Bikes lanes are for bicycles

Rollersk8r 6 September 2012 51

I’m going to go out on a limb here and make the assumption bike lanes are for bicycles, not motorcycles.

Just then I had a motorbike up my arse on Northbourne, from Elouera Street through to Cooying, revving his engine and muttering at cyclists.

You’re damn right I slowed down on purpose and got in your way, jerk!


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gazket gazket 12:46 pm 11 Mar 13

curlylocks said :

Good on you for slowing down what an idiot, unsure if its true in the ACT but laws have just changed in NSW that motor cyclists are allowed to go in between lanes of traffic (in the middle) I have seen numerous do it here so maybe it is the case. But not in a cylce lane!!!!!!!!!!1 some people!!

not quiet true, Motorcycling filtering has been trialed in Sydney CBD on certain roads.

http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/australian-first-lane-filtering-trial-motorcyclists-sydney-cbd

“Lane filtering is currently against the law however there will be an exemption for motorcyclists in this part of the CBD which will permit them to filter through traffic when vehicles are stopped at traffic lights,”

Tooks Tooks 9:01 am 11 Mar 13

KB1971 said :

Mordd said :

Grega said :

At least he paid rego

I’d happily pay rego for my pushbike if it got me the same rights as vehicle owners, would expect the police to then pro-actively enforce the bad behaviour against cyclists though which rarely if ever happens atm.

Or with car drivers, I had two incidents on Tuesday, riding along Bunda St doing the right thing & a knob in a Commodore does an illegal U turn in front of me. This wasnt such a bad thing as it was well in front & no dramas. The problem was when he decided to return to the lane, he just pulled out forcing me across the white lines into the oncoming traffic.

Then there was the bus heading south on Commonwealth ave, it was coming up from Parkes way behind another bus & the driver did not look at all as he was coming up the on ramp. The first bus went well in front of me but & the second one went as well. I had slowed but by the time I realised that the bus was going to go I was up the side of him. It must have been me waving frantically & swearing at him the got his attention in the mirror.

When he went passed there was no hint of an apology.

Both times I was riding legally with a helmet on & the police were nowhere to be seen to reprimand these REGISTERED vehicles for their bad behavoir.

I’m with you. Why can’t they be everywhere at once to catch everyone doing the wrong thing? One day there will be a cop to patrol every street in Canberra. Wouldn’t that be awesome?

Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 7:32 am 11 Mar 13

fromthecapital said :

With all the discussion of rego, you would think there would be new players to the conversation. Out of interest does anyone know how many square kms of roads we have here in the act?

One normally measures roads using units of length and not area. Sometimes for shits and giggles when planning a journey, I use ångström’s.

fromthecapital fromthecapital 12:29 am 11 Mar 13

With all the discussion of rego, you would think there would be new players to the conversation. Out of interest does anyone know how many square kms of roads we have here in the act?

fromthecapital fromthecapital 12:22 am 11 Mar 13

Solidarity said :

I saw a dude riding a black sportsbike and tapping all the cyclists on the bum as he rode past. I laughed, it confused all the cyclists.

How many times are you going to this old one out?

Jono Jono 8:35 pm 10 Mar 13

Sandman said :

Good, I’d rather wait those few extra seconds than have to wash blood off the front of my truck.

If, as you’ve made clear here, you’re in any danger of hitting someone on a pedestrian crossing, then please do the public a favour – go to your local ACT government shopfront and hand in your licence for the good of everyone. You’ve made an admission that you don’t have the basic skills to be on the road.

Nobody should be so surprised by someone appearing suddenly on a crossing that they might hit them – whether it be someone on roller blades, a pedestrian in a hurry, or a cyclist breaking the law.

Sandman Sandman 8:01 pm 10 Mar 13

resident_weevil said :

The next time I’m thinking of riding my bike across a pedestrian crossing, I will ride to the edge, stop, and walk my bike slowly across, all the while hoping it’s you in the car.

Good, I’d rather wait those few extra seconds than have to wash blood off the front of my truck. Except instead of “next time” make it “all the time” and perhaps you can spread the word amongst your Lycra brethren. They don’t listen to anyone else. Perhaps they’ll listen to one of their own.

Aeek Aeek 7:45 pm 10 Mar 13

Masquara said :

Yes, exactly, dismounting and walking across is exactly what you are supposed to do. You are quite entitled to walk across very slowly if that is what you would like to do.

or doing a speed dismount and landing running next to the bike is fine too.

