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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Fri Apr 05, 2013 10:32 am

Lovely morning. I put the under layer on and it worked a treat.

In the only two block section of my commute where there isn't a bike lane (well, there is another section of my commute where there is no bike lane but the City of Yarra have put bike 'sharrows' on the road indicating the road is shared with bikes so I don't have as many problems there), I had a red car come up close behind me (I engaged a few wobbles and went further to the right of the lane to make sure there was no buzzing incident) and he gave me a 'polite' honk to say 'get out of my way'. I gestured my non-compliance with this request (no, there was no middle finger, just a gesture to say to him 'you've got another lane on the right, go around me'). So, strangely enough it was extremely easy for him to overtake correctly in the right hand lane after my sweeping gesture. Charming impatient drivers. Blah.

Then at the end of my commute I had a few recalcitrant pedestrians walking along the laneway (there is a dedicated footpath beside it, but walking on the correct footpath entails using your muscles to go down/up stairs... Just too hard to do for most of the pedestrians) and two quite large blokes were walking smack bang in the middle of the road towards me. Now, if I was a car they would have moved to the side of the road, but because I was a cyclist these people just didn't move and kept walking towards me. I held my line and they did split apart for me to pass, but seriously. It is a road, not a footpath.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Fri Apr 05, 2013 10:47 am

Summernight wrote:Then at the end of my commute I had a few recalcitrant pedestrians walking along the laneway (there is a dedicated footpath beside it, but walking on the correct footpath entails using your muscles to go down/up stairs... Just too hard to do for most of the pedestrians) and two quite large blokes were walking smack bang in the middle of the road towards me. Now, if I was a car they would have moved to the side of the road, but because I was a cyclist these people just didn't move and kept walking towards me. I held my line and they did split apart for me to pass, but seriously. It is a road, not a footpath.


I've complained to my local neighbourhood watch about the walkers/runners around our area. Here's the QLD law:

238 Pedestrians travelling along a road (except in or on a
wheeled recreational device or toy)
(1) A pedestrian must not travel along a road if there is a footpath
or nature strip adjacent to the road, unless it is impracticable
to travel on the footpath or nature strip.


Now the roads I've complained about have footpaths on both sides. runners/walkers use the "bike lane". footpath is vacant :roll:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby rheicel » Fri Apr 05, 2013 11:05 am

find_bruce wrote:As seems usual these days an uneventful commute. Not so good for the kid on his way to school with his scooter - tripped over his own feet while crossing the road & landed face first on the tarmac. Fortunately the council truck turning the corner saw me next to him & didn't run over him & the kid insisted he was not injured & dusted himself off.

o owww, that remind me when I was a kid, I never get injured even if I already lost all my blood, lol!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Lukeyboy » Fri Apr 05, 2013 11:10 am

rheicel wrote:
find_bruce wrote:As seems usual these days an uneventful commute. Not so good for the kid on his way to school with his scooter - tripped over his own feet while crossing the road & landed face first on the tarmac. Fortunately the council truck turning the corner saw me next to him & didn't run over him & the kid insisted he was not injured & dusted himself off.

o owww, that remind me when I was a kid, I never get injured even if I already lost all my blood, lol!


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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:46 am

Uneventful ride all up...thankfully. Was a cold morning however due to no cloud cover, heavy thick fog to start off with but then turned into a beautiful if not cold morning to ride. All up a happy camper is me
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby rheicel » Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:55 am

Beautiful ride this morning for me. Few riders I saw today compared to last week. Nice weather and ow, heavy panniers...always on my Mondays...19.5kg bike and 10-12kg panniers.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:22 am

Out-of-the-ordinary commute on Saturday. Rode through to Brunswick to pick up n+1. "He cycled to pick up another bike??", I hear you ask! Here's how :mrgreen: :
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Not that it ended there, did countless rides around the block with my kids and their mates from the neighbourhood taking turns in the cargo box, with a 100m uphill section along the way.
What a hoot though!

