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Warning: Resurfacing of Lower Wick Street

Lower Wick Street has just been resurfaced between the junction with Station Rd near Arlington Reservoir and a point about 25 metres past Langtye Lane in the direction of Chalvington. The road surface is covered with loose chippings which are hazardous to cyclists for two reasons: loss of grip, especially on a road bike with narrow tyres, and the risk of being hit by chippings flicked up by passing vehicles.

It’s a stretch of road that the tourers use frequently but Dave Sutton and I have decided that over the next couple of weeks we won’t be using it. We will re-assess the state of the road in about a fortnight and report back

For now, it’s best avoided.

Safe cycling,

Clive

ICE

Ice is clearly a hazard for cyclists. It can catch out even the most experienced of us and in late Winter the roads can be unexpectedly slippery. Also, the temperature a few miles inland can be 2 or 3 degrees lower than along the coast. As a ride leader the possibility of ice is one of those things I have to consider when deciding if a planned ride should go ahead or be cancelled.

The latest weekly email newsletter “CycleClips” from the CTC (Cyclists’ Touring Club) has a couple of good links on the subject of Ice. (You may already have seen these links if you’re a CTC member). They are:

http://www.ctc.org.uk/blog/metoffice/ice-time-ride-reading-signs

http://www.ctc.org.uk/news/20160115-ctc-aa-say-stay-safe-icy-roads

It’s certainly worth clicking on them and having a read.

Safe cycling,

Clive

Riding two-abreast

Should we ride two abreast on public highways? Many road users think not, but may not appreciate the benefits for everyone in doing so.

Highway Code rule 66 includes the statement “never ride more than two abreast, and ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends”. The confusion for some is that narrow, busy and the curvature of a bend is not stated, and for good reason. As responsible road users we all have a duty of care to others so everyone must make a judgement on the prevailing conditions to maximise safety for everyone. Safety and consideration is more important than speed.

Here’s an explanatory video that makes things a lot clearer.

The relevant sections of the highway code for cyclists (which must be understood by all road users) can be read from this link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/rules-for-cyclists-59-to-82

Please share this with others that use the road so they can understand the reasons why sometimes we must ride two abreast.

Helmet cams and police evidence

With the reduction in price and weight of helmet cameras we are seeing more and more evidence of ‘questionable’ road use being posted to such sites as YouTube and Vimeo. At Cycle Seahaven’s meeting with our Police and Crime Commissioner (Katy Bourne) we were advised that cyclists DO NOT publish video evidence of aggressive and dangerous behaviour. Instead, such evidence should be reported to your local policing team. Online publishing of such video evidence makes it very hard for police to pursue a case.

Be polite and be safe.