I had the wierdest experience this morning 7am - doing a 30 min run before work and returning down Cross Roads (reasonable bike lane, but traffic doing 60km on my right). Woman jogging in the bike lane same direction as traffic with big earphones on, and on the mobile at the same time.
I suppose I could have run into her, but gave her an earful instead! Perfectly good and wider footpaths for joggers, why use the bike lane???
Sophia, the LGA educating others about cyclists could include something like:
Pedestrians, joggers and mobility scooter users -- remember that footpaths are for pedestrians and bicycle lanes are for cyclists. Please do not unsafely obstruct cyclists.
Exactly my point - and just as stupid as some cyclists and some motorists. Nonetheless it was stupid, unsafe behaviour and I feel better having triggered my first discussion about it on Adelaide Cyclists!
For Sophia and others. When pedestrians flout the road rules, this can create an unexpected cycling hazard.
Bicycle lanes are for cyclists' use only. Motorists, including motorcyclists, must not drive, park or stop in a bicycle lane during the times displayed.
Share the Road
Safer cycling for all road users
– You should make sure you watch for cyclists as well as cars before stepping off the kerb when crossing a road with bike lanes.
– Remember to move out of the way for cyclists if you stand in a bicycle lane to cross the road.
If there is no provision for a footpath, you may walk in the bicycle lane.
Motorised wheelchairs can be configured in a variety of ways, with mobility scooters or gophers often having ‘T bar’ steering and a longer wheelbase than ‘conventional’ motorised wheelchairs. The Australian Road Rules however only refer to motorised wheelchairs and for the purposes of ‘The Rules’ a mobility scooter or gopher is considered a type of motorised wheelchair.
Under the Australian Road Rules, a person using a motorised wheelchair is classified as a pedestrian and:
-- Can only travel on the road where a footpath is not available, is being repaired or is unsafe due to damage
-- Must observe all the same road rules that apply to pedestrians
Great research Heather - all makes sense to me. I'll have to print a couple of brochures and keep them on my bike to throw if I ever encounter this again!!
Chris, notice your tongue in cheek. When pedestrians flout the road rules, this can create an unexpected cycling hazard. My research indicates that cyclists are entitled to yell warning of "bicycle lane". However, if the pedestrian continues to be inconsiderate of cyclist safety, then rider needs to somehow avoid the pedestrian for the safety of both.
I had on in Unley doing exactly the same thing today. She eventually returned to the footpath when I was about 10 metres away.
A note concerning users of electric mobility scooters ("gophers"). While there are many users who could do somewhat better, such as by using hi-vis clothing and a hi-vis back to the otherwise plain black rear of their machines, and perhaps by being more observant, one has to be cautious in criticism of their use of roads rather than footpaths. Although many footpaths may seem passable, they might not be. For example, the recommended maximum cross-slope for wheelchair accessible paths is 1 in 40 Many footpaths constructed by councils, even now, do not comply with this unfortunately non-obligatory standard. Rough joints, sewer inspection points, overgrown vegetation, sprinklers etc. all add to the hazards of footpath use, which hazards an able-bodied person might easily avoid.
David, I am aware of footpaths hazards for those with a disability. I report many pedestrian and cycling hazards.
My posted complaint was in Jeffcott Street where wide suitable paths for mobility scooters. The user was contra-flow, had been in the middle of the road (to get around a bus at a stop), and startled me when suddenly appeared at the back of the angled bus, forcing me out of the bicycle lane. The user put himself at risk. If no footpath, better for mobility scooter to go with the flow in a cycle lane, and also stop at the back of a parked bus.
Don't forget number plates LOL!