The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby twizzle » Fri May 03, 2013 11:38 am

human909 wrote:
twizzle wrote:Japan requires cyclists to dismount to use a pedestrian crossing unless it is marked for bicycle use - basically the same rules as in Australia.


Sounds like the bell law. The reality is much different!


Nice apology. Well done.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby human909 » Fri May 03, 2013 11:51 am

Your welcome! Japan has an amazing amount of bikes on their footpaths. And it works far better than here!
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby VRE » Tue May 07, 2013 5:18 pm

A message for the cyclist who overtook me on the Koonung Creek Trail just west of Yarran Dheran Park, halfway down a steep downhill bend, at 4:50pm --- you're a bloody idiot. Regardless of how badly you want your Strava stats to improve, it's not worth putting other people (and yourself) at risk. Hopefully you'll grow out of it some day soon.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Kraeg » Tue May 07, 2013 7:41 pm

Reporting myself tonight...

I was in the left lane, approaching a red light. Cars were in the right (going straight, as was I), but at the front of the line of traffic was a long truck and trailer, turning left (from the right lane due to the length of the vehicle). I know the light sequence there well and could see what the cross traffic had; no chance of a green (no left turn arrow) so I start passing the truck on the left, planning to stop in a visible spot once I got to the front.
Then I see the cross traffic get an orange. I sped up, but heard the truck move into gear, and as the cross traffic light went red the truck started to move forward and turn. I wasn't sure whether to stop and wait (I would have been in a safe spot due to it turning circle), but I was speeding up so continued on, thinking this could be nasty.
Made it past the truck and through the lights (heard the brakes as I entered the driver's field of vision). Could have been bad, but thankfully nothing but a lesson learnt (and quite likely an annoyed truck driver).
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby The zob » Tue May 07, 2013 7:43 pm

Wow :shock: :lol: Hadn't seen this thread before.

The bloke riding south along Cheddar Rd in Reservoir this morning at 5.30am....the narrow, badly lit part? Try putting some lights or even a reflector on your bike champ. Or at least use the 2.4m wide shared path that was right next to you.

Hey....can we post piccies here? You know....to shame the recalcitrants? :lol: :lol:
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Summernight » Wed May 08, 2013 1:27 pm

The zob wrote:Hey....can we post piccies here? You know....to shame the recalcitrants? :lol: :lol:


It's been done before. Just make sure that what they are doing is actually dumb otherwise you may be lambasted for wrong accusations of calling someone dumb when they weren't. :lol:
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby duncanm » Thu May 09, 2013 2:02 pm

This morning. The two roadies who flew down Pembroke St across Epping Rd on the green left turn arrow without checking that the Ped's had a green (ie: Traffic on Epping Rd was stopped both ways. It wasn't!). They were very lucky that there was no traffic coming up the hill on Epping Rd, as they would have had no chance to stop.

Its a risky move at the best of times (ie: when you know the ped light is green) -- I understand people do it to avoid the dangerous ped/cycle crossing, but it'd be safer to just go left and ride with the traffic down Epping Rd.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Thu May 09, 2013 10:11 pm

Dumb cyclist? Me and anyone else in Perth who rode in the early morning. :lol:
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Red Rider » Thu May 09, 2013 11:13 pm

ColinOldnCranky wrote:Dumb cyclist? Me and anyone else in Perth who rode in the early morning. :lol:

It was a lovely morning for a ride! :twisted: I nearly lost an eyeball with a splintered end of a branch perched on a fence sticking out into the fwy bike path. And the City of Vincent van took the time to miss it while DRIVING down the path to check. Nice work fella's!
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby duncanm » Thu May 09, 2013 11:22 pm

Me, tonight.

Entering road from driveway on a steep slope with stopped traffic.

