advice to cyclists at night

bonfire 12 April 2007 75

now that daylight savings has ended, i have noticed that when i am jogging home that cyclists are still not using lights, or bells.

this is especially stupid as they are travelling at speed on dark paths.

many do not have a red light on the back of their bike, or a headlamp of any description. some have no helmets on. some idiots have front lights that blink. i do not know why.

i particularly like the idiots that turn on their light, cycle around me, then turn it off.

im waiting for a head-on smash between two cycling fools.

in the two weeks since the evening commute has been performed in darkness (around 5.45 pm) only one cyclist has used his bell to alert me that he was about to cycle around me.

for the record – i have two tritium kit markers and a strip of reflective tape, on the rear of my backpack – so these idiots can see me in the dark. reflective tape only works if they have lights on their bikes.

im sure that having no light is illegal.

if the police want to make a few bob – position yourself on the walking paths that meander through our suburbs at nightfall and prepare to be busy.

my generally low opinion of cyclists as perennial law breakers and selfish individuals is unchanged by their behaviour over the last fortnight.

[ED – The views of Grandpa bonfire should not be confused with those of RiotACT which notes that so far all the cyclists have managed to not hit him]

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75 Responses to advice to cyclists at night
Aeek Aeek 9:53 pm 18 Apr 07

When you see a car with one headlight out, do you feel like ramming the dead light?

vandam vandam 12:21 pm 18 Apr 07

Just the other day I saw several cyclists riding on the road (yes the road not their cycle lane) without any hi vis gear. IT was a dark street, and this rider was wearing dark clothes. Suprisingly he was wearing a helmet, I still think I should’ve put him out of his misery and ran him over.
But then Pedal Power would’ve made some new great idea to take cars off the roads completely, saying they are dangerous and shouldn’e be on their roads. Personally I think they are all a bunch of idiots. With all those stupid cycle lanes that rarely get used, we might have a few more schools open, or even better, free parking at the hospitals.

bonfire bonfire 12:18 pm 17 Apr 07

oh, and all cyclists should have lights…

bonfire bonfire 12:16 pm 17 Apr 07

id love to have an electric car, and im pretty confident that automotive engineers are already working on the ‘next generation’ of power options for vehicles.

ignore the green religionists. they defy all commonsense and ignore history.

pre-BC to 100ad foot – human pulled vehicles.
500BCto early 20th c – horse drawn vehicles
1880ish to 1920ish – steam/electric/internal combustion propelled vehicles
1910 to now – internal combustion engines
2000 —> hybrid internal combustion/electric
2020? to ? who knows? id suspect fuel cell/hydrogen/electric.

Mr_Shab Mr_Shab 10:30 am 17 Apr 07

“I do not want to suggest in any way that these hydrocarbons are likely to represent an untapped energy reserve.”

Just cause it’s possible, don’t make it practical, bonfire.

Mr_Shab Mr_Shab 10:27 am 17 Apr 07

Ralph – the tar sands are useful, but not an answer in and of themselves. They are plentiful, but not an especially good return on investment (thermodynamically, anyway). Also, they use grotesque amounts of fresh water and natural gas to crack the tar into usable fractions.

The system is going to have to adjust to oil being substantially more expensive. In a town like Canberra, a good, cheap way of substituting out of oil is to get on a pushie.

But back on topic – yes, riding your bike at night without a light is a spectacularly dim thing to do. For the record, I am well-equipped for night riding.

Ralph Ralph 8:14 am 17 Apr 07

So I think what you’re trying to say above is 540 thousand barrels a day extracted versus 960 thousand barrels consumed.

Well there is a hell of a lot of demand coming out of china, and the OPEC cartel has a bit to do with the extraction numbers as well.

We will have oil for at least the rest of this century and then maybe some more. Have you heard of Canadian oil sands?

Your olde Club of Rome arguments are tiresome and staid. Can’t you find a better excuse for your socialist propaganda about turning our cities into some European utopias?

OpenYourMind OpenYourMind 7:12 pm 16 Apr 07

Bonfire, I dare you to invest some money in a company that extracts these types of hyrocarbons. Please let us know the name of the company too. I watch quite a few prospecting companies which use traditional tried and true oil search methods and it’s an incredibly risky business. You drill a whole 3kms into the ground and more often than not don’t get a drop of oil.

caf caf 6:14 pm 16 Apr 07

I take it that that hasn’t progressed substantially beyond “could”s and “might”s in the last 3 years then? The research there doesn’t throw any doubt on the fact that the petroleum and gas that we extract now isn’t from organic sources, anyway.

It would seem that your categoric statement “crude oil is not a fossil fuel” is drawing a long bow, to say the least.

johnboy johnboy 5:41 pm 16 Apr 07

If that process is common bonfire then burning buried fuels could be *more* dangerous than previously thought.

under the old model we thought all the stuff being burnt had started out in the atmosphere when the earth was habitable.

OpenYourMind OpenYourMind 5:15 pm 16 Apr 07

You can call it crap Ralph, but I challenge you to refute one single figure I quoted.

bonfire bonfire 5:13 pm 16 Apr 07
Maelinar Maelinar 3:07 pm 16 Apr 07

All sing after me: “and up from the ground came a bubbling – not fossil fuel”.

caf caf 2:48 pm 16 Apr 07

Umm, oil is what you get after the coal has been left in the ground for a bit longer.

Peat -> Brown Coal -> Black Coal -> Oil & Gas

So why isn’t it a fossil fuel if coal is?

bonfire bonfire 1:15 pm 16 Apr 07

crude oil is not fossil fuel.

like much of the club of rome nonsense that peak oil zealots bang on about as truths, this was discredited many years ago.

coal is fossil fuel.

there is many hundreds of years of coal left.

johnboy johnboy 12:59 pm 16 Apr 07

We may run out of fossil oil, we won’t run out of fuel for powered transport.

kennardly kennardly 12:20 pm 16 Apr 07

Hey Ralph, why can’t we bring up oil again? You got some evidence to suggest that oil will last forever and the burning of it doesn’t pollute the environment. Or do you think a few people riding bikes can’t make a difference???!!! You probably waste paper and water too don’t you mate because who cares eh…..

Ralph Ralph 8:10 am 16 Apr 07

Don’t bring your crap up about oil again. You just sound silly. Now back to your pedal power meeting.

kennardly kennardly 10:12 pm 15 Apr 07

Yeah Danman, there are no irresponsible car drivers. nice one mate

OpenYourMind OpenYourMind 7:22 pm 15 Apr 07

And here’s a final thought. Oil.

Australia is using more and more of the stuff and at the same time our drills are returning less and less of the stuff. 541 thousand barrels a day used versus 960 consumed (see link below). That gap is going to keep increasing and we will have to borrow more and more or produce a hell of a lot of other exports to make up the growing difference.

America used to be a net exporter of oil, but due to their cheap petrol prices and flagrant use of oil they are now in the uneviable position of only producing 1/4 of their 20million barrels of day oil needs. American cities have been built with the assumption that the only form of transport will be the private motor vehicle. It’s not easy to break that oil addiction.

And that’s why every city needs to follow the lead of Copenhagen and Amsterdam and do everything conceivably possible to make cycling the most viable option.

So, yes, cyclists sometimes break the law and do annoying things as do car drivers. Cyclists need to take responsibility for their actions. But, the promotion of cycling and increase in bicycle access and sharing of roads is a long term positive step for Canberra and Australia.

Check out the link below re: oil

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