Various blog-worthy things have occurred to me over recent weeks, but I’ve been too lazy / busy to write them up into proper articles. So here’s a few vignettes for blogs that could have been..

Firstly, what’s the difference between these two photos?

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The one on the right I took a few months ago, to accompany this article detailing just a few of the infrastructure fails on the Victoria Road ‘SUP’, which in turn was prompted by a request by our own Michael O.  The picture was subsequently included in Michael O's Sydney Morning Herald article on the same topic. The picture on the left was taken a few days ago. Magically, the right-hand pole has been relocated to the centre of the path, making it sort of possible to ride between the poles. The power of my blog, or the SMH, or just coincidence? Of course, it’s still an epic fail – the poles are a bit uncomfortable to ride between, and if you choose not to you are forced even further to the right. It really does underlines the incompetence and lack of imagination of our roads authority. I daresay that moving that pole has used up most of the budget for cycling upgrades on this route for the next few years…

Demolition teams are busily removing the monorail from Pyrmont Bridge, and I have to say now it’s gone I can appreciate just what an eyesore it was – as well as how hard it made negotiating this busy shared space. With the poles gone from the western end of the bridge the sightlines are so much better, and there’s more space for everyone to spread out into. It’s just so much safer and more comfortable for all. The problem though is that now you can see better, some cyclists seem to think it’s OK to ride faster. See that risk compensation in action…

Also on Pyrmont Bridge, I see the COS have put up new signs explaining how to get the bicycle lights to trigger (if you’re lucky). I note that this time they have included the RMS complaints line – evidently they (and I) are hoping this triggers a deluge of complaints. Although I doubt it will, cyclists will simply continue to ignore the lights as they always have.

Also on the subject of signs, I felt smug as always heading to the fish market to get the Xmas seafood. Three or four kilometres away and the signs were warning of delays, and sure enough there were queues if cars everywhere and police directing the traffic. I just cut straight through and rode in, of course. One of the cops on traffic duty was an officer I know quite well due to all my helmet shenanigans, and we exchanged a cheery ‘Merry Christmas!’ as I rode past.

Happy New Year everyone – may your 2014 be filled with enjoyable cycling!

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Comment by PeterT on January 16, 2014 at 10:05pm

Firstly, what’s the difference between these two photos?

ULP went up 5cents?

Comment by Neil Alexander on January 16, 2014 at 10:20pm

ULP went up 5cents?

And you care?? I don't!

Speaking of the wonderful boys in blue, I had an interaction with one of their less enlightened members today.

I was riding home from Mosman, using the shared pathway on the northern side of Ernest St, Cammeray. Various police persons were milling on the path as I approached their frequent RBT trap near the Warringah Fwy overpass. I slowed as I rolled downhill and dinged my bell. No reaction. At about 10 metres away I dinged it again and the officer in my path realised a cyclist was approaching and happily skipped out of my way. I gave him an acknowledging wave as I passed but his nearby colleague yelled at me: "Ride on the road, not on the footpath!"

I pointed at the sign indicating the status of the path and kept riding, musing that many police seem to have the mindset that they must find fault with whomever they see, perhaps to justify their own existence. Actually knowing the law and how it applies in the current circumstances come a distant second.

Comment by cafard à deux roues on January 16, 2014 at 10:21pm

I have to disagree about the monorail. I'm very sensitive to glare, and when the monorail was in place it was possible to ride with my head in its shadow in the late afternoon, keeping both hands on the bars. Now I have to ride along, saluting the world with one hand shading my eyes. It has definitely slowed me down - not that I ever rode fast - but I feel less safe. Not happy!

Comment by Edward Re on January 16, 2014 at 10:29pm

"It really does underlines the incompetence and lack of imagination of our roads authority" How about we get an angle grinder, and show them the way?? That would improve the path there by 50%.

Comment by Scientia et Labore on January 17, 2014 at 5:33am

Go the angle grinder!

Comment by Dabba on January 17, 2014 at 7:42am

Love it when that well known activist - Anna Key - rears her head to get something done!

+1 for what MG says!

Comment by Jon on January 17, 2014 at 9:17pm

I can't stand those double poled signs either. What is the point? What conditions would present where you really need two pole to hold such a sign? Just use a cross brace at the top. Or simply fold the edges over to provide the necessary rigidity. Then again, they are made of mild steel, and we know what kind of engineers use mild steel...

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