Went to power up the hill behind a car and discovered the chain had dropped some time during my previous coasting downhill -- clumsy stack in front of amused motorists.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Fri May 10, 2013 8:31 am

Red Rider wrote:
ColinOldnCranky wrote:Dumb cyclist? Me and anyone else in Perth who rode in the early morning. :lol:

It was a lovely morning for a ride! :twisted: I nearly lost an eyeball with a splintered end of a branch perched on a fence sticking out into the fwy bike path. And the City of Vincent van took the time to miss it while DRIVING down the path to check. Nice work fella's!

I sit a bit higher than most riders so I have been extra careful this week - there is a section on the PSP opposite the ROyal Perth Golf Club with some overhangings that have been pushed to the path and lower. It is not the only place.

I'm riding in the dark for for a half hour and when it is raining hard I have bright white rain in my eyes which makes it more difficult than usual to see obstacles so I have twice hit debris that knocked the uni out from under me. I'm guessing honky nuts which could be even worse for a bicyclist..

Be careful out there people.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Bah77 » Fri May 10, 2013 5:17 pm

Pull up to the crossing where the bike path is separated by a road, nod to the other cyclist leaning against the pole next to the crossing button, wait... notice the lights change and think that the green walk/cycle light should have come on, the other cyclist turns his bike around and rides off leaving me to press the button and wait.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby twizzle » Fri May 10, 2013 7:54 pm

Leaving work this evening, I've just swiped the pass to keep the big security door open after a car left, when another rider shoots past me on the wrong side of the "road". Now, we are leaving from level B1, but the exit from that level end as a blind T-junction and has to give way to traffic leaving from B2, so there is a give way warning, a mirror and a stop line. Dumb rider who went past me without slowing, gets to the bottom of the ramp and swings left to go through the gate... he never even looked to his right. The car slammed the brakes on, the poor girl driving it was totally shaken up.


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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby trailgumby » Fri May 10, 2013 11:46 pm

Red Rider wrote:
ColinOldnCranky wrote:Dumb cyclist? Me and anyone else in Perth who rode in the early morning. :lol:

It was a lovely morning for a ride! :twisted: I nearly lost an eyeball with a splintered end of a branch perched on a fence sticking out into the fwy bike path. And the City of Vincent van took the time to miss it while DRIVING down the path to check. Nice work fella's!

:shock:

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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Ross » Sat May 11, 2013 9:11 am

On my commute home yesterday Iwas riding along a shared path and it crosses and intersection with trees either side and you can't see the traffic coming until it is about 50m away. I cross the first lane to the middle traffic island and see a car coming toward me from my left. So I slow down to stop while unclipping so the car knows that I'm stopping and not just slowing and then moron bike rider about 50m behind me catches up and blasts straight across the road in front of this car. I point at the moron rider and shake my head in sympathy at the car driver. He then stops and waves me and by now several other rider acros the road in front of him. While that is a kind gesture there is no need for it and I wish they wouldn't do it and IMO only encourages cyclists to blast across this intersection in front of cars expecting them to give way.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby twizzle » Sat May 11, 2013 9:19 am

Ross wrote:On my commute home yesterday Iwas riding along a shared path and it crosses and intersection with trees either side and you can't see the traffic coming until it is about 50m away. I cross the first lane to the middle traffic island and see a car coming toward me from my left. So I slow down to stop while unclipping so the car knows that I'm stopping and not just slowing and then moron bike rider about 50m behind me catches up and blasts straight across the road in front of this car. I point at the moron rider and shake my head in sympathy at the car driver. He then stops and waves me and by now several other rider acros the road in front of him. While that is a kind gesture there is no need for it and I wish they wouldn't do it and IMO only encourages cyclists to blast across this intersection in front of cars expecting them to give way.


