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 guy on the Parade riding up the wrong side of the road! He was also getting annoyed at the cars beeping him... I can only imagine what would have happened when someone came flying down the bike lane...
So far none of you have spotted what I did this afternoon.
There I am cycling along on a quite residential street in Seaford heading for the coast to vines trail when a guy comes out a bike lane on the left joining the road. He did not look as he nearly flew straight into me luckily I saw him but did not flinch as I saw he was holding a stubby in one hand!
Drinking, riding a bike on a Sunday afternoon WTF? To top it off I am waiting at the lights across Main South road and he cycles up onto the pedestrian area and proceeds to dodge the traffic and ride through a red light!!!
I was glad not to see him in the other side and I hope he arrived safely at his destination....
Saw a ninja riding on Glynburn road last night with no helmet.
Is it just me or has these been an increase in cyclists riding without helmets recently? I've seen at least 5 in the last week or 2 in various parts of town (Adelaide that is)... all commuting types, ie no lycra
I think I saw Jesus on a bike yesterday morning. He rode across three lanes of traffic on King William St causing three cars to brake to avoid him, then onto the other side of the road where he proceeded to ride on the wrong side of the road before hopping up on the footpath and heading down past Trims.
If it wasn't Jesus then it must have been someone else who thinks that they can arise from the dead whenever they feel like it.
Had fun chasing down & idiot this morning to question what he was thinking...
Lady on commuting on her MTB & I were stopped at the front of the bike lane heading north along Hutt Rd waiting for the lights to change to allow us to cross Glen Osmond Rd when an idiot in casual gear on a roadie comes flying around us to turn left towards Pulteney st.
Leaving aside the fact that he's squeezed through a gap no more than a metre wide between myself & the stationary car at the front of the queue putting me in danger as well as himself, he's then gone in to the traffic flow that had a green light (the intersection was by no means clear).
I decided to turn left (I work between Pulteney & Hutt so either is an option) when the light changed and had caught him not 500m down the road. His answer to the quesiton of whether it was really worth it for a 20s jump was "what do you care? It didn't hurt you did it?"
The thing is that while that action probably didn't, all it does is further the stereotype in a motorist's mind that all cyclists don't give sh*t about the road rules (because we know they'll notice the 1 guy running the light & not the 2 people waiting), which in the long run could easily result in myself or some other cyclist coming off worse in a situation with that motorist.
Just proves that riding a bike does NOT = brains, or thought beyond oneself.
Unfortunately all we can do is make sure WE ride within the rules I suppose.
@ Baron - yep, seems to be more lidless nits around. Weather is warmer?
Some folk too cool for helmets.
This behaviour really annoys me and quite right, fuels the motorists attitude on cyclists. His reply of it didn't hurt you did it? Well it could well of if the stationary vehicle had opened its passenger side door at the time. I noticed a guy on a bike last night trying to cross three lanes of traffic at an intersection on Main North Rd, Elizabeth, while I had a green light in an 80kp/h zone, crazy! I call these types of riders 'Temporary Australians'
Saw a guy with a below knee plaster on one leg with his crutch tucked under his arm riding up Pultney! He told me that it was much quicker than walking....
Much ado about nothing...