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Originally posted by MrMysticism
Most expressways have catwalks these days. With the cost of gas and the effort to make the roads more bicycle friendly I'm sure yours will have one built if enough people push for it.
Originally posted by Badge01
Don't mean to be so negative. It's hard to imagine how it would work here, but if it works for you, great. What is your accident or incident rate wrt crazy drivers?
The real problem we have here is that local Govt. makes millions of dollars from parking infringements, Sydney council alone makes over 20 mill in fines a year, to make cities more friendly requires less cars, less cars means less $$$ for the local Govt......while they make small gestures to placate cyclists( by helping with ideas like Bikebus) the priority is always $$$ and thus cars etc. That is why educating drivers and asking police to enforce laws in regard to road rage etc( we have a road rage register system here that no body really knows about) where cyclist can report aggressive drivers and have those reports taken seriously are far moreimportantl but unlikely to happen. We just had a guy plow into 60 riders( some training for 2008 olympics), the amount of anger directed at these cyclists was insane, people actually defended this idiot who hit these riders. The police only persued it due to the profile of some of the riders, if it had of been a social group ride i doubt sqwuat would have been done.
Other issues would be adequate bike facilities at the destination, and the backing of the cops. Even if it's legal to ride two abreast, if the cops are not on-board, they'd pull over and ticket the group leaders who would then have to fight it in court to have the illegal ticketing rescinded. This could be costly.
They don't want to accept personal resposibility, that is what i believe.
Publicity helps, but too many drivers, I fear, would be uninformed.
Yeah, not a bad idea, but given some mentality, any bike rider on those non-bikebus roads would be in for hell, as drivers would believe only one route should be used by all bikes, which would be impossible. In my city though, the tide is turning, pertrol(like everywhere) is high, public transport is overcrowded and inefficient, and people have no time for the gym etc. Bikes solve all that. We just need to provide a safer environment. And the perception that it is safe and effective to see those unconfident or insecure people overcome the barriers that would otherwise see them with the likes of Us, on the bike.
What might help would be if the city declared a route to be a sanctioned BikeBus route, installed signage and marked the road surface as a designated route. This would warn motorists to take other routes or times to avoid the BB groups.
Originally posted by atlasastro
We just had a guy plow into 60 riders( some training for 2008 olympics), the amount of anger directed at these cyclists was insane, people actually defended this idiot who hit these riders. The police only persued it due to the profile of some of the riders, if it had of been a social group ride i doubt sqwuat would have been done.
On their journey, the cyclists were followed from behind by their RV, which flashed its amber lights.
The accident occurred around noon, near Virden, 290 kilometres east of Winnipeg.
Ms. Carrier said the RCMP told her that a Honda Civic tried to pass the group and apparently swerved back too quickly, sideswiping the four cyclists.
The Honda's driver, a 27-year-old from Virden, wasn't injured.