The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby trailgumby » Sun Mar 23, 2014 12:07 pm

Me, this morning. Mona Vale Road westbound, coming to the end of that short pinch before the road returns to suburbia.

Went to point to a group of sticks out to the guys behind me who wereparticipating in the Bobbin Head Classic, and almost wobbled into them myself :x
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Mulger bill » Sun Mar 23, 2014 5:02 pm

trailgumby wrote:Went to point to a group of sticks out to the guys behind me who wereparticipating in the Bobbin Head Classic, and almost wobbled into them myself :x


If you move your gripping hand onto the tops, as close to the stem as possible it should redce the chance of this recurring.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby biker jk » Sun Mar 23, 2014 6:06 pm

trailgumby wrote:Me, this morning. Mona Vale Road westbound, coming to the end of that short pinch before the road returns to suburbia.

Went to point to a group of sticks out to the guys behind me who wereparticipating in the Bobbin Head Classic, and almost wobbled into them myself :x


The shoulder on that pinch is very narrow and there is fast moving traffic so I would suggest you leave both hands on the bars and just call "stick left/right".
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby biker jk » Mon Mar 24, 2014 10:04 am

Cyclist on Oxford St, Sydney this morning rides through red light, oblivious to the motorcycle policeman in the right hand lane who promptly pulls her over.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby jasonc » Mon Mar 24, 2014 10:25 am

biker jk wrote:Cyclist on Oxford St, Sydney this morning rides through red light, oblivious to the motorcycle policeman in the right hand lane who promptly pulls her over.


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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Mulger bill » Mon Mar 24, 2014 12:12 pm

biker jk wrote:Cyclist on Oxford St, Sydney this morning rides through red light, oblivious to the motorcycle policeman in the right hand lane who promptly pulls her over.

More please Mr Plod. Help shut up the "Nurrr, rego" dills.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby duncanm » Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:17 pm

zero wrote:I don't know how anyone thinks its reasonable to perform a right turn by left passing everyone and then planting yourself in front of the right lane queue. Even if the lights do stay red whilst you do that, it is not a reasonable thing to do, and if bike boxes are encouraging that then they are no good.


Again .. it depends on the situation.

One of my regular commute routes has a two-lane rat run, right turn from right lane only, into a 3-lane highway/major road. The opposing traffic is more often than not 0-1 cars. The light sequence is long, since its a minor road into a major one.

I left-pass the (usually long) queue and park myself in front of the right lane. When the light goes green, I pull all the way into the intersection, and turn into the leftmost lane after the turn. The car behind is held up for no more than 1-2s at most, as they can overtake me basically in the turn if there's no oncoming traffic, and have to wait for any oncoming cars otherwise.

There's often motorbikes who do exactly the same thing, and I don't see the difference in this situation, nor the problem.

edited: unless I've misquoted/understood you, and you're only commenting on the right turn in front of traffic which was going to go straight. In which case, ignore the above.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby CXCommuter » Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:30 pm

I nominate the stuffwit today who pushed in front of me on a Roadie at a set of lights, ran the lights and the next four sets after that, did not indicate once his intentions to drivers when changing lanes or turning, treated it all as a race (ie constantly looking over his shoulder at me, sprinting out of the saddle and trying so hard he couldn't keep a straight line annoying drivers, funny thing was by the time he turned off he had made a grand total of 50m on me and I had barely raised a sweat.
After he ran one of the set of lights a passenger in a car next to me was pointing the guy out and caught my attention- we both shook our head at this guys idiocy. I hope this one person realises that other cyclists also dislike the behaviour.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby alexander » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:17 am

^ cavendish commuter. :roll:
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby biker jk » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:30 am

The two dumb cyclists who ran the red light at the corner of Oxford St and Glenmore Rd Paddington this morning. I was turning right from Glenmore Rd into Oxford St and given the regularity of red light runners here I always check left to see what's coming down the hill. Funnily enough when I yelled "red light" at the cyclists running the red they pretended not to hear anything. Mind you, since they're often wired for sound, that could be the reason. Morons.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby g-boaf » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:32 am

biker jk wrote:Cyclist on Oxford St, Sydney this morning rides through red light, oblivious to the motorcycle policeman in the right hand lane who promptly pulls her over.


Was she on a trendy bike, and not wearing a helmet? ;)

I'll nominate the dumb cyclist as the one near Wallgrove Road last night who nearly collected me head on (he was in the wrong lane). Fortunately I was going slowly - but the incident scared the heck out of me. :(

And second lot, the Police on a cycleway the other week riding two-abreast. The one coming head-on towards me in my lane turned to talk to his colleague and wobbled all over the place. With flat-bars, they ought to be keeping single-file - especially when a bike is coming towards them. Fortunately he realised when I shouted out "bike ahead".
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby jasonc » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:47 am

g-boaf wrote:And second lot, the Police on a cycleway the other week riding two-abreast. The one coming head-on towards me in my lane turned to talk to his colleague and wobbled all over the place. With flat-bars, they ought to be keeping single-file - especially when a bike is coming towards them. Fortunately he realised when I shouted out "bike ahead".


need to air zound those MOFOs :mrgreen:
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby elantra » Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:26 am

Pedestrian thinks it is a good idea to walk across the road with his four-legged friend.
Four-legs gets to the middle of the road and suddenly stops and does a big dump.
Meanwhile 2 cars come around the corner and have to pull up and wait for the job to finish.
Dog completes the road crossing as if nothing had happened.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby duncan16v » Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:31 am

LOL!
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby find_bruce » Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:51 am

biker jk wrote:The two dumb cyclists who ran the red light at the corner of Oxford St and Glenmore Rd Paddington this morning. I was turning right from Glenmore Rd into Oxford St and given the regularity of red light runners here I always check left to see what's coming down the hill. Funnily enough when I yelled "red light" at the cyclists running the red they pretended not to hear anything. Mind you, since they're often wired for sound, that could be the reason. Morons.