This morning's commute into the Melbourne CBD was uneventful, had to use a different route under the M80 Ring Road at Bundoora due to works at the Tasman Drive bridge.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:46 am

On Friday afternoon I almost got doored by a driver who didn't check before opening their door in Collins Street between Queen and Elizabeth Streets. I saw the door open a little bit, and then close again and then just as I went past it was opened all the way. Yay for hugging the cars stuck in peak hour Friday traffic otherwise I would not have been a happy camper.

And this morning a passenger decided to hop out on Collins Street and opened his door right over the bicycle lane. The cyclist in front of me saw it happening so stopped, but how hard is it to park in an actual park to get out instead of opening a door over the bicycle lane, taking your sweet time getting out and possibly hitting a cyclist as you do so?

Around holiday time sees lots of stupid decisions being made. Just further up the road a car gave me a fright as it honked just as I went past - the driver was telling off all the pedestrians who were blocking the road while waiting to cross said road. No wonder the cars drive over the bicycle lane - the peds haven't given them any room.

Oh and to the blonde lady cyclist who rides in purplish-blue with a large white stripe knicks along the Walmer Street bridge around 7:45AM in the morning today - you need to check the transparency of your knicks. I did call out to you to say you should do so but I don't think you heard me. I could see you weren't wearing any underpants... :roll:

Which brings me to another point - I believe with the change of the seasons one should check the quality/transparency of one's knicks. A quick bend and snap in the mirror should tell you whether it is time to consign the current pair to the bin. :lol:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:04 pm

Perth:

The most perfect miorning possible at this time of the year. Felt no need for anyting other than my bike-daks and a singlet. Nor a need to pack anyting extra for conditions later in the day. As I left home the sky in the east had that ephemeral quality but still black enough to make the head lights effective.

It is suposed to be a decent 30 something today and that is fine by me too.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:10 pm

Summernight wrote:Oh and to the blonde lady cyclist who rides in purplish-blue with a large white stripe knicks along the Walmer Street bridge around 7:45AM in the morning today - you need to check the transparency of your knicks. I did call out to you to say you should do so but I don't think you heard me. I could see you weren't wearing any underpants... :roll:


hang on. some people enjoy seeing some lady cyclists with transparent knicks.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:25 pm

jasonc wrote:
Summernight wrote:Oh and to the blonde lady cyclist who rides in purplish-blue with a large white stripe knicks along the Walmer Street bridge around 7:45AM in the morning today - you need to check the transparency of your knicks. I did call out to you to say you should do so but I don't think you heard me. I could see you weren't wearing any underpants... :roll:


hang on. some people enjoy seeing some lady cyclists with transparent knicks.


Oh, well sorry to ruin your party. :wink: My apologies for trying to warn my fellow women cyclists. Of course, if they want to keep showing how transparent their knicks can get then they can go right ahead for your viewing pleasure. :P
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:28 am

Had to detour around the detour for the M80 works at Bundoora, so decided on Dalton Rd being preferable to Plenty Rd going under the Ring Road. Ended up riding through Epping and then hitting the Epping trail across to Mill Park. Got home and discovered my rear QR was totally loose :shock: . I'm pretty certain I aligned and clamped it down properly when I re-fitted my rear wheel over the weekend. Only felt the slightest clunk from the rear under load while riding and dismissed it as nothing to worry about. Scary.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby rdp_au » Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:03 am

Nice run to Olympic Park this morning. Was clear and sunny when I left home, but dark clouds were about as I arrived at work. Went inside to shower and when I came out it was pouring with rain. Now that is good timing :D Hopefully it will clear by tonight.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby silentbutdeadly » Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:32 am

Awesome. Cool. Clear. No wind. New cross country route that was perfect for the cross bike - even 150 metres of sand wasn't too cranky. Shortest trip by far (about 22km) but still about the same time (about 55 minutes) as the normal 24km route. But no traffic, noise and people for 6km has to be a plus, eh?
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:36 am

This morning was pretty much a repeat of yesterday. Interestingly I saw the most riders, going my way, that I have ever seen before in all my time commuting. I had the huge total of 3 other riders this morning
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby rheicel » Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:53 am

It was raining here in Lane Cove West in the morning... soaked and had a pre-extended shower.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Comedian » Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:01 am

