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Maybe I'm blinded to any bad cyclists as there are so many shocking car drivers.
And I speak as someone who won't even ride a bike at a gym. ;-)
Is a mummy!
Well in my mind I am doing drivers a favour by leaving my car at home. That is one more parking space for someone who needs it in North Adelaide. And yes there are plenty of bad cyclists out there. But many more bad drivers.
I have come close to being knocked off my bike by innattentive or poor drivers, but that is different to deliberately nasty or malicious acts. Bad drivers usually realise and look shocked or apologise.
You just feel so vulnerable on a bike, well you ARE vulnerable.
Quite frankly if ALL road users were more considerate of ALL other road users we would all have much more pleasant journeys.
So what excuse you gonna have for them avoiding red lights then or is it acceptable practice ??
Pretty sure they would be peed off if i mounted the curb at a red light went over the pedestrian crossing then joined the road on the other side.
5 a breast going up/down Willunga Hill acceptable too?
We nearly hit one the other day coming up Willunga Hill, he was in the middle of the road, we came round a blind bend on our side of the road and nearly added him to the radiator of the car.
I agree all road users need to respect each other but there is not much respect form cyclists to any other vehicle on the road.
I drive trucks, do yoy know how hard it is to stop one of those things?
My partner also drives semis. It's always cars he's complaining about. Generally trying to undertake him when there isn't enough space or time.
I have also seen far more cars going through red lights here than bikes (back in Cambridge bikes won there by far).
Is a mummy!
Not all cyclists avoid red lights, in fact I don't think I've ever seen a cyclist do this. Unless you are refering to them cycling over the pedestrian crossings? Personally I don't see the problem with this as long as they go with the green man the same as the pedestrians. I certainly don't think there are any laws against it. And I'm not sure cycling 5 abreast is illegal either, but I wouldn't know for sure.
If you're arguement against cyclists is based purely on the fact that a few don't always follow the rules then we should also ban cars on the road because some drivers don't always follow the rules as well.
I see plenty of cars and trucks jump red lights also. OK they don't go over the pavement but they do carry on when its a clear red or a green man is flashing for people to cross. I had a large truck clearly carry on through a red light and I and two other people were about to step out to cross Brighton road with the green man telling me to walk. The truck sped through at full pelt. Had any of us stepped out we'd have been flattened.
5 a breast isn't acceptable no, I am not sure its legal to ride that many across a road I'd have to check. But again, a minute or two behind them isn't the end of the world, overtaking and hitting one could be. It could be a tractor or a car towing a trailer going slow and hogging the road. Or a bus. Patience for all is what I am trying to say. Is 5 minutes really going to ruin your day?
If a cyclist is on their side of the road descending at speed (and often close or on the 60/80km limit) they have every right to ride the middle or further over on the road. So long as they don't cross the line they are legal as far as I understand it.
What I am trying to say is that for every argument you have against cyclists, I have one against cars or trucks. There are good and not so good of all road users be they bikes, skateboards, cars, trucks, motorbikes and more. You cannot tar all cyclists with the same brush just as you can't for car drivers or truck drivers.
I see far more cyclists being abused or having people skim past them or cut them off than I see cyclists doing to cars. I drive every day and that is a noticeable thing to me. Car drivers are far less aware of cyclists than cyclists are of them.
the consequences though are quite different for a cyclist. And yes I do have sympathy for truck drivers but I bet there are more drivers that pull out too close and cause you to break hard than cyclists who cause you problems.
oh and a motorist mounted the curb to go round a car turning right near me last week. Couldn't wait the few seconds in the diverted CLIPSAL traffic. Not just cyclists who do this.
Last edited by Rammygirl; 01-03-2015 at 11:09 AM.