The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Lukeyboy » Sun Feb 02, 2014 2:05 pm

jasonc wrote:
Lukeyboy wrote:Ah the 10kph sign. Never have I once passed that sign doing 10kph in either direction :P


what 10kph sign? :shock: :mrgreen:


First video at 9 seconds. Gotta be quick as its gone in a flash. Pretty sure I've been clocked doing a few km over that. Hopefully there isn't a speed limit on the proper high speed bikeway. I know I've hit 7.0kph in sprint mode :P
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby trailgumby » Sun Feb 02, 2014 2:23 pm

Lukeyboy wrote: I know I've hit 7.0kph in sprint mode :P

Was that with your walking frame? :mrgreen: ;)
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Lukeyboy » Sun Feb 02, 2014 3:10 pm

trailgumby wrote:
Lukeyboy wrote: I know I've hit 7.0kph in sprint mode :P

Was that with your walking frame? :mrgreen: ;)


Indeed it was on my carbon walking frame :lol: :lol: :P
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby ldrcycles » Sun Feb 02, 2014 5:14 pm

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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Summernight » Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:12 am

tekapo wrote:Rant.

Got to the State Library. No spaces left on the QV corner. Headed down to the La Trobe corner where I spotted.

http://imgur.com/laKoPm7

and

http://imgur.com/LadsWjI

Is there any rule to prevent advertising boards from taking up bike rack space? And seriously, does who ever locked that bike up really needed to take up both sides of the rack for that BSO.

Bike racks in Melbourne isn't impossible to find, but its not abundant either...

/Rant.


Oh, they actually move those placarded bikes. I thought they weren't ever moved. Come to think about it, I think I've actually seen someone riding one.

Is everyone too scared to lock up on the other side of that rack because they might be struck by lightning or something? :P
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby bychosis » Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:40 am

School drop off this morning (yes, I WAS the traffic :? ). Narrow road so that when there are cars on both sides only one car can fit through. Lady, with child by the hand beside her is walking up the road beside the parked cars, not on the area behind the curb that everyone else uses. I hate school zone traffic.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby nezumi » Mon Feb 03, 2014 2:05 pm

tekapo wrote:Rant.

Got to the State Library. No spaces left on the QV corner. Headed down to the La Trobe corner where I spotted.

http://imgur.com/laKoPm7

and

http://imgur.com/LadsWjI

Is there any rule to prevent advertising boards from taking up bike rack space? And seriously, does who ever locked that bike up really needed to take up both sides of the rack for that BSO.

Bike racks in Melbourne isn't impossible to find, but its not abundant either...

/Rant.


I thihnk it's the opposite - I have seen *lots* of bikes (pedal and motor) parked around town with advertising where an A-frame sign would be rejected.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby trailgumby » Mon Feb 03, 2014 5:25 pm

Summernight wrote:
tekapo wrote:Rant.

Got to the State Library. No spaces left on the QV corner. Headed down to the La Trobe corner where I spotted.

http://imgur.com/laKoPm7

and

http://imgur.com/LadsWjI

Is there any rule to prevent advertising boards from taking up bike rack space? And seriously, does who ever locked that bike up really needed to take up both sides of the rack for that BSO.

Bike racks in Melbourne isn't impossible to find, but its not abundant either...

/Rant.


Oh, they actually move those placarded bikes. I thought they weren't ever moved. Come to think about it, I think I've actually seen someone riding one.

Is everyone too scared to lock up on the other side of that rack because they might be struck by lightning or something? :P

They tend not to be moved in Sydney. There's a bunch around advertising "Uncle Mings Bar" and a couple of coffee shops. Inevitably they get bent and destroyed by the drunken boofheads on the weekend and slowly rot or fall apart until the useful bits are nicked.

I've thought about taking an allen key to one and removing bits like derailleurs, I have to admit. I find these decrepit things an eyesore and offensive.

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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby tekapo » Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:12 pm

trailgumby wrote:
Summernight wrote:
tekapo wrote:Rant.

Got to the State Library. No spaces left on the QV corner. Headed down to the La Trobe corner where I spotted.

http://imgur.com/laKoPm7

and

http://imgur.com/LadsWjI

Is there any rule to prevent advertising boards from taking up bike rack space? And seriously, does who ever locked that bike up really needed to take up both sides of the rack for that BSO.

