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Ride to Work Day 2011.

By PedalPower - 22 August 2011 25

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Well today we saw how many Canberrans can turn out on their bikes to support (or oppose) a cause at short notice. It would be great to see how many bikes and riders we can get out on Wednesday 12 October to support national Ride to Work Day.

Pedal Power will be hosting a free breakfast between 7am and 9am in Glebe Park with enterainment and a few stands to give bike enthusiasts, and others, something to look at and chat about whilst they enjoy their breakfast.

Many workplaces around Canberra will also be hosting their own Ride to Work Day breakfasts. To register your event or simply that you intend to ride you can go to www.ridetowork.com.au  Do you have anything planned?

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PedalPower 10:43 am 11 Oct 11

Tomorrow is Ride to Work day, so if you feel inspired to get on your bike then make sure you stop off at Glebe Park for a free breakfast. There will be a team from Lendlease cooking up a storm on the BBQs, some delicious treats from Baker’s delight and even some free bananas on offer? To keep you entertained as you eat there will be music, bikes to look at information on sustainable living. And if you are looking for something else to keep you going there will a team of physios on hand to eases any aching legs and to give practical advice on how to make your bike fit you better to stop any aches and pains. The event, organised by Pedal Power, will run from 7am-9am in Glebe Park, by the Rotunda.

interested_bystander 9:33 am 16 Sep 11

Henry82 said :

bryansworld said :

That would be an illegal use of your horn. Whereas using the bell or your voice to alert a pedestrian you are passing is common sense. You don’t get knocked off your car if a pedestrian veers into you when startled as you drive past.!

How often do you ride? From what i’ve seen if you ring your bell (or yell), most pedestrians fan out and block the entire path. Usually i slow down to a little bit faster than them, and overtake.

That was actually me that said that, not Bryansworld. And yes, I ride often. If you signal early enough, there shouldn’t be a problem. And in any case, the more we model the behaviour we want on the roads and bike paths, the more all users becomes used to what should happen. Same goes for on road riding; if vehicles become accustomed to sharing the road there will be less catastrophizing about cyclists risking being smeared on the asphalt simply by daring to use the thoroughfare for its intended purpose.

what_the 9:28 am 16 Sep 11

OpenYourMind said :

errr, this thread was about Ride to Work. We’ve already done the ‘some people that walk/ride/drive are asshats’ discussion to death.

Get on yer bike. The weather is lovely and for me, at least, nothing makes for a better start to the day than a pleasant ride to work!

Seriously, trying to dictate the direction of any internet thread is like trying to herd cats. They’re always going to go off on tangents.

And goats, excellent description.

OpenYourMind 9:21 am 16 Sep 11

errr, this thread was about Ride to Work. We’ve already done the ‘some people that walk/ride/drive are asshats’ discussion to death.

Get on yer bike. The weather is lovely and for me, at least, nothing makes for a better start to the day than a pleasant ride to work!

Gungahlin Al 3:12 am 16 Sep 11

Phil_the_Printer said :

I like the description of pedestrians as ‘goats’… I am an fairly regular bike rider and I concur, you ring the bell and some go left, some go right and some do nothing! A group may include a mixture of those.
Ringing my bell is a recipe for disaster. On one occasion I was approaching a lady clown with frizzy red hair and a suitcase who was considerately walking close to the left by a handrail, I dinged, she stepped a little left then sharply right straight in front of me. I was not moving quickly but this made me twitch a little right on the narrow path and because I was moving very slowly I went off the gutter in front of moving traffic and into a square drain. My wheel was buckled and I almost came off under the cars going by. IMHO if I ding, the pedestrians should do nothing, hopefully they are walking neatly on the left and I will pass by on their right. So if I don’t ring, it makes no difference, if I DO ring, they scatter!

Well you clearly are not ringing your bell back far enough. Of course they panic if you ring it right on top of them. Give them a chance to get their crap together. One of the group will know the Keep Left protocol and haul them over. a polite “Just move a little to the left” as you pass will do wonders for educating pedestrians.

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