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Commuter or Day Tripper?

By rosebud - 15 November 2008 67

Cycling on the roads can be a very risky business – hoping cars don’t clip you as you ride along, avoiding potholes that could send you A over T, and taking Canberra’s round-abouts-of-horror.

I have a big pink girls bike with three (count them, three) gears, and am someone’s mother, so I tend to travel on the footpaths. This too has its own hazards, like embarrasement at being passed by ‘real’ bike riders on the road who look like they could be in the Tour de France (gaudy gear and all), unintended dirt bike expeditions avoiding walkers/prams/wheelchairs, and tripping over raised broken concrete caused by tree roots.

Does wearing loud lycra pants and riding on the road make you a commuter and therefore under the rules of the road? Does pretending to be a MILF (and who can tell under helmet and large dark glasses) and setting a cracking pace of slow on the footpath, absolve you?

Sometimes, I ride on both – what happens then?

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Commuter or Day Tripper?
random 11:49 am 16 Nov 08

LlamaFrog said :

cyclists should only be on the road I was under the impression it was against the law to ride on the footpath?

It’s legal in the ACT.

Pontius Pilate said :

Just don’t go for the silly spikes out of the bike helmet cause they are plain embarrassing and unnecessary IMO.

More embarrassing than lycra pants?

Pontius Pilate 10:38 am 16 Nov 08

This is an issue that will never be settled on this or any other forum.

I think Shinyflu summed it beautifully, just deal with it people. If Harvyk1 is infuriated caused he gets delayed by 5 seconds on his way to work occasionally, he really needs to gain some true perspective in life.

As for the original posting, ride where you feel comfortable and wear what you like to wear. Just don’t go for the silly spikes out of the bike helmet cause they are plain embarrassing and unnecessary IMO.

Holden Caulfield 9:39 am 16 Nov 08

Lenient said :

Also bikes would be able to overtake cars and swear at the drivers about obstructing traffic.

They do that already!

When stopped a set of lights, have you never seen a cyclist come up the inside lane and through a red light. If a motorist has had the gall to park too close to the kerb, thereby blocking Lance Armstrong’s pathway, I’ve seen a cyclist or two deliver a few choice words.

That said, I’m happy to deal with it as per shiny flu’s advice. Really.

If a pro-cyclist wants to tell us all how many crap drivers there are out there–and I don’t dispute that for a second–and then still choose to share the road, with all the laws of physics against them, well, who am I to argue. Good luck to them.

I’ll keep out of your way, if you keep out of mine.

Lenient 9:01 am 16 Nov 08

most (if not all) suburban speed limits could go down to 40km/h add that would add only seconds to travel time, providing the current 60km/h suburban streets were retained. After all once off a 60km/h street you are only a couple of hundred metres away from you destination.

Also bikes would be able to overtake cars and swear at the drivers about obstructing traffic.

johnboy 11:20 pm 15 Nov 08

In Japan bikes are registered, system works pretty well there.

Then again in urban areas the speed limits are rarely above 40kmph, who wants a slice of that?

Pandy 11:17 pm 15 Nov 08

All my fanatasies: shattered, sigh

rosebud 11:09 pm 15 Nov 08

Not really, I just like the acronym!

Pandy 11:02 pm 15 Nov 08

Rosebud is a MILF? Which is your picture?

LlamaFrog 10:46 pm 15 Nov 08

cyclists should only be on the road I was under the impression it was against the law to ride on the footpath?

Gungahlin Al 10:27 pm 15 Nov 08

Does wearing loud lycra pants and riding on the road make you a commuter and therefore under the rules of the road? Does pretending to be a MILF (and who can tell under helmet and large dark glasses) and setting a cracking pace of slow on the footpath, absolve you?

It might you honked on Commonwealth Bridge… 🙂

PsydFX 10:25 pm 15 Nov 08

I think cyclists should be able to use the road, as long as they are registered and licensed to do so, are subject to the same demerit system as drivers / motorcyclists, and have compulsory 3rd party insurance for their “vehicle”.

shiny flu 9:38 pm 15 Nov 08

Soley directed at harvyk1.

People in cars, people in trucks, people in busses, people in stupid half-car-half-4WD’s, people on motorbikes, people on bicycles, people walking… do you know what it is… it’s a god damn mode of transport. Each has its own pro’s and con’s, each with its own problems and idiots in each group.

Bicycle commuters come in all shapes, sizes, colours and levels of intelligence. Car drivers get a license as easy as well, bluffing your way through one driving test and thereafter have the ability to kill anyone with a tonne of oil and metal (some like to mix that with alcohol), but also have the ability to be courteous and drive responsibly. It’s not like the NRMA or ‘Canberra Motorist Party’ actually represent every single motorist in the same way Pedal Power don’t represent every commuter and the same way that the Pro-Pedestrian group can’t account for public servants jay-walking in Civic every Friday lunchtime.

Here’s an idea- Deal with it.

Bungle 7:38 pm 15 Nov 08

Here we go again!!

rosebud 7:02 pm 15 Nov 08

That is an angle I had never thought of! Thanks!

harvyk1 6:57 pm 15 Nov 08

Don’t get me started on “commuter” cyclists who decide that riding on the road is a perfectly good thing to do. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve had to slow down to 20km/h so I didn’t knock one of these guys off their bikes, what’s even more annoying is when there is a perfectly good cycle path not less than 2 meters over running along side the road.

Also I know of a few times that “commuter” cyclists have taken pride in breaking laws (such as speeding in a school zone) to the point that they have framed their fines. Also forget about red lights.

I’d like to see a commuter cyclist license, so that like every other road user, if you wish to use the road, you need a license, and compulsorily insurance. Break the law and you earn demerit points. Gain to many points and you loss your rights to ride on the road.

But it would never happen, there are too many cyclist groups that would do anything to stop such a thing happening, even if it would save their members lives.

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