open topic, for anything cycling related.
Hipster on a white fixie this morning around 8:05am on Elizabeth Street Sydney running three red lights in a row, all the way up to Goulburn Street Sydney. And then later running another red light too...
Time for hipsters and their bikes to be registered?
You have to watch out for those dangerous non-lycra louts.
How'd you manage to stay with him enough to witness all four acts of dillery that should theoretically have him well in front? I can understand one or two...
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011
Regarding Andrews last vid:
Does anybody think that road style line marking of paths (ie, solid doubles on blind turns or other areas deemed dangerous to overtake) have made any difference?
London Boy 29/12/2011
Not an iota on paths I use for my commute and elsewhere in Sydney. You get runners in bike-only sections and plenty of idiots of all cycling persuasions overtaking when clearly (but not to them) stupid and risky to do so.
Avanti Quantum, Salsa Casseroll, Specialized Tricross
Traffic was surprisingly reasonable! He can only go so fast up hills, and his acceleration is slow. Unfortunately a bit later on, the line of leap-frogging buses ruined everything. Next week I'm
no longer in the damn traffic, thank heavens.
The better one this morning was the crazy guy on a flat-bar bike with standard commuter gear and usual extras coming out of the Uni grounds at Broadway, going across the road in front of the Apple shop (NextByte I think it is). The traffic to go into the city had a green to go and he just went flying across the front of them all. I thought he was going to get collected.
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its certainly not solved the issue but it has helped
Simplistic answer: NO.
However, correcting attitudes and practices is a longer process which, with the right degree of 'public information' through media and TV, primarily by state and federal governments, then this would all contribute.
The other issue, where there is already a difference, is that the lines would give much legal protection for the blameless rider (in this case Andrew). In the event that he received, or caused a serious injury, the fact that he complied with the regulatory 'road' markings and the other rider did not, would be very significant. Thats without considering the road authority (or in this case local government) that would also be protected against claims arising from such stupidity by identifying, warning and attempting to mitigate the risk.
Complex answer: Yes but can do better.
I think the cyclists on the paths in my area pay attention, but in my area, the paths aren't all linked together and there are some places where the shared path just disappears completely and isn't linked to ones that are maybe about 1km away - so to be honest, there aren't that many people using the shared paths, certainly not like what I've seen in the videos of say Boognoss with what looked like a lot of cyclists in a small area or maybe what you see in the city. I live in an area that is still relatively unfriendly to cycling, most people prefer to use their cars to get around and we don't have the kind of end-to-end seemless off-road cycling options that some other parts of the city have. It's a good start, but there is more than could be done.
But the lines on the path and arrows are a good thing to have, it encourages people to do the right thing and gives perhaps some enforcement ability to make people stick to their side of the path, etc. That's an important thing and makes it safer for everyone. The next bit is the harder one, that's making the paths themselves safer. Near Granville/Parramatta, underneath the Granville to Merrylands railway bridge, that tiny narrow path beside Woodville Road is apparently a shared path. But it's only wide enough for one bike, and is very close to the fast moving traffic nearby. The real danger is one cyclist going one direction, then another one coming the other way has to stop at the other end, or both have to dismount and one has to walk on the road because it is so narrow.
There has to be a better way than this to link between the shared path alongside the railway line and the one headed to Homebush and Parramatta.
Depends on whether cyclists overtake on blind corners because (a) they don't realise it is dangerous or (b) they don't care. I had a front wheel pretzelled by a woman who fell into the first category and it is at least possible that a line of paint might alleviate that ignorance, but I suspect that for the most part it is a lack of care & a white stripe is not going to make a scrap of difference.
I could make some suggestions on what would make a difference, but these are likely to be frowned upon in a civilised society
Damn man, I nearly had to change my underwear after watching that on computer.
Did you scream abuse? Poop yourself?
That is a close call all right and nowhere left to go either, with a fence right there. I reckon you can paint all the lines you like on the road with riders like that. I just don't know how you missed him.
But wish it did!
I think this warrants my first entry in this thread.
Came across a young bloke in sweatshirt and rats-tail, sitting on his too-small bike having a smoke. His bike was smack bang on the centre line of the bike path with his feet splayed out to either side. I guess he couldn't be bothered moving off the path for his cigarette.
Go to be a couple of sides to this story of violent cyclists aggressively intimidating and stalking this innocent motorist:
http://www.news.com.au/travel/news/moto ... 6577414306
When you gotta go, you gotta go...
Apparently... (I wouldn't know as I don't smoke)
And don't diss his bike. It is HAWT... Not
I've seen a couple of riders riding these too-small bikes along the roads, having to stand up and pedal the whole time and all I can think is "Ouch, that's got to be killing the legs".
He looks like a perfectly friendly driver, in a perfectly subtle and gentle looking car.
Maybe the in-car cameras he has now install will show him breaking road rules?
Hmmm, methinks Mr Hull needs to brush up on his QLD Road Rules.
2010 BMC SLC01
I thought the exact same thing.
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