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Comment: dangerous drivers & dangerous cyclists (Score 1) 947

by theridersofrohan (#45229451) Attached to: How Safe Is Cycling?
In the interest of full disclaimer, I am the author of CycleMaps, a popular cycling app and a very keen cyclist.

Here in the UK, cycling has increased massively in popularity in the past 4 years or so - the country has had some successes in international cycling competitions, plus London has a very strongly pro-cycling mayor. This has led to the rise of a large number of very casual cyclists - which I think is a very good thing. However among them you get a non trivial number of people that think it's magically fine to drive in the dark without any lights or high-viz jacket, cycling on the pavement scaring pedestrians, or running all red lights. This leads to a lot of antagonism between drivers and cyclists and basically can give us cyclists a bad name. On the other hand, there are drivers that have been known to do massively stupid things, like hit a cyclist, not stop, and then tweet about it.

I am very optimistic about the future as mass cycling in big western cities is still quite a new phenomenon, so I think that things will gradually ease out. In the mean time, if you want to be safe, my advice would be:

* Obey the rules of traffic. Always.
* Make your self visible. Drivers just need to see you
* Be obvious. Make it 100% clear where you intend to go. No surprises. A driver that sees you and knows where you will turn, will not cut you over
* Respect. Pedestrians, drivers, cyclists.
* *NEVER* overtake lorries / trucks from the inside. They cannot see you.
* Learn how to drive. This way, you will learn how to obey the law and (perhaps more importantly) you will understand how it feels to drive next to a cyclist and what kind of perception drivers have
* Where possible, avoid big streets. It's much more possible than you may think. Get a bicycle case for your smartphone. Use (shameless plug) my app, google, or anything else you may like

be safe, and enjoy cycling!

Comment: Re:iphone (Score 1) 393

by theridersofrohan (#32839726) Attached to: No iPhone Apps, Please — We're British

But it's something that effects even pseudo-public sector- look at the BBC, their iPlayer app prioritised the iPhone well ahead of any platform, despite being completely against the BBCs requirement of providing equal access to content that license payers pay for.

(emphasis mine). Hello Mr Murdoch! Let me correct you: There is *no* BBC iPlayer app, you just go to the BBC iPlayer website, click on the program you want to watch, which launches quicktime / the movie player on the iphone. No iphone specific app. In fact, a lot of the bbc website (including news), does not fully work on the iphone as it's using flash.

But thanks for trying ;-)

Comment: Re:We Want to (Score 1) 731

by theridersofrohan (#32201718) Attached to: Adobe Calls Out Apple With Ads In NY Times, WSJ

The point of blocking flash is to encourage people to ONLY develop for the iPhone. Development costs generally prohibit most apps from getting cross developed for multiple platforms. Sometimes things like Flash facilitate cross-platform development.

No. Apple / The Steve are advocating HTML5 as an alternative to flash. HTML5 is as open and cross platform as you can get. You don't develop for Adobe's platform, you develop against a standard, that can run on the iphone, android, windows mobile, web os and any html5 compatible browser. Encouraging people to use HTML5 is a terrible way to make iphone-only apps.

Comment: Re:We Want to (Score 1) 731

by theridersofrohan (#32198666) Attached to: Adobe Calls Out Apple With Ads In NY Times, WSJ

The point of blocking flash is to encourage people to ONLY develop for the iPhone. Development costs generally prohibit most apps from getting cross developed for multiple platforms. Sometimes things like Flash facilitate cross-platform development. If they get developers to only create apps for the iPhone instead of cross-platform, then people have more reasons to buy the iPhone hardware as the apps they want would only exist on the iPhone.

No it's not. Apple is promoting HTML5 as an alternative to flash (which is valid for 99%of the uses of flash). Guess what? HTML5 is not apple-specific, and runs on android etc. HTML5 is as cross platform as you get.

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