Strategic road

Strategic road

Strategic road

First published in Letters by

PETER Clarke was baffled (Letters, March 19) by recent lane marking changes at Grimston Bar roundabout.

He seems to believe the council is responsible. Perhaps he’s unaware that the A64 is a strategic trunk road, managed by the Highways Agency.

Across the city, Bob Redwood expressed concern about cyclist groups “shouting” to each other as they ride through his village of Askham Bryan, and suggested that they be a little quieter. Some of the phrases that he might hear are “car up” from the rear riders, meaning one approaching the group from behind. Likewise “car down” from the lead riders indicates a car coming towards them. “Single out” , “pothole”, “dog” and “horse” can also be frequently heard.

These are safety messages, which the whole cycling group must receive.

In the early days of cycling, penny farthing club rides would include a bugler who would trumpet a code to warn pedestrians, and convey instructions and directions from the ride captain. Many modern cars have a bugle dashboard symbol for the horn, which is a throwback to that era.

As we enter the Tour de France legacy period in coming years, there are likely to be more cyclists out and about in Yorkshire’s rural areas. Understanding each other’s safety needs and practising courteous behaviour will help us all share the highway without incident.

Paul Hepworth, Windmill Rise, York.

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11:00am Fri 21 Mar 14

sheps lad says...

Belt up!!!
Belt up!!! sheps lad
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7:03pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Igiveinthen says...

sheps lad wrote:
Belt up!!!
Precisely, and can I add put a sock in it, can't believe we are now being treated to history lessons as well as the do's and don'ts of cycling.
I remember the warning shouts such as 'ignition on' 'stand clear' 'fire her up' and that was just to start my grandads old car, and oh how he used to tear along the country roads, flat hat and his scarf flowing in his slip stream, and rounding the bends on two wheels, putting the fear of god into the horses and the penny farthing riders, oh what a card he was, yes those were the days my friend.
[quote][p][bold]sheps lad[/bold] wrote: Belt up!!![/p][/quote]Precisely, and can I add put a sock in it, can't believe we are now being treated to history lessons as well as the do's and don'ts of cycling. I remember the warning shouts such as 'ignition on' 'stand clear' 'fire her up' and that was just to start my grandads old car, and oh how he used to tear along the country roads, flat hat and his scarf flowing in his slip stream, and rounding the bends on two wheels, putting the fear of god into the horses and the penny farthing riders, oh what a card he was, yes those were the days my friend. Igiveinthen
  • Score: -51

4:20pm Sat 22 Mar 14

pedalling paul says...

Hows about a cycle air horn..over 100 decibels and replenished via a bike tyre pump. http://www.airzound.
co.uk/ for instance.
Hows about a cycle air horn..over 100 decibels and replenished via a bike tyre pump. http://www.airzound. co.uk/ for instance. pedalling paul
  • Score: 0

9:05pm Sat 22 Mar 14

inthesticks says...

Frequently heard from within my car "Look at that idiot without lights".
How much is a set of lights? £10? No car running costs or bus fares what excuse is there?
Frequently heard from within my car "Look at that idiot without lights". How much is a set of lights? £10? No car running costs or bus fares what excuse is there? inthesticks
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