"Alien" video promotes cycling safety in York

York Press: . .

STUDENTS from the University of York have helped City of York Council create new videos to promote safer cycling.

The video is part of the i-Travel York initiative, and features an alien cycling along some of York’s well-known cycle tracks, giving tips and advice to cyclists along the way, including riding with lights, locking bikes securely and riding only on roads and designated cycle paths.

Coun Dave Merrett said: “With the announcement of Le Grand Depart, even more people are choosing to cycle, as this is a low-cost form of transport, but also a leisure activity too.

“It’s really important that we can help provide information so that new cyclists to York can learn how to cycle in a safe and courteous manner – so that everyone can enjoy cycling.”

A new and free online i-Travel York Journey Planner forms part of the project to help residents, businesses and visitors get around York more easily, and is available at itravelyork.info

The video can be viewed at york.ac.uk

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10:52am Sat 7 Dec 13

nearlyman says...

Its quite simple...........Obs
erve the highway code !!
Its quite simple...........Obs erve the highway code !! nearlyman

11:15am Sat 7 Dec 13

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

I'm more likely to believe in aliens than any statistic quoted by Merrett.
I'm more likely to believe in aliens than any statistic quoted by Merrett. YOUWILLDOASISAY

12:54pm Sat 7 Dec 13

AnotherPointofView says...

One problem the council has introduced.

They have created so many cycle lanes on footpaths that some times it is not obvious when the cycle path ends. We end up with cyclists continuing to cycle on footpaths clearly not suitable for cyclists and making life more dangerous for pedestrians.
One problem the council has introduced. They have created so many cycle lanes on footpaths that some times it is not obvious when the cycle path ends. We end up with cyclists continuing to cycle on footpaths clearly not suitable for cyclists and making life more dangerous for pedestrians. AnotherPointofView

12:55pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Caecilius says...

nearlyman wrote:
Its quite simple...........Obs

erve the highway code !!
And set an example to motorists, like the bloke in the black mini this morning who ran the red light at Bootham Bar, then dumped his car on double yellow lines/the pavement on Museum Street.
[quote][p][bold]nearlyman[/bold] wrote: Its quite simple...........Obs erve the highway code !![/p][/quote]And set an example to motorists, like the bloke in the black mini this morning who ran the red light at Bootham Bar, then dumped his car on double yellow lines/the pavement on Museum Street. Caecilius

1:05pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Buzzz Light-year says...

AnotherPointofView wrote:
One problem the council has introduced. They have created so many cycle lanes on footpaths that some times it is not obvious when the cycle path ends. We end up with cyclists continuing to cycle on footpaths clearly not suitable for cyclists and making life more dangerous for pedestrians.
Agreed.
Also we end up with pedestrians walking all over cycle paths making it dangerous and impractical for everyone.
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPointofView[/bold] wrote: One problem the council has introduced. They have created so many cycle lanes on footpaths that some times it is not obvious when the cycle path ends. We end up with cyclists continuing to cycle on footpaths clearly not suitable for cyclists and making life more dangerous for pedestrians.[/p][/quote]Agreed. Also we end up with pedestrians walking all over cycle paths making it dangerous and impractical for everyone. Buzzz Light-year

2:38pm Sat 7 Dec 13

MorkofYork says...

I don't care what cyclists do. I used to ride on the path because i wasn't always confident on the roads and i didn't use lights because i didn't need them. I always assumed people couldn't see me.

I see this reflected in other people and i just see people being responsible for themselves.

I'm doing my best to not complain about anything that's not a problem, like 99.999% of traffic transgressions generally aren't.
They are just an excuse for freedom hating old people to have a moan.
I don't care what cyclists do. I used to ride on the path because i wasn't always confident on the roads and i didn't use lights because i didn't need them. I always assumed people couldn't see me. I see this reflected in other people and i just see people being responsible for themselves. I'm doing my best to not complain about anything that's not a problem, like 99.999% of traffic transgressions generally aren't. They are just an excuse for freedom hating old people to have a moan. MorkofYork

4:30pm Sat 7 Dec 13

chelk says...

