Due to my crazy shifts lately I’ve been cycling when there’s little else around, so it took a bit longer than usual to get enough together to make publishing worthwhile. I left it the extra 7 days and got more than enough!
The average standard of driving continues to plummet and we see a possible reason why: driving schools seem to be teaching arseholy driving! I’ve also been faced with a number of close calls and my grumpiness is off the scale.
Also here are quite a few red light jumpers in motorised vehicles (never forget it’s not just bikes that jump reds) and a suicidal scooter rider. Through a lot of this I’ve felt like I’m invisible much of the time with absolutely no consideration for my safety given by far too many drivers. The new cycle lanes won’t help one little bit either, they just seem to be box ticking exercises that are actually more dangerous than the roads they replace. I’ve been wondering more often lately how much longer I’ll continue cycling because if standards continue to drop I’m going to become more fearful for my life. We shall see.
I’ll be interested on what you think after watching this video. Please leave comments here or in either video. I’ll answer every one.
There’s more than a bit of twattery in this edition, once again people show that patience is an alien concept to some. Lots of the usual and one particular car, the driver of which had better hope he doesn’t see the police! Red lights do NOT belong at the front of a moving vehicle, it’s a recipe for disaster!
There’s a bonus clip at the end. I was ready to give help if it was needed but as he got up and started running again there was no need. Just a bit worse for wear regarding alcohol consumption it would seem!
Quite a bit of impatience in this video, even more than usual! A lot of total lack of consideration, dive bombed by a herring gull and someone being really naughty by either modifying their car illegally or just using fake plates to avoid ANPR pinging. Which is it? I don’t know, I’ll let you make up your own minds.
Best of all though, amongst all this impatience and poor driving are two occasions where I was given consideration. I honestly prefer this behaviour and to be frank, I wouldn’t be upset if I didn’t get enough to make these videos worthwhile. If fact if that ever happened I’d consider it a success! After all, even though these videos highlight bad driving I hope it shows people what their driving can look like to others and to help them improve. This is another reason I don’t report; education beats discipline.
Some things I want to draw attention to in this video.
In the very first clip (I’m on my foldable bike) the cars just barged through using their weight to force me to stop even though (as I didn’t have to cross the centre line) I had right of way. I call it bullying when any driver uses the weight of the vehicle to force their way through. The only comeback will involve damage or injury and you can bet they they’d get really upset if the same was done to them! On this occasion I was on my way home after dropping off a Transit sized car I’d had for 3 days. At no time did I behave impatiently during this time and I managed to get to my destination every time without stress!
Bus drivers passing when there’s a stop just ahead really get by back up. The one seen here does it at a stop which effectively blocks my safe path through the double set of traffic lights, thus my outburst. I manage to squeeze though this time but it’s a bloody arrogant thing to do!
Now for these new cycle lanes. They are a good thing but as you can see here they bring other challenges to experienced riders. There’s a reason I avoid shared cycle paths / pedestrian walkways and that’s because I tend to ride at an average speed of around 12mph (19km.h) and pedestrians tend to move around without much warning. We see the same here with the children (no faces shown). As you see I didn’t rush it and never will but it is something we’re going to have to adapt to. Safer yes, but in some cases slower.
The last thing I want to bring attention to is the woman on her phone still in dressing gown and slippers. This isn’t the issue though, even though the van driver thought he was being nice he was actually being potentially very dangerous. He only has control of his own vehicle and has no say in any other vehicle on the road. The same applies to those on 2 lane roads that stop to let a vehicle turn right across their path without noticing the other vehicle passing at 30mph in the other lane. Bear this in mine, it’s not courteous, it’s bloody dangerous!
New links for the next few months at work have been published. I tidy up the spreadsheets and make them available to all drivers at the depot. I then port the sheet to my custom sheet so I can use my Python program to convert csv to iCal for import into my calendar.
This time I decided to create a template for customised dated sheets for all, and to convert my program to a Windows executable. This is were the problems started.
I installed Python in Windows (easy). Then I tried to install PyQt4 (the UI framework) that my 9 year old code uses. It’s deprecated. No install candidate for any version of Python I can get for Windows. So I try to use PyQt5 instead.
WHAT A FUCKING NIGHTMARE!
About 80% of the library calls have changed!(edited) Most were simple, change from QtGui to QtWidgets. One was dropped completely (softkey). The last one was the file request. It used to return a single string, now it returns a list! This means the variable is now the wrong type, but actually quite simple to fix, just use variable instead of just variable. I did manage to get all that done and get the program running in native Python. Quite pleased with that.
Then converted the program. It does work, but… …because it’s unsigned, Microsoft Defender doesn’t like it, and you have to jump through hoops to get it to run!
Fucking Windows! XD So much easier to just use Python directly, even in Windows! I wanted to make it as simple as possible but as simple as possible still requires some decent computer aptitude! Ah well 😉
What started as LBRY is now Odysee. It’s still the decentralised system it started out as and all accounts have been transparently transferred but (and this is the reason for this post) all my past lbry embeds are now invalid. I’ve edited back as far as Cycle “Adventures” Volume 150 but seriously can’t be arsed doing the rest… and I’m not installing a plugin to do the job for me!
I’m sure nobody reads back that far anyway so there’s little point in the effort 😉
I’ve been playing with audio levels in this video. Please let me know what you think.
Getting back to a more normal level of traffic now. Plenty of red light jumpers in this video, both 4 and 2 wheeled! Impatience, as always, is my biggest source of footage.
Music: “Sommarfågel” with end clip “Tornado” by Wintergatan These tracks can be downloaded for free at https://www.wintergatan.net Free License to use these tracks in your video can be downloaded at https://www.wintergatan.net
The junction of Mardy Road and New Road in Rumney, Cardiff is probably the most dangerous place I regularly pass. It’s the junction I was knocked off my bike in 2006 and frequently features in my videos. It’s here again, this time with the aftermath of a collision between cars.
The other stuff here is quite normal but this one stands out for me, and as much as I hate them this junction would benefit massively with the installation of a set of traffic lights!
Following a recent conversation regarding a mobile speed camera and my statement that impatience is the most significant cause of road accidents being refused I decided to count how many clips in this video are being published due to impatience. The results won’t surprise many.
Not a busy one really. It’s been rather tame for the last few weeks, and I’m not going to complain about that!
As for the bus: I did report this to Cardiff Bus because while this was bad enough for the police to be involved with I’d rather it be dealt with in-house. The driver couldn’t even use the lame “I’m running late” excuse because I passed the same bus while it was waiting time on Newport Road. I thought I’d clipped this too but I clipped after I’d passed and then deleted the original (D’OH!).