Must be blitz day - 1 motorbike cop & 3 bicycle cops at the corner of College St & Park St, with another 2 bicycle cops riding haphazardly to the north along College St.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby biker jk » Wed Mar 26, 2014 1:06 pm

elantra wrote:Pedestrian thinks it is a good idea to walk across the road with his four-legged friend.
Four-legs gets to the middle of the road and suddenly stops and does a big dump.
Meanwhile 2 cars come around the corner and have to pull up and wait for the job to finish.
Dog completes the road crossing as if nothing had happened.


Was it a shih tzu?
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby warthog1 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 1:34 pm

biker jk wrote:
elantra wrote:Pedestrian thinks it is a good idea to walk across the road with his four-legged friend.
Four-legs gets to the middle of the road and suddenly stops and does a big dump.
Meanwhile 2 cars come around the corner and have to pull up and wait for the job to finish.
Dog completes the road crossing as if nothing had happened.


Was it a shih tzu?


Did the owner pick it up? Gives the rest of us a bad name when irresponsible, inconsiderate dog owners leave their dog' s turds everywhere :x
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Dragster1 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 1:37 pm

biker jk wrote:
elantra wrote:Pedestrian thinks it is a good idea to walk across the road with his four-legged friend.
Four-legs gets to the middle of the road and suddenly stops and does a big dump.
Meanwhile 2 cars come around the corner and have to pull up and wait for the job to finish.
Dog completes the road crossing as if nothing had happened.


Was it a shih tzu?

Or maybe a POO dle :lol:
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby tekapo » Wed Mar 26, 2014 1:44 pm

biker jk wrote:The two dumb cyclists who ran the red light at the corner of Oxford St and Glenmore Rd Paddington this morning. I was turning right from Glenmore Rd into Oxford St and given the regularity of red light runners here I always check left to see what's coming down the hill. Funnily enough when I yelled "red light" at the cyclists running the red they pretended not to hear anything. Mind you, since they're often wired for sound, that could be the reason. Morons.


I was slowing down as I head into a red light. The cyclist in front looked back, and glanced to the left. As I stopped he ran the red at a snails pace. When the light went green, I over took him in about 30 seconds. But alas, as I stopped for the next set of red lights, he over took me and turned off to the right........

Don't get the mind set of some of they cyclists, its certainly not about the speed or the need to get some where fast......
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby jasonc » Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:58 am

had an argument with a pedestrian on the kurilpa bridge this morning. he was heading towards me. I was on the left hand side. I saw him and rang my bell. I came to a stop (unclipped). He initially said "sorry". I asked him to "please keep left" (as the markings on the ground suggest). I took off. The exuses then started "But it's raining". my response "I'll use that excuse with the police next time I drive down the wrong side of the road". swear words from the pedestrian followed after he suggested I go back to him and have a chat.

best thing was, it wasn't raining.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Ross » Thu Mar 27, 2014 8:52 am

Peak hour traffic in Canberra CBD this morning and it's raining, already been several collisions reported on the roads, when dreadlocked hippy riding a MTB (BSO) no helmet and no hands through a red light as traffic is trying to go through and then continues down the road sans hands and helmet and then decides at the last minute without a headcheck or signal to continue his journey on the footpath. I knew just looking at him that he was going to do something stupid and he didn't surprise me.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Tomca74 » Thu Mar 27, 2014 9:48 am

Heading home after lunch crossing Kurilpa Bridge, I encountered peds 4 wide at the hairpin. Rolled up behind them as they started cutting the corner. I dinged my bell twice quietly as I approached the closing gap on their right. As I passed, the fat suit guy says he should shove the bell up my a $$. The women stopped giggling when I put my bike down and grabbed him by the tie and told him to go ahead. He tried to say I was assaulting him but pointed out he threatened me so it's all good. He then said he does boxing. Good, about time someone put up a decent fight. Sadly he was all talk, so choked him with his tie for a few seconds while explaining how manners were important.
Turning into a right a $$ hole but I swear I only do it when warranted.
Further along the path 2 mums were dealing with pram issues and apologised for blocking the path, even though they weren't blocking it at all. I stopped and helped fix the pram.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby jasonc » Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:18 am

I want to ride with you tomca. you have all the fun
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby bychosis » Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:47 am

Had the opposite to tomca this morning. Three peds across the path, me in no hurry. There were puddles on the path the three were avoiding, and we were approaching a pinch point chicane thing that leads to the road. I chose to cruise up behind them and was going to wait until past the pinch point. One of them looked behind and they couldn't get out of the way soon enough. Cheerful greetings all around, they said I should have just told them to get out of the way to which I responded I would have rung the bell if necessary. All three are regular morning exercise walkers.

Fortunately they aren't all dumb, arrogant etc.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Ross » Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:31 pm

Pity Tomca didn't get it on video!
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