David Bowler
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Police tells cyclist 1m rule will be scraped

Started this discussion. Last reply by Just another psycho-list Feb 21, 2016. 5 Replies

Frome Rd offroad bike path - going against the flow

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Murray Feb 10, 2016. 8 Replies


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David Bowler replied to heather's discussion power-assisted bicycle rules changed
"I was referring to the situation of pedestrian crossings without lights."
Jan 4
David Bowler replied to Pete HumF's discussion Accident (head on) with Motorised Bike on Amy Gillett Bikeway
"That ramp is particularly hazardous. It is not just an issue with idiots, cyclists unfamiliar with the intersection can come down the ramp and not realize the blind corner they are coming into until it is too late. I think they really need to put…"
Dec 27, 2016
David Bowler replied to Ruddager's discussion Did anyone else get caught out on Friday?
"Went to ride home after storm and put on my booties to keep my feet dry and promptly rode though what I thought was a a 2cm deep puddle only to find water over pedals when they were horizontal."
Nov 13, 2016
David Bowler liked Gus K's discussion Site update: no closure this month and talks with new operators underway
Oct 19, 2016
David Bowler replied to heather's discussion Montacute Rd closed for months?
"Riding down that closed bit is my favorite section of road to cycle on in Adelaide :("
Sep 21, 2016
David Bowler commented on Gus K's news post All things must end: Adelaide Cyclists to close
"Sad news. In spite of all the social media options, Adelaide Cyclists fills a gap that does not seem to be covered elsewhere, but understand the reasons for shutting down. Thanks for all the effort put into running the site Gus.  Note after the…"
Sep 14, 2016
David Bowler replied to heather's discussion driverless cars vs vulnerable road users
"People are already making the decision to protect themselves over others when they are choosing large 4WD over more suitable vehicles for driving around the city."
Jul 1, 2016
David Bowler commented on Gus K's news post New Frome St redesign plans revealed
"I would just be glad to see them actually do something about that stretch.  That said, given the effort that was put into the southern section to make it attractive for casual riders, you think it would be worth having full time bike lanes so…"
May 10, 2016
David Bowler replied to Ruddager's discussion Got some advice this morning
"Sorry mate the lane is just too narrow and unfortunately you get some aggressive, impatient drivers who try and pass when it is not safe. I am sure that you are not one of them, but because of those other idiots the safest option is to ride in the…"
Apr 27, 2016
David Bowler replied to Ruddager's discussion Got some advice this morning
"As a cyclist in this scenario I would commonly ride up the left turn lane if it is clear, so I guess the sign makes it legal."
Apr 27, 2016
David Bowler replied to Michael Murray's discussion Cycling speed on footpaths
"Maybe I don't NEED to ride a bike at all, but it is an efficient mode of transport that will get me where I need to go in a reasonable time frame and getting past a jogger, may help me achieve that objective. What I don't NEED to do is sit…"
Apr 18, 2016
David Bowler replied to Michael Murray's discussion Cycling speed on footpaths
"Traveling faster than a jogger is not racing - most cyclists would normally travel faster than joggers.  On a long wide footpath, it could be quite safe to pass a  jogger and if there was noone else on the path there may be no danger in…"
Apr 17, 2016
David Bowler replied to Michael Murray's discussion Cycling speed on footpaths
"While logically common sense should determine what is a safe speed, politically it may be better to have some artificial limit imposed within a certain distance of a pedestrian to weaken any political momentum to remove the ability for cyclists to…"
Apr 17, 2016
David Bowler replied to Stig of The Dump's discussion Goers at it again
"There is a reason a switch over from 891 to alternative stations in the evenings"
Apr 17, 2016
David Bowler replied to David Bowler's discussion Adelaidenow/Messenger currently running poll on bike registration
"It might have never been going to get up, but it was important to have a strong response the nip any momentum in the bud"
Apr 15, 2016
David Bowler replied to David Bowler's discussion Adelaidenow/Messenger currently running poll on bike registration
"Obviously someone at AdelaideNow has an agenda they want to keep pushing - the headline is now Bike Registration Rejected - For Now"
Apr 15, 2016

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A couple of wins for cycling infrastructure

Posted on April 15, 2011 at 23:54 7 Comments

I am pleased to say that a couple of long standing issues for cyclists along my route to work have been addressed in the past couple of weeks:


Firstly, the "loading zone" outside Vale Park Primary School along Ascot Ave which had times conflicting with the bike lane has finally had the morning loading zone times removed.   On a good day, I can be doing 60km along this stretch, and so to have cars parked in the bike lane was not good, but until now the drivers had a defense.  …


When is a bike lane not a bike lane?

Posted on November 29, 2010 at 21:30 4 Comments

Ans. When it's an "Advisory Treatment".

Call me naive and gullible, but I always considered that when there was a painted line separating cars and bicycles with bicycles stencils painted at regular intervals along the bicycle side of the line, that this was a designated bicycle lane. Not so.

On my way home today, I stopped to take some photos of the road works on Walkerville Terrace and I guy form the Department of Transport in a suit (as opposed to the guys in orange… Continue

Adelaide Drinking Fountains

Posted on September 27, 2010 at 23:18 4 Comments

While many of us carry water when we go for a ride, not everyone does and sometimes they need a drink and sometime we run out and need to top up. Often all we want and need is clean fresh water, but it can sometimes it can be hard to find somewhere we can access it. To that end, I thought I would start a google map where people can plot drinking fountains/bubblers around the city which can be used by cyclists and other people in the community be able to easily find where they can get a drink of… Continue

Right of way for cyclists in relation to left turning vehciles.

Posted on July 13, 2010 at 0:11 10 Comments

Back in April I wrote to the Transport Minister regarding some concerns I had in relation to the lack of protection SA law provides to cyclists. I have finally received a response from the acting minister, Paul Holloway, and thought some of the information was worth sharing. My main concern was that my understanding of the law was that cyclists must give way to vehicles turning left in front of them even when in a bicycle lane. The Minister advised that under Rule 141 of the Australian Road… Continue

Challenge Tour Entries Open

Posted on June 8, 2010 at 16:58 4 Comments

I see entries for the 2011 Challenge Tour are now open. The route will be from Norwood to Strathabyn which is a little disappointing since we did Norwood this year and the Norwood council seems to be anti cycling actually ripping out bike lines while most progressive councils are adding in new ones. I would also have expected a bit more fan fair and an appearance by Media Mike to announce the route.

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At 21:23 on December 9, 2010, Dale V said…
Bike looks like what I'm after. I can offer you $120 for it. Let me know if you're interested.
At 13:09 on December 9, 2010, Dale V said…
Hi David, I was wondering, could you please send me a picture of your Scorpion? I may be interested in buying it.
At 20:09 on August 30, 2010, heather said…
Hi David. I emailed Walkerville Council re Walkerville Tce and got a reply which raised other cycling hazards. I have posted my second email to the council at discussion councils-need-reminding-of-cycling-facilities. It would be great if you also contact the council. If you want a copy my first email, and their reply with attached plan, please let me know. May help you in writing to council.
At 23:30 on April 5, 2009, Gus K said…
G'day. Thanks for joining. It's a small group at the moment but I reckon with the number of cyclists in Adelaide it should grow, It is totally non profit no motivating interests except love of bikes.


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