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Interesting newsletter from down under

Postby tfdodo » Wed Dec 08, 2010 12:18 pm

not sold on the name, but 'The Megarider Newsletter' contains a selection of interesting snippets. Closely aligned with what we're trying to achieve, one recent example below... if you want to subscribe [free] then..
Just get them to email us at nzmscon@paradise.net.nz with a request to go on the mailing list and telling us their name and country they ride in and we? be pleased to oblige. Keep the rubber side down.
Allan Kirk New Zealand Motorcycle Safety Consultants http://www.megarider.com


“That driver will see me. He's looking straight at me.”

Huh. How many riders have been killed because they thought this.

You can never know what a car driver is seeing. Why? Because what he sees depends upon his experiences in life.

Go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-11553099 and never, ever again believe that any car driver has seen you.
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newsletter - The Garbage Truck Theory

Postby tfdodo » Tue Feb 08, 2011 2:23 pm

I quote a lot that advanced riding is like a 3-legged stool. You need Skills, Attitude, and Concentration - all of them, all the time - to make it work. Without one, the other two are pretty much worthless. We [BAM] can coach towards the skills, but we have a more indirect influence on the attitude. So at one extreme you have a quote from a professional trainer* "You can get all the advanced skills in the world, and still choose to ride like a pillock ".

And at the other, we have this advice on anti-road-rage technique from down under [same source as post above]. See what you think. Are you big enough, good enough, to accept other road users' garbage and still react in an adult way ?
How many riders do you see giving errant drivers a rude hand signal? As we say to trainee Megariders - never shove one finger in the air at an idiot driver. He may assume that the single digit means, "Sorry mate, but you missed that first time".

But there is a place for using one finger in a situation where another driver did something silly - wag your finger at them admonishingly while sadly shaking your head.

It's very subtle, but psychologically you become the teacher and they become the child and it mentally puts them into a no-win situation. If they respond rudely, deep down they know that they are being "naughty" and they feel bad. So usually they just bury their head and drive on.

However, in these days of road rage, the professionals use the Garbage Truck theory. This seems to have originated from a New York taxi driver and they see a lot of life in their job!

Many years ago I used to drive big red buses in Wellington, a city with winding narrow roads and lots of less-than-competent drivers, so I saw a bit of life. Ah, the stories I could tell.

The Garbage Truck theory is that everyone has garbage in their life and some people, for a variety of reasons, accumulate and carry around an extra large lot. Sometimes you, the rider, are just in the wrong place at the wrong time - the time when a driver wants/needs to dump his/her garbage.
So, when the other driver perceives that you have done something wrong, however slight or imagined (becausee you ride a motorc ycle, even) s/he dumps his/her garbage onto you.

But the main thing to remember is that this is the other driver's garbage, so you just smile and wave nicely in a "There! Does that feel better?" type of way. Again, it completely non-pluses the other driver who, as the song goes, therefore cain't get no satisfaction.

Don't think the Garbage Truck technique is an easy one to use. It isn't.
You have to have the maximum self control. But, if you want to be a megarider, that's what you have to have. Or maybe you can just let your hair down a bit and wag your finger instead.


Not sure of the author's confidence in an assured good outcome from these, but I think the garbage truck theory is a useful one for us to help us defuse, rather than add to, road rage. If it comes to blows, we can be very vulnerable on bikes. And if advanced riders aren't going to be the ones out there behaving like grown-ups , who is ?

*his other quote that I have plagiarised over the years is:
"if I'm disappearing in your mirror either you've missed a speed limit, or you're about to die - either way you may wish to reconsider..." :shock:
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Re: Interesting newsletter from down under

Postby tfdodo » Mon Oct 03, 2011 3:54 pm

an interesting [and too long to quote here] article on SMIDSYs this month... I'll quote only a list of potential cause mechanisms as a taster. If you want the whole thing see the sign-up details at the head of this post. The attributed source is UK, "Duncan MacKillop and the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG)", so you may have come across it from nearer to source...
megarider newsletter wrote:All crashes happen because of a complex number of events or causes that may, in themselves, not be dangerous, but in concert with each other can prove to be lethal.

With the SMIDSY these events or causes can include:
Shape. The image of a motorcycle and rider is made up of many small and
discrete elements, rather than large and contiguous areas of distinct colour and shape. This helps to break up the outline of the motorcycle and make it harder to detect.
AND
Shine. Daytime running lights and/or headlights may break the effect of
camouflage, but may cause a “haze” that contributes to the inability of a driver to see and analyse the outline of the oncoming motorcycle.
AND
Shadow. The motorcycle may travel through areas of shadow that make it
harder to see.
AND
Sound. Modern motorcycles, unless modified are quiet and, anyway, the
sound of a motorcycle is mainly projected rearwards away from hazardous driver ahead. Also, the average modern car is well insulated against outside noise.
AND
Movement. A human finds it hard to see the approaching motorcycle unless
there is some lateral movement in its approach AND
Width. As a narrower object than a car, a motorcycle is harder to see.
AND
Colour. The image of a motorcycle is made up of many different colours,
some bright, others dull. These splashes of colour and shapes may help to break up the outline of the motorcycle and make it hard to see.
AND
Right Of Way. The rider who is legally in the right, may think he is
protected from the errors of others before or during the event, not understanding that this is actually only pertinent in a court of law, after the crash.
AND
The Unknown. A rider who is unfamiliar with the likelihood of the
driver failing to give way is more likely to be involved a SMIDSY crash.



