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The No Bell Bicyclists

By Zan - 27 December 2012 189

An encounter today on the shared footpath/bicycle caused a bicyclist who had no bell. We did not hear him coming from behind. I asked him where his bell was. He said he didn’t need one as it didn’t fit on his bars.

Well here is what you need under the ACT Road Rules:

258 Equipment on a bicycle

A person must not ride a bicycle that does not have:

(a) at least 1 effective brake; and

(b) a bell, horn, or similar warning device, in working order.

Offence provision.

What’s Your opinion?


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189 Responses to
The No Bell Bicyclists
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sien 3:29 pm
27 Dec 12
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The person’s voice is a similar device.

Bells are risky. A bell can make someone suddenly move left, right, stop or who knows what. Try ringing a bell near someone from a country that drives on the left.

You can also have a bell, and not use the device.

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Tony 4:39 pm
27 Dec 12
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Did you take his registration details and report to the pol…. oh, never mind.

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Tony 4:39 pm
27 Dec 12
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Spykler 5:19 pm
27 Dec 12
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What ever happened to that simple courtesy of ringing one’s bell? I don’t want to navigate the legal minefield of having to go to court after plowing into a dogwalker or loving couple of one of our cities bike paths..I have been a bell-ringer from way back, but have noticed it is indeed a dying art.

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How_Canberran 5:40 pm
27 Dec 12
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Tony said :

Did you take his registration details and report to the pol…. oh, never mind.

Whoa there people! Poor Zan appears to have engaged in an ‘encounter’ with an errant Canberran cyclist. The matter appears to be consuming Zan’s holidays and is therefore worthy of RA caring and sharing. A little sympathy please.

How Canberran.

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Zan 6:43 pm
27 Dec 12
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sien said :

The person’s voice is a similar device….

Except when they have a quiet voice, as he did. A ding on a bell is much louder.

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Zan 6:47 pm
27 Dec 12
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How_Canberran said :

Tony said :

… The matter appears to be consuming Zan’s holidays….

I am retired. I am pointing out that bells belong on bikes, just as horns are on cars, and should be used to let people know they are coming up behind.

It seems that some silly people do not know or even care about the rules and regulations or even common courtesy.

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Postalgeek 6:52 pm
27 Dec 12
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Zan, you better make it clear from the outset that you were walking on the left side of the shared path and not blocking the thoroughfare.

More to the matter at hand, I’m thinking of finding a devices that constantly beeps. Some motorbike riders in Asia use them to let others know they are in close proximity without having to wear out their horn thumb. Maybe a timer app for my mounted iphone…

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Zan 6:59 pm
27 Dec 12
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Hubby and I were walking on the left side of the white dividing line of the shared foot/bicycle path.

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screaming banshee 7:03 pm
27 Dec 12
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A bell is distinct enough to be sounded a reasonable distance from the people you are approaching, so as to negate the ‘they could do anything’ argument sien proffers. It is also the customary warning device. I do not accept that saying ‘bike’ less than 2 seconds before passing constitutes a warning, or that a persons voice could be considered an appropriate warning device.

Have a bell!
Ring your bell!

I’ve got a 3 year old learning to ride and a 5 year old learning to skate who could go in any direction in a moment. Ring your bell and we will stop so you can safely pass. If you do nothing or just say bike before speeding past and hit my boys, you will regret it.

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How_Canberran 7:35 pm
27 Dec 12
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Zan said :

Hubby and I were walking on the left side of the white dividing line of the shared foot/bicycle path.

OK. We are slooooowly starting to get somewhere here Zen.

So, you and your life partner were meandering along the shared foot/bicycle path when a silent, yet darstardly bicycle rider wooshed past you (on your right?) and failed to announce his approach to your satisfaction. I read that he then stopped to engage you in light banter regarding his lawful requirement to have a warning device affixed to his bicycle?

Sorry, but this is not the Canberra I know. If you copped a foul mouthful, you would be lucky. A full blown punch-up could have been the worst.

How Canberran.

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Deckard 7:50 pm
27 Dec 12
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Maybe the guy had a bell in the past but was abused by another pedestrian for ringing it when approaching from behind when they think he didn’t need to.

You really can’t win. Some pedestrians want you to ring every time you pass them, some only want you to ring if they’re in your way. Be prepared to cop some abuse from one or the other.

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banco 8:01 pm
27 Dec 12
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Clothesline: “a pro wrestling move in which a wrestler puts his arm straight out to the side and knocks his opponent over, either from his own momentum or his opponents”

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KB1971 8:49 pm
27 Dec 12
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So, was there a problem? Did he nearly hit you?

If not, so what?

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Rangi 9:05 pm
27 Dec 12
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I asked him where his bell was. He said he didn’t need one as it didn’t fit on his bars.

I am surprised he gave such a polite answer, I would expected something more like ‘F off arse clown”

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