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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2016 16:02 
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q31LXQKxaWo

Oh, hang on!....


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2016 16:25 
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Good to see you've still got time on your hands to bother trolling this forum...

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2016 19:15 
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It's an important point, not trolling!

People do all sorts of stupid things, not car drivers, not cyclists, people...


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:16 
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:gatso2: Utterly deplorable, impatient and intolerant driving. :headbash:

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2016 00:44 
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weepej wrote:
It's an important point, not trolling!

People do all sorts of stupid things, not car drivers, not cyclists, people...


BUT, from ALL your previous, it would be OK if it was a cyclist, but not a car.From ALL your previous, there seems to be TWO sets of rules on the road. Those for cyclists, and those for other road users, with one rule. SURPRISINGLY it's a variation on the PIGS law in Animal farm, substituting 2 wheels for four legs.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 20:12 
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I don't condone cyclists doing it in the main, although I'm not going to get too angry at say a mum riding carefully on the pavement with her child.

Can't you see the difference between somebody on a bike doing it and somebody in a car doing it though?

If you can't, no wonder you find me so confusing!


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 01:20 
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ok, I'll bite- is mum on bike with child on rear seat, or is it mum on one bike and child on a kids bike ? .But then, Why should a car want to drive over the full width of a pavement. No wonder WE all find you so confusing as you fail to explain the point.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:46 
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My point is can you not see the difference between somebody in a large vehicle with limited visibility driving along a pavement and somebody on a 28lb bike?

We're talking physics here.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 23:47 
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weepej wrote:
It's an important point, not trolling!

People do all sorts of stupid things, not car drivers, not cyclists, people...


There is certainly some poor driving in there, but I'm a little confused as to why you think they were all also cyclists? I know some cyclists habitually use the pavements, I have on occasion to let traffic through, do you think this makes them more likely to drive a car on the pavement too? :wink:

You are right, people do stupid things, including copying someone else being stupid.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2016 01:01 
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My point is can you not see the difference between somebody in a large vehicle with limited visibility driving along a pavement and somebody on a 28lb bike?

We're talking physics here.


NO- we're talking common sense, unless that car ( you mentioned) has transformed into a HGV. Unless you know different, PAVEMENTS are designed for PEDESTRIANS ( and other slow ALLOWED ,as in HC) modes of transport. Cyclists are not ( as far as I can see, from HC definition) allowed to travel on the PAVEMENT.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2016 21:01 
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Neither are drivers.

Which is worse in your eyes though, cycling along a pavement, or driving along it?


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weepej wrote:
Neither are drivers.

Which is worse in your eyes though, cycling along a pavement, or driving along it?


It depends what or who else is on the pavement, both are bad if there are pedestrians using it or able to enter it quicker than you can stop. I don't particularly approve of cyclists habitually using pavements, however there are use cases where it is safer and providing there is little foot traffic, they are willing to give way to pedestrians and keep their speed down below, say, 6mph it is not much of an issue.

Motor vehicles should not use the pavement, however again in some, if rather more rare, cases using it to pass an obstruction with the same caveats on care is not an issue.

As you stated earlier, it is people being stupid that is the problem.

On the subject of physics, the bike's weight is not that relevant if a 80Kg rider is on it and hits you at 20mph, what is more important is all of the pointy bits. Being hit at 20mph by a cyclist may be more dangerous than by a car as the car has been built with rounded surfaces designed to minimise pedestrian injuries, a bicycle certain hasn't.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 09:50 
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On the subject of physics, the bike's weight is not that relevant if a 80Kg rider is on it and hits you at 20mph, what is more important is all of the pointy bits. Being hit at 20mph by a cyclist may be more dangerous than by a car as the car has been built with rounded surfaces designed to minimise pedestrian injuries, a bicycle certain hasn't.



You clearly don't understand physics!

Force = mass x velocity squared...

If you stand up 100 people and ride a bike into 50 of them at 20mph then drive into the other 50 at 20mph, which group of 50 will have to send more people to hospital?


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weepej wrote:
Toltec wrote:
On the subject of physics, the bike's weight is not that relevant if a 80Kg rider is on it and hits you at 20mph, what is more important is all of the pointy bits. Being hit at 20mph by a cyclist may be more dangerous than by a car as the car has been built with rounded surfaces designed to minimise pedestrian injuries, a bicycle certain hasn't.



