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The No Bell Bicyclists

By Zan - 27 December 2012 189

An encounter today on the shared footpath/bicycle caused a bicyclist who had no bell. We did not hear him coming from behind. I asked him where his bell was. He said he didn’t need one as it didn’t fit on his bars.

Well here is what you need under the ACT Road Rules:

258 Equipment on a bicycle

A person must not ride a bicycle that does not have:

(a) at least 1 effective brake; and

(b) a bell, horn, or similar warning device, in working order.

Offence provision.

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The No Bell Bicyclists
KB1971 12:40 pm 21 Mar 13

Zan said :

Had to share this with you as it is not only Canberra having problems with bicyclists. Read this letter to the editor from the Sydney Morning Herald today:

Bells ring for bicycling
Cars were once kings of the road but now I can confidently suggest that bicycles are taking over not only the roads but footpaths.
What happened to the regulations that require them to have bells and lights, and for bells to be used when riding on footpaths? And what happened to it being illegal for bicycles to use footpaths as roads? Yet large sums of money are being spent to provide paths for these pests.
Gloria Healey Condell Park

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/letters/people-want-leadership-not-leaders–just-get-on-with-the-job-20130320-2gft5.html#ixzz2O7u1rAsy

You think traffic problems are isolated to Canberra?

Fair dinkum some fo you people just dont get it.

-1,000,000 internets to you.

Alderney 12:29 pm 21 Mar 13

…and I walked past someone the other day that had done a fart.

I want a law that says everyone has to put a bag over their arse so I don’t have to smell their pumps.

Some people just whinge, no real reason, they just whinge.

Zan 10:44 am 21 Mar 13

Had to share this with you as it is not only Canberra having problems with bicyclists. Read this letter to the editor from the Sydney Morning Herald today:

Bells ring for bicycling
Cars were once kings of the road but now I can confidently suggest that bicycles are taking over not only the roads but footpaths.
What happened to the regulations that require them to have bells and lights, and for bells to be used when riding on footpaths? And what happened to it being illegal for bicycles to use footpaths as roads? Yet large sums of money are being spent to provide paths for these pests.
Gloria Healey Condell Park

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/letters/people-want-leadership-not-leaders–just-get-on-with-the-job-20130320-2gft5.html#ixzz2O7u1rAsy

Jim Jones 5:12 pm 14 Feb 13

Baldy said :

Jim Jones said :

Baldy said :

Now if you please step aside, some of us are trying to have a real conversation.

Offering your all-important ‘opinion’ via meaningless generalisations is a ‘real conversation’?

When did that happen?

I’ll have to let all the scientists know they can down tools, as we won’t need any of those pesky ‘facts’ anymore, apparently the sanctity of ‘my opinion’ is good enough these days.

Heh. You don’t really get the point of what I am saying to you do you.

Irony of Morrissettian proportions.

Postalgeek 4:47 pm 14 Feb 13

Baldy said :

Grail said :

wildturkeycanoe said :

Postalgeek, you obviously have no children. If you think lashing kids together like train cars to prevent drifting onto the wrong side of the track is what should happen, you really need a wake up call into reality.

Postalgeek was quite clearly stating that they feel shared paths are not the place to take children. That is to say, there are many alternatives to getting children from one place to another including walking on the grass and staying clear of the path.

Sooo. what you are saying is pedestrians really have no right to walk on the shared paths and should get out of the way of bikes?

Wow. As a fellow rider that is a really, really poor attitude and you are not doing the bike riders side of the argument any good with that comment.

Tempting as it is to attempt to correct the misinterpretations of my earlier posts, I’m curious to see how far this farcical train of incomprehension can go before it eventually derails.

I believe we were up to no pedestrians have the right to walk on shared paths. Gold. Please continue…

Baldy 4:31 pm 14 Feb 13

Grail said :

wildturkeycanoe said :

Postalgeek, you obviously have no children. If you think lashing kids together like train cars to prevent drifting onto the wrong side of the track is what should happen, you really need a wake up call into reality.

Postalgeek was quite clearly stating that they feel shared paths are not the place to take children. That is to say, there are many alternatives to getting children from one place to another including walking on the grass and staying clear of the path.

Sooo. what you are saying is pedestrians really have no right to walk on the shared paths and should get out of the way of bikes?

Wow. As a fellow rider that is a really, really poor attitude and you are not doing the bike riders side of the argument any good with that comment.

Baldy 4:30 pm 14 Feb 13

Jim Jones said :

Baldy said :

Now if you please step aside, some of us are trying to have a real conversation.

Offering your all-important ‘opinion’ via meaningless generalisations is a ‘real conversation’?

When did that happen?

I’ll have to let all the scientists know they can down tools, as we won’t need any of those pesky ‘facts’ anymore, apparently the sanctity of ‘my opinion’ is good enough these days.

Heh. You don’t really get the point of what I am saying to you do you.

DrKoresh 4:01 pm 14 Feb 13

Grail said :

wildturkeycanoe said :

Postalgeek, you obviously have no children. If you think lashing kids together like train cars to prevent drifting onto the wrong side of the track is what should happen, you really need a wake up call into reality.

Postalgeek was quite clearly stating that they feel shared paths are not the place to take children. That is to say, there are many alternatives to getting children from one place to another including walking on the grass and staying clear of the path.

Get stuffed, you just have to make sure as a cyclist not to run over small children. I’m the first to tell a doe-eyed parent that the world doesn’t revolve around their little parasite, but the self-righteousness of telling parents not to take their chillen for a walk beggars belief. Why can’t you do your cycling out of everyone else’s way?

Grail 2:05 pm 14 Feb 13

wildturkeycanoe said :

Postalgeek, you obviously have no children. If you think lashing kids together like train cars to prevent drifting onto the wrong side of the track is what should happen, you really need a wake up call into reality.

Postalgeek was quite clearly stating that they feel shared paths are not the place to take children. That is to say, there are many alternatives to getting children from one place to another including walking on the grass and staying clear of the path.

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