Stupid Canberra cyclists

Pandy 7 April 2008 105

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It amazes me when I read the pro-cycling group get off in the local papers like the Canberra Times and say that cycling is a healthy life style choice that everyone should be doing and blame motorists for all the ills of the world.

Well I have two things to say to you: “Stuff the lot of you”

In recent days I have seen a cyclists ride his bike the opposite direction in the transit lane/bus lane on Adelaide Avenue, when on the there is a very adequate bike lane built for untold millions just 2 car lane to his right (Is it legal to ride against traffic in a bike lane?)

Then yesterday there was a recumbent cyclists riding his bike on Commonwealth Avenue, in a car lane. No whip flag, no reflective clothing. Do you guys know that these layed back bike riders are usually below car window height? Can you imagine the accident waiting to happen as a car changing lanes may not see these dickheads until too late?

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Myrmecia Myrmecia 8:21 am 11 Apr 08

JD114 wrote “I’d love to do a census on the percentage of recumbent owners who are also Mac owners. My suspicion is it would be well over 50%…”

You got me in one, JD. I also drive my old Volvo while wearing a sunhat.

Myrmecia Myrmecia 8:15 am 11 Apr 08

I’ve covered about 9,000 km a year on a recumbent in Canberra over the past four years.

Have to say my experience does not bear out the motorist v cyclist antipathy that appears in the Canberra Times or here.

All I get is friendly waves from courteous, smiling motorists and “hey, cool – how much does it cost?” questions from kids when I pull into the local shops. I sit the kids on the recumbent as we chat and they’re sold. So I predict more recumbents in the future.

Kramer Kramer 11:26 pm 10 Apr 08

illyria said :

…and wonder why I nearly knock their heads off with my rear view mirror as I pass an oncoming vehicle on Mugga Way.

Illyria – you need to learn patience and how to use the brakes. Slow down, and wait for an opportunity to pass. Your extra 30 seconds sipping a soy lemon tea at work isn’t worth a cyclists life.

I-filed I-filed 10:47 pm 10 Apr 08

The only issue with recumbent cyclists is that it’s so uncomfortable for drivers to see them so relaxed and recumbent in what appears to be a terribly vulnerable state – when everyone else on the road is bent over and tense in one way or another.

Aeek Aeek 9:23 pm 10 Apr 08

Every time you see a cyclist riding like a lunatic, try thinking how glad you are that they are not driving a car or even a truck!

Holierthanthou Holierthanthou 7:56 pm 10 Apr 08

This also probably has something to do with percentages maybe?

There’s a hell of a lot more cars on the roads than bikes.

There maybe indeed something in the percentages, I am quite sure a higher proportion of motorists behave dangerously. But even in the unlikely situation that this is reversed the danger to the public is in the raw numbers and that means the bigger threat would still be from motorists.

Travelling home a saw 3 mobile phone users, 17 speeder, 5 non inidicators.
0 cyclists commiting crimes (out of 4). Even if 1 was silly that still a whole of dangeous motorists

And god knows how many women drivers were texting

RuffnReady RuffnReady 3:15 pm 10 Apr 08

The ‘US vs THEM’ mentality displayed by many in this thread is alarming to say the least because it leads to more conflict, not resolution of the issues. We’re all just people trying to get somewhere…

I am a frequent cyclist and ex-professional driver with over 1 million kms of experience, and I see appalling behaviour by both drivers and cyclists all the time. The issue is IRRESPONSIBILITY.

I think the question we should be addressing is how can we heal the rift between the two camps and make the whole experience of transport safer and more enjoyable for all? Then again, everything in the world seems to have deteriorated into ‘US vs THEM’ and ‘me, me, me’, so maybe there’s little hope for improvement of the situation.

Thumper Thumper 3:03 pm 10 Apr 08

As a non-cyclist, I was always under the (obviously stupid) impression that people who rode recumbent bikes were somehow disabled and not capable of riding a normal upright bike.

Now that is a tagline if I’ve ever seen one!

illyria illyria 2:18 pm 10 Apr 08

As a non-cyclist, I was always under the (obviously stupid) impression that people who rode recumbent bikes were somehow disabled and not capable of riding a normal upright bike.

In the past I always looked at them on the roads in a kind of “good on them for getting out there and having a go” kind of way.

