Aggressive cyclists? Or Old biddies can’t keep to the left?

GnT 21 February 2009 57

The Canberra Times has a story today (Saturday – not online unfortunately) titled “Fears ‘aggressive’ cyclists may hurt lake pedestrians”. Three ladies in their 60s were going for their regular morning walk when “At least seven cyclists came towards the women at considerable speed. ‘They were approaching so fast that we really just had almost no way of defending ourselves'”. One lady fell over while leaping out of the way and grazed her hands and knee.

Now if the cyclists were keeping to the left, and the walking ladies were keeping to the left, why would they have had to ‘defend’ themselves at all? The cyclists, no matter how fast they were going, would have just glided past them. Either the cyclists weren’t keeping to the left or (a better bet) the ladies were walking three abreast and not following basic road rules.

The end of the story is also rather sensationalist, predicting that a death will be next on our cycleways.


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Postalgeek Postalgeek 3:30 pm 31 Mar 09

Actually yes, it was a bit of a troll. Except for the bit about trading common-sense for right-to-wander-aimlessly and Canberra drivers. And the bit about brake pads. Well spotted.

Apply the rules of the road to a shared path i.e stay left, and there should be no probs. Not rocket science.

Starscream @ work Starscream @ work 8:24 am 31 Mar 09

obviously a huge troll.

Madame Workalot Madame Workalot 8:13 am 31 Mar 09

Postalgeek said :

We all know exasperated Canberra drivers have argued time and again that ‘slowing down’ and ‘sharing’ is for pussies and care-bears. It would appear that, finally, cyclists are starting to get the message.

As a granny-killing commuter, i look forward to the day when Shimano bring out a range of light-weight alloy scythes or spikes for my wheels. Hopefully Canberra cyclists will adopt the sport of head-slapping enjoyed in many other countries.

It is hard to describe the exhilarating joy of calling out to a group of waddling fatties and watching them scatter; the ones on the left go right and the ones on the right go left. I feel like a labrador running through a pack of penguins.

Two pedestrians have already served as my bike rack this season.

I eagerly await further walkers intent on trading common-sense for right-to-wander-aimlessly. Running into pedestrians also saves on brake pads when hills are concerned.

Postalgeek, if you were to run into me I’d sue you for all you’re worth. That sort of attitude is arrogant and selfish. You wonder why pedestrians don’t want to move for you.

Postalgeek Postalgeek 12:09 am 31 Mar 09

We all know exasperated Canberra drivers have argued time and again that ‘slowing down’ and ‘sharing’ is for pussies and care-bears. It would appear that, finally, cyclists are starting to get the message.

As a granny-killing commuter, i look forward to the day when Shimano bring out a range of light-weight alloy scythes or spikes for my wheels. Hopefully Canberra cyclists will adopt the sport of head-slapping enjoyed in many other countries.

It is hard to describe the exhilarating joy of calling out to a group of waddling fatties and watching them scatter; the ones on the left go right and the ones on the right go left. I feel like a labrador running through a pack of penguins.

Two pedestrians have already served as my bike rack this season. I eagerly await further walkers intent on trading common-sense for right-to-wander-aimlessly. Running into pedestrians also saves on brake pads when hills are concerned.

niftydog niftydog 2:37 pm 25 Feb 09

With an abundance of cycle paths in this city, why choose the one path that is absolutely guaranteed to be overflowing with people to attempt those kinds of speeds? It’s akin to attempting to drive at 200km/h down Northbourne Ave at 8:30 Monday morning! 😉

Thank goodness you can get more out of less by being a mountain biker! You, your bike, a dusty trail and the wilderness – that’s where it’s at. No prams, no old biddies, no cars, no dogs, no lake-stench, no lanky old men in lycra etc…

Kramer Kramer 1:56 pm 24 Feb 09

niftydog said :

Why roadies attempt to break the sound barrier on very busy cycle paths is beyond me.

Anyone who’s ever ridden a bike knows that it’s all about fun (ie. speed …and airtime). A well serviced bike, a modest downhill run, and tucking down can see you get over 60Kph on a cycle path.

youami youami 1:22 pm 23 Feb 09

proofpositive said :

youami said :

Now my rant: I accept that a lot of cyclists are pretentious and oblivious to their obligations to yield to pedestrians, follow road rules etc, but having said that there needs to be give and take.

If you don’t like the rules about shared paths and cyclists having to give way then get off of them and use those dedicated painted lanes on road. Now STFU!

…And where did I say I didn’t like the rules?

And CK post #30, good to hear you’re a cyclist and now I understand where you’re coming from. No hard feelings eh?

frontrow frontrow 10:20 am 23 Feb 09

What happened to the obesity epidemic I keep hearing about? Just stand your ground and anyone who can wear lycra will not be having a good day.

niftydog niftydog 9:58 am 23 Feb 09

Why roadies attempt to break the sound barrier on very busy cycle paths is beyond me.

