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Suicidal cyclists

By LSWCHP 27 June 2011 89

Last week around 6pm I turned left off Clunies Ross St onto Barry Drive. It was dark and damp, with poor visibility and as I turned I almost creamed a cyclist who was pumping his way up the hill while occupying a large part of the left hand lane. He was wearing dark clothing with no reflective gear, and his only illumination was a ridiculous little light that appeared to be dimmer than a cigarette butt. He was almost invisible until he was right inside the arc of my lights. Luckily there was nobody in the lane to my right, so I was able to swerve around him, but it was bloody close. At the time I wondered why he wasn’t travelling on the nearby bike path.

The next night I saw two cyclists entering the Anzac Parade roundabout on Parkes Way at about the same time in heavy traffic. They were also clad in dark clothes with no reflective gear and with ineffective lights on their bikes. One of them was almost hit by a a motorist on the roundabout. I was sure I was going to witness a fatality, but luckily the driver was alert and managed to brake and swerve to avoid the cyclist at the last minute.

After those two frightening experiences in quick succession, I would like to urge ACT cyclists who wish to commit suicide to do so using more conventional and less messy techniques such as a noose, or pills and whiskey. This will be less painful for you, and far less traumatic for those who have to witness the results of your actions and clean up your remains.

On the other hand, if you don’t want to commit suicide by bike on these dark winter nights, then please consider wearing lots of reflective clothing, have powerful and effective front and rear lights and reflectors, keep well to the left on busy roads, and consider riding on bike paths when they are available.

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G-Fresh 10:30 am 31 Aug 11

These blokes need loud pipes. They’ll be noticeable then!

Diggety 10:26 am 31 Aug 11

Road using cyclists should be made to get a cyclists license, and be fined for stupidity.

Theory only like the car ‘Learners’ license would suffice.

KB1971 9:03 am 31 Aug 11

cranky said :

Whilst many cyclists do seem to prefer to not stand out, can the bicycling defence guy in his camouflage gear at Duntroon understand that this clothing really #$@^%& WORKS!

Meandering across Morshead Drive in the late afternoon (shadows), made you almost impossible to see.

And who would be the bad guy if you were smacked?

Yah, I wonder about my bretheren sometimes. People call me a wanker because I wear bright coloured lycra (among other reasons 🙂 ) & I am a Tour de France wannabe but I stand out & that is the plan. Same with lights, you can never have too many or they be too bright (except for pedestrians…..).

cranky 9:21 pm 30 Aug 11

Whilst many cyclists do seem to prefer to not stand out, can the bicycling defence guy in his camouflage gear at Duntroon understand that this clothing really #$@^%& WORKS!

Meandering across Morshead Drive in the late afternoon (shadows), made you almost impossible to see.

And who would be the bad guy if you were smacked?

KB1971 3:01 pm 20 Jul 11

JTACT said :

If the pedal pusher was displaying a registration number/ id then he and his/ her fellow pedal pushers could be reported and made aware of the fault and get it fixed and possibly save a life.

Think of that one all by yourself did you?

JTACT 1:16 pm 20 Jul 11

If the pedal pusher was displaying a registration number/ id then he and his/ her fellow pedal pushers could be reported and made aware of the fault and get it fixed and possibly save a life.

carnardly 4:49 pm 05 Jul 11

Cyclists don’t hold up traffic – they are traffic. Just like bulldozers and busses and other things that might not get from 0-80 kmph in 20 metres

Deckard 4:39 pm 05 Jul 11

TC said :

I have given up on bike riders and so have fitted my vehicle with a motor vehicle video digital camera that fits to the windscreen with a suction cap. It feeds to a USB and runs while the ignition is on. Hopefully it will show my actions in any accident including those with bike riders. Wonderful colour and audio. It also has time/date and location and it is fitted with a GPS. Ahhhhhh piece of mind.

How many have you hit to have to do this?

TC 4:34 pm 05 Jul 11

I have given up on bike riders and so have fitted my vehicle with a motor vehicle video digital camera that fits to the windscreen with a suction cap. It feeds to a USB and runs while the ignition is on. Hopefully it will show my actions in any accident including those with bike riders. Wonderful colour and audio. It also has time/date and location and it is fitted with a GPS. Ahhhhhh piece of mind.

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