"Take up the Whole Road". Do you actually mean riding two abreast. BECAUSE WE CAN. :)) (joking)
Apart from that there is ample room for motor vehicles to pass two bike riders riding side by side along here. What is it with the attitude of some of the people who drive cars. Relax, get out on a bike. You might live a bit longer and also become more tolerant of your fellow Adelaidians. After all we all live here.
I ride that route lots of weekends, and can not think of when we have taken up the whole road? Even two abreast if we have to so we can chat with our chubby mates alongside of us, (according to your website that you referred us to), we are not that far out on to the road. The only time we may take over the whole road along there is when we are approaching or leaving some of the carousels of death along there.
If we did not block the lane at these, and I have seen it happen too many times, those Commodore drivers, (ok, maybe just a generalisation here as per your websites generalisations), will try to overtake us into the roundabaout. Not a smart move.
We are allowed to occupy the road as well, even if there is a bike lane along the road. The times we do this is when there is a vehicle parked in the bike lane, or when there is broken glass or other debris in the lane. Or there are some bike lanes that you would not even take a four wheel drive along them.
We're pretty lucky here in Adelaide, our streets are pretty wide, and if we all wanted to, we could easily share the roads, there is room along most of them.
Grab a bike, and come for a ride with us one day, we are looking at holding rides that anyone can join in on, and see what it is like out there on the roads to get an understanding of our sport/passion.
Realistically, even if you did have to slow down for a cyclist occasionally along there, come on, this is Adelaide, what the hell could you be in a hurry to get to anyway!
Have a great weekend mate, might see you along the Esplanade one day soon!
In all the years that I have been riding a bike, including in large Groups and small groups I have never seen bike riders riding 5 abreast. A slight exaggeration. Even 3 abreast does occur but rarely and usually someone will rectify that issue and advise the person accordingly. It happens but not very often and not for very long. As for running red lights that is not to be tolerated. Oh and by the way, how many motor vehicle drivers were fined for running red lights ! Any comment ?
I have just read that thread and I think there are a few things about road rules that need pointing out. First, cycling on the footpath is not legal unless the cyclist is under 12 or cycling with someone who is under 12. There is no obligation for a cyclist to use a bike lane. They must keep as close as practicable to the left of the road. Practicable means if there are potholes or debris then they are not obliged to ride in that. Third, with regard to riding two abreast, two cyclists (or motorcyclists) are allowed to ride two abreast as long as they are within 1.5m of each other.
Just thought I would add my 5c worth (because of inflation. My opinion used to only cost 2c)