Sat morning at 8.10am a small group (10-12) of road cyclists were riding west on Black Rd, O'Halloran hill, and turned right onto south rd, then left onto Majors Rd. no issue, except for the fact it is a traffic light controlled intersection, and they thought that it'd be fine to go through when the light was green for those of us heading nth/sth along South Rd!!!!! a nice little situation ensued as cars had to stop and slow down for these 'considerate' riders.
Awesome example you set there during peak hour traffic!
Unfortunately there are idiots on bikes also! It only takes a few like this to ruin it for all cyclists.
A mass illegal manoeuvre across 6 lanes of traffic at peak hour, inconveniencing and causing concern to motorists on a major road. Fantastic effort guys/gals. That pretty much negates all the "miracles" posted earlier and just when I was thinking that Adelaide drivers were becoming more cyclist aware and courteous. We will encounter a lot of this cyclist stupidity over the coming weeks as the TDU "we own the road this month" mentality sets in.
I can't help but think that those cyclists probably drive like complete tools as well.
they all share the same traits... they have no respect for others.
I've always noticed (usually when driving to TDU stages) that it is the large bunches of visiting cyclists from interstate (you can tell because of their jerseys) that are the worst. Riding in massive bunches 4-5 abreast on narrow country roads, all over the place, stopping without warning and generally acting like the whole state has been put at their disposal for the duration of their "holiday of a lifetime!". Spose they think that the drivers they piss off won't be givng them grief (they'll be saving their angst for local cyclists once the TDU is over) so what's the problem? Or maybe they act like this at home too? No wonder they get such bad press....
to be fair from myopening post, most cyclists i see are doing the right thing, if not being 'abused' by other motorists. this incident just stood out as particularly ordinary.
Unfortunately cyclists doing the right thing don't register with motorists as they are merely part of the everyday traffic flow. It's incidents like the one you described above that are indelibly etched in the driver's memory. For the same reason I seriously believe that all drivers of late model Skylines are w*****s until proven otherwise. By the same token by mid-January I hate cyclists too! :-(
oops - did I sound very grinch like? Didn't mean to - I'm just a sucker for born-to-rule attitudes I guess?? Sorry!
Not so much Grinch like - but I think you are drawing a long bow to say that it is only riders from outside SA who behave poorly on the road. It is not clear where the riders in the original post were from - they may even be locals!
Maybe I wasn't clear. I meant during the TDU - maybe I notice them because you can tell they are visiting...
Yep, this is exactly the behavior that makes it really hard to get the good cycling message out to motorists. Some people are calling for bicycle registration (at the moment i am against) so these tools can be caught and prosecuted. If you know these people mention politely how difficult they make it for everyone else.
I hate to say it, but this is unfortunately also a common trait exhibited by the pros themselves when out on training rides during the lead-up to the TDU!