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Lady cyclists: please be killed politely

By poetix 30 April 2013 68

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I very rarely have a rant.  But today, I ventured onto the road in Challis Street Dickson.  There are little bicycles painted on the road.  I was riding right over them on the left hand side of the road, near Dame Pattie Menzies House.

Suddenly a car passed me, pulled in ahead of me (that is, to the extreme left of the road) and started reversing towards me.  I managed to move slightly into a car parking spot to my left and stop.  Then he eventually braked.  The left hand side of his car was about 2 cm away from my right pedal. He unwound the window and said ‘Sorry love, but I need to park.’

In other words, he thought it was legitimate to start reversing into a park even if it meant possibly taking out a cyclist.  It’s only because I am so slow that I managed to stop my bike and move over into the car parking spots, and only because the rear of my bike was right in front of his intended park that he acknowledged me.

I told him he was a f***ing idiot, and he said ‘How very ladylike.  But I suppose you’re not a lady.’  So not only did he nearly kill me, but after calling me ‘love’ he followed it up with a little sexist homily.

Etiquette tips from a moron who thinks it is fine to endanger a life to get a park are my very favourite type of etiquette tip.

Now I feel so much better.  But I think I’ll probably stick to pavements and bike-paths for a while.

[ED – I went out and took this picture just to show how stencilling a bicycle onto the road now counts as building a bicycle path]

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Postalgeek 8:44 am 03 May 13

wildturkeycanoe said :

Yes, point taken.

No, point not taken. Point has passed you without pulling in front of you, hitting its brakes, and reversing into you.

KB1971 9:28 pm 02 May 13

I will add, a car performing a reverse park needs to ensure the road behind them is clear. If in the process of performing a reverse par the vehicle behind happens to stop too close & the car in front reverses into it then it is the reversing cars fault.

It’s no different if it is a push bike. It is up to the car in front to give adequate warning of its intentions.

KB1971 9:24 pm 02 May 13

Your comprehension is not that good is it Wild turkey?

The scenario was that the vehicle moved in front of Poetix in such a way that she had to take evasive action. It wasn’t a case of she was following a car down the road, it indicated with time to warn other road users if the intention to reverse park & she blindly rode into the path of the car. Trust me, riders don’t do this intentionally.

Had Poetix been a car there would have been an accident because she would not have been able to stop.

Am I reading a different English ? Or were you the driver of the car?

wildturkeycanoe 6:53 pm 02 May 13

KB1971 said :

wildturkeycanoe said :

So, you are saying that he was reversing into a parking spot and almost hit you. Was it an actual parking spot where he could legally park? If so, why were you riding in a parking spot? If it is a parking spot AND a cycle lane, then there is a serious issue with the road design and the government is to blame. If it wasn’t a parking spot and he was reversing into the one into which you were forced to merge, this becomes a complex issue. How is a driver supposed to reverse into a park on the left, if it is off-street, when he has to wait for traffic to pass on his left, whilst the cars behind are waiting? It’d be like trying to reverse from the middle lane of Northbourne Avenue into the front of the Rex Hotel – totally ludicrous!! This is why cycle lanes on the road are a fail in my opinion. It puts them in the way of every vehicle that has to merge from the left lane to the kerb.

“Suddenly a car passed me, pulled in ahead of me (that is, to the extreme left of the road) and started reversing towards me.”

Yes, point taken. The car was reversing into the off road parking space, which he is legally entitled to do. In this situation the person behind said vehicle is at fault if a collision occurs. I take this from previous incidents I have heard 1st person from, that if a car is reversing – be it into a park or at the traffic lights – the car behind is at fault if a collision occurs. That is, unless the vehicle behind sounds their horn to warn the reversing vehicle of an imminent collision.
As I stated, having to give way to traffic on your left when you reverse into the off-road parking space, is not what every driver should expect to have to do when in normal circumstances the vehicles behind stop to let the person park.
In my opinion, the OP has just got in the way and is upset because they think they are above the road rules. Nuff said.

KB1971 9:32 am 02 May 13

wildturkeycanoe said :

So, you are saying that he was reversing into a parking spot and almost hit you. Was it an actual parking spot where he could legally park? If so, why were you riding in a parking spot? If it is a parking spot AND a cycle lane, then there is a serious issue with the road design and the government is to blame. If it wasn’t a parking spot and he was reversing into the one into which you were forced to merge, this becomes a complex issue. How is a driver supposed to reverse into a park on the left, if it is off-street, when he has to wait for traffic to pass on his left, whilst the cars behind are waiting? It’d be like trying to reverse from the middle lane of Northbourne Avenue into the front of the Rex Hotel – totally ludicrous!! This is why cycle lanes on the road are a fail in my opinion. It puts them in the way of every vehicle that has to merge from the left lane to the kerb.

“Suddenly a car passed me, pulled in ahead of me (that is, to the extreme left of the road) and started reversing towards me.”

Erg0 9:24 am 02 May 13

BicycleCanberra said :

Masquara said :

Poetix do you wear a helmet? I think you’ve mentioned on a previous thread whether you do – but if you didn’t, perhaps you would in future after this episode!

Whats that got to do with it? Did the driver where a Helmet?

I would take it as a suggestion that she should make maximum effort to ensure her own safety since she obviously can’t rely on (some) motorists to do so.

BicycleCanberra 8:05 am 02 May 13

Masquara said :

Poetix do you wear a helmet? I think you’ve mentioned on a previous thread whether you do – but if you didn’t, perhaps you would in future after this episode!

Whats that got to do with it? Did the driver where a Helmet?

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