A walk round Thruscross with the Spark.

Went for a walk with a willing Muse around Thruscross reservoir yesterday. Very cold, but enjoyed the company.
My initial edit of the footage was done, and I liked the outcome, however I added a few scenes from the previous visits to Thruscross and extended it out by a few seconds for the second version of the edit.

Enjoy the edits ūüėČ

Mobiles

I regularly see people using mobiles while driving on my short walk to work.

But to use it in the weather we’re currently having, is just absolute madness. But what’s worse, is a local news website, publishing photos on their twitter account, taken while driving.

I got blocked by them after pointing out, how stupid it was to be using a mobile while driving in these conditions, so they appear to be quite happy to promote illegal behaviour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of those photos, are taken while driving.

Distracted driving is dangerous at the best of times, but in these conditions it is downright idiotic, and for a website to publish them is a bad choice, you cannot and should not normalise this behaviour.

Drafting

As I generally ride solo, I don’t get much chance to draft other riders to reap the benefits.

However, yesterday I did. A rider was going at a good pace down the cycle path, and there was little point in passing. So I stuck behind and took advantage of his hard work. And got a new PB for that section in the process.

https://vimeo.com/138539336

I wasn’t that close to get the full benefit, but it was noticeable the less effort I was having to put in.

Bus Squeeze, The Result

transdev_busSo, in light of a recent incident with a Transdev Bus, I contacted the company, and as I previously stated, Transdev is a professional body, who take road safety seriously. Every single one of their drivers, is polite and professional on the road.

And that goes for their customer service Staff, as the response I got back from them was nothing but stellar.

Dear Michael

Thank you for getting back to me with the time the incident occured.

I have identified our driver and informed our Operations Manager of this incident. Our driver will be spoken to very shortly. It is disappointing to hear about this incident has our driver as only been with us a few months.

On behalf of Transdev Harrogate and Dsitrict Travel please accept my apologies for this incident.

 
Should you have any further problems please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind Regards,
Patrick
Harrogate and District Customer Care

So, as much as I’m sure this was a simple misjudgement by the driver, it is important he realise what effect this has on a fellow road user, so that he can be aware for next time.

Kudos however for the professional way this was handled by Patrick.

Squeeze!

On my recent ride, I was heading up Starbeck high street. There are alot of stopgap traffic up there, as the road is being fixed.

I was overtaken by the knaresbough bus, but the driver failed to estimate the distance, and ended up squeezing me to the curb.
But to be fair, we can all make mistakes, and this could of been worse.

In my time of using the roads, and travelling on the Buses, transdev drivers are polite, professional and courteous. So this may of been an underestimated distance, stressing to make time due to the roadworks or just human error.

I’ve contacted transdev about this, and will update when I hear back.