They need to put back the barriers that force cyclists to slow to 5kph or dismount. I nearly T-boned a cyclist on a pedestrian crossing a few weeks back when I was riding on a road, she just assumed I was going to give way to a bicycle and I assumed she knew she didn't have right-of-way.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby InTheWoods » Sat May 11, 2013 10:50 am

Ross wrote:On my commute home yesterday Iwas riding along a shared path and it crosses and intersection with trees either side and you can't see the traffic coming until it is about 50m away. I cross the first lane to the middle traffic island and see a car coming toward me from my left. So I slow down to stop while unclipping so the car knows that I'm stopping and not just slowing and then moron bike rider about 50m behind me catches up and blasts straight across the road in front of this car. I point at the moron rider and shake my head in sympathy at the car driver. He then stops and waves me and by now several other rider acros the road in front of him. While that is a kind gesture there is no need for it and I wish they wouldn't do it and IMO only encourages cyclists to blast across this intersection in front of cars expecting them to give way.


Nice one :)

I had something slightly similar yesterday. I'm stopped at red lights at a busy city intersection, and a cyclist drifts past and starts to cross against the red. There's about 50 pedestrians waiting on either side of the road watching this. I say in a fairly loud (not yelling) voice "It's still red dude" and he stops (first time ever shame has worked for me). Get some grins from the pedestrians waiting :mrgreen:
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Percrime » Sat May 11, 2013 6:14 pm

I dont even know what to make of this one. If its on the right thread even?
Pootling along around a bend on Kornang Creek path in melb waiting a chance to pass the two riders in front. Oncoming jogger in the RH lane. Jogging around the uphill bend towards us. In the oncoming lane. Jogging BACKWARDS. Not the slowest jogger of the day either
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Postby AndrewBurns » Sat May 11, 2013 7:33 pm

Dumb cyclist today was me, riding down a hill I encountered one of those pretty roundabouts with shrubbery in the middle. Unfortuntely it was an odd-shaped roundabout where the exit was a lot sharper than the entry. Way overcooked it going in and couldn't make the turn, locked the rear wheel, un-locked and then re-locked again after realising that no matter what I was hitting something. Ended up sliding sideways into the gutter and getting turfed off the bike onto the footpath (which was grass luckily). Only got a few scratches and no damage to the bike but jeeze I was being a bit stupid.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Mulger bill » Sat May 11, 2013 8:26 pm

Percrime wrote:I dont even know what to make of this one. If its on the right thread even?
Pootling along around a bend on Kornang Creek path in melb waiting a chance to pass the two riders in front. Oncoming jogger in the RH lane. Jogging around the uphill bend towards us. In the oncoming lane. Jogging BACKWARDS. Not the slowest jogger of the day either


One of these blokes on a training run?
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Percrime » Sat May 11, 2013 9:27 pm

I dunno. His back was towards me. If I see him again I,ll take a pic.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby rdp_au » Mon May 13, 2013 11:11 am

Percrime wrote:I dont even know what to make of this one. If its on the right thread even?
Pootling along around a bend on Kornang Creek path in melb waiting a chance to pass the two riders in front. Oncoming jogger in the RH lane. Jogging around the uphill bend towards us. In the oncoming lane. Jogging BACKWARDS. Not the slowest jogger of the day either


I see the same thing occasionally around Sydney Olympic Park. More than one person doing it,too - maybe there's a 'Running Backwards' revolution underway.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Lukeyboy » Mon May 13, 2013 12:08 pm

Yep. They are in Brisbane too. Almost clocked one when I pulled out from behind someone and they were running backwards. Talk about confusing.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby hannos » Mon May 13, 2013 12:46 pm

Mulger bill wrote:
Percrime wrote:I dont even know what to make of this one. If its on the right thread even?
Pootling along around a bend on Kornang Creek path in melb waiting a chance to pass the two riders in front. Oncoming jogger in the RH lane. Jogging around the uphill bend towards us. In the oncoming lane. Jogging BACKWARDS. Not the slowest jogger of the day either


One of these blokes on a training run?
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I had to do just that during training for the game those guys umpire albeit wasn't on a path, only the footy field.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Percrime » Mon May 13, 2013 4:46 pm

I think its pretty backward myself. Probably the only thing one should do on a treadmill. But I digress. So I,ll get off... stand on their side of the path... wait till they reach me and scream. This should be fun.
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