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Cyclist v driver rant

By Gungahlin Al - 14 October 2010 116

It’s a month with a R in it so it must be time for a cyclist vs driver rant. [ED – Actually it’s been a while and we’re open to them in may and june]

And after this morning’s ride, I’m in a ranting mood. Four near misses in one ride is not acceptable on anyone’s planet.

Normally I shun the deathrace that is the absurdly skinny bits of laughingly named Cycle Lanes on Northbourne and parts of Flemington, but the rain turns the Wells Station Track into clay slush, so blacktop it was today. Rear light flashing, reflector strips on panniers, etc…

First a moron in a green Audi sedan couldn’t wait the 10 seconds for me to get through the skinny roadworks at Mitchell and forced his way through WAY too close. Then someone in a small silver sedan cut in front of two of us at EPIC using the entire cycle lane. Then a guy in a maroon sedan decided the cycle lane at Watson was there so he could pass everyone on the left and over he pulled without looking – big swerve required.

Final straw was the 51-route ACTION bus on Northbourne who decided to run right along the white line, despite having more than a metre free the other side (my third close call with an ACTION bus in as many weeks – some of the bastards actually swerve closer as they pass you!). Back onto footpaths…

Jeez folks – it shouldn’t this dangerous to have a simple bike ride!

Remember, everyone who is riding is making less congestion for you in your cars. So take a bit more care please?

What’s Your opinion?


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Cyclist v driver rant
p1 3:32 pm 14 Oct 10

troll-sniffer said :

…or put pointless flashing lights on my bike so perhaps motorists think I’m a normal road user and give me credit for that.

I would argue that if you ever ride at night then a light isn’t pointless. And if you ride a bike fitted with a light, but with it off, then you have just that little less to complain about if do get run over.

schmeah 3:32 pm 14 Oct 10

As a fellow rider I symapthise with the OP.

Every day, I dodge people who just can’t wait – they have to squeeze alongside you and the refuge island just because they can’t wait 5 seconds to travel behind you and then when they speed past you, they make every effort to rant at you a long the way. No doubt someone like Axe Man who just can’t wait to get home and watch Deal or No Deal, and nearly take out the cyclist who also just wants to get home too.

oh and exiting your car when the cyclist is coming along the street! Not very smart. Just because my running into you, might not damage your car very much doesn’t mean it won’t damage me.

Last week, this idiot eating a cheeseburger while driving pulled out in front of me (using the cycling lane).. didn’t even bother to look (or else no doubt would have seen me). Clearly life is just too hard to juggle the burger and the rear view mirror at once so get going when you can.

Cyclists have the law which also says they can use the road too, it shouldn’t

Gungahlin Al 3:24 pm 14 Oct 10

Assumptions, assumptions…

Lycra-free zone here. Always stick as far left as practicable. In Mitchell was doing exactly that, even holding out my arm to indicate thus – driver chose to run it anyway before I had moved out quite far enough. I was clearly moving pretty quickly too. Hence scare.

Yes – usually the side streets for me too, but I was running a bit late after stopping to do an interview with Mark Parton, so chose the quick route (that people keep telling me is perfectly safe) for a change. No more. I have little kids who need their dad in one piece.

astrojax 3:23 pm 14 Oct 10

Pitchka said :

Jim Jones said :

Pitchka said :

Roads are for vehicles, not push bikes.

Not accordingly to the law, dingus.

I wasn’t quoting the law, it was my opinion, sugnid!

then your opinion is wrong…

surely the op (and solidarity) have had near hits? a ‘near’ miss means that you nearly missed – so didn’t, so in fact collided with whatever you ‘near missed’ed’… q.e.d.

southeeplace 3:18 pm 14 Oct 10

The Axe Man said :

You may be one less car off the road but you’re still getting in the way and slowing us down

Bollocks. I can recall perhaps two times during my years of driving that I have seriously been impeded by cyclists. Even then … so what. Relax.

I’m tipping cyclists on roads aren’t the cause of your problems.

Pitchka 3:14 pm 14 Oct 10

Jim Jones said :

Pitchka said :

Roads are for vehicles, not push bikes.

Not accordingly to the law, dingus.

I wasn’t quoting the law, it was my opinion, sugnid!

Bosworth 3:14 pm 14 Oct 10

I ride along northbourne most days, and i find 99% of drivers to be very curteous.

GBT 3:10 pm 14 Oct 10

Then the law needs to be updated. Until cyclists can travel without slowing down traffic or causing dangerous situations for both the cyclist and drivers, they don’t belong on roads.

troll-sniffer 3:08 pm 14 Oct 10

After many years dealing with the moron element of the driving classes I have a strategy that I use in congested traffic areas:

When in doubt in narrow conditions, take over the lane. Any narrow roadworks, especially 40km/hr roadworks zones, I move to the middle of the lane. Even tradies respect that, the odd one who doesn’t can’t do a thing about it. I’ve never had anyone even so much as toot me for taking my right to a safe passage through a tight lane, as long as I am obviously hurrying and not dawdling.

As for the bus problem on Northbourne Ave, I am possibly sympathetic to your experience, however if you are one of a number of my fellow cyclists who insist on riding in the right hand side of the cycle lane, rather than the left hand half, then you are not doing anything to further your cause, and a bus driver who doesn’t like cyclists will assert his right to occupy the left hand side of his lane. I suspect from the tone of your rant here that you are the type who pushes the buttons of motorists, so perhaps you need to look at what you are doing to generate such hostile behaviour.

I regularly ride Northbourne Ave and I cannot remember the last time I had a problem. I admit I get frustrated by the pin-headed bus drivers who sit on the white line, but riding in the left of the cycle lane means I’m not actually threatened by them. If I’m in a mood for a more relaxing ride that is 90% as quick, I ride down the back streets one block away from Northbourne, and rarely see cars at all.

Then again I don’t wear lycra or put pointless flashing lights on my bike so perhaps motorists think I’m a normal road user and give me credit for that.

Solidarity 3:05 pm 14 Oct 10

I ride my BMX to work occasionally, use the bike paths (Adel Av) and everything… i’ve never had a near miss.

Maybe drivers target the lycra crew…

Jim Jones 2:56 pm 14 Oct 10

Pitchka said :

Roads are for vehicles, not push bikes.

Not accordingly to the law, dingus.

The Axe Man 2:55 pm 14 Oct 10

You may be one less car off the road but you’re still getting in the way and slowing us down

James-T-Kirk 2:54 pm 14 Oct 10

You mean that cyclists USE these bits of the dead car lane.

Remember, always ride as a pair, and take up an entire lane…..

Pitchka 2:41 pm 14 Oct 10

Reminds me of those cyclists who think riding in the middle of a lane is acceptable as apposed to keeping as far left as they can, hogging a lane to themselves.. Sometimes there is a group mentality where you get a few of them and they take up a whole lane….. Sigh….

Roads are for vehicles, not push bikes.. (flame suit on).

Solidarity 2:41 pm 14 Oct 10

Nah. (I drive a Maroon sedan)

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