No sign of Pedalling Paul on here has he been abducted by the Aliens
No sign of Pedalling Paul on here has he been abducted by the Aliens chelk

6:31pm Sat 7 Dec 13

MorkofYork says...

I knew that wouldn't be popular but that's how it is. No way would you have got me in high vis gear when i was a teen. I was constantly in and out of houses and i practically lived on my bike.

I was forced to get lights and after nearly getting knocked off because someone didn't see me i carried on riding as if i didn't have any.

You really need to be lit up like a Christmas tree on the roads if you're going to abide by the rules.

If you're one of those people who chooses no lights/high vis gear, riding erratically and i end up knocking you over because i can't see you then this is the price of your freedom, hench my lack of sympathy.

Obviously i don't think people should be racing around on paths but this is not what i generally see.
I knew that wouldn't be popular but that's how it is. No way would you have got me in high vis gear when i was a teen. I was constantly in and out of houses and i practically lived on my bike. I was forced to get lights and after nearly getting knocked off because someone didn't see me i carried on riding as if i didn't have any. You really need to be lit up like a Christmas tree on the roads if you're going to abide by the rules. If you're one of those people who chooses no lights/high vis gear, riding erratically and i end up knocking you over because i can't see you then this is the price of your freedom, hench my lack of sympathy. Obviously i don't think people should be racing around on paths but this is not what i generally see. MorkofYork

9:08pm Sat 7 Dec 13

pedalling paul says...

chelk wrote:
No sign of Pedalling Paul on here has he been abducted by the Aliens
Sorry to disappoint you...reminds me of a cartoon showing two chaps looking into a field which had a huge crop circle in the shape of a bicycle. One chap said "Are they trying to tell us something...........
[quote][p][bold]chelk[/bold] wrote: No sign of Pedalling Paul on here has he been abducted by the Aliens[/p][/quote]Sorry to disappoint you...reminds me of a cartoon showing two chaps looking into a field which had a huge crop circle in the shape of a bicycle. One chap said "Are they trying to tell us something........... ?£ pedalling paul

11:16pm Sat 7 Dec 13

MorkofYork says...

What's changed my driving the most since i passed my test is watching accidents on liveleak and listening to common complaints from cyclists on here. A lot of drivers might not realize how vulnerable cyclists feel because as far as they are concerned they are safe .

I'm that little bit more considerate now and i always look right at traffic lights to make sure no ones running a red light !

The council should be empowering drivers not treating them like incompetents.
What's changed my driving the most since i passed my test is watching accidents on liveleak and listening to common complaints from cyclists on here. A lot of drivers might not realize how vulnerable cyclists feel because as far as they are concerned they are safe . I'm that little bit more considerate now and i always look right at traffic lights to make sure no ones running a red light ! The council should be empowering drivers not treating them like incompetents. MorkofYork

3:12am Sun 8 Dec 13

Magicman! says...

Buzzz Light-year wrote:
AnotherPointofView wrote:
One problem the council has introduced. They have created so many cycle lanes on footpaths that some times it is not obvious when the cycle path ends. We end up with cyclists continuing to cycle on footpaths clearly not suitable for cyclists and making life more dangerous for pedestrians.
Agreed.
Also we end up with pedestrians walking all over cycle paths making it dangerous and impractical for everyone.
Some roads too - Museum Street, Duncombe Place, Terry Avenue....

IF all classes of road user observed their respective parts of the highway code then arguments between road users simply would not exist.

As a tip for cyclists, being seen front and rear is important, but just as important is to be visible side-on. This might mean cleaning reflectors regularly in winter, or possibly even installing seperate lights just for the sides.
[quote][p][bold]Buzzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnotherPointofView[/bold] wrote: One problem the council has introduced. They have created so many cycle lanes on footpaths that some times it is not obvious when the cycle path ends. We end up with cyclists continuing to cycle on footpaths clearly not suitable for cyclists and making life more dangerous for pedestrians.[/p][/quote]Agreed. Also we end up with pedestrians walking all over cycle paths making it dangerous and impractical for everyone.[/p][/quote]Some roads too - Museum Street, Duncombe Place, Terry Avenue.... IF all classes of road user observed their respective parts of the highway code then arguments between road users simply would not exist. As a tip for cyclists, being seen front and rear is important, but just as important is to be visible side-on. This might mean cleaning reflectors regularly in winter, or possibly even installing seperate lights just for the sides. Magicman!

