Meeting Road Safe London

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by gaz, 18 May 2010.

  1. gaz

    gaz Cycle Camera TV

    Location:
    South Croydon
    Read everything i have to say on my blog post

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    Today i went to meet a few of the officers that work behind the scenes of the road safe london website. Clearly the officers know what they are talking about, and i hope i can apply what i learnt form them to my cycling to be more aware and cycle safer.

    A few of them actually suggested that in some cases I should behave like a motorcyclists as i'm going at their speed rather than the speed of what cyclists are perceived to go at.

    Unfortunately their computers couldn't play my videos, so we couldn't run through a commute i had brought along. But we did go through a few videos on you tube.

    The basic advice given was; plan ahead, make your actions clear, expect the worst, give way where possible and drivers don't always understand why you are where you are!
     
  2. hackbike 666

    hackbike 666 Guest

    What format did you have your vids in then?

    The basic advice given was; plan ahead, make your actions clear, expect the worst, give way where possible and drivers don't always understand why you are where you are!

    Basically agree with that...also read ahead and concentrate.I sometimes glance in the car in front to see how well they are concentrating as well...Sometimes I see them going for the indicator like Clint Eastwood pulls a gun and it warns me...esp coming up to a turning.
     
  3. OP
    OP
    gaz

    gaz Cycle Camera TV

    Location:
    South Croydon
    .mov files, they didn't have the codecs to play them.
     
  4. Crankarm

    Crankarm Guru

    Location:
    Nr Cambridge
    What not even Windows Media Player ;)?
     
  5. DrSquirrel

    DrSquirrel Guest

    Windows Media Player is just a player, it can play any format (almost) providing a codec is provided for it.

    .mov is a(n apple centric) container
    h264 is the codec

    Neither of these are included with windows (you'd think they'd want to play most videos, but they are just happy with wmv kthxbye apparently).
     
  6. hackbike 666

    hackbike 666 Guest

    Should have converted it to either mpg or avi.

    Try gomplayer as well...not sure if it playes mov files though...unless it can get the codec.Oops not sure if you can get gomplayer for mac.
     
  7. Crankarm

    Crankarm Guru

    Location:
    Nr Cambridge
    You might as well be talking gibberish as that has gone right over my head ;).
     
  8. DrSquirrel

    DrSquirrel Guest

    If you want a "play all" player, without the codecs (ie the decoding is built in), then VLC is the way to go (although I don't like the programme).

    If you want to play .mov without quicktime on your machine (grrr) get QuicktimeAlternative. There is also a RealAlternative too.

    CCCP+QuicktimeAlt+RealAlt = win (although there are other semi decent codec packs out there.


    I already told Gaz, VLCPortable on the cameras memory card ;)
     
  9. NigC

    NigC New Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    That's the one - the program will play just about anything and the portable version works without the need to install anything :wacko:

    As for the advice: It sounds spot on. I'd like to think I take that exact same approach, but I'm sure I can improve :sad:
     
  10. NigC

    NigC New Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    Famous last words :sad:

    Fortunately, I did expect the unexpected this-morning: Coming down a hill approaching a roundabout where I need to turn right. It's a decent hill, so I'm doing 20-25. I'm checking behind me a LOT as I see a car gradually creeping up on me. I must have looked 4 or 5 times and I know he's seen me. He's not made any attempt to pass, so I take it he knows what I'm planning and I stick out my arm..... just as he decides he IS going to pass ;) Fortunately he did leave me a good space or I may well have whacked his window :wacko: But somewhere in the back of my mind, I just knew he was going to do that, so I was ready to pull my arm back quickly :biggrin:

    We shared the usual "you're an idiot look" :biggrin:
     
  11. The advice is great, act like a motorbike if doing a similiar speed, give way where possible to give a courteous impression... you still get the odd numpty who sees (and ignores) 'bike' rather than 'vehicle at speed', but it does help drivers understand what is going on infront of their eyes.
     
  12. HaloJ

    HaloJ Rabid cycle nut

    Location:
    Watford
    Great post and blog Gaz. I've reposted on my FaceBook.

    Abs
     
  13. Tinuts

    Tinuts Wham Bam Helmet Cam

    Location:
    London, UK.
    Interesting. Can't quite understand how the response to my complaint (http://www.cyclechat.net/forums/showthread.php?t=57377) was so lacking in a basic understanding of cyclists' rights on the road. Clearly there are roadsafe officers who are appreciative and some who appear to be relativley clueless about what constitutes acceptable driving when it comes to the treatment of cyclists.

    And what exactly does give way where possible mean?
     
  14. Matthames

    Matthames Über Member

    Location:
    East Sussex
    This is so that you allow extra space when you encounter muppets, for them and their own stupidity. Just because you have just as much right to be on the road as any other road user, being a vunerable road user you need to exercise a lot more self preservation. In some situations you may have right of way, but it is no good if you end up dead trying to exercise that right.

    As for cycling as if you were riding a motorbike, that is so true. I ride as if I were riding a motorbike, the only difference is that I don't have that many horses on tap so have to adapt my riding to account for that.
     
  15. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    I must admit that cycle like you're a motorbike rings like good advice. Gaz, we don't often see you on the offside so much, is that right?
     
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