I am a bit disappointed to read some of the recent comments on the forums. I think some of the comments have been directed at the person and not the topic of discussion. Yes, we all make mistakes and in hindsight we would all probably do things differently but I don't think that doesn't give others the right to personally attack another AC member.
One of the things that I like about AC is the free flowing nature of the site and that it is not heavily moderated. I would hate to see this change or whole heap of rules put in place to control how we use the site.
Just my thoughts...that's all.
I regularly cycle out of the city in the very early morning - it is more dangerous to stop.
If the light is not working correctly surely you can just proceed with caution ?
If you do a half figure 8 on the underground pressure plates (you can see them cut into the bitumen just before the white line) this will activate the lights. A trick learnt whilst working at SAPOL and riding with 'Coppers'.
I never knew they had pressure plates there, are you sure Derek?
I've seen them cutting in the grooves and rolling some cable into them before and sealing them up again, just figured it was to create a magnetic field to detect metalic objects in the vicinity. Bikes never had enough metal mass in them to set them off, maybe doing the figure 8 was enough to set it off?
edit: just looked this up, only mentions of an inductive loop (among other technologies) http://auto.howstuffworks.com/car-driving-safety/safety-regulatory-...
I would be interested to know if some were indeed pressure plates.
My roadie is a full carbon frame with alloy wheels. I aim to stop directly on the centre line 'cut' of the actuator loop and it reliably triggers the lights. There's enough metal in the wheels, spokes, pedals etc to do the job.
Occasional major intersects don't have the induction loop but then usually offer a bicycle button.
Despite all of the above, at 5am in mid winter with not a car in sight, don't automatically assume I'll be waiting for green...
Good post, i agree.
If mandatory helmet laws were repealed we'd all just get along.
No doubt about it.
Unfortunately with public forums, you get a lot of keyboard warriors out there that think they are end to every argument. Put some of them in a face to face confrontation and they hide in their shell. (not pointing out to anyone in particular, just a general observation)
One thing I have learnt is to take everyone's comments with a pinch of salt, and add a smiley face to a comment I make. :-)
I agree with you Don. There's rarely an excuse to be rude.
A lot of the time it seems to get personal when debates don't favour our more conservative members.
There is a lot of "I don't want to talk about it anymore, but i want to have the last word" going on.
You equating conservative with not being in favour of repealing MHL's ? Thats exactly the type of argument that needs to be avoided.