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Tragic weekend on ACT Roads

By Special G 29 May 2007 26

Canberra Times and WIN news have both reported about the deaths on roads around the ACT over the weekend. Canberra Times link here.

The ACT specific crash was an 18yr old motorcyclist riding a Yamaha R1 on the Federal Highway in Watson, who hit the rear end of a 4wd. P and L plate riders are limited by a power to weight ratio so they learn and gain experience on a motorcycle less likely to get them killed. Which begs the question how did an 18yr old find himself on one of the most powerful sports bikes on the market.

There was a follow up story in the Canberra Times about a notorious motorcyclist blackspot being the intersection of the Federal Highway and Antill Street in Watson outside the Formula one Hotel. This is a bit of a stretch as the crash didn’t happen at that intersection, and should have been asking for better rider training/testing and actual enforcement of ownership of motorcycles by dealers and the motor registry as well as the fuzz.

This is ammunition the new Automotive party needs to win votes in the next election.

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Felix the Cat 9:05 pm 02 Jun 07

That intersection/roundabout at the Formule 1 hotel (it is Formule, not Formula) is a bad one, especially in the wet. I think the painted white lines on the road do actually contribute to the accidents as well as people that don’t drive to the conditions. I go through this intersection several times daily and have never had a problem. If the plants in the garden on the left as you exit the roundabout (heading towards Mitchell) are to have any chance of survival then an armco railing need to be put up there so the incompetents bounce off it and back onto the road where they belong.

Aeek 11:44 pm 31 May 07

mlm: actually I have a blind spot in my car. The rear view mirror. A car can hide behind it with the right timing.
OTOH people don’t look near the curb for oncoming traffic, so if I’m cycling at 40 without a motor behind I’ll pass a sidestreet closer to the centreline, where they are actually looking. BigRed’s right, that’s a blindspot too.

Riding a motorbike is a lot more dangerouse than driving a car, I think. That said, if someone wants to do so, that’s their decision.

Thumper 8:38 am 31 May 07

mlm, well said….

mlm 8:37 am 31 May 07

Granted anyone on a motorbike who rides in a blind spot is dangerously relying on a car driver’s competence to keep them alive, but drivers who complain about motorbikes in their blind spot can get f’ed.

It is called a blind spot because you can’t see it with your mirrors. That means you turn your fat head and check it before changing lane etc. It is not an excuse for causing an accident because you were too bone lazy to turn your head an extra 90 degrees.

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