""Ban cyclist on main roads"...
My 2 cents: So by the same leap of "logic", based on the death rate of car drivers, they should also ban cars from highways in case a truck hits them (and plenty do).
But don't stop there...…"
"I agree. Congestion... can't help but feel sorry for the motorists as I ride past the gridlock every time there is a hiccup on the M2, Epping Rd, Delhi Rd, etc. The "innocent victims" are the poor bus passengers stuck in the traffic,…"
"As individuals our voice of discontent is lost because it is spread across time (as well as across may different issues). What is clear from this site is that people can certainly write...
How about saving up all that creative venom for a…"
"I was caught out: had me thinking it was yet another cyclist-bashing submission from a Daily Terror reader - one who could write as well as read.
Pedestrian hoons should be banned from walking... I was walking in Brisbane CBD last year (no I…"
"I was going to say something about an old key, some glue and a deft snap of the wrist being helpful in these situations but encouraging vandalism isn't right, is it?
Ray Porter - General…"
"Re your neighbour... forget cycling, why don't they just walk? A distance of 1.6km should take only 15 minutes (including time waiting to cross roads, etc). Unfortunately I suspect it's just an indication of how conditioned people are to…"
"I'm off electoral now and my address was St Leonards but I was looking forward to a 70k round commute (taking long way there) so I didnt bother trying to get out of it. When I got to the court they said I lived too far and to go home, I must…"
"..and if you do go, the travel allowance is not even enough to cover the cheapest bus ticket you can buy. For the 1 day I had to go to the Downing Centre for Jury Duty, my travel allowance was something like $1.19. They actually sent my a cheque for…"
"I have only experienced Parra traffic once in recent times when I rode to my parents house and my mum drove me the 2km's to Parra for Jury Duty. I was disgusted, Great Western Hwy was a parking lot, it took us 40 mins to get to court"
Only one bike: Trek 720 "Hybrid" (purchased 1994) retro-fitted with an electric power-assist motor.
My parents couldn't afford a car when I was young so we cycled everywhere. In Manchester that's a big ask: we have as many words to describe rain as the inuit (eskimos) have for snow. Winters were real fun, with chilblains in our feet to keep us amused (think "mild frostbite"). The only benefit of living south of Manchester was the flattish topology. Graduated as an Electrical Engineer and I get really annoyed when I see crappy design in cyclepaths and similar infrastructure - I think Aussies should complain a lot more, otherwise government will continue to give us a bad deal. I want see government make Active Transport much more attractive to the average person. I am currently commuting by bike via Epping Rd and Gore Hill Freeway shared cyclepath to North Sydney.
Thanks Neil. That is great information. I'll be checking out those two sites. As you warned, electric assist bikes are expensive. But at the moment it might be difference between my wife being able to ride with me or not. Thanks again.
I just read your article in the Northern District Times. This article is incredible because the exact same thing happened to me at Blacktown almost 9 months ago. Unfortunatly to avoid hitting the back of the car before the roundabout I locked my front wheel up and went straight over the handle bar, and smashed my wrist into many peices. Naturally the driver did not stop, nor were there any witnesses, nor did I get the number plate. But the incident was identicle to yours. I was approaching the roundabout. I decided to take up the left lane myself to avoid being squashed. The driver behind me overtook me with their foot to the floor, cut back in front of me and then braked hard. The only difference was that the car could have just overtaken me in the other lane - it was a two land roundabout with no other cars in sight, they didn't have to cut back in front of me.
So now I have a metal plate screwed into my wrist for the rest of my life, all because some idiot was too impatent to wait 4 seconds. Anyway, it could have been worse I guess.
never heard of that website, but I also can't seem to get there. Must be down for maintenanace.
I agree was your assessment of how a crash or near miss can change habits. I'm ultra cautious on the road now - always expecting the worst from drivers... in a way my incident may contribute towards my future safety.
The driver paid up my costs for repairs + doctor. I wasn't actually off the bike at all thankfully. I had it repaired at Clarence St while I was at work.
Still have to do the P5 Report, just keep running out of time. I think I have 6 months to do it, which at my current rate I will need!
As for car rego, make/model etc, I was able to get these easily by just stopping off at the address on the way home. Car was parked in plain view and the details noted (including the absence of registration sticker)
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