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?
Hope the parrot was wearing a helmet
Oh no... The helmet argument rears its ugly head...
I was driving on a local street near home, coming up to a blind bend to the right. Saw a guy with no helmet, on a mountain bike riding one handed on the wrong side of the road into the blind bend. He was holding a plastic shopping bag back over his shoulder with the other hand. Predictably, a car came round the bend at the same time as we did. Fortunately for the rider (I won't call him a cyclist!) I had moved as far left as I could and then jumped on the brakes when I saw the other car. The other car managed to dodge him by heading onto my side of the road. Stupid *&% idiot rider!
While the stupidity of this one is likely to be well argued, I'm continuously amazed that cyclists ride up and down Waterfall Gully Rd during the peak times of the morning on weekends and public holidays. There are LOADS of other roads to choose from, why hold up the mobs of unpredictable, already disgruntled-and-searching-desperately-for-carparks traffic on a very narrow, windy and really not nicely surfaced road? It's pure maddness up there in a car, why risk yourself on a bike?
The food place at Waterfall Gully was run by cyclists years ago. Do not know if they are still there.
They are retired from the restaurant, and still cycling, with CPG and ATC.
I should add that I'm all for riding that stretch at times when it's not mobbed by the cars of people who are hitting the walking trails, but weekend mornings and public holiday mornings is nothing short of daft in my opinion.
I'm wondering how many of these walkers have actually weighed up the amount of time spent looking for a park plus the cost of the parking ticket against time it takes to simply zip up the freeway to Mt Lofty and park there and walk down and then up the track?? Parking at Mt Lofty is only $2 and there are always plenty of parks.
In fact parking is free if you get there early enough. The Social secretary does the walk every week in that direction, never hear any complaints about not getting a park.
Having said that though, the Freeway does seem to represent an impenetrable barrier to most flatties, "Oh we can drive up the freeway , thats so far , I'll have to pack my lunch for that trip", let alone trying to get a courier to give reasonable service.
One of my former colleagues, who lived in Mt Barker, used to say that her English relatives, who lived in Elizabeth, expected to be put up overnight if they visited in the evening.
David, did they get invited very often in the evening!