Cycling in Sydney Australia
[scene: riding past the new Haberfield UTS rowing club, which is being built in Iron Cove. The builders are setup on one side of the path, and the building site is on the other. The path is combined walking/running/cycling/commuting effort and is very heavily used. The builders, had a bridge over the path which they have now removed. So they cross the path with all their foot traffic. They have erected 'Dismount from bike' signs, which the cyclists happily ignore]
Incensed mother: Didn’t you see the sign
Me: What sign?
Incensed mother: The one that says you have to dismount from your bike.
Me: Look love, I can’t read every sign on the cycle path - I wouldn't do anything else if I did
Incensed: It says you have to dismount
Me: Who says? It isn’t an official council sign (now looking at the sign)
Incensed Mother: You are endangering people’s lives by riding through here
Me: I don’t think so – I am riding through here at walking pace you know. No real difference to walking really.
Incensed Mother: I have half a mind to call the cops to see what they would say
Me: You haven’t been listening have you? FYI, what you just said wasn’t English
Incensed Mother: If everyone thought like you there would be chaos in the world
Me: There is. If everyone thought like you love, life wouldn’t be worth living