Faster than a speeding (car!?)

By 24 April, 2013 46

Heading home along Belconnen Way last night I came across one of the most bizarre sights I’ve seen while driving.

As I approached the traffic lights near Bunnings, I caught a brief glimpse of a guy on a bike, but paid little attention. As the lights changed, he virtually disappeared. It was only as I approached the Coulter Drive intersection, I noticed him flying along, at a pace. I was travelling just over 60kph, but he was pulling further away. His peddles were turning, but not at a rate to travel uphill at that sort of speed.

I assume he had some form of electric bike, doctored to override the usual speed limit of around 25kph.

The rider turned into Page before I had a chance to get a close look at the bike, but I’m sure the police would be interested in having a chat with him.


UPDATE: Ed has sent through this photo:

Here’s a photo for that story about the speeding cyclist.

It looked like an Action bus driver given the uniform

He was doing about 65km/h east bound uphill on Belconnen Way

electric bike

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46 Responses to Faster than a speeding (car!?)
#1
Pork Hunt4:32 pm, 24 Apr 13

Why can’t someone go about their business without the cops being involved?

#2
Solidarity4:39 pm, 24 Apr 13

rar rar rego… rar… something…. rar… foot path…. rar…

#3
RandomPoster4:51 pm, 24 Apr 13

This might be the one I saw on Belconnen way a few months back, looks like a home conversion. He was going about 60kph.

#4
Kramer5:16 pm, 24 Apr 13

Oh noes – the fun police strike again!
Thought a ‘paperboy’ would fully support fast electric bikes.

#5
bundah5:18 pm, 24 Apr 13

An electric bike disappearing into the distance? wow i’d like to see that!

#6
Roundhead895:21 pm, 24 Apr 13

Electric bikes? Doesn’t this defeat the objective of cycling (to keep fit)?

#7
Dilandach5:31 pm, 24 Apr 13

Kramer said :

Oh noes – the fun police strike again!
Thought a ‘paperboy’ would fully support fast electric bikes.

Yet another thread with the usual crowd justifying why rules shouldn’t apply to cyclists.

If the guy was registered and had a motorbike license, power to him. If not, then despite the tears of those here he would be breaking the law.

#8
Innovation5:31 pm, 24 Apr 13

60 is too fast for a pushie. I hope he slows down or he’ll ruin it for others who have illegally overpowered bicycles but ride sensibly.

#9
FioBla5:49 pm, 24 Apr 13

Nah, it was a weather balloon.

Swamp gas.

#10
basketcase6:07 pm, 24 Apr 13

I have seen this guy a couple of times going like a bat out of hell, Coulter/Southern area. Looks like a home made electric bike. He will probably come a cropper one day.

#11
Pork Hunt6:22 pm, 24 Apr 13

Dilandach said :

Kramer said :

Oh noes – the fun police strike again!
Thought a ‘paperboy’ would fully support fast electric bikes.

Yet another thread with the usual crowd justifying why rules shouldn’t apply to cyclists.

If the guy was registered and had a motorbike license, power to him. If not, then despite the tears of those here he would be breaking the law.

Nancy boy.

#12
milkman6:48 pm, 24 Apr 13

“As I approached the traffic lights near Bunnings, I caught a brief glimpse of a guy on a bike, but paid little attention.”

This was all I saw…

#13
tuco7:30 pm, 24 Apr 13

Any chance he was wearing a black cashmere jumper?

#14
KB19718:32 pm, 24 Apr 13

Kramer said :

Oh noes – the fun police strike again!
Thought a ‘paperboy’ would fully support fast electric bikes.

The OP does have a point, if its the same guy I have seen he is travelling with the traffic in the cycle lanes at road speed with little more than a stack hat & an orange vest. Pushbikes are not designed for this sort of sustained high speed use.

He is going too fast for the cycle lanes and if he happened to hit someone he would do some damage & doesn’t have TPI.

If he wants a high powered pushy, leave it off the road.

#15
cranky8:36 pm, 24 Apr 13

I have had occasion to visit Bunnings Belco, entering from Belco Way (heading east). What is it with cyclists, also heading east, crossing the Bunnings entry at 125 kph, and making a motorist the fall guy for any accident?

#16
Aeek9:04 pm, 24 Apr 13

Innovation said :

60 is too fast for a pushie. I hope he slows down or he’ll ruin it for others who have illegally overpowered bicycles but ride sensibly.