From now on I will look at them with the same kind of disdain as the roadbikes who travel in packs, double or triple file along the side of the road and wonder why I nearly knock their heads off with my rear view mirror as I pass an oncoming vehicle on Mugga Way.

Ari Ari 1:41 pm 10 Apr 08

neanderthalsis said :

I managed to stop the Rover just in time to avoid having to wash bits of hair and meat off the front.

Get a Labrador … it’ll clean that sort of stuff up in no time.

ant ant 12:51 pm 10 Apr 08

neanderthalsis said :

I managed to stop the Rover just in time to avoid having to wash bits of hair and meat off the front.

I hate having to do that. So annoying.

justbands justbands 10:20 am 10 Apr 08

Get your hand off it Pandy. Some cyclists are idiots, some drivers are idiots. Gee. Who’d of thought hey?

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 10:09 am 10 Apr 08

One particular cretin on a bicycle seemed determined to end up a hood ornament this morning.

I was driving up Ballumbir St towards the back entrance of the Civic mall to drop the significant other at work when the gormless twat in question came out of Boolee st, cut across 4 lanes of morning peak hour traffic causing much hard braking. He then stopped in the left hand lane immediately in front of my oncoming bull-bar and proceeded to get off his bike and lift it up over the gutter and on to the footpath next top Glebe Park.

He had total disregad of all traffic rules, a seemingly indestructible regard for himself and a sod you all regard to his fellow travellers.

I managed to stop the Rover just in time to avoid having to wash bits of hair and meat off the front.

Thumper Thumper 8:46 am 10 Apr 08

Undoubtedly, there are some silly cyclists. However they are dwarfed by the number of stupid motorist.

This also probably has something to do with percentages maybe?

There’s a hell of a lot more cars on the roads than bikes.

Davo111 Davo111 1:02 am 10 Apr 08

Undoubtedly, there are some silly cyclists. However they are dwarfed by the number of stupid motorist.

I agree.

I was riding in the *bike lane* the other day (with high vis vest on and my red flashing light etc). and some woman decides to sit 30cm (literally!) off my back wheel so she can turn left off the road. grow up!

Lenient Lenient 12:08 am 10 Apr 08

Undoubtedly, there are some silly cyclists. However they are dwarfed by the number of stupid motorist. For every cyclist I see run a red light, I see at least 4 motorists on the mobile phone while smoking. You cannot go for a ride or drive without seeing one person talking on a mobile phone while driving. Motorists speed, overtake dangerously, do not indicate, tailgate, road-rage, drive unroad-worthy vehicles, drive 4wds, even drive fords…. The only crime you cyclists regularly commit is failure to wear a helmet (and guess who is the only on that is going hurt?)

Silly cyclists will get caught and fined, stupid motorists will kill other motorists, road uses and pedestrians.

Aeek Aeek 10:03 pm 08 Apr 08

elnumbnutto: the road rules handbook has been edited so it is only useful for motorists.
Part E is based on Part 15 of the National Road Rules
http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/ni/2004-230/default.asp
but omits critical differences that are in the core rules.
46(5) no requirement to signal left
52 no requirement to signal stop
141(1) can overtake on left
just as a start.

Then there the differences in the ACT legislation, good luck in finding those.

Sina Sina 8:03 pm 08 Apr 08

astrojax said :

um, sina – can you mebbe tell us again what the prefix ‘ped’, from the latin, demotes?

from what i recall of latin, it means ‘foot’ and so a ‘pedsetrian’ is someone whose locomotion is powered by foot. hey, and guess what? a cyclist is powered by…. their feet!

get a life. you too, vandam. putting cars and bikes together on the same faciltiy is quite safe, if both sets of users respect the other – but you’d know fuck all about respect, wouldn’t you.

Oh good lord.

If you actually did know anything about Latin, you would know that in English usage our Latin-derived words often don’t translate literally!

Anyone with half a brain cell realises that “pedestrian” in the English language refers to someone WALKING. That’s why on pedestrian signs they have pictures of little people walking, not cycling.

Get a freakin’ clue.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 5:37 pm 08 Apr 08

Haha, piss off, don’t lump me in with those loonies. 😛

JD114 JD114 4:52 pm 08 Apr 08

I’d love to do a census on the percentage of recumbent owners who are also Mac owners. My suspicion is it would be well over 50%…

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