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Old 08 December 2012, 08:33   #101
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Surely this could be used for RIB trips, that would give some confusing graphics!
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Hmmmm. I see how that could be a problem. And yet, Identification would solve many issues. I have been conducting some real world tests in the willklab, using cats as subjects. I have found that microchipping is a very cost effective way of herding controlling cat movement and might be useful if applied to cyclists.

Before you start wailing about "Orwellian controls", pause for a moment to consider the advantages. Firstly, it's relatively painless. I injected them into five cats and they only struggled briefly and I didn't feel a thing (welder's gauntlets ). The chips are light, could be injected in the buttocks (the cyclist's highest point, good for TX/RX) and wouldn't affect streamlining - so may be quite popular.

After that, it's just a matter of each concerned driver fitting a transceiver kit to their vehicle. As a cyclist enters a set perimeter, the chip would activate a beep and an AIS type screen could show which quadrant they are in. If you get too close, the system could activate the seat belt alarm or something. Their IDs would show on the screen, useful if they need to be fined etc.

I can see some potential teething problems - like persuading all cyclists to get the tags in. I would expect them to kick up a bit, but it would benefit society as a whole - a bit like the tagging of sex offenders. There might be some who would try and "free cycle" but they would quickly stand out as the non-beeping riders. Selected motorists (like Bigmuz7) could be issued with Tag-Sticks (a small gas-operated chip injector) and encouraged to "tag" the offenders as they overtake at red lights.

Still, it's all how these things are marketed. After the stunning boom in Geo-caching, the most pointless pursuit know to man, I'd not be surprised if they couldn't be persuaded to line up for the tags. Maybe fit roadside transceivers and link them back to a website called www.seehowfariwenttoday.com or suchlike?

It's all to play for and the benefits to the peolpe who actually PAY for the roads are enormous. Somesome should start one of those ePetitions.

funny

looking at your cats facial expression it does seem incredibly relaxed to say that it his having something implanted up it's jacksie in the willk lab. I would have expected a bit more grimacing
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Surely this could be used for RIB trips, that would give some confusing graphics!
Probably - I've never used it. There are probably more appropriate ways of sharing rib trips (I believe Strava does some clever stuff to split your journey into segments and identify hills etc). The idea of strava is to compete with strangers on time - whereas most ribs aren't 'racing' and therefore wouldn't be so obsessed with times or following exact routes. It has been alleged that some people may have use Strava in a car or on a motorbike / scooter to create "unbeatable times".
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I have been conducting some real world tests in the willklab, using cats as subjects. I have found that microchipping is a very cost effective way of herding controlling cat movement a
THAT'S where you're going wrong. The most effective way of herding cats is just to shoot them if they cross the line.

Eventually, you have a pile of dead cats, neatly herded.

With the use of a few of these you can create quite an impressive synchronised herd.
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I would have expected a bit more grimacing
Well, no - Mrs willk wanted to test her Botox kit last week....
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It's worrying. Worrying that it exists. Even more worrying that I KNEW that it was bound to appeal without KNOWING that it existed...
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I think I'll take a nice quiet walk with my dog (even they used to be licenced) on one of those nice cycle paths see how many cyclists I can annoy
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I think I'll take a nice quiet walk with my dog (even they used to be licenced) on one of those nice cycle paths see how many cyclists I can annoy
Dog sh$t on the tyres
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I like your thinking but no.... its a lot simpler... its a reciprocal rule .. a casual stroll on a cycle path with a dog on a lead ... a long lead... causes cycling outrage

They see these places as their 'freeways' where pedestrians are not permitted .... oh .. my .. how the tables are turned
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