Our riding group does a lot of hills riding and we have had our fair share of animal related crashes / near misses from dogs, cows and goats. Yesterday one of us went down due to an unrestrained dog which leapt out in front of us. I seem to hear a fair share of these stories, and I am not sure what the law is on this? I guess the only quick help for this is to add a warning call of “dog-up” in our cycling vocabulary.
There are actually dog owners who think when they join a Million Paws Walk their dog is not going to realise that he's surrounded by hundreds of his furry buddies and go absolutely bannanas??
They are the really special owners! I think I'll avoid town this weekend!
There are bicycle paths where dogs are not permitted.
ROAD TRAFFIC (MISCELLANEOUS) REGULATIONS 1999 - REG 23
23—Prohibition of dogs on certain bicycle paths
(1) A person who owns or has possession or control of a dog must ensure that the dog does not enter or remain on a bicycle path to which this regulation applies.
Maximum penalty: $750.
(2) In proceedings for an offence of contravening subregulation (1), an allegation in the complaint that a specified person was the owner or had possession or control of a specified dog at a specified time will be accepted as proved in the absence of proof to the contrary.
(3) This regulation applies to the bicycle path adjacent to the Southern Expressway that commences at Darlington Street at Bedford Park and proceeds generally southerly on the eastern side of the carriageway of the Expressway to a point approximately 250 metres north of the intersection of the Expressway, South Road and Panalatinga Road at Trott Park, then generally southerly on the western side of the carriageway of the Expressway to the intersection of Panalatinga Road and Old South Road at Old Reynella.
(4) In this regulation—
"Southern Expressway" means Road Number 6780 Southern Expressway between—
(a) its intersection with Road Number 6726 Panalatinga Road and Road Number 6203 Main South Road at Trott Park; and
(b) its junction with Road Number 6203 Main South Road at Bedford Park.
My intention is to let cyclists know where they stand legally.
In this case entitled to object to dog on the Veloway and explain to the owner.
I know Heather, your intentions are always the best, do you however get the feeling that riding is a bit about freedom and wind in your hair and letting loose and all the rules we now have to live by its getting crazy.
Give me a little village in northern Italy or the Harz mountains in germany and just ride!
Thats what I am talking about.
Frank, while interstate in 2011 came across a perfect spot to indulge my leisure interests. Got the bug to move away from responsibilities, etc. By this month worked out that not viable.
Take into account that I have long term ill-health which includes fatigue and reduced energy. My cycling speed has reduced and there are few AC group rides that suit.
I had Eppstein Barr once and a dose of CFS and can relate.
I feel your input is always of best intentions as said.
Totally respect ur time and circumctance, my idea of riding is just that of joy, fitness and freedom.
There is a reason I have not been on the road for weeks now, I have lost some drive due to all the rules and regulations and the crap that goes with it.
I wanna fang up the hills and down the valleys and not be snubbed cause i didnt wave or ran a stop sign or had no bell. Believe me, it happens and its wrong!!!
Reduced cycling speed.....fatigue....reduced energy. I think Ive found my perfect riding buddy :)
:) Martin, the only group rides I do at the moment are the occasional ones organised for parents with (slow) children. :) Cycle nearly everywhere for transport, by myself.
If you work in the city, welcome to a group meet-up for lunchtime coffee.