die Geschwindigkeitsbegrenzung!

Discussion in 'Advocacy and Cycling Safety' started by theclaud, 14 Jul 2012.

  1. theclaud

    theclaud It's teeceegawnmaaaad

    Location:
    Swansea
  2. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    Location:
    Glasgow
    I rode on such a road today: speed limit was 30 :wacko: Most of the ones round me, leading away from town into the countryside are actually 20.
     
  3. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

  4. Boris Bajic

    Boris Bajic Guest

    I think this would make sense in many cases. Many of the lanes around us are just such narrow, winding ribbons.

    My kids use various of them as training rides and a sudden car-from-nowhere surprise can be unsettling. In the wrong circumstances, I imagine it can also be a bit hurty or terminal.

    My only reservation is this: Most people seem to drive these lanes at between 35 and 45mph anyway, despite the usual NSL signposts.

    I'm sure there would be cases where a 40mph limit lowered speeds... but would there be many?
     
  5. dellzeqq

    dellzeqq pre-talced and mighty

    Location:
    SW2
    there's a delicious contradiction here. Nobody wants other people to speed near their village. That, of course, has nothing do do with speeding in other villages, but it's their village they bleat about. Most councillors in (for want of a better phrase) rural parts spend their time reacting to the gruntings of their constituents. Bright new shiny speed signs are testament to their 'effectiveness' - indeed they're but one small step away from gassing gypsies - and, as we know, everybody likes to be effective.

    I'm telling you, metrosexualcarboncyclingpeeps - it's all good!
     
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  6. Boris Bajic

    Boris Bajic Guest

    As an urbanite with slightly more than one foot in the country, I detect a whiff of playful mischief in your jokey generalisations about rural attitudes and local politics.

    As a former resident of Brixton (mid 80s) and Bow (for many years), I saw and heard far more grunting from constituents than I do now in the green fields of the Three Counties. The attitude to gypsy and traveller communities was also far nastier and more brutally displayed there than it is in the Marches.

    Out in the sticks, few people seem to hold the sort of dual-standard approach to speeding through villages that you cite, apart from wealthy second-home owners who can occasionally have a deeply unrealistic view of rural life. These people tend to be Londoners.

    There has been no mention in local-council meetings of gassing gypsies in my adopted parish since before 1958. :smile:
     
  7. dellzeqq

    dellzeqq pre-talced and mighty

    Location:
    SW2
    you do me an injustice. I meant it. And, being one of the very few people on this forum to have worked on the land (and have been left for dead by the driver that rear-ended me doing 55), I know what I'm on about.

    On the plus side.......living in the sticks does mean you get to win the village quiz every year.

    As for my proposition - you wait. Every village will want a 30mph limit, and when they get that they'll want a 20mph limit
     
  8. Nihal

    Nihal Veteran

    All this is fine,but could anyone help me with the pronounciation of Gesch.............:blush:
     
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  9. deptfordmarmoset

    deptfordmarmoset Full time tea drinker

    Location:
    Armonmy Way
    As you asked.... http://www.forvo.com/word/geschwindigkeitsbegrenzung/ :whistle:
     
  10. Nihal

    Nihal Veteran

  11. deptfordmarmoset

    deptfordmarmoset Full time tea drinker

    Location:
    Armonmy Way
    I think the best rule with long German words is not to panic. Mind you, my German is pretty rusty and I thought the geschwind bit meant disappear and grenzung had to be something to do with Grenze, which is a border. So I found myself trying to make sense of ''threshold of disappearingness.'' Though I was wrong, it's true that a fast moving object will tend to move beyond the threshold of disappearingness.
     
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  12. Nihal

    Nihal Veteran

    :scratch:...........................:thumbsup:
     
  13. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Warning: Common sense alert.
     
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  14. rvw

    rvw Veteran

    Location:
    Amersham
    Completely off topic, but too good a German portmanteau word not to contribute:

    Oberdonaudampfschifffahrsgesellschaftscaapitänsnumbereinsausgangsuniform

    Probably apocryphal, but still fun.
     
  15. srw

    srw It's a bit more complicated than that...

    Probably apocryphal?!

    Upper-Danube-Steam-Boat-Transport-Ferry-Company-number-one-captain's*-uniform.

    If anyone can produce any evidence of there ever having been a steam ferry on the upper danube with more than one captain I'd be fascinated.

    *I think you have a redundant "a".
     
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