Beating the system - the cycling commuting section
You're right, you are going to get flamed for it.
Reason is, once you are a little more experienced you will understand that your comments don;t have a real basis in fact. The exception to the prohibition on passing on the left that is explicitly granted to bicycle riders in the road rules is clearly intended by the law makers to encourage lane splitting and moving to the head of traffic by cyclists.
One reason drivers get frustrated is that the sheer volume of single-occupant cars that chokes the road so much they are unable to pass fluidly. If there were more bikes and less cars, the traffic would be less and flow would be better.
The second reason of course is jealousy - they hate seeing someone get an advantage - it diminishes their "big".
your ignorance of the road laws is why you'll get flamed. try this on, your words slightly changed:
funny when you look at something with a different perspective. when will car drivers learn? well they will not according to the Ford thread, the cars have to be made smarter to avoid gridlock. cyclists know how to avoid gridlock 'cause we are smart and do not need a fancy silicon chip to tell us how.
Building more roads to prevent congestion is like a fat man loosening his belt to prevent obesity.
- Lewis Mumford
Love the assumption I said it was against the law
Anyway regardless of the law lane splitting does have an impact on the flow of traffic and this causes a level of frustration regardless of if it is justified or not
AussieCJ7.....I have a shoulder to ride on for 99.5% of my ride. Their are a few choke points where the shoulder simply disappears. At these times I dig deep and go as hard as I can until the shoulder reappears so that I impact the traffic as little as possible. In saying that, I have never had issues at these choke points with people beeping, yelling out or driving like lunatics endangering my life.
In my case, and I can only make comments based upon my experiences, what you have described has nothing to do with what has happened to me. I have only experienced P platers being idiots when there have been two lanes for them to travel in and I have a nice wide shoulder to ride in. So lane splitting cannot explain why these tools do what they do.
Also, my main point on this thread is/was...why does it seem only P platers do the "startling"...again based upon my own experiences.
I find the assumption that I assumed interesting.
Lane splitting is not the root cause of driver frustration, it is merely the available and convenient target.
The root cause is too many cars on the road for the available capacity. Building more or "better" roads to increase capacity only makes the problem worse in the long term becasue it attracts more single-occupant cars, with the obvious consequences for resource use and air quality. Despite this being a clear lesson of the results of the last 50 years of road infrastructure construction, our State governments continue to pump billions after billions of dollars into this black hole.
What is needed is a proper public transport network, decent cycling infrastructure, and government commitment to adjusting driver attitudes to cyclists.
If there were less selfish drivers, each taking up the space of 12 cyclists on the road (on average) with their single occupant cars and more cyclists our traffic congestion would be much less and more people would be arriving at work and back home again feeling energised and invigorated instead of cranky and frustrated.
Hey trailgumby..is that how I am supposed to feel when I get to work
I am usually shattered, sore and sweating profusely when I get to work...but..in saying that, once I have a shower and some breakfast I feel on top of the world
I used to thrash myself. I found it was actually less effective in improving my fitness - less was more. Nutrition was the other small change with a big effect
Arriving at work shattered was not good for either my work effectiveness or my safety in heavy traffic, and doing the same homeward bound had a serious impact on the quality of my sleep, and my ability to get to sleep at a reasonable hour.
Theres a dude with a couple of dogs in his ute that manage to scare the crap out of me with surprising regularity.
I know the vehicle, I know its going to be going past me at some point on my commute, but his dogs are pretty much silent until they're metres away from me. Gets me every time...
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