Cycling in Sydney Australia
I am usually more of a reader than a writer in these forums, but today I am in a particularly wingey mood.
I've just arrived home from a short ride from Pitt Street up William to Potts Point, and I am tired of the same old antics by other cars (especially taxis) and pedestrians. Although it was a skateboarder who tipped me over the edge to write this.
I know you're all probably in a similar situation, but I thought it couldn't hurt to put my thoughts down and share my stories.
Is it too much to try to lobby Clover Moore to ban all four-or-more-wheeled vehicles from Sydney's CBD roads...?
Those close-passing vans aren't a problem - once your arm flung out to make a right-hand turn signal rearranges their panel work. Couldn't have possibly been you though, as there is no way the driver would have passed you within arms length, that would be illegal.
I hear you on the other stuff - the best thing I can suggest is go for a long ride through one of the national parks this weekend.
That guy in the photo is going to need to sharpen up his line to knock her phone out of her hands with his shoulder - as I would have done if it was me...
Maybe he can get the guy on the mobile phone standing further down the bikeway.
I'll second that getting an Airzound is a good idea, it works a treat.
Third the AirZound, while not condoned, sometimes a BAAARRRPPPP of anger is just what a few of the subjects of the original post need. I wouldn't judge, lest I be judged on a particulalry bad commuting day ;)
But make sure you can be seen, and seen easily. Ride empathetically, try and put yourself in other road users shoes to see how they might see you. Make sure you are not a ninja, ninja's bring issues to themselves. Ring bells on approach to peds and yell "bike" if it even looks like they are wayward. Yeah a hassle, but usually solves 95% of issues before they become a problem.
Then again, sometimes people just need to be AirZounded.
Just be prepared for unpredictable results - especially if used on peds (the etiquette is not to use on shared or heaven forbif - footpaths). We don't want AZ's banned.
Have no problem airzounding vehicles acting dangerously to me, and it usually has much more of a positive reaction that verballing them at the lights. They understand horns, as they are what they cop from motorists if they do something wrong. And they are a motorist. Its a psychological thing.
My AZ is worth much, much more than the $35 I paid for it.
What's your visibility situation? You got lights and decently visible clothing?
One sat there revving his dirt bike engine loudly as he pulled up to me in the bike lane this arvo, as if to say get out of the way. Yep a bike should get out of the way of a motorbike... on a bike lane. He took off on one wheel in the adjacent traffic lane. 5.05 pm.
That dude was so awesome, I so want to be him /s
That`s a driving in manner dangerous in a public place if the police catch him in the act.
In `89 I was pulled over by police and was warned to book me next time if he see me do it again when I chucked a wheelie on my old Triumph 750 Bonneville.I was lucky to be let off when I gave them the excuses.
I was berated for my behaviour by police and not getting the ticket.Never ride again after breaking 5 bones in my left ankle in mid`90.It was my wild days gone by.
I usually try to pass them as close as I dare so they know I exist.
Yeah, used to do this too, but felt a little hypocritical given how much I whinge about cars and trucks passing very close to me.
I've taken to screaming desperately "WATCH OUT!" as if I'm about to hit them. Of course I am a safe 10 metres away, but it gets attention.
I think it is that time of year. I nearly got taken out this morning by a woman coming the other way through a roundabout who turned right without indicating. I guess it must have been hard for her to reach the indicator as she was talking on her mobile phone and had a dog on her lap.