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Postby il padrone » Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:07 am

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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby nezumi » Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:15 am

Had a few numptys on the way home yesterday.

One guy riding down La Trobe st separated lane, happy as you like... on the wrong side of the street O.o

Then I get over the hill to Exhibition St and as the guy in front of me is turning left a fixie hipster decides to cut across his line, crossing the street via the pedestrian crossing and continuing along on the footpath.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby apsilon » Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:36 am

Aushiker wrote:This is from the UK ... it is one seriously brown pants moment for sure ... It is a *.mov so best viewed at the British Transport Police website.

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I like how she then proceeds back the way she came. Probably headed back home to change the underwear.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby jaseyjase » Thu Oct 03, 2013 12:18 pm

Dumb Cyclist = Me

Yesterday afternoon on William st just after crossing Hay st heading North Bound, just in front of Dickies

Filtering between parked cars on my left and traffic on my right, saw a Range Rover ahead slowly pull into a car spot, very slowly as he had to wait for traffic in front oh him to move so he could move, i didnt see his tail lights indicating because of the traffic untill the last few meters, i shouldve stopped but instead swerved left into the empty car spot around the nose of the SUV.

Put myself in a dangerous spot...bad bad move.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby cp123 » Thu Oct 03, 2013 1:34 pm

:roll:

riding home last night - on the shared path between the Acton Ferry Terminal bridge and CW Bridge in Canberra (in the floriade zombie land for locals).

I was choofing along (southbound) and saw a family with about 4 kids roughly 4-12 and parents oncoming. They were a bit everywhere but both mum and dad were switched on and rounded them back nicely onto their own "half" of the path. Then i saw 2 cyclists behind them. one popped out as if to pass, saw me, changed his mind and slowed and popped back where he was. So I'm approaching the family, and then see a THIRD oncoming cyclist behind the family. But he decides MGIF NOW and comes out to pass both of the 2 guys in front of him. So he's looking at his left as he tries to roar past 2 cyclists and the family and he's head down gunning straight for me.

I ding my bell somewhat loudly as if to say "wakey wakey dude" and he looks up. I'm not sure whether he registers or not but we're heading for an oncoming here. I'm almost at the family who are now walking in pairs behind each other (still nicely on their own side) and almost at a standstill and he's still gunning it from behind the family as he's passing rider number 1.

I ding again, unhook one foot, hold my brakes and think to myself how the fluff is this going to end??? :shock: I'm starting to swerve to my left to at least give him clear run of the path (I can't go right as the family are all right there) but at the same time this young idiot with headphones on obviously sees my face and rips his bike to his right (yay - this is going from a head on on the path to a head on on the grass on the edge of the path... :evil: ) So i just stop and let him work it out and he does a wild, sudden and almost panicked out of control big skid and loop around me. Finally he calls out "take it easy dude!" while i've stopped in front of him with no idea which way he was expecting to go.

Mate - I'm not a bloody mind reader - if you think passing a group of 2 cyclists and a family into oncoming traffic isn't a stupid move then good luck to you. if i had my head down and arse up then both of us could've been toast.

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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby mattwilkinson » Thu Oct 03, 2013 2:58 pm

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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Mulger bill » Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:31 pm

redned wrote:Why would you?
The barriers are down, the lights are flashing, the dingers are going and she may have skirted around traffic stopped at the barrier (guessing from her position on the road).
Just why would you?


The Railwayman in me has asked this question hundreds of times, seen the aftermath of similar events turning to custard six times too often and still has the occasional nightmare about hanging out the window of St Albans Signalbox screaming "GET BACK" to a similar clown on foot who walked up the footpath to the closed wicket gate, jumped the fence and ducked under the boom back in '88. He stepped back just in time but it took me half an hour to stop shaking.

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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby skull » Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:40 pm

Mulger bill wrote:
Do Not Fred with trains people, EVER. They will win 99% of the time.


So I have a 1% chance then?

Challenge accepted.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Mulger bill » Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:05 pm

Go nuts but it'll be a closed casket service. A chaffbag will usually suffice...

I'm one of the 1%ers myself, lost the heel of my boot but if I hadn't put myself in harms way that day the confused little old lady who was walking up the down line towards South Kensington from Footscray Pl04 wouldn't have joined me in that club. She wouldn't listen to me telling her she had to leave now and then the rails started singing so I picked her up and jumped.

Sorry, rambling. The trickcyclists in the welfare office told me it was cathartic... :oops:
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Percrime » Thu Oct 03, 2013 10:28 pm

Wow mate
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Cowcorner » Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:00 pm

Mulger bill wrote:
Do Not Fred with trains people, EVER. They will win 99% of the time.