Disagree that 60 is too fast for a bicycle but all I have to do is hit the brakes with BOTH hands. He has to kill the throttle as well and has the added momentum of the motor package.

I see a petrol bicycle around on and off. Obviously over powered, noisy and stinky, but the guy rides it responsibly so I’ll regretfully tolerate him. Likewise the students I saw riding Asian market electric bikes sensibly some years back. A disabled mate has a massively overpowered electric scooter but he needs it for his local hills. Really, who cares how powerful it is if its speed limited.

This idiot though, hope they do him quickly before he hurts himself or especially someone else.
Out of character for Canberra policing to bother though.

#17
Aeek9:08 pm, 24 Apr 13

cranky said :

I have had occasion to visit Bunnings Belco, entering from Belco Way (heading east). What is it with cyclists, also heading east, crossing the Bunnings entry at 125 kph, and making a motorist the fall guy for any accident?

You’re entering a driveway? Path has right of way over driveway.

#18
Benaresq11:38 pm, 24 Apr 13

Aeek said :

Disagree that 60 is too fast for a bicycle but all I have to do is hit the brakes with BOTH hands. He has to kill the throttle as well and has the added momentum of the motor package.

Every ebike package I’ve seen automatically cuts the throttle when either brake is applied.

#19
gooterz12:33 am, 25 Apr 13

Where can I get one?

#20
Innovation1:10 pm, 25 Apr 13

Aeek @ #16 – You’re quite right of course. I should have typed 60 is too fast for an “electric” pushie. Anyone who can get up to that speed under their own steam will have more respect for their limitations and is probably riding a frame sturdy enough for that speed.

#21
Felix the Cat3:17 pm, 25 Apr 13

gooterz said :

Where can I get one?

I think Pushys in Fyshwick sell electric bikes and Uni Cycles at ANU definitely have a couple.

Saw a guy on a MTB today wizzing along the bike path near Lennox Gardens, he was going to fast to see if he had a motor but he was barely pedaling so I’d say he does have one. Not that I care either way really, good luck to him if he has.

#22
dungfungus4:22 pm, 25 Apr 13

bundah said :

An electric bike disappearing into the distance? wow i’d like to see that!

Any ordinary bike just disappearing would be a good start.

#23
19676:40 am, 26 Apr 13

bundah said :

An electric bike disappearing into the distance? wow i’d like to see that!

Sounds like he’s converted the “Mr Fusion” unit from his Delorian to get that sort of speed.

#24
FrankReynolds9:00 am, 26 Apr 13
#25
bundah9:05 am, 26 Apr 13

Must be fast coz he’s wearing a full face helmet so it won’t be long before the plod pull him over..

#26
bundah9:22 am, 26 Apr 13

FrankReynolds said :

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-26/motorised-bike-chase-through-darwin/4652430

Seems like it’s not only Belco riders.

That’s hilarious

Plod:why didn’t you pull over?
Goose:coz i was up for a chase!

‘Police are still deciding what to charges to lay’. One too many to’s in there ABC News

#27
KeenGolfer9:24 am, 26 Apr 13

bundah said :

Must be fast coz he’s wearing a full face helmet so it won’t be long before the plod pull him over..

And he’ll get a huge shock when he realises the fines will total more than $1500…

#28
AAMC9:43 am, 26 Apr 13

“Oh noes – the fun police strike again!
Thought a ‘paperboy’ would fully support fast electric bikes.”

Yet another thread with the usual crowd justifying why rules shouldn’t apply to cyclists.

If the guy was registered and had a motorbike license, power to him. If not, then despite the tears of those here he would be breaking the law

Do you really think that the Australian regulatory environment would be flexible enough to allow registration of such a vehicle? Additionally, if this vehicle could be registered he would only need a car licence to operate it, similar to low capacity scooters, and then he would be able to use the vehicle lanes…..I bet that would annoy the vocal minority more.

Really, who cares, he’s not out to hurt anyone; why not leave him be?

#29
fromthecapital10:08 am, 26 Apr 13

A bit off topic, but I saw a massive penny farthing on adelaide ave the other day. When I saw it I realised it’s a great way to be visible on the green line…

#30
Jungle Jim11:29 am, 26 Apr 13

AAMC said :

Really, who cares, he’s not out to hurt anyone; why not leave him be?

It’s quite possible that Justin “Mully” Williams wasn’t necessarily out to hurt anyone in the stolen Mazda either. Doesn’t mean this couldn’t end in disaster if this dude was to collide with a regular cyclist.

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