ple to push through to gain *some* advantage from the thick, practically stationonary traffic)
drivers not looking in mirrors before, during & after turns
'advanced stop lanes' (an oxymoron) which is precisely the same shape, size and location of a truck driver's blind spot.
Other problem 'design features' such as pedestrian fencing (which helps crush cyclists) are slowly being removed thank goodnes.
I have quite a few friends in London who cycle with helmet cameras and I'm regularly in touch with them (CyclingMikey, below, is one of them) and people undercutting turning trucks & buses is a very common sight... :(…
- and I had to swerve due to a Bearded Dragon that jumped out onto the path (we get a lot of them here). He clipped my wheel and almost went down and then blamed me for not warning him! Next thing was to ridicule me for not wearing a damn helmet at the time... grrr.
It is as unsafe as tailgating in a car. Tailgating & drafting is fine in a race (car or bicycle) but I'm not racing - I'm just trying to get home safely.
Someone here had a story recently about a friend who hit a bollard because it was hidden behind the rider ahead and they didn't have enough time to react. If there was a decent gap they might have missed it. I've seen this scenario all too often...…
Bell makes the Muni and Arella helmets which has mounts for Blackburn lights, and lights on the straps.
Blackburns has a nifty USB rechargeable lights - Fleas, so this was an interesting proposition to check-
I found a picture of it mounted.
- it's like what you say - a mount, or rather the light unit (couldn't they find a unit that matched with the helment? ) actually sits on the visor - and the visor is also capable to carry a foldaway mirror too.
The concept bugs me a bit since the visor looks removable. ie it's , not exactly a flushed and tidy integration.
With a gazillion air-vents you'll think helmet companies would create "plug-ins" for lights to fit securely and unobtrusively.…
r the helmet laws reduced fatalities, but that they also reduced rates of cycling. USA is interesting, since some states (mainly coastal ones) brought in laws covering youths, and others did not (mainly the "red" states in the middle). This enables a comparison to observe affects on safety and cycling numbers.
My favourite graph is Figure 2 at the end. It shows Percentage of Youths who Bicycle by Age, and whether their state Adopted a Helmet Law. This shoots down the "cycling was in an upswing and MHL killed it" argument. For both sets of states and ages the lines closely mirror each others up and down movements. You can see that other effects have a bigger impact on numbers than the MHL. There is a a small percentage gap between adopting and non-adopting states. You could say that MHL reduced numbers, except in the non-adopting states, there was a similarly large reduction during exactly the same time.
My personal experience is that no-one rode to my Sydney school ever.
I don't know anybody who rode to Uni in Sydney by bike, and can't remember seeing a bike rack at all.
I commuted in Perth in 1995, and rode along with hoardes of kids cycling to school. We also went on a trip 6 months ago, and the bike racks at the school there was overflowing. I went back to my school recently in Sydney, and again saw zero evidence of biking.…
a point? Your views are not unique, if you ride a bicycle, but more so if you ever post in bicycle forums, whenever there is a ruckus regarding cycling various people voice exactly the same stuff as yourself. Some of it relevant, a lot just tired nonsense.
Your point about road worthiness of bicycles - is it a point? Where is the legislation regarding the points you post?
My bicycle has 200Ws of front lights, 90Ws of rear lights, a bell, a horn, mirrors, reflectors, very good brakes, mudguards, every part is in excellent working order (just like my car). I wear a helmet in Australia where it is law, I do not wear a helmet overseas where it is not law, unless I am cycling on the side of a mountain on a MTB.
I follow the traffic law. Does this prevent me from being abused, run into the gutter, threatened by incompetent drivers (more like incompetent people)? No, just this morning someone drove straight through a red traffic light where I would have been if I hadn't already taken action. Did they care? No, I am just a bloody cyclist.
You seem to expect cyclists to meet a higher standard. Most already do. But for some reason, people like yourself who do not ride a bicycle, seem to think it is ok to pass judgement. Here's news - its a waste of time. And that is all the time I am going to waste on this. Cheers.…
over my head, keeping my head and face dry. It won't fit over a helmet.
Brakes: sealed Shimano rollerbrakes. Work all the time, everytime no matter the conditions - you can spray them with mud & water and it doesn't affect them and they need practically no maintenance... If properly set up I can stop as quickly as anyone in the wet.
Rubber: Schwalbe Marathons
Drivetrain: fully enclosed in a proper chaincase, not just a chainguard. Never gets filthy
Bag: Two panniers on the rear rack. If light rain, standard pannier with cover; if heavy, waterproof Ortliebs
Drying: I have shoe covers (covers normal shoes) and overpants. I'm dry when I arrive anywhere. Have to slow a little if hot so as to not sweat too much. The rain helps cool me.
Bike storage: sits outside in the rain at work... but I have a waterproof saddle cover which means the saddle is always dry :) At home, it sits in the garage in the spot where a car used to be!