+1000. Probably OT but, case in point - my cousin Nathan lost both legs when he slipped trying to jump onto a moving goods train on his ninth birthday. Sixteen years later he's represented Team GB at both summer and winter Paralympics and recently danced for the first time (at his wedding) on the artificial limbs he hardly ever uses. His story is quite inspirational but, all things considered, he is so very lucky to be alive.

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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby casual_cyclist » Fri Oct 04, 2013 5:54 pm

Yesterday arvo dumb cyclist. I was cycling north on william street and dumb cyclist was heading south... in my lane... almost took me out then launched head on towards moving cars! :shock:

It was ok though because he put his hand up to let the car drivers know to stop and let him through :roll: . He was turning right. Slick move mr cyclist.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby QuangVuong » Fri Oct 04, 2013 6:44 pm

Had one today on the Rail Trail. Dude in a Bianchi jersey and red bike passes without warning at about 35km/h :evil: , whilst I was slowing down for a chicane sort of corner. I speed up and pass without much effort, then I slow down again when I hit Guildford station as everyone had just got off the train. Lucky thing I did a head check before overtaking a pedestrian, as he just flew by once again, otherwise I wouldve merged into him. He was going way too fast around the pedestrians as well, esp when someone was walking in the middle, and slowly drifted into the left lane as he passes.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby jules21 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:53 am

QuangVuong wrote:Had one today on the Rail Trail. Dude in a Bianchi jersey and red bike passes without warning at about 35km/h :evil: , whilst I was slowing down for a chicane sort of corner. I speed up and pass without much effort, then I slow down again when I hit Guildford station as everyone had just got off the train. Lucky thing I did a head check before overtaking a pedestrian, as he just flew by once again, otherwise I wouldve merged into him. He was going way too fast around the pedestrians as well, esp when someone was walking in the middle, and slowly drifted into the left lane as he passes.

i participate in road racing and do a lot of riding on shared paths. it's not hard to measure your speed for the circumstances, i.e. slow down when there are others around. i don't always get it right i'll admit, but i at least try. people who just blast through pedestrians or slow cyclists are headed for a fall.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Hergest » Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:01 am

QuangVuong wrote:Had one today on the Rail Trail. Dude in a Bianchi jersey and red bike passes without warning at about 35km/h :evil: , whilst I was slowing down for a chicane sort of corner. I speed up and pass without much effort, then I slow down again when I hit Guildford station as everyone had just got off the train. Lucky thing I did a head check before overtaking a pedestrian, as he just flew by once again, otherwise I wouldve merged into him. He was going way too fast around the pedestrians as well, esp when someone was walking in the middle, and slowly drifted into the left lane as he passes.


Guildford station is more often than not a time to get off and walk as it's tight and when a train arrives is busy. To go at speed through there is idiotic. Utterly pointless too as any time you lose is so easy to make up on the long and often empty run down to Merrylands station.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby CXCommuter » Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:35 pm

Me this morning-
got ready- out the door and rode 500m thinking wow my head is cool- DUH helmet sitting next to gate at home not on my head- turned around put it on and all okay.

Still felt dumb though (normal situation for me anyway)
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby queequeg » Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:45 pm

Boognoss wrote:
bychosis wrote:Driving through evening traffic at Castle Hill today. The main road (don't know what it's called, not a local). Recumbent rider plodding up the hill in the gutter, literally on the concrete bit, outside the yellow no stopping line. There was an alternative footpath not more than 2m away.

Mr Recumbent: Either claim some lane, or ride the footpath. Don't hide in the gutter.

(pretty sure he had a beard)


That dude (also sure he wears sandles ;-)) has been pottering around this area for years. There reason I say pottering is because I only ever seem to spot him on climbs. At least 6-7 years that I can recall. Always well in the gutter but with amazing skills at holding his line. He always takes main roads too.

I think his flag is what saves him......


He rides up Castle Hill Rd to Pennant Hills Rd, turns left and heads North....in peak hour. He is one brave soul with all those B-Doubles heading to the F3 (sorry, M1).
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Biffidus » Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:18 pm

CXCommuter wrote:Me this morning-
got ready- out the door and rode 500m thinking wow my head is cool- DUH helmet sitting next to gate at home not on my head- turned around put it on and all okay.

Still felt dumb though (normal situation for me anyway)

I reckon most of us have done that one... last time I only noticed when I want to lock my bike up at the other end!
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby g-boaf » Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:55 pm

Oh I've left the helmet behind a few times. Typically go about 100m and realise, before turning back. :oops: Also left the saddle bag behind once too, realised it after 30km. :shock: Luckily, I didn't get any punctures.

