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Bicycle Justice

By Ags 27 October 2010 36

This story is second hand from my partner.

Monday morning aprox 7:00am my partner was driving over commonwealth bridge heading towards the city in very light traffic. There was a broken down car in the left hand lane just past the Floriade traffic lights. It had its hazard lights on but was obstructing the bike lane.

My partner changed to the middle lane to give the bicycle enough room to get around the broken down car. Once our car had passed, a look in the rear vision mirror revealed the bicycle rider hitting the bonnet of the broken down car in disgust. (like we want to break down).

The force from hitting the broken down car through the rider off  balance and got the death wobbles. Another quick look in the mirror and the rider was face down on the pavement.  

BICYCLE JUSTICE!!!! HA HA HA!!!!

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Pork Hunt 5:18 pm 27 Oct 10

djk said :

Did Capt RAAF get bored with his other persona and is now Mr Gillespie??

Now, Mr Gillespie/aka Captain RAAF until proven otherwise, promise not to throw all your toys out of the pram like you did last time you were here…

georgesgenitals 4:46 pm 27 Oct 10

I generally use the transit lane on Adelaide Ave twice each day, with 2 of us in the car. Personally, I love it.

I often see cars driving slowly in traffic with 2 or more people in them – makes me wonder whether they want to go slow or just don’t know the rules.

carnardly 4:45 pm 27 Oct 10

Quote – People have died from riding their bikes on roads I mean look what happened near Tharwa earlier this year

Well mate – that’s because some lousy bloody car driver just ran over the couple and killed him. Broad daylight, straight road… think about it! Maybe ban all blody crappy car drivers.

So because they were on the road, the husband should’ve expected to be killed…? Show some respect to the family please.

djk 4:39 pm 27 Oct 10

Did Capt RAAF get bored with his other persona and is now Mr Gillespie??

vg 3:06 pm 27 Oct 10

p1 said :

vg said :

Curious

I saw the exact incident described and the cyclist didn’t fall off at all (no, it wasn’t me). I’m calling bollocks on the story

Really, only one cyclist road past while the car was broken down?

Only 1 I saw undertaking the actions as described by the OP.

Pray tell?

I did

AngryHenry 2:59 pm 27 Oct 10

Affirmative Action Man said :

My judgement is that 15% of male bearded lycra cyclists in Canberra are cmpletely mad & should be mown down on sight.

I’m certainly not gonna dispute that my friend.

But driving into Canberra from NSW my experience is that at least 30% – 40% of ACT drivers don’t know how to adhere to the speed limit and close to 100% can’t emabrace the simple concept of merging!!!

Gerry-Built 2:58 pm 27 Oct 10

vg said :

Curious

I saw the exact incident described and the cyclist didn’t fall off at all (no, it wasn’t me). I’m calling bollocks on the story

I’ve heard it’s not true unless there are photos…

Erg0 2:40 pm 27 Oct 10

The thing about transit lanes is that they mainly serve to highlight the massive majority of people who commute without any passengers. The one on Adelaide Ave is seriously underused, even when the other lanes are moving slowly.

Could also be that a lot of people are unaware of the rules, I suppose.

Affirmative Action Man 2:36 pm 27 Oct 10

AngryHenry said :

Or the time some d*ckhead screamed at me out of the window of his vehicle and frightened the sh*t out of me while I was calmly riding along minding my own business.

Shame he didn’t want to slow down and let me catch up, I would have done more than bash on his bonnet.

It’s a two way street.

That cyclist was obviously a tool but don’t think for a second that it is limited to just those who ride bikes. That was one individual.

From my experience on Canberra roads there are more w@nkers behind the wheels of cars…

My judgement is that 15% of male bearded lycra cyclists in Canberra are cmpletely mad & should be mown down on sight.

p1 2:26 pm 27 Oct 10

Mr Gillespie said :

That’s stupid. Fining people for having less than 2 people in their vehicle, and you wonder why people complain about revenue-raising. This is pretty weak compared to genuine SAFETY issues……

Transit lanes have nothing to do with revenue raising. In fact they are about the only way I can think of which the government uses to encourage people to use cars less which isn’t revenue raising.

It encourages sharing because you’ll wait in traffic less, and doesn’t really punish people who are on their own. Compare this to parking costs, rego fees, and other proposed measures like congestion charges.

MissChief 2:15 pm 27 Oct 10

Mr Gillespie said :

Erg0 said :

Cars containing two or more people are allowed in that lane as well. It’s on the sign.

That’s stupid. Fining people for having less than 2 people in their vehicle, and you wonder why people complain about revenue-raising. This is pretty weak compared to genuine SAFETY issues……I mean it’s like parking fines, fees, and the inconvenience that creates. You can’t park within 2 miles of anywhere in Civic without having to pay through the nose or pay through the nose.

(Anyway, I’m getting a bit off-topic here, sorry).

You sure are… that’s non sequitur, the fine would be for using the T2 lane incorrectly NOT for having one person in the car. If you want to use the T2 lane, give a friend a lift. If everyone did this, imagine how many less cars in Civic and more parking there might be.

justbands 2:05 pm 27 Oct 10

> People have died from riding their bikes on roads I mean look what happened near Tharwa earlier this year!

Far more people die driving in cars on our roads. BAN ALL CARS FROM ROADS NOW!

Ags 2:05 pm 27 Oct 10

#16vg
(Agitator)
11:57, 27 Oct 10
Quote Curious

I saw the exact incident described and the cyclist didn’t fall off at all (no, it wasn’t me). I’m calling bollocks on the story

MY PARTNER IS NOT ONE TO LIE, BUT I WILL BE ASKING QUESTIONS WHEN I GET HOME….

Mr Gillespie 1:53 pm 27 Oct 10

Erg0 said :

Cars containing two or more people are allowed in that lane as well. It’s on the sign.

That’s stupid. Fining people for having less than 2 people in their vehicle, and you wonder why people complain about revenue-raising. This is pretty weak compared to genuine SAFETY issues……I mean it’s like parking fines, fees, and the inconvenience that creates. You can’t park within 2 miles of anywhere in Civic without having to pay through the nose or pay through the nose.

(Anyway, I’m getting a bit off-topic here, sorry).

Now back on topic: there should be no bikes allowed to ride on roads. It is as simple as that. Building “green” lanes and cycle lanes is a ridiculous abuse of the public purse. People have died from riding their bikes on roads I mean look what happened near Tharwa earlier this year!

KB1971 1:03 pm 27 Oct 10

vg said :

Curious

I saw the exact incident described and the cyclist didn’t fall off at all (no, it wasn’t me). I’m calling bollocks on the story

Prey tell……..

MissPeaches 12:53 pm 27 Oct 10

What was she fined for? Using the “T2” (bus) lane??? I have lost count of the number of cars I have seen using the bus lane, and wished the cops would catch them. And that is on a GOOD day! I thought only buses, motorcycles and taxis were allowed to use that lane?¿?

Territory and Municipal Services Media Release says
“We recognise that there will be an increased amount of traffic on Canberra’s roads. To assist in the reduction of traffic congestion the bus lane on Adelaide Avenue will also become a T2 Transit lane. This will allow vehicles containing two or more persons to use the Transit lane.

Link is here: http://www.tams.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0012/40530/MR1011_Adelaide_Avenue_Transit_Lane.pdf

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