New bicycles bought from a shop by law have to come with a bell, bells are ok on towpaths and at slow speeds. The problem with them is when you get to higher speeds. Pedestrians and car drivers won’t hear a bell in time to react or know where it’s coming from. This is where the Airzound comes into play, an air horn for bicycles, it blasts out a loud 115 decibels at full volume.
Why is this useful? In some occasions you need to make people aware that you are there and what better way to do it than to make an awful loud sound which could be mistaken for a truck horn. People certainly will take notice of you and hopefully react.
I’ve been using mine for several weeks and have found it very useful to warn drivers, cyclists and pedestrians of my presence.
See the Airzound website set up by Thomas Etherington with reviews and information on how to mount it to thicker road bar handlebars.
It was announced yesterday by Boris Johnson that route 3 & 7 would be finished on the 19th of July 2010. With only a few weeks left to go before they open, there is a noticeable increase in the work that is going on with route 7. Before there where only 2 test junctions, then 3, and now they are painting the blue lanes all along the route from Tooting to Colliers wood. Some of it is great but at the junctions where it matters most, it is lacking in design and continues to put cyclists in the gutter.
On of my videos has been featured on several blogs and news sites, mostly bike related (Bikeradar.com, road.cc and Dave Hills London blog at the Guardian). But with Boris’ news yesterday it seems that more people are latching on to news and giving me and my videos publicity. Thats great and i hope that the more coverage this gets the more likely a decent outcome happens.
Today it was featured on the Guardian Bike Blog and in the CTC news letter cycleclips. This meant that today alone I got more than 2,500 views on that one video, making the total now over 7,000 views in a month.
Below are some other videos on the super highway, showing the latest additions to the layout.
Primary position is key in some positions and this is one of them. The left lane keeps going straight and the right lane goes to the right. But drivers try to squeeze in where they can from the right lane into the left. I will let drivers in if it’s safe but when someone starts taking the piss like the following one it’s not clever. The driver knows where I am, and even when I sound my horn he continues to squeeze me. In the end I have to give way and brake, he isn’t going to want to hit the traffic island, so he will turn into me and I will get hurt, I don’t want that!
Today I witnessed a school kid trying to show off on his BMX, being the usual arrogant teenager and thinking he is invincible. Weaving through cyclists and traffic and doing endo’s and wheelies, skidding on pavements and jumping red lights. It was quite funny when one chap shouted out do it again!
Standing for ‘Sorry mate i didn’t see you’ a term often heard by cyclists and motorbike riders from drivers of vehicles who didn’t look when doing something. I get my fair share of these on my weekly commute but today I thought i was going to be taken out by one.
The driver of WU06HSJ turns into Canterbury Road from London Road in Thornton Heath, Croydon. His view was partly blocked by a white van turning out of Canterbury Road, i was forced to brake heavily, and swerve out of the cycle lane to avoid a collision with his car. After i tell him he is on film and that he is being reported for this, i get a load of expletives shouted at me. Some PCSO’s are further up the road, i stop to check if they saw it and get their badge numbers.
It would have been hard to anticipate this as his view is totally blocked by the van and thus i can’t actually see him. Totally stupid! I should have done better to anticipate this.
Video: sound didn’t record on my Contourhd, and thus i have taken the sound from the muvi and matched it to the footage from the contourhd