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Given a chance will cyclists do the right thing?

By Dilandach 12 March 2013 177

…Sadly, the answer is an unsurprising ‘no’.

Walking down the celebrations along the lake on the NLA side, I came across this sign:

Main entrance 1

But I was perplexed by what I saw, surely that would mean that people would be dismounting due to an event where there are crowds of people and small children around? Surely cyclists would do the right thing and follow the direction instead of what I saw, a select group of people being selfish and ploughing through the crowd in a “me first” attitude.

Perhaps there’s a misunderstanding here, maybe the hapless fools who organised the event have only placed the sign on one end of the stretch and people have just not seen it?

Entrance 2

No, that’s not it. They’re just self absorbed jerks.

So I took it upon myself to both observe and gently remind a few people that the sign there was not a suggestion like riding through red lights or riding full speed in family areas. What did I see? Most of the casual rider groups upon seeing the sign would dismount and do the right thing. The majority of those wearing the spandex getups would see the signs but that is about it, they’d just continue riding through the crowd. I even went to the effort of doing a “oi!” whilst pointing at the sign, all I got were fingers or just a look and peddling off into the crowds.

Strangely I didn’t see any cars driving through showing the same level disrespect.

I took a few photos before I got tired of seeing it over and over. This is exactly why people get pissed at cyclists (I also overheard a comment regarding it from a random passer by). Its a direction for the safety of everyone, not just a suggestion that you can power peddle through. There were young children and decent sized crowds. If anyone there was riding through the crowds, lets hear the justification for it, the signs were up and all around so that isn’t an excuse. A lot of people were dismounting, why weren’t you?

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KB1971 3:02 pm 15 Mar 13

Grail said :

Dilandach scores 40 out of the 172 responses so far. Not bad, but obviously someone with a barrow to push. This comes back to the article about assumed moral codes (Why Cyclists Enrage Car Drivers).

Dilandach apparently believes that any sign bearing instructions is to be obeyed.

Given the lack of response here: http://the-riotact.com/learn-how-to-drive/75946

I would say the barrow is full 😉

bundah 2:40 pm 15 Mar 13

DrKoresh said :

davo101 said :

I ride to work in my work clothes (shocking I know). If I’m feeling really keen this includes a tie as it increases the pleasure of overtaking a member of the lycra brigade.

I think I’m a little bit in love with you now :p 😀

Attracted by the ‘odour de pheromone’?

DrKoresh 2:27 pm 15 Mar 13

davo101 said :

I ride to work in my work clothes (shocking I know). If I’m feeling really keen this includes a tie as it increases the pleasure of overtaking a member of the lycra brigade.

I think I’m a little bit in love with you now :p 😀

tim_c 2:19 pm 15 Mar 13

I took a few photos before I got tired of seeing it over and over.

If your attention span on this thread is anything to go by, you must have been standing there until the signs were packed away before you got “tired of seeing it over and over”. And after all that, you only managed to photograph three cyclists riding past the advisory signs. Granted, one of them is about the same size as two people.

Grail 1:25 pm 15 Mar 13

Dilandach scores 40 out of the 172 responses so far. Not bad, but obviously someone with a barrow to push. This comes back to the article about assumed moral codes (Why Cyclists Enrage Car Drivers).

Dilandach apparently believes that any sign bearing instructions is to be obeyed.

Aeek 1:01 pm 15 Mar 13

slashdot said :

Canberroid said :

You still haven’t grasped the fact that some “rules” deserve to be ignored.

Motorists en mass have decided that “rules” pertaining to on road bike paths deserved to be ignored, so shouldn’t that mean cyclists go back to using bike paths?

Don’t you mean go back to using roads? Bikes were there first.

slashdot 11:55 am 15 Mar 13

Canberroid said :

You still haven’t grasped the fact that some “rules” deserve to be ignored.

Motorists en mass have decided that “rules” pertaining to on road bike paths deserved to be ignored, so shouldn’t that mean cyclists go back to using bike paths?

Solidarity 11:18 am 15 Mar 13

johnboy said :

Well I wear jeans or shorts, more rarely suit trousers.

