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Regular commuting on the 'other side of the road'

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Elder Aug 17, 2018. 7 Replies

G'day, SC brainstrust -The title of this post is not figurative, but literal (yes, literally!), and I need some advice, please.I've recently washed up in Europe (Geneva) for the next 12 months for…Continue

The vigilante cyclists of San Jose

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Moore Nov 7, 2016. 6 Replies

Cyclists showing the way toward a more liveable city in Costa Rica's capital. …Continue

The rickshaw capital of the world

Started this discussion. Last reply by noelbike Oct 6, 2015. 2 Replies

Work recently took me to Bangladesh, for the fourth time. Having just about criss-crossed the country on previous trips, this time I was based entirely in Dhaka.The city has a frantic, frenetic and…Continue

Christchurch cycling to recovery

Started this discussion. Last reply by Glen Koorey Sep 14, 2015. 4 Replies

It seems that the 2011 earthquake may have been Christchurch's 'Kindermord' moment: the point when a city has the opportunity to do urban design differently, to de-prioritise cars, and they've taken…Continue


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dr bean commented on Neil Alexander's blog post 45
"'...I fell out of bed and into my cycling attire' Well! That was either extremely careless, or highly strategic. (Or maybe both?) Thanks Neil, it's such a relief to know that you're out there asking the hard questions on our…"
Jan 15
dr bean replied to noelbike's discussion Do you think he made the shooter angry by scaring the animals away?
"Well, I'm glad to hear that he was wearing a helmet! We were in that very area on the day (not riding) and the far-too-warm-for-this-time-of-year weather meant there were heaps of walkers and cyclists about..."
Oct 15, 2018
Bill Elder replied to dr bean's discussion Regular commuting on the 'other side of the road'
"Probably right to be cautious initially, an acquaintance doing a Harley tour in the US, was paralysed from the waist down 3 years back. Pulled out of a servo and ran down the wrong side of the road in a semi rural area and went over a rise to…"
Aug 17, 2018
Human909 replied to dr bean's discussion Regular commuting on the 'other side of the road'
"I've found the switch mostly pretty easy.  Both on bike and in a car.  Especially in urban areas. The dangers are remote areas where you might forget and one way roads where you might forget.  The you default to old habits. (Both…"
Aug 17, 2018
Scientia et Labore replied to dr bean's discussion Regular commuting on the 'other side of the road'
"Pay attention to brakes, the right lever will usually be the back brake. The left lever will do bad things if you apply it too hard. And be ready for vehicles entering on your right. If your route isn't signed as having priority, usually the…"
Aug 14, 2018
Bob Moore replied to dr bean's discussion Regular commuting on the 'other side of the road'
"Handy if you can find a local to take you around a bit and show you the ropes, tho I imagine Geneva shouldn't be too idiosyncratic. My son lives in Copenhagen and gave me a good guided tour.  Maybe you'll find some regular commuters…"
Aug 13, 2018
Colin replied to dr bean's discussion Regular commuting on the 'other side of the road'
"For me, the initial stages aren't too bad cos I have to concentrate at every intersection, and my concentration is good enough to figure it out. The danger starts to kick in when I don't have to concentrate any more - when riding on the…"
Aug 13, 2018
noelbike replied to dr bean's discussion Regular commuting on the 'other side of the road'
"I move between left and right countries several times a year, including Switzerland most years. I just swap my mirror on my handlebars from one side to the other. But even without it there wouldn't be a problem. Just do it. If you do get a…"
Aug 13, 2018
Kim replied to dr bean's discussion Regular commuting on the 'other side of the road'
"I have, in the past, put a ribbon on my handlebar. It reminds me that the ribbon should always be on the handlebar that is pointing to the middle of the road. I also recommend doing it when you get back to Australia so you can reclimatise to riding…"
Aug 13, 2018
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Regular commuting on the 'other side of the road'

G'day, SC brainstrust -The title of this post is not figurative, but literal (yes, literally!), and I need some advice, please.I've recently washed up in Europe (Geneva) for the next 12 months for work. There have been a few more stresses and difficulties in my arrival than would be ideal, and although I'm not fully settled yet, if I don't get back on a bicycle shortly I am going to go round the twist (as well as start looking like the Michelin man - I fully blame the chocolate...).Although I…See More
Aug 13, 2018
dr bean commented on Kerry's blog post Eight years of being Captain Dashboard
"Nice to see your photos, Kerry - and to see you out on the road sometimes (it's hard to miss you!). Because it isn't completely obvious(to me!) what all your dashboard features are, could you list what you have there - and in particular,…"
Jul 31, 2018
dr bean commented on Helen Leung's blog post Return of Grocery Shopping By Bike
"Hey Helen - nice to see you posting again! If you want to feel smug for having snagged such a haul of shopping by bike, go right ahead. :-) I got a new e-bike at the end of 2016, and rode 1000kms on it between January and Christmas week last year.…"
May 14, 2018
dr bean liked Helen Leung's blog post Return of Grocery Shopping By Bike
May 14, 2018
dr bean replied to Tony DeLyall's discussion Cycling keeps your immune system young, study finds
"I actually managed to find the study - and it's open access! (For those of us who aren't physiologists, a skim through the Discussion and a read of the Conclusion will probably…"
May 1, 2018
dr bean replied to Nat Buckley's discussion Five Dock cycleway funded.
"Queens Rd is nasty indeed - I've long since devised a backstreet route through that whole area to get between Drummoyne and Burwood. While that's quite a pleasant ride, there's something to be said sometimes for being able to take the…"
Apr 18, 2018
dr bean replied to Bill's discussion Catherine Street Glebe planter boxes
"...where is this expectation that cyclists will ‘pull-in’ coming from? Yeah, I'm going to surmise that many who ride through there (a large number of whom will be students, always a changeable population) won't have gotten that…"
Feb 16, 2018

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What sort of riding do you do ?
Commuting, Road Cycling, Recreational
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Tell us about your bikes
A second-hand Batavus Crescendo (very appropriate for a musician!) named Ilse. She be a heavy tank of a ride, but a love all the little added extras that you get on a European bike - and maybe I'll add battery assist to the list one of these days... :-)
About Me:
My current profile photo was taken in Via Nazionale, Cortona (Tuscany) on April 20, 2013.

