That was the comment my business partner made to me today, he lives in the hills and whilst not affected by the closure couldn't see the point of it. I'm inclined to agree with him. We strive week in and week out to co-exist on the roads with motorists, but when we (or Bike SA) want a special bike ride, they close off the road, Highway 1 no less, to the vast majority of the travelling public. How to win friends and influence people. How many motorists were inconvenienced yesterday, and what will their ongoing opinion of cyclists be, as a result?
I discussed the Amy's Gran Fondo ride with my g/f over the weekend as I might do that this year (call me a hypocrite) and her reaction was "What if you are an overseas tourist and that day you planned to drive the GOR and can't because it's closed for a bunch of wannabe Cadel's" (subtlety is not her strong suit).
If we want to be taken seriously as legitimate road users, maybe we just need to "suck it up" and ride with the cars.
Agree, move on next topic.....
Here's an idea.
Cyclists use the Old Mt Barker Road - and every motorist using the freeway while they're riding, has to donate $20 to The Smith Family.
Your business partner has some strange views on liberty....
Either he is a liberal (I can do what like, as long as it doesnt affect you) or a libertarian (I can do what I like, and if it affects you - hard cheese, because a person's right to do whatever they wish, must always prevail.)
If he argues, his right to use the freeway when he wants for business, trumps my idle wishes as a recreational cyclist - that's a libertarian argument. I argue back, as a vulnerable road user - my right for safety - to hog a whole road lane, go slow, dent his car if he passes too close - trumps his idle wishes to get there a minute faster! :)
Come to think of it, the Freeway is closed virtually every day ... to pedestrians, cyclists, and skateboarders .
Who perhaps make up a surprisingly high percentage, of the SA population....
Good point. Drivers use the freeway for 364.9 days per year and object if anyone else uses it for 2 hours. We cyclists pay for the construction and maintenance of the road, yet drivers object if we get to use it for only 2 hours. See http://www.cyclingpromotion.com.au data sheet 'Bicycles belong on the road, registration free' in file Info_Sheet_5_Bicycles_belong_on_the_road.pdf
Maybe the solution is to let cyclists use the freeway every day, riding two abreast in the left hand lane could be made legal, faster traffic can use the other lanes to overtake us. that way we get the best of both worlds, access to a road we help to fund, and motorists are not inconvenienced unnecessarily.
I can just imagine the downhill run now, awesome idea, might even suggest it for the S Expressway, the bike track surface is getting pretty dodgy.
There is enough motorbikes, scooters and zbox motor clad bikes on the bike paths already!
Many many more kilometres of roads than bicycle lanes; bicycle lanes ending suddenly, like at intersections when really needed; most bicycle lanes within reach of opening doors; cyclists more likely to get injured; and when cyclists injured authorities often do not take action against the negligent drivers. Isn't democracy wonderful!
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