I left work early today, as I was feeling crook. Because I was feeling crook, several people told me to 'ride safely'.

It must have jinxed me, as I was knocked off my bike shortly after setting off. I was going down Miller St approaching the Pac Hwy, and there were some peds crossing in front of me. Most of them saw me coming and either stopped or scuttled across. As I got closer, one guy just stepped off the central curb where we had been waiting with his mates, and started sauntering across whilst looking completely in the wrong direction.

I hit the brakes and shouted 'STOP!' and 'NO!" at him very loudly, but he was oblivious and just kept looking the wrong way. it was one of those 'is he going to keep moving, so I should try and go behind him vs is he going to look round and stop so I should go in front?' dilemmas.

I chose the latter. And he didn't stop. So I ran into him. I'd slowed right down by that point, but he still managed to knock me off, leaving me sprawled in the road. He muttered a quick 'sorry, sorry' and ran off, whist I stood up and let rip with, I am ashamed to say, some rather colourful language.

I grazed by elbows, but I was more concerned about the paintwork on my beautiful new bike. All OK, except for a scratch on the black anodised finish on the rack.

Dratted pedestrians! The media gets obsessed with cyclists hitting pedestrians, but I reckon the reverse situation - a ped hits a cyclists and the cyclist is worse off - is much more common. Still, if I'd been driving a car he'd probably be dead. So I can say that I saved someone's life today by riding rather than driving!

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Comment by BikeSaint on August 27, 2009 at 2:51pm
Did you get his rego?
Comment by Dan on August 27, 2009 at 5:07pm
I'm not a fan of using fences to stop jaywalking. If lots of people are jaywalking, it indicates that it is too hard to cross the road. heck, I jaywalk across there myself all the time; the pedestrian phases of the crossings at each end are short, and it takes ages for them to cycle around to that phase. Coupled with the walk up to the lights and then back down again it just takes too long.

I'd put a zebra crossing in in the middle. If people want to cross there, let them. And if it slows up traffic, well, good.
Comment by Colin on August 27, 2009 at 11:17pm
Bikesaint - best comment evah! And I agree Dan about those horrible fences for pedestrians. They entrench the problem rather than solve it.
Comment by Terry on August 28, 2009 at 6:50am
maybe we need to get the genius' at sunrise to ask "should we ban pedestrians?"
Comment by Mark Lambert on August 31, 2009 at 12:26pm
On Friday one of my workmates saw a cyclist getting loaded into an ambulance on the corner of Pacific Hwy and Miller Streets, looked like he had been hit by a motorbike. Hope the poor bugger is okay.
Comment by Tony Arnold on September 1, 2009 at 12:21pm
Nice comment BikeSaint :-)

I tend to agree with Dan when he says that pedestrians are more of a danger to cyclists than the other way around. My girlfriend arrived at the scene of a bicycle/pedestrian crash in Centennial Park a couple of days ago. The ped was ok, but the cyclist had smashed the back of his helmet and had back/neck pains so was kept immobilised until the ambulance arrived. I hope he was ok.

I feel more worried about pedestrians when I am riding than I worry about bikes when I'm walking.
Comment by hartleymartin on September 2, 2009 at 10:34pm
Unfortunately a lot of pedestrians will scuttle off because they want to avoid being sued. Gutless pricks.

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