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Biking in Belgrade

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 7:01pm 4 Comments

For ago now I've been meaning to say something in this forum about a couple of little cycling adventures I had in Europe during the most recent northern summer. As I will shortly feel guilty about having to add 'last year' to any description of these events, today seems as good a time as any to rectify my failure to thus far post anything. :-)

So in late August, travelling from Istanbul to Prague, I found myself in Belgrade for a few days. It was a city I had heard a good deal about…


Cycling in the family tree

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 1:29pm 1 Comment

As often happens in the lazy hours over Christmas and New Year when you spend time with family, there's ample opportunity for reminiscence and discussion of family history. On my mother's side, we know a great deal of this going back many generations; my uncle is retired and an amateur history buff. On my late father's side, we know very little at all, even only a generation or two back.

My mother casually mentioned this latter fact to my uncle during the break and he chose to…


City Revitalisation: Lessons for Sydney and its suburbs

Posted on June 28, 2012 at 12:00pm 4 Comments

A Sydney Ideas panel co-presented with the US Studies Centre and the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering

City building and rebuilding has challenged many great minds in the last century. Our cities are ageing and many of the industries supporting them are shrinking or moving offshore. Tom Murphy served three terms as the mayor of 'the steel city' Pittsburgh USA, from January 1994 through December 2005, tackling the problems of rebuilding a dying city that had lost its…


What Matters - Getting from A to B

Posted on June 14, 2012 at 1:52am 3 Comments

The University of Sydney is currently running a mildly naff marketing campaign called 'What Matters' - basically it's an excuse to promote the work of a couple of random academics each month and have people vote on which of their particular areas of interest 'matter most' (?!?!).

Anyway... one positive to come out of this in June is that David Hensher, Director of the University’s Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, is one of the featured researchers. You can look at a brief…


Comment Wall (28 comments)

At 8:03pm on April 21, 2010, Sydney Uni Velo Club said…
Hi Rococoabean - welcome to the SUVC group!
At 6:05pm on February 3, 2011, Scientia et Labore said…

Yeah confusing life Michelle, Heidelberg one home and the main one the last couple of years. The place in Drummy is rented for my son, Lewis is starting at UTS. Home for me also London, a bit of Paris, some SYD/MEL/BNE and probably will be a bit Haifa too. What should I do with profile??


Satdy ride is all-mountain stuff in Leura, I'll ping you when something more local on. Do let me know about social local stuff, it is all good.


I know Collingwood, pass the end of your street when I contraflow ride to Birk Pt.


Relieved to get a bit of cool breeze at last.



At 1:33pm on February 4, 2011, Scientia et Labore said…
Greenway on Sunday would be doable. Only done the first km or so, therefore has novelty appeal. Monday not (I am piloting).
At 7:03pm on February 6, 2011, Scientia et Labore said…
Hey it was great Michelle... hope your visitors are joyful and fun.

For when you are freer, how about we propose a Greenway visit as a group ride on SC?
At 9:51am on February 8, 2011, Scientia et Labore said…

Generally Saturdays or Sundays, but weekday early evening good too.


Not sure if I am off on an epic Yerranderie or Wollemi yet. Could be this w/e or next so when I know I'll be right scheddy-wise.

At 5:42am on February 14, 2011, Scientia et Labore said…

OK scheddy clearer now Michelle- did end up MTB training at the weekend, and shall be on Saturday too.

So Sunday would be clear for a Group Greenway, for me at least. Otherwise a bit later.

March 5/6 no good tho, commited to be dogsitting for my friends Clair and Denise.


Would you like to advertise the group ride on the forum at the time/day of your choice? Perhaps we can assemble at the park by Drummoyne Sailing Club, thereby facilitating ride-end-refreshment. Martin

At 1:49pm on February 28, 2011, Scientia et Labore said…

Good point Michelle: can't say cycling River Rd is on my bucket list, so yup ferry if there is one at the time would be good. Doesn't matter if it goes direct King St or Quay rather than Milson's Pt, the bridge will be quick and easy.


I'm not sure when the initial rallying outside RTA is, will check.



Indeedy I intend to go to the party, hey one two-millionth of the world's population might be there too! Only impediment is I am commuting to Melbourne for the next few weeks but do intend to be in Sydney at party time.



At 7:23pm on February 28, 2011, Scientia et Labore said…

UR right- 8am.


If you choose a ferry I'll be there!

At 12:25pm on March 1, 2011, Scientia et Labore said…

0840 from Drummy which is way late but good for an interception en-route or 0800 from Balmain also late but not hugely late.


Idea: we could offer to marshal, at some point consistent with the above timing. For instance at the S end of the bridge. When the pack passes us we just join in and complete the event as raw punters.


I'll be jetting in from Melbourne the night before BTW.

At 1:39pm on March 3, 2011, Scientia et Labore said…

I already mooted with Adam the idea of marshalling at a point about an hour into the event and he concurred, so I guess it will fall into place. Super.


I suppose if we meet at the Wolseley end of Collingwood at whatever time suits the exact masterplan (when we know it) we'll be in great shape for S of SHB or wherever.

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