That's not a bad idea. We should have "an all cyclist drive to work day."People like Miranda Devine would love to see all cyclists off the road. Seems fair to me - let's put another few thousand cars on the road each morning and see how that improves the grid-lock!!
What an ill informed idiot!
Most cyclists do own a car and pay rego, do have a job and pay tax... the fact that they might not be driving their car at that moment doesn't mean they haven't contributed to the costs of that infrastructure, or don't have a right to use it.Cyclists dont pay to use the roads
I rarely, if ever, see any cyclists riding 6 abreast, but perhaps that's different where you are? In SA it's perfectly legal to ride 2 abreast....yet feel it is ok to ride 6 abrest
You do realise that taxes go towards paying for roads?Cyclists dont pay to use the roads...
We have a car culture in this country the cycling culture is getting bigger buts its relatively new, in other country the bike culture was bigger first so motorists are used to it more.It is interesting that places far more crowded than Australia accept cyclists on roads without agro. Also weird when more bikes are sold per year than cars. However, there's no doubting the risks. As I have said before, road rules are not for cyclists and I do whatever the hell I like to keep safe while riding "on" the road - footpaths, verges, medians etc.
Some good points there however just have to pull you up on this one.I. Cyclists dont pay to use the roads,
Can you send this in as a letter to the SMH? It made me lol, and it's a pretty good point.Imagine if truck drivers decided that, as they pay heaps more rego than a car, that they were no longer going to give way to oncoming traffic when turning right. I mean, they've got so much more right to be on the road with all that rego, oncoming cars hold them up for several minutes at a time, and hell, if it comes down the laws of physics, car drivers lose. Cars should be on those extensive, tax payer funded back roads and leave the highways for the trucks.
When will people realise that this is not a trivial matter, not something to write a ranting and raving article saying a big "F you cyclists", or think its OK to openly joke about it on national television, these are real lives being destroyed by a lack of respect and a self-centredness that permeates every human being saying "my rights on the road outweigh your right to life" .Wodonga cyclist loses battle in hospital
Shannon Crane - The Border Mail
30/10/2009 11:28:00 AM
A WODONGA cyclist involved in a car accident on the Hume Highway north of Albury yesterday has died in hospital.
The man, 73, who was hit by a Toyota sedan near Table Top while riding with two other cyclists, died at The Alfred hospital in Melbourne about 5am this morning.
Police say his next of kin has been notified.
Earlier, Albury Inspector John Wadsworth said police were speaking to witnesses and the driver of the Toyota to determine exactly what happened.
“Around 9.30 this morning a group of three cyclists was riding north on the Hume Highway north of Thurgoona, a vehicle also travelling north has collided with one of the cyclists,” he said.
“We don’t know at this stage exactly what happened but we are talking with the driver and several witnesses.
“It’s in the early stages now and we’ve still got a long way to go.”
The driver of the Toyota, a Wodonga man in his early 50s, was also taken to Albury Base Hospital and was treated for shock.
Police declared the area a crime scene and forensics were called to help determine how the crash happened.
Police said the man was an experienced cyclist and was wearing a helmet and reflective clothing.
The northbound lanes were closed and traffic was diverted to the old highway for about two hours.
Insp Wadsworth used the crash to warn motorists and cyclists to look out for each other on the roads.
“It’s terrible that a cyclist has been seriously injured and I seriously hope he is OK,” he said.
“As we lead up to the Christmas break, we urge all drivers and cyclists to be very careful on the roads, keep a good eye out for each other.
“We don’t want any more accidents like this at all over the Christmas break, just please be very careful on the roads.
“Quite often cyclists won’t be wearing reflective gear, on this occasion the cyclist was, but drivers, be very careful.”