"Have a read of the SMH online article in relation to the truck "accident" in Dee Why here:
SMH Online today
Hilarious. Release that man! Only 6 people seriously injured and to quote the article:
'But Mr Nisan, who didn't own the…"
"its a judgement full of the standard excuses. Honestly the old first mistake fallacy. Drivers (and riders) have collisions because they are making the same mistakes over and over again until one time they do it when it matters."
"There was no mention of the other riders - who know where they were in relation to the car, or if they had lights on? It may have made no difference at all if there were 50 riders coming down the road all in flouro with lights blazing.
"SMIDSY is an instant admission of guilt - Sorry Mate I Didn't .....
The problem these days is that judges seem to be going easy on anybody with an excuse - almost any excuse.
"A part of me wonders how many percent of this is because…"
"I want to know if the motorist has his lights on? Was his car dark or light in colour? Why should the vulnerable road users have higher safety standards than motorists?
The cyclist can not be faulted at all in this instance - other riders may have…"
"' when a single lapse of concentration cleft his life and many others'
'One minute he was rounding the corner from Mona Vale Road into Woodlands Avenue in Pymble, then there was a loud bang, and the next moment he was outside…"
"I dont disagree that defensive riding is prudent but for the implied statements written in the SMH article it doesn't take much for an unsympathetic reader (and there are many around) to pretty say rider was somehow or even totally at…"
"Well, the driver was found to be guilty.
But, defensive riding is prudent.
Speed, position and visibility are just about the only things we have control of on the road. Unfortunately, in the dull and wet conditions I'm not sure that the victim…"
"According to court documents, the accident occurred about 10am on December 18, 2016, as Fageer was on his way to work as a computer technician and Dr Formaz-Preston was returning from a ride from Neutral Bay to Akuna Bay.
She had been wearing a red…"
"Agreed on all counts.
It's a terrible state of affairs - drivers who hesitate for a second or two at traffic lights cop a bollicking from the cars being "held up" behind. Nobody really looks properly!
I'm always very wary heading…"
"Zero deterrent to actually give a crap whilst driving.
When will people act like driving is inherently dangerous? The day after some court hands down an appropriate sentence.
Will they legislate to prevent future careless homicides? No - sorry too…"
"Probably 20 or so years ago a cyclist was killed while crossing a bridge in Wellington - out west. The truck driver was fined about $300. I remember a cycling uncle commenting that at that time you were fined more for owning rabbit traps!"
In-Bred 29er, with Rohloff speedhub and beefy forks
Trek FX (in Germany)
Giant Reign X1 (for all mountain and freeriding)
Cove Handjob (geared frame set up as a singlespeed)
On-One Inbred (singlespeed Sydney commute steed)
Commuter, tourer and remote MTBer. Occasional endurance event competitor.
No car, dislike driving but have commercial pilot license (aeroplanes) and a private/business license for helicopters.
Live a life with about 100 flights per year, so a bicycle or three makes much more sense than a momo
Thanks Martin, there is the problem then. There was a time where I though WD40 was the cure for all things mechanical, I would spray it on locks, hinges, belts, chains whatever wasn't working I'd spray WD40 on it and it would fix the problem momentarily, and then things would start to clog up, and stop working. It definitely kept the water dispersed though.
I can put a computer together (it's like lego really), but I'm not really mechanically minded. I have started paying attention to the mechanics of the bicycle and one day would like to build by own, purchasing the parts separately. That would be the best way to learn I think and along the way learn how to maintain it.
As well as reading the forums, I think there invaluable, better than buying a book on how to do things for $50.
Great to hear from you ...... well, probably every day with your great input into SC.
We received the PricewaterhouseCoopers /SKM study yesterday afternoon ...... it appears to be a huge disappointment. We'll need to get professionals to proivide input, but the study says the northern half might be undertaken by 2015, and the remainder possibly by 2026. I can't believe they'd be so stupid to have a gap of 11 years. With the RTA providing the major funding ($93,037) for the study, it's clear they are requiring PwC to fit in with the pathetic allocation of $158M over 10 years specified in the new NSW Bikeplan ..... what a disaster! By contrast, the RTA is about to spend $4M on the PacHwy/Mowbray Rd intersection, including an exclusive left turn lane from Mowb into PH (N-bound) with no bike storage facility ..... cyclists will be very exposed. By contrast, such treatments are largely standard in Melbourne. I've decided to try to get lawyers involved ..... perhaps we can take the RTA to court??? Are you still in Euro / Germany? If so, very lucky! Cheers, Russ .... firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin, I'm confused - I thought you lived in Heidelberg (and I don't mean the one in Melb) - at least that's what your profile says!!
I'm in Collingwood St, just opposite Raglan St. I ride from there to USyd a couple of times a week and barely ever do weekend rides because I'm busy Sunday morning (so can't do LBUG stuff) and do enough riding on my own - any group/other rides you know about that I'm free for I'm happy to tag along for!
Hey Martin - I'm not terribly well-placed to spend whole days in the mountains but sthg local would be terrific - for instance, was just reading in CoS cycling newsletter about the Greenway; I'd love to give that a go sometime!
Cheers - apparently we get some cooler weather on Sun/Mon... can't wait!!
I thought this article might be of interest in relation to the Ch-Ch quake, in terms of the building standards discussion we were having the other day. I was thinking today that there are still many 100+ year old buildings still standing (either completely or sufficiently to be repared), and only a couple of new ones that came down after two significant shakes and 5000+ aftershocks over 6 months. I really hope we've seen the worst of them though!