Bike racks in Melbourne isn't impossible to find, but its not abundant either...

/Rant.


Oh, they actually move those placarded bikes. I thought they weren't ever moved. Come to think about it, I think I've actually seen someone riding one.

Is everyone too scared to lock up on the other side of that rack because they might be struck by lightning or something? :P

They tend not to be moved in Sydney. There's a bunch around advertising "Uncle Mings Bar" and a couple of coffee shops. Inevitably they get bent and destroyed by the drunken boofheads on the weekend and slowly rot or fall apart until the useful bits are nicked.

I've thought about taking an allen key to one and removing bits like derailleurs, I have to admit. I find these decrepit things an eyesore and offensive.

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I don't particularly mind them, EXCEPT when they take up bike rack space. They are not bicycles, they are (semi-permanent) advertising placards. If they want to advertise, pay for an advertisement space.

Btw, was back around there Sunday. Both the advert and the bike that took up both side of the rack were still there. But I did find quite a few other spots with bike racks in the surrounding area.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby myforwik » Tue Feb 04, 2014 8:13 pm

Had salmon cyclist today come straight at me. I wondered what was wierd about his head, as he got closer I realised he had these MASSIVE head set thing - no helmet - just huge speakers to listen to his beats.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby wellington_street » Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:44 pm

Obviously nothing worth protecting so no need for a helmet.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby jasonc » Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:54 am

had to abuse a runner in anzac park toowong this morning. running down the grass hill, over the road, over the pedestrian path. got within 5 metres of the bike path and i yell "LOOK" which he finally does.would have hurt him more than me.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby wizardhat » Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:55 am

Bah77 wrote:A couple of minor ones today.

Something that can be annoying, someone salmons past me and another rider, only to immediately sit up, wouldnt have been as annoying (as slight as it was) if he kept going.
I really hate that intersection, either someone does what they did to you, or if I'm powering up the hill they trundle on out nice and slow and force me to slow down, or if I'm coming in the other direction they pull out at a stupid moment and I have to haul on the brakes.

Or! It's a pedestrian walking down that side of the bridge.

Grr.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby jules21 » Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:41 am

idiot in a business suit cycling on flinders st, salmoning and crossing william st against the lights. he didn't look much like a cyclist and good on him for ponying up, but that car taking evasive action and leaning on the horn should have been a clue as to why your defiance of every applicable road rule in that circumstance was a dumb idea.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Baalzamon » Wed Feb 05, 2014 2:08 pm

I was on the Kwinana Fwy PSP just before Mt Henry bridge and after Cranford Ave there is a more of a narrower section of the PSP which I always take it easy as today proved why.
See in the distance a ped walking a dog and on the other side a ped but right on the side of the path. Pinged my bell and just as I did that the dog decides it has found a smell it likes on the other side of the path.
LEASH
Hit the brakes
By the time I stopped my arms had just made contact with it. Hate to think what would have happened even if I hit that leash doing 5kph. :shock:

I think the ped will be keeping that leash locked down now.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby jasonc » Wed Feb 05, 2014 6:58 pm

had a doozie this afternoon.
on the way home going over the jindalee bridge. you come down the hill from fig tree pocket, so you're going quick. the bike part of the bridge is very narrow. I had a bloke behind me, it was greasy as there had been drizzle.so i get down the bottom of the hill and start crossing the bridge and there's a bike rider in front of me, travelling in the same direction, on the wrong side doing about 10km/h with a cyclist coming straight towards him (remember i had one behind me too). NFI what he was doing but I remember him we keep left in Australia. If I wasn't attentive, there would have been a nice 4 bike pile up. as soon as I saw the guy i was yell stopping to the guy behind me as I had no idea what he'd do.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Dragster1 » Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:49 pm

jasonc wrote:had a doozie this afternoon.
on the way home going over the jindalee bridge. you come down the hill from fig tree pocket, so you're going quick. the bike part of the bridge is very narrow. I had a bloke behind me, it was greasy as there had been drizzle.so i get down the bottom of the hill and start crossing the bridge and there's a bike rider in front of me, travelling in the same direction, on the wrong side doing about 10km/h with a cyclist coming straight towards him (remember i had one behind me too). NFI what he was doing but I remember him we keep left in Australia. If I wasn't attentive, there would have been a nice 4 bike pile up. as soon as I saw the guy i was yell stopping to the guy behind me as I had no idea what he'd do.

