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More Complaints Regarding Motorists and Cyclists

By Kent Street - 11 October 2009 105

Now I like to ride a bike as much as the next person, but I’m getting more than a little cheesed off with some of the goings-on around here.

I fully realise that I am leaving myself open to a torrent of abuse from the cycling community but here goes …

  • Why have the powers-that-be decided that there should be cycling lanes on roads when there are already dedicated tracks parallel to the road?Take, for example, what has happened to the south-bound lanes of Streeton drive at Weston. On an already busy road, with a dedicated parallel cycling track, someone has taken the decision to remove a full lane of motorist trafic and convert it to a cycling lane. I’ve tried, but I can’t think of any logical reason for this. What gives?
  • How can cyclists possibly expect cars to stop for them on pedestrian crossings when they are not travelling at pedestrian speed?As an example, when dropping my son off at school, I turn left off Athlon Drive [heading north] on to Beasly street at Melrose High School. On too many occasions there have been cyclists riding in the same direction that leave the cycle path and scoot across the pedestrian crossing in front of me. With barely a look they expect motorists to know they are coming and be able to stop. I’m really surprised that there aren’t more accidents on that intersection.

Has anyone else noticed anything simliar?

What’s Your opinion?


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Jim Jones 4:24 pm 08 Jul 10

Rcubed said :

I’m an angry person in a car … RA RA RA … my tax dollars … RA RA RA

Do you know why the ‘powers-that-be’ *really* decided to put cycling lanes on roads next to dedicated cycle paths?

Because f&ck you – that’s why!

Rcubed 3:05 pm 08 Jul 10

1. Why have the powers-that-be decided that there should be cycling lanes on roads when there are already dedicated tracks parallel to the road?Take, for example, what has happened to the south-bound lanes of Tharwa/Drakeford drive from Conder-Bonython. On an already busy road, with a dedicated parallel cycling track, someone has taken the decision to remove a full lane of motorist trafic and convert it to a cycling lane. I’ve tried, but I can’t think of any logical reason for this. What gives?

2. I really don’t give a toss if a dedicated bike path which ALL TAXPAYERS have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars financing for you few to turn into white elephants diverges from the main road. Surely escaping the carbon monoxide is good and healthy for you big strong, holier-than-thou, Green types – part of you mantra surely.

3. How can cyclists possibly expect cars to stop for them on pedestrian crossings when they are not travelling as pedestrians? DISMOUNT AND WALK WITH YOUR BIKE AS THE LAW REQUIRES YOU TO DO WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT.

4. The dedicated bike path network (which ALL TAXPAYERS have spent millions of dollars financing) is provided for YOUR SAFETY: to separate, and therefore protect, you from cars, trucks, buses. SO USE IT!

4. ACT cyclists need to get over themselves. We are not hosting the Tour de France on our roads here. The roads have been built for powered vehicles cars, MOTORbikes, buses, trucks. it’s great you are doing something for fitness by cycling, but don’t ram it down our throats with the slow, obstructive, pig-headed and dangerous self-indulgence of riding on the highway as though you have some invisible forcefield under the wanker lycra.

Thumper 8:48 am 30 Oct 09

And prams… ‘specially prams. Bastards, don’t pay rego, choke up the footpaths, go slowly across pedestrian crossings……

Deckard 8:22 pm 29 Oct 09

All people in wheelchairs should be licensed!! 😉

damien haas 3:37 pm 29 Oct 09

Today I saw something bordering on suicidal. On Gungahlin drive, adjacent Mitchell, heading to Gungahlin a gentleman in a racing wheelchair ON THE ROAD. I dont believe there is an onroad cycle lane there, but there is a cycle path 5 metres to his right.

When I was driving back from Mitchell, I saw him again – on the GDE, obviously his return journey. At a minimum he should have a flag on a pole like those chaps who ride recumbents. Dressed in black, on a black wheelchair, very low to the ground – its a recipe for tragedy.

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