Just got a txt from a friend would reports quite a few cyclists being pulled up just south of Henley Square. Anyone seen this or know what for? She wasnt sure... a group, plus individual cyclists have been stopped and spoken to... the reporter is unsure if notices are being issued....
Seems some sort of blitz is taking place.... Anyone have any further info?
I think that there will never be a right answer for all but in my experience as a regular user over the years of the Linear Park I have found the bell both effective and well accepted, of course there are exceptions, I always say thankyou when cyclists and pedestrians respond appropriately
I know it is socially uncool to have a bell on a drop bar carbon bike
You could get one of these. Probably still not in the Rules but they look neat. Only work on brakes pre 2009 though. Bells have the advantage that they probably signal "bike" whereas voice can be anything. Noisy freewheel does the same.
Just spend 30 minutes at the new police headquarters.
Its now been made very clear that a bell or audible warning device and a rear deflector(red) visible to 15 m rearwards facings must be attached to be roadworthy.
I asked if there was a blitz on Hindmarsh square and could neither confirm or deny.
I asked if anyone ever been fined for not having either safety device, they could not confirm that either.
I asked about the police organised and escorted "ride like crazy" and mentioned the roadworthy bell and deflector discussion. Room was silent!
I also asked why the TDU was not subjected to the same rules, no answer and further more, what would happen if an individual was to point out the unroadworthyness of bicycles in any above mentioned events to the police!
They said it would be up to the individual officer to assess the situation. Whatever that means!
Its still clear as mud!
haha nice work Frank. typical to get a silent response from them when asked about a specific issue.
To be fair the Police don't make the law they just enforce it. It is the Government who has to change the silly law.
I know of one lady who got pulled over for running a red light and then got done for no bell or reflectors. Lots a $$$ fine. Im sure the tiser use to run an list of the number of offences people got done for. havent seen it for a few years.
Is this actually enforceable in SA? The Aus road rules only mention reflectors for when riding at night. I would have thought the flashing red light would cover this requirement?
Yes the SA cycling rules pdf says that you only need them at night or in poor visibility and front and back flashing lights will do.
Womble, I have mentioned this on other AC discussions. One afternoon as I was heading home from TDU, when 2 young men asked me where they could find a pizza place. Their plans had been changed. They were wheeling bicycles, one a trick bike had not been designed to carry a reflector. During the day the police had defected the bike, it was now festooned with defected stickers. They were forced to walk and wheel their bikes a long way home.
Surely Frank the TDU is on closed roads and I would assume the road rules do not necessarily apply. For instance they don't have to ride on the left hand side either. Or am I missing your point.
The TDU Race is a on "rolling" closed roads...so the pros don't need to have a bell or reflector.
The TDU Bupa Challenge ride is on (mainly) open roads and therefore all local road rules apply.