Anyway, I'm nominating myself for dumb cyclist today. I wanted to turn left but traffic was backed up a few hundred metres so I took the right hand lane hoping a gap would open up before the lights. It didn't. I ended up at the front of the queue indicating left and hoping a kind motorist would let me in. One did which was very considerate given the circumstances. However, the gap opened up behind a bus, which was turning left. I underestimated how slow the bus would turn and almost ran up the back of them. Not smart. Of course the bus then proceeded to park in the middle of the lane blocking any progress on the left or right. I gave up and bailed onto the footpath and pushed my bike the last few metres to work. Not a good morning for me.
What on earth were they doing with that bag? Seems a pretty silly thing to do - and against the highway code:
You should - keep both hands on the handlebars except when signalling or changing gear - keep both feet on the pedals - never ride more than two abreast, and ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends - not ride close behind another vehicle - not carry anything which will affect your balance or may get tangled up with your wheels or chain - be considerate of other road users, particularly blind and partially sighted pedestrians. Let them know you are there when necessary, for example, by ringing your bell if you have one. It is recommended that a bell be fitted.
Rule 59 is a good one, the bit about wearing clothes appropriate for cycling. (in reference to the usual hubris about activity specific clothing).
To the two red light jumpers on Collins St this morning at Exhibition- one of these red light jumpers was pretty much 3/4s of the way across the intersection before the light turned green. You're lucky you checked the road as you moved off and got out of the way of the amber/red light running motorist.
Give way to pedestrians on the road you are entering, not the one you're leaving:
Road Rules 2008 Current version for 1 July 2014 to date (accessed 28 July 2014 at 13:08) Part 21Rule 353 << page >> 353 References to pedestrians crossing a road
(1) If a driver who is turning from a road at an intersection is required to give way to a pedestrian who is crossing the road that the driver is entering, the driver is only required to give way to the pedestrian if the pedestrian’s line of travel in crossing the road is essentially perpendicular to the edges of the road the driver is entering—the driver is not required to give way to a pedestrian who is crossing the road the driver is leaving.
73 Giving way at a T–intersection (1) A driver at a T–intersection without traffic lights or a stop sign, stop line, give way sign or give way line, must give way in accordance with this rule. (2) If the driver is turning left (except if the driver is using a slip lane) or right from the terminating road into the continuing road, the driver must give way to: (a) .. (b) any pedestrian who is crossing the continuing road at or near the intersection.
it looks like you guys were approaching from the bottom of the vertical stroke of the T-intersection - in which case, i think the rule is clear you need to yield.
nah, i'm wrong. crossing the continuing road doesn't mean crossing the way the ped was. bloody complex rule! how do they expect people to remember all of that stuff?
Lukeyboy wrote:Still does negate the fact they didn't look before stepping out onto a road regardless who had to give way.
true. one action can never negate another - both parties have mutual responsibilities. the ped should have been looking.
jules21 wrote: nah, i'm wrong. crossing the continuing road doesn't mean crossing the way the ped was. bloody complex rule! how do they expect people to remember all of that stuff?
I know! Since starting to ride again as an adult several years ago I'm much more up to date on the rules particularly as they relate to cycling that was was for the 15 years of driving prior.
My personal rule is simply don't hit pedestrians. Seeems pretty obvious what was about to happen here, hence the airzound. I have made actual contact with a ped once but I was stationary at the moment of contact. Ken.