Quite a lot of women seem to like riding in summer dresses for which I am eternally thankful

Ones on BMX’s in booty shorts are better.

poetix 10:28 am 15 Mar 13

johnboy said :

Well I wear jeans or shorts, more rarely suit trousers.

Quite a lot of women seem to like riding in summer dresses for which I am eternally thankful

There was an old Scottish man who used to ride a bike in the inner north in a kilt. He would set up with an ancient boom box and tell everyone to repent or they’d go to Hell, and he had signs about that, too. The whole thing was from another era, even the type of Christianity, it seemed.

I never caught a glimpse under the kilt. Thank you Jesus.

davo101 10:02 am 15 Mar 13

johnboy said :

Well I wear jeans or shorts, more rarely suit trousers.

+1

I ride to work in my work clothes (shocking I know). If I’m feeling really keen this includes a tie as it increases the pleasure of overtaking a member of the lycra brigade.

IrishPete 9:38 am 15 Mar 13

johnboy said :

What about the huge numbers of people who ride bicycles without lycra?

Naked?

    johnboy 9:45 am 15 Mar 13

    Well I wear jeans or shorts, more rarely suit trousers.

    Quite a lot of women seem to like riding in summer dresses for which I am eternally thankful

Jono 9:16 am 15 Mar 13

Dork said :

Typical post where the cyclists confirm that they believe their behavior is fine so long as no one gets hurt. It’s not speeding, so long as you don’t crash.
The logic just isn’t there.
One last thing, you’d be surprised how much damage a cyclist can do to someone, especially if they knock them down.

This might be a fair point if not coming from the source that it did. Assuming that you’re the same “Dork” who made comment# 215 here: http://the-riotact.com/jims-mowing-takes-a-red-hot-shot-at-taking-down-a-cyclist/76186/comment-page-8#comments, then I think that you should have a good, hard look at yourself.

In that post you admitted to an incident where you were riding a bike and ignoring the road rules by riding on a shared path at night without lights. You were offended by another cyclist giving you an earful for riding like a complete d***head and your justification (in your mangled English) was, …”even though I was going to hit them, nor were they going to hit me.”

To me that sounded like someone who believes that, “…their behaviour is fine so long as no one gets hurt…”, and who has no understanding of “…how much damage a cyclist can do to someone, especially if they knock them down”.

Innovation 3:27 am 14 Mar 13

PS we took dogs when we went to see the balloons in the morning and didn’t see any signs to the contrary. The comments on this thread are the first advice that I’ve seen that we weren’t supposed to have done that so my apologies.

Innovation 3:24 am 14 Mar 13

Were the Segways still allowed to operate on the day? And I presume that scooter and skateboard riders and roller skaters were allowed to continue on their way. As well, I doubt that riders of many recumbents would consider that they had ever “mounted” their machine in the first place. And although I was there on the day, I wasn’t cycling …. and I wasn’t mounted either…..

The (advisory only) sign was poorly worded, poorly placed (at least at one end) and no indication when someone could ride again.

Yes a small minority of cyclists might have been discourteous. But your post is attempting to promote hatred to all cyclists. As a side note, I was recently in a car in NSW where the NSW driver vented his anger at a couple of adult cyclists in single file on the side of a wide road “because they should have been on the path”. Even when I pointed out that is illegal in NSW he felt that they should either break the law or get off their bikes completely.

Girt_Hindrance 10:56 pm 13 Mar 13

Dilandach said :

Are you new to this site?
http://the-riotact.com/the-mully-cup-for-february-2013-goes-to-the-baffling-bumblebee/96419#comments

And from JB himself: “It’s true, the mully judging panel prizes novelty, and takes a dim view of efforts to inflate the comment total to sway it.”

First thing, obviously the comment about turning up in a horsehead mask wearing a full suit and on a bike was far too subtle for you. Here’s something for you to hopefully get “Not serious. Not even close to the spirit of the Mully.” but let me know if it was still too subtle.

Secondly, you’d use a post from a lot further back than two weeks ago when trying to trot out that line. Another couple of fails for you to add to your pile I guess.

You must be very lonely. Hope things pick up for you.

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