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All you ever wanted to know about cycling in the ACT

By johnboy - 4 April 2011 38

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Oh happy day, Territory And Municipal Services have released a handy brochure guide to the rules surrounding cycling in Canberra.

Hopefully it will clear up some misconceptions.

Did you know we have hook turns in Canberra for bicycles?

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38 Responses to
All you ever wanted to know about cycling in the ACT
astrojax 6:50 am 05 Apr 11

all i ever wanted to know about cycling in the act i learned on the riotact…

wildturkeycanoe 6:09 am 05 Apr 11

Stahmo, You’ve just won the argument for all those in favour of bicycle registration.

” I’ve reported incidences to the police, providing date, time, location, and vehicle registration number. I used the online ACT police form, but they seem to ignore those reports. I never received any correspondences.”

I would use this form, but will be missing the vital detail – vehicle registration number – without which no action can possibly be taken. This is exactly why cyclists need an identifier on the bike, so that motorists can submit the same feedback about the suicidal tendencies of our green-path obstacles.

Aeek 10:15 pm 04 Apr 11

stahmo said :

Why is it that police prioritise catching cyclists without a bell over catching irresponsible car drivers who are careless, or worse, who taunt and abuse cyclists on our roads? I’ve reported incidences to the police, providing date, time, location, and vehicle registration number. I used the online ACT police form, but they seem to ignore those reports. I never received any correspondences.

What is going on here?

email that you have used the form to the minister, and cc the AFP ?

stahmo 9:45 pm 04 Apr 11

niftydog said :

… Word on the street is that ACT Police will be targeting cyclists this month. … Make sure you have a bell, horn or “similar warning device” (does my cake-hole suffice?) and if riding at night (or wishing to avoid a semantic argument with Mr Plod) a red reflector AND a light on the rear, and a white light on the front.

Why is it that police prioritise catching cyclists without a bell over catching irresponsible car drivers who are careless, or worse, who taunt and abuse cyclists on our roads? I’ve reported incidences to the police, providing date, time, location, and vehicle registration number. I used the online ACT police form, but they seem to ignore those reports. I never received any correspondences.

What is going on here?

Aeek 9:21 pm 04 Apr 11

Finally, something that mentions
– overtaking on the left, but why do they have to add the not-in-the-road-rules stopped at traffic lights? Note, this is when in the same lane, a bicycle lane is a different lane.
– signalling left being optional, but buried at the end for a skimmer to miss.
– riding 2 abreast and even more when overtaking, WOW!

Grrrr 9:21 pm 04 Apr 11

Hook turns are allowed nationally for bikes at any intersection – not just in Canberra.

There’s a few morons who get cranky when you do it in front of them (and it wouldn’t hurt if the bike hook turn storage area could be repainted at the lights on the corner of Macarthur and Northbourne Ave..)

Interesting to read from the brochure:

Slip streaming or pacing behind a moving vehicle is very dangerous, as the vehicle in front of you could suddenly stop.

… and reading between the lines: It’s not illegal (if you don’t sit closer than 2m to the vehicle for more than 200m at a time.)

TVStar 7:45 pm 04 Apr 11

niftydog said :

That’s been around for a while – hasn’t cleared up any misconceptions going by what I read around here.

Word on the street is that ACT Police will be targeting cyclists this month. I’d just about wager my pay check they’ll spend a few mornings at the infamous pedestrian crossing on David St Turner.

Make sure you have a bell, horn or “similar warning device” (does my cake-hole suffice?) and if riding at night (or wishing to avoid a semantic argument with Mr Plod) a red reflector AND a light on the rear, and a white light on the front.

Yeh, go after the hoods of O’Connor, and when I get locked up, there’ll be still penty of hammer in the Hume Hilton. FFS!?! Don’t they have anything better to do?

thy_dungeonman 6:37 pm 04 Apr 11

Hook turns are necessary given how the cycle lanes work at intersections with lights if you want to turn right you would have to get in the right car lane (and the green arrow won’t detect a bike) whereas the cycle lanes are on the left having to wait for two sets of traffic is a bit annoying.

puggy 5:42 pm 04 Apr 11

I like the bit about being allowed to turn right from either lane of a multi-lane roundabout, but having to give way to traffic that may be going straight. Did I read that correctly or is it really just a recipe for pant stains all round?

Jivrashia 4:54 pm 04 Apr 11

Can we please have another brochure on “Easy steps to taking out a cyclist on the ACT roads” for the drivers?

For example:
– DO NOT look out for cyclists among other motor traffic on the roads. They are not meant to be seen but heard (usually screaming) when you take them out
– DO NOT look over your shoulders or next to your vehicle when crossing the cycle lane to turn left, and at no time indicate that your are turning left.

Fiona 4:47 pm 04 Apr 11

Hook turns, cool. I think I’ve seen cyclists do them, but more are just “brave” enough to head into the right lane and risk life and limb.

johnboy 4:44 pm 04 Apr 11

niftydog said :

That’s been around for a while – hasn’t cleared up any misconceptions going by what I read around here.

Well it certainly got new prominence on the TAMS site.

FioBla 4:43 pm 04 Apr 11

Guilty of not always dismounting at zebras and pedestrian crossings—I do sometimes, which probably makes me a schmuck.

niftydog 4:35 pm 04 Apr 11

That’s been around for a while – hasn’t cleared up any misconceptions going by what I read around here.

Word on the street is that ACT Police will be targeting cyclists this month. I’d just about wager my pay check they’ll spend a few mornings at the infamous pedestrian crossing on David St Turner.

Make sure you have a bell, horn or “similar warning device” (does my cake-hole suffice?) and if riding at night (or wishing to avoid a semantic argument with Mr Plod) a red reflector AND a light on the rear, and a white light on the front.

fozzy 4:28 pm 04 Apr 11

The brochure seem useful. However, curiously, the file name includes “May 2009”.

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