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Re: PBP Blogs
« Reply #100 on: September 27, 2019, 07:21:04 pm »
I found the interview with the probable leader of Alotronic's Irish group. I also found an on-bike interview with Alotronic himself, but that has terrible sound quality.


Re: PBP Blogs
« Reply #101 on: September 27, 2019, 10:02:47 pm »
I'm a first-timer, one of these non-descript 50 something males, who doesn't appear in photographs, doesn't get interviewed and plodded around on his own.

I'm also a bit of a risk-taker, who likes adrenaline and enjoys descending quickly, however my experience of that group was slightly different, the risks just became too much for me. Shortly after PBP I put together some of my own thoughts, and I've been reflecting on editing it and putting it out there as a blog. This is what I wrote:-

"In the middle of the night, high in the hills, some guys set up two pace lines. They gradually wound it up to 50kmh as I tried to hold their tail. Descending in unknown hills in the dark, with variable lighting rigs at that speed had the potential to go badly wrong. They then went through some French villages at the same speed, ignoring giveway signs, stop signs etc. At that point it became too dangerous for me and I backed off."


Re: PBP Blogs
« Reply #102 on: September 27, 2019, 10:11:28 pm »
Stop signs are virtually unknown in the UK.

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In the UK, stop signs may be placed only at sites with severely restricted visibility, and each must be individually approved by the Secretary of State for Transport.[26] Section 79 of the Highways Act 1980 enables the government to improve visibility at junctions, as by removing or shortening walls or hedges, in preference to placing a stop sign. The former UK practice of using "Halt" or "Slow" at Major Road Ahead signs was discontinued in 1965 at the recommendation of the Worboys Committee.[27] Instead of replacing all the old "Halt" signs with the new Vienna Convention "Stop" sign, "Give Way" became the standard sign at UK priority junctions

Britons are blissfully unaware of the risks of crossing Stop signs. It doesn't occur in our road-use vocabulary, and it's quite a shock when a Gendarme gives them an on-the-spot time for crossing one without putting one foot down.

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Re: PBP Blogs
« Reply #103 on: September 29, 2019, 08:27:25 pm »
Another Blog of sorts from someone who gets a mention in my one.
https://www.cyclinguk.org/blog/esmond-completes-1200km-paris-brest-paris

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Re: PBP Blogs
« Reply #104 on: September 29, 2019, 08:29:41 pm »
Stop signs are virtually unknown in the UK.

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In the UK, stop signs may be placed only at sites with severely restricted visibility, and each must be individually approved by the Secretary of State for Transport.[26] Section 79 of the Highways Act 1980 enables the government to improve visibility at junctions, as by removing or shortening walls or hedges, in preference to placing a stop sign. The former UK practice of using "Halt" or "Slow" at Major Road Ahead signs was discontinued in 1965 at the recommendation of the Worboys Committee.[27] Instead of replacing all the old "Halt" signs with the new Vienna Convention "Stop" sign, "Give Way" became the standard sign at UK priority junctions

Britons are blissfully unaware of the risks of crossing Stop signs. It doesn't occur in our road-use vocabulary, and it's quite a shock when a Gendarme gives them an on-the-spot time for crossing one without putting one foot down.

I was about to dig out that very text.
You'd think the UK usage of Stop signs would have the opposite effect on UK based riders because they're only used where you can't see... the French seem to use them for everything from simple junctions with fantastic visibility to enforcing Prioritie A' Droit in he tmiddle of nowhere.

Re: PBP Blogs
« Reply #105 on: September 30, 2019, 10:30:00 am »
Stop signs are virtually unknown in the UK.

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In the UK, stop signs may be placed only at sites with severely restricted visibility, and each must be individually approved by the Secretary of State for Transport.[26] Section 79 of the Highways Act 1980 enables the government to improve visibility at junctions, as by removing or shortening walls or hedges, in preference to placing a stop sign. The former UK practice of using "Halt" or "Slow" at Major Road Ahead signs was discontinued in 1965 at the recommendation of the Worboys Committee.[27] Instead of replacing all the old "Halt" signs with the new Vienna Convention "Stop" sign, "Give Way" became the standard sign at UK priority junctions

Britons are blissfully unaware of the risks of crossing Stop signs. It doesn't occur in our road-use vocabulary, and it's quite a shock when a Gendarme gives them an on-the-spot time for crossing one without putting one foot down.
Nit sure I agree with virtually unknown.

I'm sure i read about an American city where the police had a crackdown on cyclists not stopping. The result on traffic congestion was massive as cyclists adopted a policy of rigorous compliance with each cyclist in turn shuffling up to the line  and stopping completely before pulling away. It turns out the authorities didn't want that after all. It might have been San Francisco or seattle
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Re: PBP Blogs
« Reply #106 on: October 01, 2019, 06:57:25 pm »
I've put together some of my random musings. I hope this works for sharing. It's on my google drive and this should be a shareable link.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1a8EWjHsHGJyVAKtGGcjDEI5p_p-zRxa3