Cycling in Sydney Australia
I wanted to raise an incident that happened at the weekend, just in case it applies to anyone that happens to read this site and makes them think again about their behavior.
My fiance and I are avid cyclists and commute daily and we are always trying to encourage friends to take it up, offering to ride with them on quite routes etc. One particular friend has been really keen because of the health benefits but has just been extremely nervous because of the roads.
After a bit of gentle persuading she added "riding a bike" to her new years resolutions so, this weekend, we managed to convince her to attend the excellent East Side Ride in Centennial Park so that she could try cycling in a safe environment and get some confidence. There was a stand where you could borrow a bike and helmet, so we sorted that out and off we went. So far, so good.
Now for the downside. My other half was cycling alongside her and I was cycling behind. We were cycling slowly but perfectly straight within the cycle way. Not long after we had set off we had a 'peleton' of about 20-25 lycra clad cyclists come powering past us and went past extremely closely and then cut straight in front of us as they roared past.
Having finished explaining that normally you are given a lot more room, cyclists aren't generally that aggressive etc, would you believe that a smaller a group, of about 4 or 5 cyclists in their full replica team gear came past and yelled "how far apart do you want to cycle?" before one shot through the gap between my girlfriend and our friend.
I should emphasise at this point that, yes, there was a gap (big enough for a cyclist to go through, but only just) but we were in the cycle lane, clearly going slowly/carefully and were leaving a gap so that our friend, who was on the inside, had plenty of space. For those not familiar with Centennial Park, you can just go out in to the normal road way to go past, which I do when overtaking slower cyclists all the time. Needless to say, these two incidents have put our friend off completely. Worse, she will no doubt repeat these incidents to anyone that raises cycling with her in the future.
Obviously got no issues with people using the park for training but there needs to be an acceptance that it is a place for people of all abilities. If you really want to train at speed and without learner cyclists then I would suggest that you should be out on the road and not in the park at all.
That is wrong.
Legally you are all on your own vehicles, and the only peculiar law to bicycles covering a group movement is the 2 abreast laws.
Yes, I can't see how it would be law unless it also defines how large a group is and the allowable distance between a rider or pairs of riders. I.e., when is a group not a group.
I think it was a suggested mode of operation for the big critical mass rides, (which are under police escort), but not a general road rule.
I live close to CP and regularly see the poor behaviour. The lycra comment may not be so relevant but the full replica team gear is. There must be a clear relationship between that and unpleasantness!
I have very little problem with actual clubs/teams though who have better etiquette and ride more predictably. The behaviour reflects how people (drivers) behave on the road and more broadly.
I wonder if anyone here is familiar with & against "Profiling"?
Also "perception bias" - once you see something noticeable once, you see it everywhere. Or you only remember that memorable occurrence, not the others where the noticeable didn't happen.
Once again without being their it's impossible to know, but I suspect el-gordo was passed by more than just the one LCL bunch this morning. Perhaps the other nine were polite and considerate, but because these events were "unmemorable" he/she/we don't. Instead our post-ride recollection is that 100% of the bunches that passed us (n=1 rather than n=10) were ejits.
Not saying this is or was the case in this instance, just using it as a hypothetical example.
those rules are hilarious!
I've got two sets of replica team gear...
So have quite a few of my friends.
We like to ride nicely :-)
And I don't care about Rule #17
definition of riding in a pack Audax style is having at least 30 seconds between each rider :o). And we wear lycra.