That is if you believe the road works sign located at the Flemington Road/Sandford Street intersection in Mitchell:
“CYCLISTS WATCH FOR MERGING TRAFFIC”
The definition of traffic being;
- The passage of people or vehicles along routes of transportation.
- Vehicles or pedestrians in transit
The sign suggests that a “cyclist” is none of these?
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The purpose of this road sign is beyond me. For starters… people on bicycles are part of traffic. Secondly… any road user, regardless of their mode of transport, shouldn’t need a road sign to remind them to watch for merging traffic… that’s just an everyday part of using our road network. Signs like this breed complacent road users.
Much like the “Watch For Entering Traffic” signs that can be found on Drake Brokman Drive in Holt. The sign is redundant… road users should always be looking out for other road users or animals that might be entering the road at any stage of their journey, not just when a sign tells them to.
I’ve digressed… I’m sorry to announce to those who choose to use naturally aspirated forms of wheeled transport… according to Roads ACT, or construction companies contracted by ACT GovCo, when you get on your bike, you are apparently no longer a “people”, your bike is not a “vehicle”, you are not even a lowly “…pedestrian in transit”… you are just a cyclist.
How do you feel?