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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 12-06-12, 03:43 PM   #1
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War on Britain's Roads

BBC showing documented footage of some of the incidents that occur day to day on Britain's roads.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode...ritains_Roads/

Quite an interesting watch.
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Old 12-06-12, 04:05 PM   #2
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For some reason we are not able to watch this in the USA.
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Old 12-06-12, 04:15 PM   #3
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ahh damnit! i was hoping that wouldnt be the case. I cant say exactly how to bypass the content lock. On a completely unconnected tangent, proxy servers are run by nice people and make interesting conversation pieces.
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try this: download expatshield (www.expatshield.com). the program gives you a UK internet address so you can view BBC and other Euro content. Be sure to turn it off when you're done - as US internet sites will think you're in the UK, and may deny you access.

the video is worth watching, by the way.
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ah cool cheers peckma, i saw that advertised before but thought you had to pay :S
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ah cool cheers peckma, i saw that advertised before but thought you had to pay :S
there's a free download; I think there is some premium content or features that may cost.
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Fargin' hell, though, London's no Amsterdam, innit?
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Haha its not all 'daily dicing with death' but i have to say that a lot of these incidents will be quite familiar with London riders, then again i'd wager that goes for most major cities.
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The biggest challenge I found riding in London was navigating through traffic on narrow streets. I grew up riding in NYC streets which meant weaving through traffic with great precision but doing that in London was a bit more challenging when the cars are bunched closer together.
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try this: download expatshield (www.expatshield.com). the program gives you a UK internet address so you can view BBC and other Euro content. Be sure to turn it off when you're done - as US internet sites will think you're in the UK, and may deny you access.

the video is worth watching, by the way.

Works like a charm. Thanks for the link
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full video available on youtube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Gb5FV0PSzM

The video makes me thankful that I live in the Bay Area which is quite cycling friendly.

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Fargin' hell, though, London's no Amsterdam, innit?
Amsterdam isn't particularly brilliant for cycling. I couldn't wait to get out into the country ... Amsterdam was nuts!
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Just finished watching it, and as can be expected from the BBC it was very well done. Worth posting in A&S.
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i had a number of close calls in london. but then again, i bet city riding is risky anywhere.
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Quite interesting video. I can surely understand the tensions. Cities, especially older cities often have tough times changing thier infrastrusture to accomodate cyclists and automobiles safely on their streets. I am not sure I could be vigilant enough to ride on London streets.
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I am not sure I could be vigilant enough to ride on London streets.
I've ridden in London, and it wasn't too bad. But it was the only place I've ever had another cyclist plow into my panniers as though he was trying to ride through them.
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I've ridden in London, and it wasn't too bad. But it was the only place I've ever had another cyclist plow into my panniers as though he was trying to ride through them.
Hence my post
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Interesting video... too much to tell.
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BBC showing documented footage of some of the incidents that occur day to day on Britain's roads.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandsty...ad?INTCMP=SRCH

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Austin was particularly concerned by the footage of couriers weaving at high speed through traffic and pedestrians. It was shot in 2006 by a US film maker, Lucas Brunelle, who sells DVDs of his footage, something not mentioned in the programme. Austin said: "I cycle in London every week, and have been for years. I've seen lots of car drivers driving badly, lots of cyclists doing things they shouldn't, and everyone should obey the rules of the road. But I've not seen cycling like that. The idea that they present that as normal cycling is mad, irresponsible and dangerous."

Charlie Lloyd from the London Cycling Campaign also said he was worried by this sequence: "The programme's integrity is destroyed by the use of six-year-old commercial video footage of professional cyclists doing reckless stunts, endangering themselves and everyone else. Showing this as real behaviour is as false as presenting a James Bond car chase as how average people drive to work. The programme makers chose to fan the flames of aggression on the roads, that can only increase the risk for all of us."
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Australian tv made a similar show and even used some of the same footage:

http://au.news.yahoo.com/sunday-nigh...-on-our-roads/
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Always a few articles regarding collisions and bike politics in Britain (mixed in with some good stuff too) here:

http://road.cc/
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this is the aussie version

http://au.news.yahoo.com/sunday-nigh...-on-our-roads/
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