Why people aren’t expecting to encounter bicycles on very busy cycle paths is beyond me.

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 9:30 am 23 Feb 09

I always suspected that all cyclists are evil granny killers.

But then again, it is bloody painful to be stuck behind a bunch of MGs (meandering geriatrics) as they spread themselves across the breadth of the footpath or shopping centre aisle and amble along at the pace of an asthmatic ant carrying a heavy load.

mooo_cow mooo_cow 9:27 am 23 Feb 09

How many people walk down the middle road, instead of walking close to the edged? Obesely these ladies have learnt a lesion, on a road or share zone with other vehicles, don’t take up the entire space.

But saying that some cyclists need to learn to slow down when going pass certain demographics. Would you slow down driving a car past children or the elderly that are on a road, or keep your speed up. Everyone should be able to have a good time but display some common sense people. You know bikes are going pass and riders you know people can change direction at any given time.

Thumper Thumper 9:23 am 23 Feb 09

Want to walk three abreast, arm-in-arm with your pruned sisters?

hahahahahahaha

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 9:19 am 23 Feb 09

Pedestrians – keep left, or suck it up. Want to walk three abreast, arm-in-arm with your pruned sisters? Do it on the grass beside the path.

And cyclists – drive at reasonable speeds, or suck it up. Want to go faster than a family out for a leisurely ride on their K-Mart ‘mountain bikes’? Ride on the road, or go to a velodrome.

Public beatings for breaches.

Kramer Kramer 10:55 pm 22 Feb 09

I have NEVER seen a cyclist hold onto a car – I reckon it would be pretty poor form (particularly considering my love affair for cars before I got into bikes). A cyclist who is too good to unclip should be able to track stand.

The only time cyclists should hold onto cars is when they are being towed into a jump at high speed – and they have the car drivers consent ;-D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ1AxSQz4mI

Kramer Kramer 10:35 pm 22 Feb 09

I-filed said :

I’ve been on the receiving end of really scary stalking behaviour from a pack of cyclists after not stopping for them at a pedestrian crossing in Dickson – and I was in a car! I literally feared for my safety when they caught up with me at the shops. They think they are a law unto themselves. If these behaviours aren’t modified, cyclists may find they have to display rego and be identifiable.
It’s as though they think the ecological benefits of cycling outweigh all other considerations.

I-Filed – Stay off the drugs they are making you paranoid. You weren’t one of the old biddies run off the path, were you?? Yes, rego & identification for all cyclists – you have been reading too much George Orwell again.

SheepGroper SheepGroper 10:32 pm 22 Feb 09

Snoopy said :

These are often the same ones who hang onto cars at traffic lights so not to unclip the peddals.

What?! Some cyclists hold onto cars? It would have to be the side mirror, or do they also grab onto other parts?

poptop poptop 9:49 pm 22 Feb 09

Deckard said :

ChrisinTurner said :

At 5pm tonight a cyclist was coming down Northborne in a camouflage outfit!!! Under the trees with only patches of light, he was almost invisible. Doing this there soon won’t be any cyclists to cause any concerns.

I once saw a car driving around at night with no lights on. I’m amazed that there are any cars left on our roads.

I strain to see pedestrians dressed in black walking our suburban streets, all the time.

Where does the madness stop?

Deckard Deckard 9:27 pm 22 Feb 09

ChrisinTurner said :

At 5pm tonight a cyclist was coming down Northborne in a camouflage outfit!!! Under the trees with only patches of light, he was almost invisible. Doing this there soon won’t be any cyclists to cause any concerns.

I once saw a car driving around at night with no lights on. I’m amazed that there are any cars left on our roads.

ChrisinTurner ChrisinTurner 9:15 pm 22 Feb 09

At 5pm tonight a cyclist was coming down Northborne in a camouflage outfit!!! Under the trees with only patches of light, he was almost invisible. Doing this there soon won’t be any cyclists to cause any concerns.

sexynotsmart sexynotsmart 9:06 pm 22 Feb 09

Topic #1 Pedestrians v Cyclists. I had the misfortune of coming across one of the “biddies” in time gone by. Serial self-absorbed troublemaker. Don’t pay it any mind. Pity that someone got hurt, though. If they did and someone’s not gilding the lily.

Topic #2 Vehicle registration and proof of residency. I had a similar problem when migrating to the ACT. The lease was in my name. Because the lease was “short term”, no document was good enough – no billing address or stat dec or letter from my new boss saying I was here for a permanent job.

In the end I sent two registered letters to the registrars in ACT and NSW, with a copy of the letter sent to the other in the same envelope. A couple of days later I got a phone call from a very amused ACT person. They had sorted it out and were keen to grab my money.

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