3:18am Sun 8 Dec 13

Magicman! says...

Also as a seperate point, there are some shared use off-road routes which are unlit (clifton backies, wigginton road nestle to new earswick, just 2 examples) - and on these I would recommend that everybody using them can be seen in some way or other: bicycles should be lit up, and pedestrians should either have torches or high-vis on (and likewise for any dogs they might be walking, perhaps even flashing collars)... the headlight on my bike practically floodlights these routes - but it is a fairly new light, and whilst the light I had before was fairly bright there was still a number of occasiosn where I was almost on top of somebody before I saw them because they were wearing all black clothes with nothing reflective or lit up.
Also as a seperate point, there are some shared use off-road routes which are unlit (clifton backies, wigginton road nestle to new earswick, just 2 examples) - and on these I would recommend that everybody using them can be seen in some way or other: bicycles should be lit up, and pedestrians should either have torches or high-vis on (and likewise for any dogs they might be walking, perhaps even flashing collars)... the headlight on my bike practically floodlights these routes - but it is a fairly new light, and whilst the light I had before was fairly bright there was still a number of occasiosn where I was almost on top of somebody before I saw them because they were wearing all black clothes with nothing reflective or lit up. Magicman!

12:22pm Sun 8 Dec 13

sheps lad says...

Can I suggest every one, cyclists and pedestrians should wear a helmet with a revolving and flashing orange light on top! Should make up for the shortage of xmas lights in York.
Can I suggest every one, cyclists and pedestrians should wear a helmet with a revolving and flashing orange light on top! Should make up for the shortage of xmas lights in York. sheps lad

5:46pm Sun 8 Dec 13

PKH says...

The idea of a cycle track between Haxby and Wiggington Road is reasonable, however what has been built is a waste of space, cyclist from Haxby still have to negotiate roundabout and the rail bridge on the road and coming the other way they also have to cross two lanes traffic to cross the bridge, unless CYC have employed aliens to beam cyclists across this section.
The idea of a cycle track between Haxby and Wiggington Road is reasonable, however what has been built is a waste of space, cyclist from Haxby still have to negotiate roundabout and the rail bridge on the road and coming the other way they also have to cross two lanes traffic to cross the bridge, unless CYC have employed aliens to beam cyclists across this section. PKH

10:36pm Sun 8 Dec 13

MorkofYork says...

When i was nearly hit it was side on. I have a lot of respect for those in full high vis gear. They don't usually muck about either. My type of cyclist.
When i was nearly hit it was side on. I have a lot of respect for those in full high vis gear. They don't usually muck about either. My type of cyclist. MorkofYork

3:56am Thu 12 Dec 13

Magicman! says...

PKH wrote:
The idea of a cycle track between Haxby and Wiggington Road is reasonable, however what has been built is a waste of space, cyclist from Haxby still have to negotiate roundabout and the rail bridge on the road and coming the other way they also have to cross two lanes traffic to cross the bridge, unless CYC have employed aliens to beam cyclists across this section.
That route isn't finished yet... the cycle track will have its own bridge over the railway, and will connect to the cycle route that goes in a subway under the A1237 between New Earswick and Haxby gates.
[quote][p][bold]PKH[/bold] wrote: The idea of a cycle track between Haxby and Wiggington Road is reasonable, however what has been built is a waste of space, cyclist from Haxby still have to negotiate roundabout and the rail bridge on the road and coming the other way they also have to cross two lanes traffic to cross the bridge, unless CYC have employed aliens to beam cyclists across this section.[/p][/quote]That route isn't finished yet... the cycle track will have its own bridge over the railway, and will connect to the cycle route that goes in a subway under the A1237 between New Earswick and Haxby gates. Magicman!

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