Isn’t the issue we don’t want people entering the crossing at speed?
Simply making cyclists dismount does nothing for runners, bladers or skaters.

Also, some crossings have bike lights where it is legal to ride across. There’s no signs to alert drivers to this.

Masquara Masquara 5:19 pm 10 Mar 13

resident_weevil said :

Masquara said :

milkman said :

what_the said :

I love it how cyclists demand they share the road with road vehicles but when another two wheeled vehicle wants to play in their sand box they have a cry! Hilarious! There’s no reason that motorcycles should be able to use on-road cycle lanes in times of banked up traffic (if they travel at a reasonable speed <30 and not try and overtake cyclists if they're in the lane).

+1.

Make that +2. Same cyclists grizzling on this topic that insist on riding across PEDESTRIAN crossings.

The next time I’m thinking of riding my bike across a pedestrian crossing, I will ride to the edge, stop, and walk my bike slowly across, all the while hoping it’s you in the car.

Yes, exactly, dismounting and walking across is exactly what you are supposed to do. You are quite entitled to walk across very slowly if that is what you would like to do.

screaming banshee screaming banshee 4:09 pm 10 Mar 13

resident_weevil said :

Masquara said :

milkman said :

what_the said :

I love it how cyclists demand they share the road with road vehicles but when another two wheeled vehicle wants to play in their sand box they have a cry! Hilarious! There’s no reason that motorcycles should be able to use on-road cycle lanes in times of banked up traffic (if they travel at a reasonable speed <30 and not try and overtake cyclists if they're in the lane).

+1.

Make that +2. Same cyclists grizzling on this topic that insist on riding across PEDESTRIAN crossings.

The next time I’m thinking of riding my bike across a pedestrian crossing, I will ride to the edge, stop, and walk my bike slowly across, all the while hoping it’s you in the car.

Do me a favour and do it when there a kids with bikes crossing also, how can we expect young people to follow the rules if everyone else just rides across a pedestrian crossing.

BelcoMan BelcoMan 3:18 pm 10 Mar 13

Alderney said :

what_the said :

I love it how cyclists demand they share the road with road vehicles but when another two wheeled vehicle wants to play in their sand box they have a cry! Hilarious! There’s no reason that motorcycles should be able to use on-road cycle lanes in times of banked up traffic (if they travel at a reasonable speed <30 and not try and overtake cyclists if they're in the lane).

I can think of two. Firstly, you’re not allowed to cross an unbroken line. You know, the one that separates the bike lane from traffic. Secondly, motorcycles do not fit the description of a bicycle in the ARR.

And another thing (about your claim that cyclists demand to share the road), cyclists are allowed on the road under the ARR, but other vehicles are not allowed in the bike lane under the same.

Some people’s ignorance of the most simple of rules that govern life is simply astounding.

And to the idiot who brought ip the pedestrian crossing chestnut, somebody somewhere once murdered someone. By your logic everyones a murderer. Your argument is mute.

I ride bikes, both with and without engines.

Not with me you don’t, what a silly string of comments.

To say cyclists are allowed to break some rules but you are upset when a motorcyclist breaks a rule is hypocrisy at its finest. Cyclists ride through pedestrian crossings, and travel across the sacred unbroken line but you want to commit further illegal acts when a motorcyclist travels in a bicycle lane which may or may not have been withing them turning the corner in the next 40 metres? Seriously, the most over-pampered transport group on the planet.

Someone mentioned Rego – that is for your car/motorbike/vehicle and you get services for that. How about the Lycra crowd start reaching into their pockets to start financing their own expectations *Crickets*

Alderney Alderney 6:03 am 10 Mar 13

what_the said :

I love it how cyclists demand they share the road with road vehicles but when another two wheeled vehicle wants to play in their sand box they have a cry! Hilarious! There’s no reason that motorcycles should be able to use on-road cycle lanes in times of banked up traffic (if they travel at a reasonable speed <30 and not try and overtake cyclists if they're in the lane).

I can think of two. Firstly, you’re not allowed to cross an unbroken line. You know, the one that separates the bike lane from traffic. Secondly, motorcycles do not fit the description of a bicycle in the ARR.

