The Worldwide Weblog of Donald Pincher

by Joshua Gaskell

Tag: Cycling

Friday, 19th August 2016

Rule 159 of the Highway Code tells drivers that

Before moving off you should

  • use all mirrors to check the road is clear
  • look round to check the blind spots (the areas you are unable to see in the mirrors)
  • signal if necessary before moving out
  • look round for a final check.

Move off only when it is safe to do so.

Like Eric Morecambe, many drivers in London do all the right things, but not necessarily in the right order.

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Sunday, 12th April 2015

At pedestrian crossings, the canny cyclist enjoys the opposite of a Catch-22 situation; not lose–lose but win–win: if there’s a green light he may of course proceed; and if a green man, though he mayn’t, he can carefully do the same, by assuming the role of honorary pedestrian – he’s on pedals, after all.

Tuesday, 23rd December 2014

Yesterday, Google revealed the design of their driverless car. But the innovation I’m looking forward to is the cyclerless bike. I’ll be able to buy a job lot and send them out to annoy cabbies, while I stay at home and relax.

Monday, 15th December 2014

I read in London Cyclist of the

‘Cycle Segregated’ junction […] which, if implemented properly, allows all traffic to go in the same direction at once, removing the risk of lethal ‘left hook’ or ‘right hook’ collisions.

It strikes me that the technical vocabulary of pugilism might be quite a fertile source of loanwords for cycling metaphors. Which Londinensian cyclist has not feared a finisher, leveller or body blow from a heavy-weight; has not been compelled to bob and weave; or has not narrowly ducked – and here metaphoricity takes a ringside seat – a set-to of chinned chins and uppercut kissers?

Monday, 28th July 2014

I notice that examples of bubblish new architecture seem often to have been exempted from their duty to carry street signage. At the junctions along Oxford Street, for example, older buildings are much more likely to display the name of the adjacent street. I don’t know if this is because the companies who own the new buildings kick up a fuss with the council about having their tinted glass spoiled by something so pedestrian, or because they live in such a Google Maps bubble that the idea of looking up to see where one is is unthinkable.

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