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?
I saw a cyclist with a parrot sitting on his shoulder.
I've seen that cyclist in Norwood and the parrot land on him as he's riding along.
I've also had a parrot on my shoulder in a 4WD. They clamp on pretty tight when it starts bouncing around.
The other thing I like is people who wear the helmet but don't do it up. Seems like you are getting the worst of both worlds. With the ones that hang it over the handlebar I wonder if there has ever been an accident caused by a helmet getting caught in the spokes ?
Cyclists are required to wear helmets when riding on bicycle and shared paths. I know a cyclist with multiple bikes who rides or walks to work. So with juggling transport, he headed home minus his helmet, planning to cycle across the parklands and wheel his bike on footpaths. A police officer saw him cycling in the parklands minus helmet and fined him.
When I counting for Super Tuesday bike census I saw a guy wearing his helmet back to front. I would guess he was an international student.
We saw a cyclist take a dip in the Torrens on Good Friday. Was an amazing sight as bike and cyclist disappeared beneath the surface. Luckily, no ducks were harmed in this instance.
Sarah was reversing the Adelaide Rowing Club truck and a massive trailer loaded with boats along a section of the path, so that we could then drive up the driveway. I was behind her on the path, guiding her back, and stopping any cyclists or pedestrians from passing, to keep them safe. This gentleman decides to ride straight passed me, got a little too close to the river edge, started to lose his nerve, then rolled gracefully into the drink.
After I fished him out, I asked why he didn't stop when asked to, and his response was staggering, "Sorry mate, I didn't see you." Now, I'm not exactly short, nor overly thin, the truck and trailer stand out like the proverbial, hence why I found his response just so incredible! We sent him back into the river again to fish his bike out, figuring he was already wet, he couldn't get any wetter! Took some convincing, but he finally did and retrieved his bike with no problems.
So not only are some stupid enough to ride through traffic lights without a care, but some are stupid enough to ride straight passed a fellow cyclist trying to look after their own safety!
Could this be a good time for a flame session re 4WD drivers?
Only the ones that park on the path along the Torrens and get in my way
Could be Clive, especially the ones like this one that are heavily camouflaged to look exactly like the bike path!!
We were chatting about it at the regatta on the weekend, and there are a few fun stories about some of the cyclists along here! One club further along goes to the extent of putting warning signs out when moving their boats across the shared use path, as well as having people on hand to warn of the hazard. Another cyclist decided he didn't need to slow down or take advice of someone looking after his safety, and road straight into one of their boats. Boat 1, cyclist 0!
I don't have any issues with the rowing clubs, they are generally look out for other users of the path and I allow for the time they need to cross the path.
The rowing club near K.W. St bridge is the worst from my point of view because I don't have a clear view of it as I am approaching, but the only time I've been in danger is when a young lass picked up some oars and turned around. If it hadn't been for her friend grabbing her I would have ended up with a face full of oar. This happened near where you are in the picture above.