Had a cynical laugh to myself on the way into work this morning. As i was riding through the park near South Tce in the city i passed a lady riding a hybrid with a wicker basket on the front. As i approached her i noticed she wasnt wearing a helmet (not overly strange) but as i passed her i saw she had it sitting in the basked on the front of her bike! As i rode away with a strange sort of despair i was stopped a red light on south tce at the end of the bike path. i was there for a minute or two and saw her approaching the intersection, she proceed to take the helmet out (while still riding) and put it on here head! i just sat there stunned and to add to it she just rode straight across the pedestrian crossing when the lights turned orange (she had PLENTY of time to stop and didnt check for any turning cars).
i am continually dumbfounded and saddened by a lot of the stuff i see while i am out riding.
What stupid things have you seen?
Jeremy, re dogs and their owners on shared paths.
I was riding River Torrens Linear Park towards a woman on one side of the path, and a dog off lead on the other side. I called out a warning and the 'thanks' for my warning was a mouthful of f. abuse.
I was riding a shared path in North Adelaide. Dog off lead, despite sign to have dogs on leads. As I approached a woman who was off the path and to my right, she threw a ball across the path and at my front wheel. Required quick braking to avoid the dog that naturally bounded towards my bike.
People who have their dogs off lead in a place like the linear park just show that even some dog owners are stupid and inconsiderate the same as most sections of society.
I used to ride in Renmark and on my usual ride at least two dogs would come out of properties and give chase. One was a little fella that was easily handled, the other a huge thing. Damned frightening when you're enjoying the serenity!
I've had a couple that have given chase, one the owner had to go looking for after.
I almost ran over one as well, i think it was to the left of me, then i looked down and it was near my cranks on the right hand side, don't know how i missed it.
One local footpath is a hazard for walking, it's turned into a ridiculous memory game remembering where the dogs have been. I was even going to take a piece of chalk and write 'this is a foot path, not a dog poop path'
Dogs will use a place used by other dogs. Any chance of the council cleaning the footpath and hosing it down? Owners can be fined (or chatted to) for leaving the mess but unlikely to be spotted.
Saw a guy riding down the wrong side of the road towing a wheely bin with another bike strapped across the bin - no helmet either..
I too Had a cynical laugh to myself on the way home from work tonight. I was almost home and thanks to the V8 Commodore driver for not running me over but decided he couldnt wait 15mtrs as i take the next street. Well he decided to give me room so i hve to give him that. But being a V8 lowered Commodore going over the centre line where them Big Yellow blocks are. he hit the Diff all the way up about 5 if not 10. What a noise. The 2 guys giving way to him in the next street just pissing them self. Also a Commodore. One yells out to me. NOW THATS WHAT I CALL A DIFF BOUNCE. Wonder if he broke something the way that hit like that. Of next time he'll run me down and used me as the speed bumps?
Oh and yesterday on the Corner of Bridge & Kesters Rd, i had to dodge Jims Chain Saw and Jerry can. It seams some one lost a Chain saw and the jerry can of fuel. One it stunk and also was a hazard that had me swerving to avoid.
Someone would have appreciated recycling a free chain saw.
to power a mountain bike!
This one is less stupid and more hilarious. I was driving stopped on Osmond Tce, turning right onto the Parade. An old guy whom I can only describe as Gandalf in short shorts was on his bike in front of the bakery, stopped at the lights. Circling above him was his pet sulfur crested cockatoo. As the lights changed the the old guy set off on his bike, the cocky flew down and landed on the handle bars and sat there as the guy headed up the parade.
Funniest thing I've seen in ages.
I have seen the same pair on The Parade, the man cycling and the parrot on his shoulder. One way to be 'seen' by drivers?