Cycling in Sydney Australia
There's one in the middle of the Alison Road SUP. The bus stop narrows the path to less than a metre.
These Amy Gillett people fill me with deep suspicion. Whether it's the woeful insufficiency of their slogan "a metre matters", the cyclist-blaming they indulge in, or the involvement of right-wing pollsters like Mark Textor, I can't seem to see any good in them. They seem to have a bucket of money; enough to afford TV ads and billboard campaigns, and yet they fritter it away on weak stuff like this.
How did they get their sudden position of power and influence? Is there any democratic oversight of them?
The full list of those posters is here:
Almost all of them put the onus of responsibility on the cyclist alone. The Mutual Respect one suggests riding on the road is a jousting match where both cyclist and motorist have equivalent weapons and armour.
Not helpful at all.
Thanks for this Jay.....I'm a little conflicted over these "educational" posters. As you rightly point out, it assumes an uneven onus of responsibility. However, I'm not "offended" by the posters (although their inference irks me) since I do all the things they say.
But here's my point.....none of the things these posters suggest will make me any safer on the road. My "evidence" lays in my trips to hospital. Each time I was following the road rules, each time I was still hit by inattentive and negligent car operators.
All the posters in the world won't make me safer but reducing the number of cars on the road and increasing the number of cyclists will. In my eyes the AGF is slowly transforming into yet another conformist entity who rely on their said conformity for their revenue.....never rocking the boat, never swimming against the stream, never truly challenging the status quo but rather bowing down to the corporatised powers that control our society.
New poster idea: "Oi! Stop reading this and PAY ATTENTION TO THE ROAD!"
Ha, that is kind of funny, this was exactly the sort of thing I assumed BikeSydney were looking for.
Spotted one this morning - on a bus stop on Elizabeth St, southbound side just before it crosses Redfern St.
I hope someone manages to submit a photo of a metre matters poster somewhere like the Victoria Road shared path, where the privatised bus stop posters take up more than a meter of the path, leaving cyclists with less than a metre.
I think my favourite has to be the following one, I'm glad that this safe cycling advocacy group has chosen to ignore the car that is literally flying down the road, ignore the lack of separated infrastructure for kids to ride to school on, and focus on the kid's choice of hat.
This campaign is supported by BNSW. http://www.pushon.com.au/?p=1750