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Road woes: motorbikes and my daily commute

By john84 - 10 November 2011 71

I travel from Belconnen to Woden daily, mostly in peak-hour morning traffic, and Canberra’s roadways get backed up.

Each day, motorcyclists ride in the bike lanes passing the lines of cars, and eventually duck in at the last chance available, skipping all the automobilers.

Does anyone else have a problem with this?

What’s Your opinion?


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71 Responses to
Road woes: motorbikes and my daily commute
krats 10:09 am 10 Nov 11

Bloody Motorbikes,Nothing More Than Death Traps I Tells Ya!!

winter 10:08 am 10 Nov 11

metal said :

So you would prefer them to be in cars? causing even more traffic congestion?

Motorcycles “lane-splitting” is a grey area in Australia’s road rules…however everywhere else in the world it is normal.

I dont see how this is a problem for you though other than sour grapes?

Lane-splitting is against the law in the ACT. No greyness about it. I have noticed *some* policemen do turn a blind eye (or maybe they just can’t figure out how to get through the traffic to pull them over).

Solidarity 10:07 am 10 Nov 11

A motorcycle is still a cycle… Is there anything that says they can’t be used on cycle lanes?

Classified 10:01 am 10 Nov 11

I don’t care so much about them using narrow parts of the road, what I truly hate is when they weave through traffic using the normal lanes at 20+km/h faster than the prevailing traffic flow. More than once I’ve indicated then started to change lanes only to have to swerve out of the way of one of these morons so as not to hit them. They’re often going quickly enough that not only can you not see them until you’ve started your lane change, but they don’t see you because they’re watching the traffic immediately in front of them.

ThatGuy 9:58 am 10 Nov 11

+1 to the general consensus and segue to the removal of the T2 lane on Adelaide Avenue. If cars aren’t negatively impacting the flow of bus traffic/if motorbikes aren’t negatively affecting the flow of cyclist traffic then it shouldn’t be a problem. In fact…it should be promoted.

metal 9:56 am 10 Nov 11

One extra bike on the road means one extra car park available for you when you “finally” get to work

Thumper 9:52 am 10 Nov 11

Sounds smart to me, imagine if they stayed in the line of traffic, it would take you longer to get to work.

So, in answer to your question, no.

amarooresident3 9:52 am 10 Nov 11

No. Why are you bothered? Do you have a safety concern or do just have the sh*ts that someone else is getting an advantage that you’re not?

nescius 9:49 am 10 Nov 11

No problem, as long as they don’t interfere with any cyclists using the lane. It’s better than sitting at the back of a line of traffic waiting to be rear ended by some chump who is drinking their coffee, yacking on their phone, and twiddling the knobs on the stereo instead of concentrating on what’s in front of them.

bally62 9:47 am 10 Nov 11

No problem at all. It means there is one less car getting in my way.

metal 9:46 am 10 Nov 11

So you would prefer them to be in cars? causing even more traffic congestion?

Motorcycles “lane-splitting” is a grey area in Australia’s road rules…however everywhere else in the world it is normal.

I dont see how this is a problem for you though other than sour grapes?

carnardly 9:46 am 10 Nov 11

well, a chap riding to work about 2 weeks ago was in a green strip in town. A motorbike that possibly wanted to “beat the flow” of traffic, ducked left and went to zoom up the green strip to the front.

However, while he was breaking the law, he also collected this poor innocent cyclist from behind, flung him into the air like a rag doll and the cyclist spent a week in hospital with a severely busted leg. Now, his next 6 months is stuffed because of the actions of this motorcyclist.

Yes, I have a problem with it.

Sleaz274 9:44 am 10 Nov 11

http://www.stayupright.com.au/act.htm

Come join us! Hahahaha

But seriously, no using the cycle ways is naughty, they should be lane filtering instead 🙂

Secret Squirrel 9:41 am 10 Nov 11

Not at all. How does it adversely affect my life? Good luck to them I say.

Solidarity 9:33 am 10 Nov 11

You have a problem with people increasing the flow of traffic?

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