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Fingers waved on the parkway

By johnboy 30 October 2010 68

The magic of YouTube brings this altercation on the Tuggeranong Parkway. You can skip to 2:49 for the interesting bit.

“FullHalfGlass” is rather irritated, but the geezer in the Corolla did at least indicate…?


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georgesgenitals 8:53 am 02 Nov 10

I has almost the same thing happen to me this morning on Adelaide Ave northbound. Sitting in a line of cars in the left hand lane, moderate traffic, but this time the motorbike is behind me. I indicate to change lanes, check all clear, and notice the motorbike indicating to change lanes also. I figure we can both change lanes safely as there’s heaps of room. But when I’m half way through the lane change the motorbike has managed to pull up almost level with my car, and is doing at least 30km/h faster than me. I swerve back into my lane as he flies past, still accelerating hard. No fingers or angry words, but he was clearly going past me, on way or another.

I hope he’s an organ donor.

indigoid 7:21 pm 01 Nov 10

KB1971 said :

In the Australian Road Rules it talks about giving way to cars slightly in front & beside you, it even shows this in the example pictures. As a driver you are responsible to not hit the car in front, if you do you will be fined.

OK, in this case the Toyota driver cut it fine & really should not have done anything but if push come to shove & the bike ran into the rear I think he would have been wearing the fine, especially with the video evidence.

Even if it isn’t legally required, it’s still bloody good roadcraft, not to mention polite.

All the motorcyclist needed to do was roll off the throttle. If he didn’t see that Corolla driver thinking about changing lanes, even *before* he put his indicator on, he should first go to Canberra Connect and hand in his license, and subsequently only use ACTION buses (I don’t want him on the road as a cyclist either!), as his perception skills are bloody awful.

Ultimately as a biker you need to leave the ego at home and realise that being “in the right” does NOT create a shimmering golden globe of invulnerability around you.

KB1971 2:05 pm 01 Nov 10

JC said :

KB1971 said :

Yep the driver could have used more care but the rider was on the horn long before he was along side the car & a basic road rule is that the driver in from has right of way. I actually half expected to see the van to move across.

What basic road rule is this you refer to? The only time a car in front has ‘right of way’ is at a form one lane where both lanes end and turn into a single lane. In this case it was a case of car on left wanting to merge to the right, in which case the vehicle already in that lane has absolute right of way. If that vehicle needs to slow or take evasive action then the lane changing vehicle didn’t give them the right of way. That is what has happened here.

Now having said that though, and has been mentioned in other posts that doesn’t take away the need for the rider to be cautious of their surroundings and what is happening on the road. Common sense would say when ever you see a line of traffic merging from the left with a line of traffic in the left lane that some of them may well try to get in the right hand lane.

In the Australian Road Rules it talks about giving way to cars slightly in front & beside you, it even shows this in the example pictures. As a driver you are responsible to not hit the car in front, if you do you will be fined.

OK, in this case the Toyota driver cut it fine & really should not have done anything but if push come to shove & the bike ran into the rear I think he would have been wearing the fine, especially with the video evidence.

bugmenot 12:11 pm 01 Nov 10

UrbanAdventure.org said :

bugmenot said :

Not sure about everybody else, but the audio and video were out of sync to me (by around 1 second). Makes we wonder if it was a little deliberate on the part of the rider.

If it was taken with the sort of camera I think it was taken by, one of those hands free waterproof ATX-300 or 200s, it is not uncommon for them to have the sound out of sync a little.

Nope, was a GoPro HD Hemlet Hero according to his youtube notes. Pretty sure you’d have to deliberately bollocks it up, as they are quite a good camera.

I have an ATC2K and I don’t have any sync issues on any footage I’ve taken with it.

Erg0 11:18 am 01 Nov 10

p1 said :

While I agree with all the comments stating that this rider is a tool giving us all a bad name, I can’t help but find a all the comments about him being inexperienced a little funny. Do you all think that experienced riders/drivers/pedestrians can’t disregard everything they know and act like tools some or all of the time?

Do you see a 50 year old male in a commodore, speeding and sitting in peoples blind spots, and assume they are inexperienced?

I think it may be that his riding style makes it unlikely that he’ll live long enough to become experienced.

UrbanAdventure.org 9:16 am 01 Nov 10

bugmenot said :

Not sure about everybody else, but the audio and video were out of sync to me (by around 1 second). Makes we wonder if it was a little deliberate on the part of the rider.

If it was taken with the sort of camera I think it was taken by, one of those hands free waterproof ATX-300 or 200s, it is not uncommon for them to have the sound out of sync a little.

stormboy 8:42 am 01 Nov 10

Wanker of epic proportion! Terribly display of roadcraft. The only person to blame for the ‘event’ is the rider who put himself in that position.

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