Other: mudguards (long ones...); mirror; lights; slow riding; avoid roads where possible (spray from cars is disgusting).
If I'm heading home and I don't care about getting wet I will just let myself get soaking wet, particularly if it is a hot day - riding in the rain is one of life's little pleasures! My main bike is a Gazelle and I wouldn't want to ride in the rain on my road bike to be honest; too messy; too much cleaning afterwards and just not practical.
um is a policeman, knowing plenty of manipulative BS to defend the helmet law. Imagine the amount of propaganda that is imposed upon police officers, for them to be able to do their "job" without questioning what is really happening.Yeah good one SC, but keep your whinging around the MHL law and not the man or the people who have to police it.
Bike police are easy to see around Sydney over the summer months, and the pair on the Pyrmont Bridge I saw that day seemed to be happy and smiling, just out doing the job they are paid to do. If you did actually get out on a bicycle at all, you may even get to see a bike cop in real life. You could even try to “enrich” them with all your internet searched “knowledge” that you treasure. Do you understand that they actually do a service to cycling across the State and are very knowledgeable about cycling safety? I for one value what they do and am pissed off that any bike cop could possibly read the crap you post here on sydcyc. When anyone runs a cycling event you need to call on team bike cops to help, and it works best if they want to be there and enjoy doing the time on the day. Your comments wouldn’t help.Note, during the Ride for Safer Cycling rally, one of the bike coppers escorting the group was struck on the shoulder by a truck mirror while waiting to do a turn into Loftus St from Bridge St in the CBD. Maybe he was the same bloke who suggested that Dan wear a lid?…
kes think I'm crazy, but once you talk to them, they do see the point.
History has a lot of causes that looked hopless sometime before they were successful. But it was people who never gave up that made change happen. During their long years of detention, do you think Mandela or Suu Kyi felt sure they'd wind up running their countries?
As Colin says, there is a wind of change, even if it's just a breath so far. There are at least two local governments calling for change, one State that has implimented reforms. The train still has a long way to go, but we're starting to see its light in the tunnel.
But you do touch on an important point. I did talk about regular rides, not just a one off protest. This is similar to my idea of ongoing protest through Eithical Objection, I would like to normalize the idea of people riding without helmets. Protest is a good way of establishing that in a way the authorities will be reluctant to challenge - they don't really want a fight any more than the rest of us.
Israel repealed their helmet law just because no one was obeying it. Over time, that same principle could apply here. There are already plenty of rules that don't get enforced becase they are ignored. To give an example, it's illegal to hang anything from a rear view mirror, but unless the police might be happening to crack down on someone, did you ever hear of anyone getting booked for it? Other things get abandoned because there just isn't public interest - remeber when most window tinting was illegal?…
ves, helmet, scarf and sometimes my bottle on my bicycle. The cage looks inexpensive (good for the budget), lets light through, and so doesn't require a separate security camera, which I guess is important. The door is also wide enough that my straight-handle-bar bicycle which has a bar-end mirror can get through it. For accessories, it's safer than without the cage. But I still carry my lights with me. And I still u-lock my bicycle as always.
The Goulburn St cage looks OK. Those racks fit many bicycles, but only half of them can have their rear wheel locked to the rack. And even then, a full-size u-lock is required. Which is one reason I leave a u-lock in the work cage.
Ours is held closed by a strong magnet and unlocks with a swipe card, which makes management easy because the whole building uses the same swipe cards at various points. Saves on exchanging keys, or programming different cards. I haven't yet had a moment to find out what happens during a power failure. …
t time-frame JohnH mentioned, was the penetration, the percentage of car owners as high as it is now? Were the other alternatives to cycling - public transports as effective, regular and as comfortable as they are now? - that's what I mean by the 'availability' of alternatives.
- Does that get me out of the 'soap and water' ? :P
Dan, I'm waiting for the CRC delivery so that I can begin working on those fatter tires, well as fat as I can without changing my relatively new wheels - for now I have already taken off a couple of PSIs. There's also a bunch of other goodies coming such as reflective stickers, helmet lights, mirrors etc.
In my role as a parent, breadwinner - it's in my job description to over-estimate dangers. (Mental note: Cross netball of the list of sports to encourage... ) I also happen to be severely allergic to pain.
Pedestrians fatality rate is something else, IMO they aren't 'real' road users, their interaction should really only be limited for crossings the roads (at legal, designated areas). I'd wager there is a considerable percentage of pedestrians fatalities where jaywalking played at part.
And the second part of this is that pedestrians are not as 'exposed' as cyclists who are expected to be 99% on the roads. The point I'm trying to make is there's a lot more exposure for cyclists 'doing the right thing' than there are for pedestrians 'doing the right thing' - 'dooring', for example, is not a term in a typical pedestrians' vocabulary.…