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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?

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