You clearly don't understand physics!

Force = mass x velocity squared...

If you stand up 100 people and ride a bike into 50 of them at 20mph then drive into the other 50 at 20mph, which group of 50 will have to send more people to hospital?


I understand it rather better than you.

Force = mass x acceleration

Kinetic energy = 1/2 x mass x velocity squared

Both can play a part, however sticking to force, what will do you more damage?

An 80kg person standing on you in bare feet or a screwdriver being pressed into your chest with 10kg of force*

Your example makes no sense as 50 people would be clearly visible to both cyclist and driver and they would both stop or would not be on the pavement in the first place, well not the driver at least unless it is a deliberate act of aggression. It is far more likely that both would hit a single or small group of pedestrians. I am not saying the car would not cause injury, simply that the cyclist could also cause severe injuries.


* A kilogram is technically a unit of mass, however feel free to convert it to Newtons by multiplying with Earths gravity.

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Toltec wrote:
Your example makes no sense as 50 people would be clearly visible to both cyclist and driver and they would both stop or would not be on the pavement in the first place, well not the driver at least unless it is a deliberate act of aggression. It is far more likely that both would hit a single or small group of pedestrians. I am not saying the car would not cause injury, simply that the cyclist could also cause severe injuries.



You've missed my point.

Take 100 pedestrians.

and

50 drivers in cars
50 cyclists on bicycles

Each cyclist rides into a pedestrian at 20mph
Each driver drives into a pedestrian at 20mph

No slowing down, no avoidance, no stopping.

Which group of 50 would have more severe injuries?

Which group of pedestrians would you rather be in to improve your chance of avoiding serious injury (and neither is not an answer)?


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weepej wrote:
Toltec wrote:
Your example makes no sense as 50 people would be clearly visible to both cyclist and driver and they would both stop or would not be on the pavement in the first place, well not the driver at least unless it is a deliberate act of aggression. It is far more likely that both would hit a single or small group of pedestrians. I am not saying the car would not cause injury, simply that the cyclist could also cause severe injuries.



You've missed my point.

Take 100 pedestrians.

and

50 drivers in cars
50 cyclists on bicycles

Each cyclist rides into a pedestrian at 20mph
Each driver drives into a pedestrian at 20mph

No slowing down, no avoidance, no stopping.

Which group of 50 would have more severe injuries?

Which group of pedestrians would you rather be in to improve your chance of avoiding serious injury (and neither is not an answer)?


Nice skirt around your lack of knowledge of physics.

In answer I'll take the car, they are designed to minimise pedestrian injuries and would feel happier that I could deal with it in a more predictable way by rolling up and over it. With a cycle I'd have to take the full impact and a cycle has all kinds of low radius projections not to mention getting headbutted by the cyclist themselves.

I've hit cars at similar speed on both push and motor cycles and while I'm not saying it didn't hurt I got away with bruising, grazes and a pulled ligament.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2016 13:30 
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You rather have your body have to deal with 40,500 joules of kinetic energy (1000kg car at 20mph) than 3,700 (92kg of person and bike at 20mph)?

Really?


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You rather have your body have to deal with 40,500 joules of kinetic energy (1000kg car at 20mph) than 3,700 (92kg of person and bike at 20mph)?

Really?


You are being quite charitable there, most average cars seem to weight more like 1400 to 1600kg.

I'm not Superman so would not be attempting to bring the car to a halt, at worst I'd be dealing with the gain in energy due to being accelerated to 20mph by the car, though in reality it would be much lower as you would go up and over the car. The energy only really matters when you have to dissipate it so is really important for crumple zones in cars or your body when stopping an oncoming cyclist.

It is the applied forces that cause the damage and particularly differential forces and point loads, the car is made of large smooth areas designed to deform on impact and absorb energy, cycles and cyclists aren't. It is just physics, I asked a couple of people in the office and they gave the same answer as I did.

A car would definitely have more scope to cause injuries to more people though, a cyclist hitting three or four people will not cause as much injury over all as a car doing the same.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 09:44 
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Try telling this poor lady that cyclists aren't dangerous.


http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/emer ... collision/

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2016 16:18 
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graball wrote:
Try telling this poor lady that cyclists aren't dangerous.


http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/emer ... collision/



We can all pick individual cases graball.

And you when you say "that cyclists aren't dangerous" do you man all of them?


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