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Condamine St Crackdown on Scofflaw Cyclists

By johnboy - 8 February 2011 51

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dtc has warned that police are out busting cyclists failing to dismount when using pedestrian crossings:

#1 dtc
9:53 am, 08 Feb 11

And at the Condamine St crosswalk, near Turner primary, the police are stopping cyclists who don’t dismount when using the crosswalk (previously discussed here on RA – but I can’t find the link). With the statement that ‘many cars dont slow down so you need to get off your bike’ and warning of $70 fines.

Our previous look at the approach of riders to these intersections is still available.

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troll-sniffer 10:15 pm 11 Feb 11

Snarky said :

It’s now been 3 days since this was posted – can any locals or regulars tell us if the crackdown has caused cyclists to mend their scofflaw devil-may-care road-crossing ways?

Oh yeah I ride most of the inner north on the other side of Northbourne Ave and it has me quakin’ in dem boots, boss… every 10 metres I stop, dismount, confirm I’m not on a pedestrian crossing and ride on, all the time shiverin’ with dat fear dat da big blue man gonna get me. Oh yeah, ever since the news broke all I sees is cyclists bein’ extra careful not to upset da Riot-ACT readers in case deys be mown down…

terubo 8:33 pm 11 Feb 11

What’s the problem? As an occasional cyclist, I have no issue with dismounting at a ped. crossing. It’s the law, isn’t it?

Gerroff yer bikes, yer clowns.

KB1971 2:12 pm 11 Feb 11

Snarky said :

It’s now been 3 days since this was posted – can any locals or regulars tell us if the crackdown has caused cyclists to mend their scofflaw devil-may-care road-crossing ways?

Nope but I do give way to vehicles & predestrians before crossing.

Snarky 1:16 pm 11 Feb 11

It’s now been 3 days since this was posted – can any locals or regulars tell us if the crackdown has caused cyclists to mend their scofflaw devil-may-care road-crossing ways?

KB1971 8:36 am 11 Feb 11

OpenYourMind said :

As a car driver, I just don’t get what the big deal is. Occasionally I get to a pedestrian crossing and there is a pedestrian, a jogger or a bicycle. I stop and let them through. Is it really that difficult?

The difficulty is peoples spatial awareness. You would be amased at how many people dont have it outside of their car let alone inside their car…..

I doo agree, its no biggie, approach the crossing with the exptation that you will have to stop & its not a drama.

The Traineediplomat 8:33 am 11 Feb 11

triffid said :

…. and attempt to play Hector the Safety Cat by looking left and right) .

I used to have that cassette!!!!

OpenYourMind 6:43 am 11 Feb 11

dj_andy_g, do you realise that most of us cyclists on any given ride on a cycle/recreational path safely cross a multitude of roads? For some unknown reason, there are a handful of crossings that are deemed to be pedestrian crossings, yet there are heaps of others that aren’t. As an example, the Bowen Dr crossing is incredibly dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists to cross due to cars speeding around the bend yet the one has no pedestrian crossing.
Hopefully the Pedal Power push to change this law is succesful. If not, why not just erase the white strips on the handful of crossings on cycling/recreational paths. The same rule can apply for them as for all the other non marked crossings. i.e. we give way to cars before crossing. If a car chooses to wave us through then we return with a friendly wave.
As a car driver, I just don’t get what the big deal is. Occasionally I get to a pedestrian crossing and there is a pedestrian, a jogger or a bicycle. I stop and let them through. Is it really that difficult?

cleo 2:36 am 11 Feb 11

Red Dog # 25

The little girl in question did the right thing, I believe her mother had told her what to do, she is already an example of what is the right thing to do, she doesn’t need me to show her, I just smiled at her and she at me. It goes both ways!

Deckard 7:46 pm 10 Feb 11

dj_andy_g said :

i wonder how many people commenting are actually familiar with this crossing. cyclists hurtling towards the crossing, particularly coming from the turner side, are incredibly hard to see.

but for those who continue to ignore the dismount signs, go ahead – if you get hit, its your own stupid fault. i feel the police and dpp would see it the same way.

We’re not talking about people hurtling across the crossing. That’s just suicidal.

You ride up slowly, if there’s a car coming you wait for it to either drive through or to stop and let you through. Just like I do when I’m walking. I’ve seen enough drivers drive through crossings when there are pedestrians on them.

I wonder what the rule is for crossing a road on a bike when there is no crossing? Can I just cross the road 1 or 2 metres behind the crossing and get away scott free?

New Yeah 6:27 pm 10 Feb 11

I wonder if any cyclists did a runner when stopped by the cops?

dj_andy_g 5:25 pm 10 Feb 11

i wonder how many people commenting are actually familiar with this crossing. cyclists hurtling towards the crossing, particularly coming from the turner side, are incredibly hard to see.

but for those who continue to ignore the dismount signs, go ahead – if you get hit, its your own stupid fault. i feel the police and dpp would see it the same way.

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