Nice commute for me. Cootha and a killer riverloop. Now for a lie down. (I wish)

In other news apparently the cops are "talking" to people in the speed controlled 10kph section of the bicentennial today. If you don't fancy am ear bashing you may wish to minimize your velocity.
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Hopefully I'll know what that's like..... one day. :shock: :lol:

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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:23 am

Comedian wrote:In other news apparently the cops are "talking" to people in the speed controlled 10kph section of the bicentennial today. If you don't fancy am ear bashing you may wish to minimize your velocity.


ta for the heads up. will try and reduce my *cough* 11km/h to something lower
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Lukeyboy » Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:11 am

Comedian wrote:In other news apparently the cops are "talking" to people in the speed controlled 10kph section of the bicentennial today. If you don't fancy am ear bashing you may wish to minimize your velocity.


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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby ray » Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:55 am

jasonc wrote:
Comedian wrote:In other news apparently the cops are "talking" to people in the speed controlled 10kph section of the bicentennial today. If you don't fancy am ear bashing you may wish to minimize your velocity.


ta for the heads up. will try and reduce my *cough* 11km/h to something lower


Yes, noticed the two policeman walking along the 10kph section. I thought they were handing out tickets. Nice to do a riverloop before work after dropping my backpack off. Normally getting overtaken by everyman and their dog on the commuter bike so was a nice change to do the overtaking on the weekend bike and looking for the next bunny to chase down :)

A bit of road work happening at the tennis centre and also heartbreak hill - hopefully the hill will be easier with smooth bitumen :P
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Tue Apr 09, 2013 12:08 pm

ray wrote:Nice to do a riverloop before work after dropping my backpack off. Normally getting overtaken by everyman and their dog on the commuter bike so was a nice change to do the overtaking on the weekend bike and looking for the next bunny to chase down :)

A bit of road work happening at the tennis centre and also heartbreak hill - hopefully the hill will be easier with smooth bitumen :P


doesn't count as commuting kms if you've already been to work!
and yes, appreciate the smooth bitumen just before deadman's hill. I thanked the road workers as we went through there this morning
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Tue Apr 09, 2013 1:45 pm

It was dark for the ride home yesterday, which I'd forgotten happened in winter. (Darkness, what is this darkness?) :? Lights were all charged ready for the evening though.

I noticed a lot more cyclists heading to work this morning. Was it just me or is it the last gasp before the winter sets in and the fair-weather cyclists hang up their bikes?

MGIF driver who got in front for a total of 3 seconds before having to stop at the lights behind cyclists... Who I promptly re-overtook because of said lights and the cement truck blocking a bit of the lane. It was actually amusing how he didn't get in front with his little manoeuvre. Quick karma hit.

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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Lizzy » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:27 pm

Lovely couple of rides so far this week, stopped off at the parentals on the way home last night and took the scenic route home in the dark - city lights over glassy river, everyone's dinner smelled uh-mazing.

At one stage a Hilux ute appeared in the mirror, I braced myself for one or more of close-shave/rev/honk/etc only for them to sit patiently behind me and then pass with enough space to drive a bus through when it was safe. Onya buddy :)

V. quiet on the Kwinana PSP this morning, strangely - wasn't overly late out either.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby rheicel » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:56 pm

Who I promptly re-overtook because of said lights and the cement truck blocking a bit of the lane. It was actually amusing how he didn't get in front with his little manoeuvre. Quick karma hit.

I will wait behind the 4WD if I were you.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:51 pm

rheicel wrote:
Who I promptly re-overtook because of said lights and the cement truck blocking a bit of the lane. It was actually amusing how he didn't get in front with his little manoeuvre. Quick karma hit.

I will wait behind the 4WD if I were you.


Your POV is noted.

He was prevented from moving forwards due to the cement truck so couldn't go forwards anymore (leaving about a car's length worth of gap) and there is a bicycle lane further up so it isn't as if the cyclists hold him up. A couple of other cyclists then filtered between him and the truck when we were all stopped at the lights (so they were behind/beside me and in front of him). The lights didn't change until 30 seconds after I had stopped. My risk assessment of the situation told me it was safe enough to filter. But YMMV.
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