That bridge is really narrow, I've had few close calls on that one also. A bloke with two dogs just decided to walk out in front of me from fig tree pocket entrance at the bottom. I often wonder if a lot of cyclist are from over seas as they seem to ride on the right hand side ???. I even play chicken with some of them and they look at you funny :twisted:
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby jasonc » Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:00 pm

Dragster1 wrote:That bridge is really narrow, I've had few close calls on that one also.


if i see that guy again on the bridge he'll be swimming
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby trailgumby » Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:23 pm

There was a guy with one of those pedal assisted electric motor scooters *and* a trailer trying unsuccessfully to push his unregistered contraption up the harbour bridge steps/ramp this evening.

He got 2 flights up and didn't have the strength to go any further because of the weight.

I gave him a serve for trying to ride a motorbike on the cycleway and he was getting short shrift from everyone else as well. "Why won't anyone help me?"

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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby MisuVir » Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:40 am

Almost witnessed the end of a temporary cyclist this morning. The bus I was on had slowed and stopped behind a car turning left (stopped to give way to pedestrians). I noticed the cyclist coming up in the bike lane on the left side of the bus... and he cut between the car and in front of the bus just as we both started moving forward again. Bus driver had to jump on the brakes to avoid flattening him.

Poor decision making by the cyclist. He should have slowed down slightly and waited while the car turned left. Instead, he cut in front of a bus. Unnecessarily risking your life just to avoid a few seconds of slow down...?
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby WarbyD » Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:57 am

Dumb cyclist was me this morning.. TWICE!!

First, exiting the Kwinana freeway PSP at the mount st overpass, another cyclist sitting right by the exit (for those that know this spot you will probably agree not the smartest place to be sitting.. but not a big deal) so I went a little wider than usual - too wide, put front wheel into the dirt and then rather than simply unclipping and pushing the bike out for some reason tried to muscle the bike out of the dirt.. result: Clipstack into the dirt :P Had to laugh.. My first clipstack, at least it was into a garden bed rather than into a car!!

Second, only a few minutes after the above.. Filtering between cars up to the Mount St/St George's Tce intersection (only a couple of cars.. left lane going straight, right lane turning) and I misjudged slightly, bumped the mirror of one of the cars.. Stopped immediately to apologise to the driver who was perfectly gracious about it and not at all bothered, no harm no foul (no damage to anything, just had to flick the mirror back into postiion).. Ended up deciding to go down the footpath instead anyway as traffic was building up on the other side of the intersection and I didn't like the idea of being sat in the middle of a relatively busy intersection with traffic going in both directions past me so the whole thing was COMPLETELY unnecessary and just plain silly on my part!!

Add to the above my rear cassette skipping through middle range resulting in me having to mash away in top gear pretty much the whole way in and today was "just one of those days" I think!!!
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby InTheWoods » Thu Feb 06, 2014 10:11 am

Me today too.

Get to end of my driveway. No brakes!!!

Had forgotten to hook them back up after washing it last night having cycled home in the rain.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby MisuVir » Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:06 am

InTheWoods wrote:Had forgotten to hook them back up after washing it last night having cycled home in the rain.


Hehe, yeah. I've gotten into the habit of checking my brakes, tyres, and panniers every time before I mount up.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Lizzy » Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:47 am

Me this morning - heading down from the Loftus overpass, at the t-junction onto the dreaded City West path, I was forced into a choice between signal and brake, chose brake. Right at that moment someone felt the need to overtake me on the right and then turn left, just as I push off again to turn right. No contact but a bit of an oh-showtime moment ... :oops: :x
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby wellington_street » Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:46 pm

Lizzy wrote:Me this morning - heading down from the Loftus overpass, at the t-junction onto the dreaded City West path, I was forced into a choice between signal and brake, chose brake. Right at that moment someone felt the need to overtake me on the right and then turn left, just as I push off again to turn right. No contact but a bit of an oh-showtime moment ... :oops: :x


Doesn't sound like you were the dumb one in this instance...
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