New road rules from 12 October 2009

New road rules from 12 October 2009

Postby mylesau » Mon Oct 12, 2009 1:43 pm

New road rules from 12 October 2009

There are some bicycle specific ones within the Table of road rules changes (PDF, 60KB) - related to bicycle storage areas - which I don't have in my area?
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Re: New road rules from 12 October 2009

Postby waynohh » Mon Oct 12, 2009 2:18 pm

Bicycle storage area must mean this...

As far as I'm aware, this is the only one we have, and it's brand new hence the change of rules.

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Re: New road rules from 12 October 2009

Postby wombatK » Mon Oct 12, 2009 3:22 pm

It doesn't look quite like the examples from the AustRoads guide to traffic engineering practice part 14
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(see this thread). In your example, there is no marked green pathway into the head/start storage area that vehicles have to keep off. It looks like the cyclist has to ride across the pedestrian crossing to get to the storage area - but that is strictly illegal. Do they expect the cyclist will dismount and walk over to the storage box ? Might be worth asking the relevant council what they were thinking, and suggest that paint a green strip across to the box from the cycleway on the right side of the road.

Still you're doing well. These rules have been applicable in NSW since Feb 08, and I've yet to see anything like a head start/storage area. That's a great shame, because I think they can be instrumental in educating motorists on cyclist rights and mitigating some of the dangerous situations that occur at intersections.
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Re: New road rules from 12 October 2009

Postby Mulger bill » Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:13 am

I use stop boxes as often as possible tho' it's bl00dy hard to get the taxis to not use them. Few that I've seen in Melb have been green, but the number is growing.

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