Skip to content Skip to main navigation

News

Recruiting experts in
Accountancy & Finance

Bikes lanes are for bicycles

By 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!

What’s Your opinion?


Post a comment
Please login to post your comments, or connect with
51 Responses to
Bikes lanes are for bicycles
Henry82 10:19 pm 06 Sep 12

Grega said :

At least he paid rego

how do you know OP doesn’t have a car?

KB1971 10:04 pm 06 Sep 12

Grega said :

At least he paid rego

Still doesnt allow him to use the lane………

Grega 9:05 pm 06 Sep 12

At least he paid rego

ThisIsAName 8:21 pm 06 Sep 12

Sounds familiar – a few weeks ago someone (possibly the same motorcyclist) did the same thing. He got in the cycle lane, right behind a cyclist waiting at a red light at the Northbourne Av/Barry Drv intersection. The motorcycle guy revved loudly several times to try and hurry the rider out of the way. The cyclist didn’t move off until it was safe, at which point the arrogant motorcyclist roared off left and down Barry Drive.

Good work for slowing down and creating the desired irritating effect 🙂

Solidarity 1:16 pm 06 Sep 12

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.

helium 1:07 pm 06 Sep 12

ARR 153 Bicycle Lanes (extract)
“A driver (except the rider of a bicycle) must not drive in a bicycle lane, unless the driver is permitted to drive in the bicycle lane under this rule or rule 158.”

The Police are reluctant to book any vehicle in a bicycle lane however as there is this ‘fuzzy’ rule that does not describe what is ‘necessary’ ? stopped traffic, slow traffic ?

“if it is necessary for the driver to drive in the lane: (a) to enter or leave the road; ….a driver may drive for up to 50 metres”

So if the Motorbike was 50m from an intersection and they are turning left, they can’t be booked.

tiliqua 12:26 pm 06 Sep 12

AAMC said :

“2 motorcycle only lanes” on northbourne……where? and i’m riding with cars like a sucker

Why right between the three regular lanes of course…

Conan of Cooma 12:19 pm 06 Sep 12

Someone on a Canberra road wasn’t doing the right thing? Breaking news, right here!

Innovation 12:03 pm 06 Sep 12

I must admit that in the past I have supported motorcycles using the on road bicycle lanes if they were speed limited to say 20 or 30 km/h and always had to give way to pushies from any direction. The problem is the idiots who would ruin it for everyone, behave like they own the lane and would go too fast making it too dangerous for pushies using the lane and for cars that are turning left and don’t see them in their blind spot.

However, I do think the distinction is now very blurred between bicycles, road legal electric bicycles (I think it’s now around 250 watts), readily available illegal electric (which you can now buy up to 1000 watts) and petrol powered bicycles, very small capacity motorcycles (ie around 50-90cc), rego classified small capacity motorcycles (300cc) and learner legal motorcycles. For example, I think posties can ride anywhere on their 90cc bikes but you can’t ride an unregistered 250+watt electric bicycle anywhere.

AAMC 11:50 am 06 Sep 12

tiliqua said :

Stupid motorcyclist. There are 5 other lanes he could have used, in particular, the 2 motorcycle only lanes that are available when the other three are clogged with cars. No need to ride in the gutter!

“2 motorcycle only lanes” on northbourne……where? and i’m riding with cars like a sucker

Henry82 10:51 am 06 Sep 12
Jivrashia 10:47 am 06 Sep 12

The cycling lane is used and abused for any purpose.
At least that’s how the motoring community in Canberra treats it.

1. For Parking – Especially those just outside of Novotel on Northbourne Ave.

2. For getting out of intersections when the light turns red –
This numpty motorist was going to get caught in the intersection of Northbourne and Elouera (heading south) so he decided to barge in to the cycling lane.
As a cyclist I almost got cleaned up thanks to his quick dumbass thinking.

Mordd 10:41 am 06 Sep 12

Huh, I would have been very tempted if this was me to hop off my bike, turn it side on across the bike lan, and stand behind it video taping motorbike man coming at me on my mobile phone and make clear I would not be moving out of his way – then again I enjoy confronting idiots like this and have a reckless disregard for my own personal safety so I guess this tactic wouldn’t be for everyone……

rosscoact 10:33 am 06 Sep 12

he is a d***head. I had one pass me on the inside while I was in the bicycle lane on Northbourne a few months ago, frightened the hell out of me. He was riding a red Kawasaki ZZ250R if I recall correctly. yep, that is a learners motorcycle.

The lights and my destination allowed him to get away but as both a cyclist and a motorcyclist dangerous idiots like this burn me up.

tiliqua 10:18 am 06 Sep 12

Stupid motorcyclist. There are 5 other lanes he could have used, in particular, the 2 motorcycle only lanes that are available when the other three are clogged with cars. No need to ride in the gutter!

1 2 3 4

Related Articles

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter

Top
Copyright © 2017 Riot ACT Holdings Pty Ltd. All rights reserved.
www.the-riotact.com | www.b2bmagazine.com.au | www.thisiscanberra.com

Search across the site