Ok, I know cyclist issues have been done to death in this forum, but would like to know from anyone, including cyclists, whether they think it is appropriate to ride two abreast on any road, blocking the traffic behind. I’ve come across two incidents of this bevaviour over the past week or so, one of which almost caused an accident.
The first incident was on Clunies Ross Street where it narrows to go under Parkes Way. The ramp leading up to Parkes Way has one of those green cycle zones, but the rest of Clunies Ross has no on road cycle lanes whatsoever, however there is a cycle path running parallel to the road. Two cyclists were riding side-by-side. I managed to squeeze past before the road narrowed, but the cars behind me got trapped as the bikes continued side-by-side without any consideration for others motorists.
The second incident is the one that really irks me. Pulling out of the lights onto Ginniderra Drive from Aikman Drive myself and the other vehicles did the usual accelerate to the posted speed limit of 80k when suddenly everyone started braking hard. The car behind me had to swerve to avoid running up my behind. The cause? Two cyclists riding side-by-side on the road. This part of Ginniderra Drive has an on road cycle lane and a bike path running parallel with it and the cyclists were in the traffic lane! I mean what’s that all about? After the Government has spent millions on cycle lanes, aren’t they good enough for the cyclists? Are they allowed to ride two abreast on the road and not use the dedicated cycles lanes?
Maybe if cyclists like this were more considerate to other road users, the rest of the cyclists wouldn’t be honked, abused or run off the road.