Commuting - Ni!
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04-15-03, 04:26 AM
Those who needed any proof of the total and complete superiority of a bike over a car needed only to be at the Sundale Bridge this afternoon. I'm wondering what all those motoring primates were thinking as this spanky guy on a bike zoomed past their stationary form. I'm also wondering if the Gold Coast City Council are going to have someone around to enforce their laws about sleeping in one's car. Me thinks they is gonna be collecting a few fines too-nite, bay-bee!
04-15-03, 04:31 AM
lol big traffic jam huh? I get that sorta thing EVERY damn morning where I live....perhaps why I cycle commute?
04-15-03, 08:15 PM
Originally posted by Chris L
Those who needed any proof of the total and complete superiority of a bike over a car needed only to be at the Sundale Bridge this afternoon. I'm wondering what all those motoring primates were thinking as this spanky guy on a bike zoomed past their stationary form.
I never needed proof of that, but I gloat whenever I hear such glaring examples.
Pertaining to what the motorists were thinking about the "spanky guy on a bike [that] zoomed past their stationary form," I have an idea:
The only time I get to zoom past long lines of traffic is when the V8 Supercar race takes over the city and 2 East/West roads are closed for a week. The amount of complaints from drivers is amazing. Most are driving less than 8km/5miles from the Eastern suburbs to the city, and they moan that the car race should bugger off so they can drive to work in 20min, instead of 40mins, for a few days a year. Well either leave earlier, catch a bus, walk or ride.:crash:
It is fun, zooming past lines of cars though.:D
04-16-03, 07:32 AM
Whenever I've had the opportunity to "zoom" past a line of cars, some suprisingly observant idiot ahead, will move his car over tight to the curb, so that I cannot get by. :(
Why can't they be that observant before I get the "right hook"?
In a similar situation, I have a question. At one point along my route home, there is a stop sign that usually collects a line of 50+(never really counted) cars streaching as far as 1/4 mile. It has no real shoulder, but a nice smooth low cut hard pack grassy 15' wide ditch. It is easy for me to ride the ditch even on 23c tires up to the front and take my turn along side one of the cars going in my direction (so I don't actually eat up a "position"). The way I see it now is that they have no qualms about passing me, so why shouldn't I pass them?
04-16-03, 09:59 AM
Originally posted by Zaphod
The way I see it now is that they have no qualms about passing me, so why shouldn't I pass them?
There are really two sides to this.
I always try to follow the same basic rules on my bicycle as I do in my car. I try to take my place in the traffic line at every intersection because I can pass through it without others passing me.
But during high-volume, slow-moving traffic, it becomes almost futile. And who wants to breathe that nasty crap? Not me!
Yet passing on the right has dangers for us. We could get doored by a passenger exiting on the right. Motorists may not see, nor expect, us passing on the right. We may lose our place in the traffic line, making the intersection more dangerous for us. We have less room to maneuver in case of emergency. We could get right-hooked by a motorist who suddenly decides to turn right into a driveway.
So what do we do?
I try to take an alternate route if the traffic is really that bad. If I can't, I exercise great caution while passing.
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