And another thing (about your claim that cyclists demand to share the road), cyclists are allowed on the road under the ARR, but other vehicles are not allowed in the bike lane under the same.

Some people’s ignorance of the most simple of rules that govern life is simply astounding.

And to the idiot who brought ip the pedestrian crossing chestnut, somebody somewhere once murdered someone. By your logic everyones a murderer. Your argument is mute.

I ride bikes, both with and without engines.

Aeek Aeek 10:45 pm 09 Mar 13

curlylocks said :

unsure if its true in the ACT but laws have just changed in NSW that motor cyclists are allowed to go in between lanes of traffic (in the middle)

Unfortunately not, though with ACT Drivers that may not be a bad thing. It is legal to overtake on the right in the same lane, how else would anyone overtake cyclists legally ? Only cyclists are allowed to overtake on the left in the same lane.
(the number of people who can’t distinguish same lane, from different lane is disturbing).

curlylocks curlylocks 6:10 pm 09 Mar 13

Good on you for slowing down what an idiot, unsure if its true in the ACT but laws have just changed in NSW that motor cyclists are allowed to go in between lanes of traffic (in the middle) I have seen numerous do it here so maybe it is the case. But not in a cylce lane!!!!!!!!!!1 some people!!

Deckard Deckard 4:22 pm 09 Mar 13

Masquara said :

milkman said :

what_the said :

I love it how cyclists demand they share the road with road vehicles but when another two wheeled vehicle wants to play in their sand box they have a cry! Hilarious! There’s no reason that motorcycles should be able to use on-road cycle lanes in times of banked up traffic (if they travel at a reasonable speed <30 and not try and overtake cyclists if they're in the lane).

+1.

Make that +2. Same cyclists grizzling on this topic that insist on riding across PEDESTRIAN crossings.

Are you cretins still whinging about this. Here’s an idea. Get over it.

Aeek Aeek 4:21 pm 09 Mar 13

what_the said :

There’s no reason that motorcycles should be able to use on-road cycle lanes in times of banked up traffic (if they travel at a reasonable speed <30 and not try and overtake cyclists if they're in the lane).

My not trying bike lane speed there is 40 something, The moto was definitely going over 30 most of the time, but still slower than I would have been. I wouldn’t have minded so much if he’d waited the few seconds and pulled out behind me. His failure to appreciate that, in those conditions, his motorbike was a slower vehicle than my bicycle is reason to keep it illegal

resident_weevil resident_weevil 3:28 pm 09 Mar 13

Masquara said :

milkman said :

what_the said :

I love it how cyclists demand they share the road with road vehicles but when another two wheeled vehicle wants to play in their sand box they have a cry! Hilarious! There’s no reason that motorcycles should be able to use on-road cycle lanes in times of banked up traffic (if they travel at a reasonable speed <30 and not try and overtake cyclists if they're in the lane).

+1.

Make that +2. Same cyclists grizzling on this topic that insist on riding across PEDESTRIAN crossings.

The next time I’m thinking of riding my bike across a pedestrian crossing, I will ride to the edge, stop, and walk my bike slowly across, all the while hoping it’s you in the car.

Mike Bessenger Mike Bessenger 2:02 pm 09 Mar 13

what_the said :

There’s no reason that motorcycles should be able to use on-road cycle lanes in times of banked up traffic

Should be able or shouldn’t???
Assuming you mean should – Then I agree.
Assuming you mean shouldn’t – Wouldn’t the law be a good enough reason.

Masquara Masquara 12:39 pm 09 Mar 13

milkman said :

what_the said :

I love it how cyclists demand they share the road with road vehicles but when another two wheeled vehicle wants to play in their sand box they have a cry! Hilarious! There’s no reason that motorcycles should be able to use on-road cycle lanes in times of banked up traffic (if they travel at a reasonable speed <30 and not try and overtake cyclists if they're in the lane).

+1.

Make that +2. Same cyclists grizzling on this topic that insist on riding across PEDESTRIAN crossings.

KB1971 KB1971 12:34 pm 09 Mar 13

milkman said :

what_the said :

I love it how cyclists demand they share the road with road vehicles but when another two wheeled vehicle wants to play in their sand box they have a cry! Hilarious! There’s no reason that motorcycles should be able to use on-road cycle lanes in times of banked up traffic (if they travel at a reasonable speed <30 and not try and overtake cyclists if they're in the lane).

+1.

-30

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