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Poor planning shows Canberra cyclists in a selfish light

By JulianW - 30 October 2014 25

Go for a drive any Saturday or Sunday through Uriarra crossing to the wonderful natural bush areas of the Brindabella Mountains (that I believe help give Canberra it’s iconic bush status), and you will quickly realise you need to look out for not only wildlife but road cyclists who are also out enjoying this scenic area. But last Sunday an extremely poor look was given to the (in the main) courteous riders who for everyone’s safety will pull back from two or three abreast riding, to single file when a vehicle approaches.

As shown in the video below this event left me scratching my head and asking the following questions:

  1. if you won’t ride single file and plan to utilise one lane (of a single lane each way country road) why are you not required to close one lane and run a stop/go like is done for road works to ensure there is not a head on accident with the remaining road users?
  2. why is it not mandatory that cyclists have third party insurance?
  3. did this event have a 20mill public liability cover like you would need to hold an event in Kowen Forrest?
  4. did this event have to submit some sort of safety/other road users plan with a relevant government authority and if so who approved it as shown I believe it was good luck rather than good management that an accident didn’t happen.
  5. will any cycling body, the head of TAMS or an elected member of our local assembly care or even respond to these questions? Perhaps a police investigation into these road users will get some action!

For what it’s worth I hope someone thinks to put in place an education program or restrictions for clubs/events/participants who want to use public roads before someone is killed!

Some common sense needs to be applied in these events to avoid the whole riding community being given this poor selfish look on our roads.

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gizmo1 11:39 am 04 Nov 14

Does it really matter? As there are new laws for cyclists, they can feel all warm & fuzzy thinking how they are legally entitled to share roads used by motor vehicles. That will be a big help when they are lying in a hospital bed all buggered up with months if not years of painful rehab in front of them.
You go for it guys, right or wrong don’t matter squat when your legs in traction, backs busted & you can’t wipe your bum cause both arms are in plaster

anto 6:21 am 04 Nov 14

Simple rider courtesy and common sense should prevail. 2 abreast on straights, single file round corners. Everyone happy, everyone safe. Instead people focused on laws and rights. Illustrates one of the few detractions from the Canberran culture generally, i think.

Antagonist 9:49 pm 31 Oct 14

Grrrr said :

Antagonist said :

Nobody has asked cyclists to stay off the roads.

Appears to be a couple of people above who have all-but said that.

A brief check shows that nobody has said it, nor have they ‘all-but said that’. Your comment speaks volumes about the typical entitled and indignant cyclist attitudes that are all too common in these threads.

Grrrr said :

Maybe you should try commuting by bike for a while to temper your ignorance. Sooner or later you will have some bogan scream pretty much the words “get off the road” at you despite your adhering to the road rules and showing general consideration to other users.

I am a cyclist. And a motorcyclist. And a motorist. Nice arm-waving to try and distract from the argument though.

Grrrr said :

But hey, you’ve whitewashed the original post as something moderate and instructive (despite containing nothing more instructive than “ride single file”) because it fits in with your rabid hatred of bike riders. I guess it’s too much to ask that you consider that 99% of cyclists are also experienced drivers and therefore much more likely to hold a more informed and balanced view than you?

Rabid hatred of cyclists? How did you get that from my post? Thank you for making my point at post #17 though: “… and the cyclists make out like the motorists are frothing at the mouth, breaking every road law in the book, and putting hundreds of people in danger at the same time. Well isn’t that a big surprise?!? This is why cyclists are (rightly) called out on their entitled and indignant attitudes.”

You are the quintessential example of the kind of indignant and entitled cyclist I was talking about. This is an excellent example of why cyclists and motorists do not seem to be able to share.

carnardly 8:44 pm 31 Oct 14

every event held on public roads needs to have the organisers submit risk management plans and the like.

as far as not knowing the event was on, there were ads on tv in the 2 weeks prior to the event as well as even on here.

http://the-riotact.com/fitzs-challenge-heroes-riding-for-a-reason/135871

Grrrr 7:37 pm 31 Oct 14

Antagonist said :

Nobody has asked cyclists to stay off the roads.

Appears to be a couple of people above who have all-but said that.

Maybe you should try commuting by bike for a while to temper your ignorance. Sooner or later you will have some bogan scream pretty much the words “get off the road” at you despite your adhering to the road rules and showing general consideration to other users.

But hey, you’ve whitewashed the original post as something moderate and instructive (despite containing nothing more instructive than “ride single file”) because it fits in with your rabid hatred of bike riders. I guess it’s too much to ask that you consider that 99% of cyclists are also experienced drivers and therefore much more likely to hold a more informed and balanced view than you?

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