Eagle-eyed readers will have immediately noticed something unusual about the picture above.

Yes, those are "cycling" socks but those are not (proper) cycling shoes. Of course, they can be used for cycling, and even occasionally are on my commuter bike with toe clips, but their primary purpose is for walking, not pedalling. 

Really insightful readers, (you know who you are), will also have noted that there is also no bicycle in the picture. So, save yourself the trouble of zooming in, looking for reflections, or forensically examining every pixel. Your impression is correct: no bicycle.

All of which may suggest the difficulty I face in completing my traditional christmas day blog/whinge, (which you have all been clamouring for... well, two of you loyal fans, anyway – thanks, the cheques are in the mail) about how few of you keen cyclists take advantage of the best cycling day of the year.

So I am not riding on the North Shore today. I am not riding anywhere, coz no bicycle here. Where is here, though? It's a place where, on an ordinary day, as far as I can judge, there are hundreds of riders passing a given point every hour. If you pick the right given point, of course.

LEFT: Here's a couple of riders heading away from the "right given point" who made the count.

This morning I went for a walk instead of a ride and decided to count the cyclists as I went. My standard measure of riders/km was not going to be any use without my bicycle/Garmin set-up, so I had to invent a new standard measure.

I settled on riders/minute as the benchmark index and an hour as the time-frame. Given the ordinary-day score, I was hoping to exceed the mark of one rider per minute which would be an improvement on the one-per-km I have (nearly) previously recorded on the North Shore (http://www.sydneycyclist.com/profiles/blogs/another-christmas-day-f... and  http://www.sydneycyclist.com/profiles/blogs/another-lonely-christmas-day-ride).

A mild temperature, overcast skies and a gentle zephyr offered pretty ideal conditions. Only the threat of rain may have been a slight deterrent, but it held off until mid-morning.

To say I was disappointed in my official measure of christmas day cycling-participation in this new environment would be an understatement. I managed to spot only 45 different people riding in the observed hour despite much bicycle-friendly infrastructure and near-deserted roads. Less than the benchmark one/minute! And, I almost forgot to mention, there were at least two acceptable caffeine-purveying establishments, open and trading, in the close vicinity. This strongly suggests to me that the tendency for cyclists to waste the best cycling day of the year is widespread in this country. 

I'll point out that there were quite a few bicycles parked in numerous locations, perhaps more than were moving, including this well set-up Surly LHT, (right), but I  can't really count them as active participants in christmas-day-cycling unless I see them in use and moving.

What is wrong with people in Australia?!?!

OK, whinge out of the way, where is it I am whinging about? (Oh, BTW, some of you are disqualified. You know who you are.)

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Comment by Neil Alexander on December 26, 2016 at 11:34am

Here are a couple of other views of people enjoying delightful christmas cycling conditions on the south bank of the Brisbane River.

I hope all the SC family is enjoying similar delight at this time of year. :-)

Comment by Snowy_5 on December 26, 2016 at 1:05pm

Knew Southbank, been there for 5 years from `09 to`13 for the start of B2GC 100km rides.

There`s community bike repair station at Little Stanley street and another near the river next to Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC).

Comment by Neil Alexander on December 26, 2016 at 1:09pm

Yeah, I noticed those. The pump is broken, of course...

Comment by Snowy_5 on December 26, 2016 at 1:11pm

On your 1st pic, there`s a bikeway on the other side of the river.

I had met Paul Martin from SC/BC to have a look of his velomobile and his other bikes.

I`ve enjoyed exploring at Brissie when I get there for my 5 visits.

Comment by Snowy_5 on December 26, 2016 at 1:24pm

"Yeah, I noticed those. The pump is broken, of course..." 

Hmm, might be from years of abuses from riders or vandals.

Comment by Bill Parker on December 26, 2016 at 3:07pm

Of course the Stone Restaurant (Cnr Grey & Glenelg) was a bit of a give away.

I must get one of those "make my real photo look like a photoshop fake" filters

So are you telling us you did not ride yesterday at all?

On the enlightened south bank (of Sydney) I went out this morning for a couple of hours and lost count after 200 (moving) riders (not counting all the others in coffee establishments)

Comment by Bill Parker on December 26, 2016 at 3:17pm

And apparently some people have it worse than being in Brisbane


Comment by Dabba on December 26, 2016 at 3:41pm

@NA, I remember walking under the archway of bogonvillia about 10-15 years ago with the Director of War and Finance some months after she was told of her death sentence. 

Comment by baa baa on December 26, 2016 at 4:54pm

Strange mugshot that. Someone we should know from the Oarsome Foursome?
And, that is a bit sad Dabba but the bougainvilleas in Singapore on the south bank are well worth remembering.

Comment by PeterT on December 26, 2016 at 9:00pm

oh wait... ouch... I'm going to claim I didn't see the bikeshare bikes


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