...
"Shape" - this ties in with Home Office research which has resulted in a mandate [that many forces ignore] that police/paramedic bikes should be all hi-vis yellow with an identifying stripe [only] of battenberg checks... as "all battenberg" breaks up the outline of the bike too much [just like DPM camoflage :cry: ]
"Sound" - Hogs with Screamin Eagle pipes and Ducatis with Termi's obviously excluded :twisted:
"The Unknown" - so if you didn't know what a "smidsy" is without following the link then do some googlin' quick and live longer :shock:
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Re: Interesting newsletter from down under

Postby ozzzie » Mon Oct 03, 2011 4:14 pm

tfdodo wrote: not understanding that this is actually only pertinent in a court of law, after the crash.


or in a eulogy.
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Re: Interesting newsletter from down under

Postby Horse » Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:03 pm

People who know me from other boards will also know that I can bore for England on conspicuity matters 8)

However, that won't stop me starting here too, unless you ask nicely :P Or threaten :mrgreen:

It's a good point about 'will see me', on a number of levels. These include:

- Assumptions, the mother of all . . . somethings? "There's never anyone around this bend . . . " "He won't turn there, it's a no right turn!" You can't do someone else's driving for them - that's why fall-back (rather than fall off) plans exist

- "I'm wearng hi-viz, he must . . . " Seeing riders is very much that 'life experience' that he talks of. For more on hi-viz effectiveness:
http://www.highways.gov.uk/knowledge_co ... mplete.pdf

- Shape Shine etc. . . . will be well known to military types, it's a cornerstone (or small defensive wall), of camouflage - so conspicuity is the very opposite!

- Movement; DMcK recommends the 'wiggle', I - as I may have mentioned previously - recommend the 'Z Line':
http://the-ride-info.blogspot.com/2008/ ... ction.html
http://the-ride-info.blogspot.com/2008/ ... ision.html
http://the-ride-info.blogspot.com/2008/ ... ction.html
http://the-ride-info.blogspot.com/2008/ ... ellet.html
http://the-ride-info.blogspot.com/2008/ ... helps.html


And 'being a teacher'; that's 'why' of the famous who/what/where/why/when words, it's so dangerous - usually said in a high-pitched "Why did you do that?" way by parents and teachers - and brings back memories of impending doom . . . :P far better, IMHO, to use positives, look for alternatives: what/where/when - explore the better alternatives.
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Re: Interesting newsletter from down under

Postby Horse » Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:57 pm

tfdodo wrote: "Shape" - this ties in with Home Office research which has resulted in a mandate [that many forces ignore] that police/paramedic bikes should be all hi-vis yellow with an identifying stripe [only] of battenberg checks... as "all battenberg" breaks up the outline of the bike too much [just like DPM camoflage :cry:


Battenburg police bike:

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Tank:

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Interestingly (!) and like many other things, modern camo has gone digital!

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Loads of info . . .

http://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com ... t-old.html
Also mentions Yehoudi planes - stealth lighting!

http://www.hyperstealth.com/
http://www.hyperstealth.com/ka2/vehicle/index.htm
http://www.uniteddynamics.com/camo/faq/

http://emlra.org/articles/berlin_brigade.htm
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Re: Interesting newsletter from down under

Postby tfdodo » Thu Dec 08, 2011 1:16 pm

From the latest installment:
MegaRider Newsletter wrote:(A small segment of the MegaRider’s “Exercises for Survival” training
booklet)...Immediately you have climbed onto the bike, purposefully take a moment to sit on your bike and become an adult.

Next, bring to mind one type of hazardous driver you may meet this ride. It could be a driver who is distracted, steamed up, tired, mentally and/or physically maladjusted, stoned or drunk, elderly, incompetent, confused, someone in parent mode, someone in child mode, or someone who is legally blind but still drives.

Right now, as you read this, add another type of driver to that list. Now, with your mind fully focused on the task you face, continue into the ride.


Out of skills, concentration and attitude, we coach the first , and - when we can - the second. The third we kind of hope to influence by example. Should we do more on that front ? How ? Given that without it, the first two are worthless...


And from the same, a timely reminder:
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM A BIT OF A CYNIC
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Have a great Christmas, but take care out there this holiday season. The roads will be filled with the usual drunks, stressed out and fatigued people, and generally incompetent drivers.

Above all, this holiday season, make sure you scan, identify, assess and, if necessary, react to oncoming vehicles. This is the season for head-on collisions. (Have you done your crash pre-planning for head-on collisions?)
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Re: Interesting newsletter from down under

Postby Horse » Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:56 am

Megablokey wrote:“That driver will see me. He's looking straight at me.”

Huh. How many riders have been killed because they thought this.

You can never know what a car driver is seeing.


Good bounced thread :)

Which gives an opportunity to post this link:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bristol/7098111.stm

"Sorry mate, mate, mate, mate, Didn't see you, you, you, you . . . "
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