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A traffic rant from Stephen

By johnboy - 17 May 2013 54

cycle paths

This just in…

It’s about time we lobby the ACT Government to widen our bike paths!! How can we be expected to fit our cars in these piddling ½ sized lanes? In peak times there is an obvious need for the average motorist to bypass the law abiding losers waiting patiently for a variety of reasons, but mostly because waiting whole minutes for traffic to move in a number of locations can make you very late for the first coffee break of the morning. Let’s not get into the buses on Northbourne Avenue… what were they thinking? Only the left hand side of a bus can squeeze into the average bicycle lane, and that’s assuming the bus driver decides to risk approaching the curb to within chrome-scratching range.

Some smart-arse may suggest leaving for work earlier, but the traffic flows well first thing in the morning and you end up getting to work too soon – and are forced to take extended coffee breaks or longer lunches to keep your hours to the mandated 7 hrs 21 mins per day. Going home is just as bad. Some of us need to pick up our rug-rats from their holding cells before 5:45 PM or we get charged $50 OR MORE for being late.

For god’s sake, we’re supposed to be a smart city, if the Thais can fit 4 lines of traffic on a 2 lane road in Bangkok during peak hour, surely we can widen our bike lanes to allow better traffic flow!

You can see exactly what I am talking about in the attached images (taken over my left shoulder by one of my car-pooling buddies, honest! – who incidentally agrees with me whole heartedly.)

I really see nothing wrong with this plan, the only downside might be the necessity to pull out the wreckage of the occasional recumbent cyclist from under the 4WD.

Steve….

utes and cyclepaths

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A traffic rant from Stephen
fromthecapital 2:41 pm 17 May 13

Mysteryman said :

I regularly see cyclists riding 2 and 3 abreast, spilling into car lanes where there is a cycle lane right next to them. Clearly they are ok with sharing.

How much real estate do 3 cyclists take up? 🙂

Holden Caulfield 2:30 pm 17 May 13

caf said :

There’s also those who would rather not queue up on Anzac Pde to turn left onto Limestone Avenue, so they use the right lane and do an extra circuit around the roundabout.

That seems like effective lateral thinking to me. No road rules are being broken and there’s nothing from stopping any other road users from following suit. What’s the problem?

simplechick 2:19 pm 17 May 13

This drives me crazy! I’m often the person driving in the left lane in this exact spot waiting just as impatiently as anyone else until the turning lane comes up, when about to turn into the lane (legally), BOOM some idiot is up my rear end because they ave zoomed out from nowhere into the bicycle lane and then try to cut you off. Or you sit there holding up traffic because 20 idots doing the same thing wont let you into the lane because you are doing the right thing. Go figure!

End Rant!

beardedclam 2:16 pm 17 May 13

Nice photos. How do you get such a steady picture while driving?

Mothy 1:59 pm 17 May 13

Ah, Federal Highway just after the Barton Highway, citybound. Used to sit in that traffic waiting to head in to Downer cursing cars that did the slip-in.

The week that the police blitzed it was Golden.

Meanwhile, my new bugbear is the Bus Stop out front of Burgmann where an unbroken line can clearly be seen, all the way from the curb to the traffic lights. Yet every day, as you wait in line as parents cross the road, with traffic inevitably backed up from the Gungahlin Drive lights mere meters in front of that, obviously more important assholes drive across the line and the bike path through the bus stop and zoom their way to the turn onto Gungahlin Drive.

Golf clap, assholes, golf clap.

As a side note: Pandey – twice in the last week you have either tailgated me, or changed lanes in front of me without head checking first. You are an asshat. That is all.

Solidarity 1:57 pm 17 May 13

So much rage

Relax, it only adds an extra few seconds to your day, no different to being stuck behind a cyclist…

caf 1:55 pm 17 May 13

There’s also those who would rather not queue up on Anzac Pde to turn left onto Limestone Avenue, so they use the right lane and do an extra circuit around the roundabout.

NellyBean 1:45 pm 17 May 13

Good rant,

some would say it was even Terrafic

arescarti42 1:40 pm 17 May 13

My favorites are the folks who turn left from the right lane as you turn off the Parkway on to Cotter road, so they don’t have to queue.

c_c™ 1:26 pm 17 May 13

Saw the police doing something about this on Drakeford Dr during peak, just the once, a long time ago.

Holden Caulfield 1:17 pm 17 May 13

magiccar9 said :

People who think they can push in boil my blood. They are the most selfish, self-centered, stuck up, moronic, egotistic wankers!
I can usually spot what these morons are about to do and I deliberately close any possible gap they could squeeze into. They try to push in front of me and they usually get a nice horn blasting. Problem is that we have these cushy drivers in Canberra who think they will be fast tracked to heaven if they let them into the line of traffic, so everybody has to wait while they stop, give them a wave in, then start again.

Are they “pushing in” or turning left (down Swinden Street?)?

Still, not acceptable behaviour either way, but it’s a minor distinction to make.

Mysteryman 1:15 pm 17 May 13

I regularly see cyclists riding 2 and 3 abreast, spilling into car lanes where there is a cycle lane right next to them. Clearly they are ok with sharing.

magiccar9 12:54 pm 17 May 13

People who think they can push in boil my blood. They are the most selfish, self-centered, stuck up, moronic, egotistic wankers!
I can usually spot what these morons are about to do and I deliberately close any possible gap they could squeeze into. They try to push in front of me and they usually get a nice horn blasting. Problem is that we have these cushy drivers in Canberra who think they will be fast tracked to heaven if they let them into the line of traffic, so everybody has to wait while they stop, give them a wave in, then start again.

Spiral 12:53 pm 17 May 13

There is a bike path in Tuggeraonong at the roundabout where Athllon and Scollay meet that looks quite like a slip lane for cars (if they are too blind to see the signs). I have seen several small cars use it to turn left into Scollay and recently spotted a landcruiser who managed to squeeze down it. I think in these cases it is just an honest mistake as even on google maps it does like quite like a road.

EvanJames 12:29 pm 17 May 13

Superb rant. I hate push-ins at all times, but using the bike lane, wow, that’s a new low.

In Quangers, Yass Rd gets backed up in morning rush hour, back to those lights outside Magnet Mart. The local drivers seem to have educated the push-ins that zooming up the left lane that ends at Kennards is a low act, and they don’t let them in. So now very few people do it. Wait your bloody turn!

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