Surprisingly considering I'm using a very busy shared path quite a bit now, I'm not encountering very many dumb pedestrians. All quite predictable.

None of them seem to mind me doing some Strava efforts along there either. I just slow down whenever I see any pedestrians, say hello and or thanks.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Gordonhooker » Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:13 am

Saturday 5th October 2013 at about 9AM - I am heading into the city along Grassdale Road at Belmont (Brisbane) approaching the stop signs on the intersection of Grassdale Road and Tilley Road - a group of about 8 or 9 road bike cyclists out for the morning ride totally ignore the stop sign and entire group ride straight through the stop sign. Guys and girls there are groups of us out there that are trying to do something about the image of cyclists and trying to get some respect from motorists and the general public. This type of behaviour does not help our cause it just cements in the minds of motorists that we are a law unto ourselves. :( :( :( :!:

Hopefully some of the riders in that group will read this and take notice that you are noticed....
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby FuzzyDropbear » Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:06 am

CXCommuter wrote:Me this morning-
got ready- out the door and rode 500m thinking wow my head is cool- DUH helmet sitting next to gate at home not on my head- turned around put it on and all okay.

Still felt dumb though (normal situation for me anyway)


Hahaha, I think we've all been there, I know I have as well as a mate from work has done the same thing. Except I noticed I forgot mine about 3km from my house, when I was sitting at the lights... and wondering why Mr. plod was looking at me funny :shock: Think I went to scratch my head and went 'uh oh' :oops:, turned around and went home.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby g-boaf » Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:16 am

Gordonhooker wrote:Saturday 5th October 2013 at about 9AM - I am heading into the city along Grassdale Road at Belmont (Brisbane) approaching the stop signs on the intersection of Grassdale Road and Tilley Road - a group of about 8 or 9 road bike cyclists out for the morning ride totally ignore the stop sign and entire group ride straight through the stop sign. Guys and girls there are groups of us out there that are trying to do something about the image of cyclists and trying to get some respect from motorists and the general public. This type of behaviour does not help our cause it just cements in the minds of motorists that we are a law unto ourselves. :( :( :( :!:

Hopefully some of the riders in that group will read this and take notice that you are noticed....


Yeah, agree. I'm the rider in Lycra who obeys lights... Yet the "pobso" yesterday (for want of better term) insisted on charging straight through at least three red lights. I couldn't quite catch him to complain (because I waited for the lights and he kept going through them). :roll:

He was lucky to not end up as a hood ornament.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby human909 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:21 am

Gordonhooker wrote:Saturday 5th October 2013 at about 9AM - I am heading into the city along Grassdale Road at Belmont (Brisbane) approaching the stop signs on the intersection of Grassdale Road and Tilley Road - a group of about 8 or 9 road bike cyclists out for the morning ride totally ignore the stop sign and entire group ride straight through the stop sign. Guys and girls there are groups of us out there that are trying to do something about the image of cyclists and trying to get some respect from motorists and the general public. This type of behaviour does not help our cause it just cements in the minds of motorists that we are a law unto ourselves. :( :( :( :!:

Hopefully some of the riders in that group will read this and take notice that you are noticed....


Seriously? Rolling a stop sign? I think there are bigger problems on the road.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Gordonhooker » Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:39 am

human909 wrote:
Gordonhooker wrote:Saturday 5th October 2013 at about 9AM - I am heading into the city along Grassdale Road at Belmont (Brisbane) approaching the stop signs on the intersection of Grassdale Road and Tilley Road - a group of about 8 or 9 road bike cyclists out for the morning ride totally ignore the stop sign and entire group ride straight through the stop sign. Guys and girls there are groups of us out there that are trying to do something about the image of cyclists and trying to get some respect from motorists and the general public. This type of behaviour does not help our cause it just cements in the minds of motorists that we are a law unto ourselves. :( :( :( :!:

Hopefully some of the riders in that group will read this and take notice that you are noticed....


Seriously? Rolling a stop sign? I think there are bigger problems on the road.


I can assure you this was not a case of rolling a stop sign - this group just rode on through without any attempt to stop, and we are all judged on this type of behaviour.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby lobstermash » Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:41 am

g-boaf wrote:Oh I've left the helmet behind a few times. Typically go about 100m and realise, before turning back. :oops: Also left the saddle bag behind once too, realised it after 30km. :shock: Luckily, I didn't get any punctures.


Thought I left my helmet behind on a trip to the shops last week. Hand up to head confirmed it was there, just had forgotten I'd just had a haircut!

After tearing my (now quite short) hair out due to Floriade zombies for the last couple of weeks, it was refreshing this morning to enjoy a presumably daylight-saving induced clear path.
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