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Stupid Canberra cyclists

By 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 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 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 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 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 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!

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