I don't get the Advertiser for so many reasons however I could not avoid having a look at an article when I saw the paper whilst waiting for an appointment.

I found it online which I thought was unusual as it is subscription based, I have clipped a couple of paragraphs below as it was a long article.


Miles Kemp, The Advertiser, January 10. 2018

"SA Police figures show cyclists are on target to contribute $1.25 million in fines to State Government coffers this financial year, up from $514,199 in 2014/15.

Officers are also on track to pull over 8308 riders this financial year, up from 6654 in 2014/15, before new cycling safety laws were introduced."

This is the bit that interested me

"However police are only on target to stop 24 motorists for breaching the overtaking rules this financial year. Most of those caught breaking the rule are being cautioned, not fined."

and later in the article

"In 2016/17, 41 drivers were pulled over, with ten of those fined, and in 2015/16, 31 pulled over and 12 fined."

Obviously cyclists should not be breaking the road laws. I'd like to think that they are being fined for meaningful breaches and not petty misdeeds. Obeying the law avoids fines and improves relations with motorists.

My issue is with the minimal attention to close passing by motorists. I know it is hard to prosecute on one party's word versus the other's, and I know video evidence does not seem to count for much.

It seems to me that a pass is deemed ok if the vehicle gets past without contact, i.e. there is no blood splash or viscera on the camera, no car shaped dents in the cyclist or cyclist shaped dents in the car.

The one metre space at 60kph and 1.5 metre at above 620 kph seems to be optional and luckily most drivers seem capable of observing it.

For those people who can't drive, I'd like to think that technology may help in the future. Perhaps roadside cameras in cyclist hotspots could be set up to measure passing distance.

Undercover police on bikes with cameras would be really effective but I imagine WHS guidelines would prevent dangerous activities like riding bikes on roads.

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A helmet is part of the gear, MHL is part of the law. You shouldn't conflate the two - they are very different.

Since for you a helmet is part of the wardrobe, MHLs have no (immediate) impact on you. For others a helmet is not and never will be a part of the wardrobe and MHLs likely does have an impact on them (even the Bicycle Network survey indicates that it has a very large impact).

(surprised to read Jilden had a cap over his helmet)

Sun protection for us mature folks with thinning/missing hair, a well designed helmet cover saves on UV damage. A friend I lent my spare bike to go for a ride together showed me his patchy red scalp the next day. Uncool.

Oh and covers protect your ears against maggies too.

I've probably mentioned this on this forum before, but even if the pedestrian is feeding pigeons, cyclists are required to give way.

So if someone doesn't move when I ring my bell, I just ride around slowly. For me the bell is "cyclist approaching", not "cyclist approaching, please move". Of course most pedestrians do move, but when they don't, it's no big deal.

"us mature folks with thinning/missing hair"

I'm so sorry for your loss, I will never know that feeling :-). Helmets just get too warm for me.

Peter, I think you know the laws better than I do, so I'm not going to argue the differences, if any, between 'giving way' and 'sharing the path'. However, I think, in any setting, if someone was standing in the middle of a shared path or even a footpath with a whole bunch of pigeons around them and they fly up into people's face to catch whatever is being thrown at them, then most people would expect them to move, especially if there's about 100sqm right next to the path where it would be safer to feed the birds.

As for courtesy, the other day I turned around the bike to go and apologise to someone I hadn't rang my bell for. 

And the maggies, I had my wife in front of me to deflect the attack of the pigeons, so I figure I can do that in future to protect me from magpies :-)

Sorry Wayne, I have no idea about where to get decent bike bells. In my post I was referring to budget light sets. I bought a Cat Eye white front and Cherry bomb red rear for $30.00 a couple of years ago and I find these adequate for being seen (not brilliant for illuminating the road - excuse the pun). 

I've not heard of lux but highly recommend this bell. I think they can even hear me through over ear headphones!


lux, short for luxury!

My bell was similar to the one you posted, but the spring broke. I currently have the ones from the Giant store ($9.95 each, see their website). Bad quality! The spring keeps twisting, so any given moment you could need your bell and you first have to straighten the thing before you can use it; worst case you're almost on top of the people you're ringing the bell for (and then you scare the hell out of them because 'you crept up on em').

Will keep an eye out for that crane bell, look nice too in shiny bronze.

Dang it mate! You have a voice, use that!

I went with the copper. Paid for freight from the US coz I couldn't get one in Oz. It gets a good workout on the linear park and seems to be holding up well.

I do Ross, but the default / muscle memory setting is to use the bell. So even if I do call out, it's usually not until the bell fails, and I end up being close anyway.

And, the law does require all bikes to have one, and to use it when required. I also have an arm that I could use to signal turning left when driving, but the technology is available and the law requires the use of indicators :-)

Rod, when I opened your link on my phone it said it wasn't available in our region, but on the computer I didn't see that. I did also go to amazon.com.au https://www.amazon.com.au/Crane-Bell-Steel-Mount-Bicycle/dp/B00KFCY...

We currently have something like this (like I said, bad quality) https://www.amazon.com.au/BICYCLE-Bell-Mini-Steel-Black/dp/B078HBNW...

I wouldn't mind one of these https://www.amazon.com.au/Rex-Ding-Dong-Bike-Black/dp/B077Q541PW/re...

or maybe this would do it even for those with earbuds in or those people who are old enough for but think they don't need a hearing aid yet https://www.amazon.com.au/Auveach-Sounds-Ultra-loud-Bicycle-Electro...

And apparently luxury bells worth $60+ do exist :-{


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