical hack looking for a story, or a journo who just hates motorcycles. Or alternatively some fanatical lobby organisation who is anti bike anti car. Bikers are a minority and we are hence an easier target. Probably nothing will come of this, but why give our enemies the bullets to shoot us with?
24 September 2013 12:30
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