I've had a request from the Sunday Mail.
Have you had an accident lately and would like to talk about it to the paper? They are doing a story on Adelaide's bicycle blackspots (following on from the release of the Green's Blackspot reporting iPhone app).
The Motor Accident Commission has given some statistics, but they need someone who has been knocked off their bike for a piece to go with the main story. Some pictures would also be appreciated.
It's about fighting for the rights of cyclists.
If you would like to help please contact Renato Castello (firstname.lastname@example.org), she's a cyclist too!
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I think losing your licence could be the best thing for, it opens up a community you would otherwise never explore.
You sound like a prime candidate. They'll find someone and If its not you it could be somebody who puts a negative spin on things.
Good point, maybe I'll contact her! I'm supposing given she's a rider too then she'd want a positive spin
Motor vehicles are the danger, bikes are safer. People always need to be reminded.
We always need to mention things, eg. More funding, vulnerable road users legislation, better infrastructure, active transport checklist on all new road upgrades.
Doing an interview about an accident that happened near the park lands can be good also, You can always mention how easy it is to make a cycle route that minimizes time spent in a pressurized traffic environment..
Why doesn't she cover the guy who got doored on Hindmarsh Sq requiring stitches? He caught the whole incident on helmet cam, the woman who opened the door tells him he should not ride there and then the car drives away - a hit run. The police send a letter to the driver. What a complete joke.
I hadn't seen this thread until Heather brought it to my attention a few minutes ago. Bike SA pointed Sunday Mail to me. I was interviewed by phone this morning and will be having a photo shoot this afternoon (I am practicing sucking in my guts in Lycra now). I think I was positive about cycling. I was not positive about the door zone coinciding with bike lanes - suggested we need more separate bike tracks like Denmark etc. I was not positive about police response.
Paul good luck with the sucking the gut in thing. I was on the telly last week and the cameramen know when you are doing it and they wait until you can't hold it anymore not only is your stomach wobbling from the quick release you are also panting like carzy from holding your breath.
Good to hear Paul. Don't forget that the great advantages of the separated Danish bike tracks are:
They are in between pavement and road. If there are parked cars, then these work as a bufferzone inbetween cyclists and motorists. This location also ensure that only passengers (not driver) can cause the dooring, and considering most cars only have 1 person (the driver) this dramatically reduces the likelihood. I can't help to mention that all car drivers (99.9%) in Denmark has or perhaps still are cyclists which means they know to look out for cyclists. Drivers test includes getting out of car and turning head to look for cyclists - failing to do so means you fail (same for turning car etc.). It been a couple of months ago since I watched you video, but if that had been in Denmark the bike track would have been left of the bus (which would have meant you should stop for entering/disembaring bus passengers - unless there was a 'bus platform', which meant you would never have come into contact with any cars.
They are raised. Which means cars don't cross/mount the bike tracks unless unavoidable. When parking your car they serve as a nice ruffled granite edge which will remind your tyre and rim not to get to close.
They are maintained. Generally the surface is very smooth, making for a comfortable ride, since no cars/trucks or heavy traffic is allowed to destroy/dent the bitumen and hence allows the bitumen to stay great.
As some of the members of this site will already have noticed this is one of my favourite topic, and make me sound like a broken record, but we can keep painting bike lanes from here to the moon and we will still be miles from having decent bicycle infrastructure in this country.
Thanks Kenneth. Much better than my description. I have sent it to Sunday Mail. You can tell from my last name that I am biased to the Danish system!