Cycling in Sydney Australia
Don't you wish Cabcharge would do this for it's drivers in Sydney?
The ones that really need it are the HC numberplated goons.
Their moto riders are as annoying as their cab drivers are BTW.
Hope the black cabs get the same training, they need it just as badly. I got more hassle from them when I lived there than I did from mini-cabs.
I too. As a pedestrian not just as a cyclist.
Oh and Sydney no better... another SCer close to me dinged a cab last week, driver being an @rse.
I use bikeshare, Hertz or PT these days.
Same in Melbourne, gunna suffer Skybus and Myki tomorrow rather than give taxis business.
Addison Lee cab company. Where have I heard that name before? Oh yeah, that's right:-
I'm guessing this "cycle training" is some sort of cynical PR stunt after the uproar over the below opinion piece penned by Addison Lee chairman John Griffin a few months back:-
Green party candidates and others are up in arms about what they see as the murder of Cyclists on London Roads.
There has, as we all know, been a tremendous upsurge in cycling and cycling shops. This summer the roads will be thick with bicycles. These cyclists are throwing themselves onto some of the most congested spaces in the world. They leap onto a vehicle which offers them no protection except a padded plastic hat.
Should a motorist fail to observe a granny wobbling to avoid a pothole or a rain drain, then he is guilty of failing to anticipate that this was somebody on her maiden voyage into the abyss. The fact is he just didn’t see her and however cautious, caring or alert he is, the influx of beginner cyclists is going to lead to an overall increase in accidents involving cyclists.
The rest of us occupying this roadspace have had to undergo extensive training. We are sitting inside a protected space with impact bars and air bags and paying extortionate amounts of taxes on our vehicle purchase, parking, servicing, insurance and road tax.
It is time for us to say to cyclists, ‘You want to join our gang, get trained and pay up’.
I've always thought that the licensing system should start from Bicycles. You log a few hours on a bicycle, do a test, and then you're eligible to get a motorbike license. You ride a >250cc bike for a year, then take a test, and you are given your L plates for a car. Dump a bunch of restrictions on engine displacements until you have school-age children or turn 35. The worst thing on the road is a P plater in his or her 2 tonne birthday present turned cyclist hassler.