Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Riding along on my push bike honey

I admit that I do have a vested interest in improvements on our roads for cyclists, but so do you. The more people travelling on bikes, the less people who are driving and getting in my way on the roads and the less people are getting on trams and making them overcrowded.

The growth of cycling in western cities around the world has been exponential. I haven't had the old Apollo out for a number of years awhile but when I do, I stick exclusively to bike lanes completely separated from cars or illegally wobbling along the footpath. I don't mix it with traffic. I am too afraid. I certainly don't ride along our street. There is a lined bike way, right next to parked cars where cyclists are risk of opening car doors. Yet many do cycle along St Kilda Road and every time I count the numbers below the Highrise per set of traffic lights, the number goes up.

I found this Age article interesting. What can be done for cyclists who have to negotiate a significant number of steps to get across the Sydney Harbour Bridge? Easy, what is done even in a small village in northern Japan, an conveyor system for bicycles that runs next to the steps. You hold your bike on the conveyor next to the stairs.





Here is The Age piece about issues faced by cyclists.

19 comments:

  1. My family, totally dedicated to the equality of sons and daughters, did not teach me to ride a bike :( Ever :( Did I not show any interest in bikes when my brothers did? I remember they loved riding!!!

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    1. I bet you didn't Hels. You were too buried in history books.

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  2. Haven't been on the treadlie for over a year now - crappy back is crappy - but I'll still stick to the footpath when I get back in the saddle.
    BTW some councils in their infinite wisdom have painted bike lanes where cars park beside roads - Neerim Rd Carnegie and more in Glenhuntly - can't ride in the bike lane cos eleveny billion residents/shoppers park their cars in the lane. *sigh*
    LOVE the conveyor belt!

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    1. Jayne, City of Glen Eira and City of Monash have both painted ridiculous bike lanes on roads, at huge expense, scrubbing out recently painted road lines. Lip service or what.

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  3. I'm not holding my breath that this will be introduced to the Harbour Bridge; our Governments only seem to want to spend in amounts of billions.

    By the way my guess is that the steps in the Harbour Bridge are in zig zag formation at some points.

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    1. Details Victor, always details. It does strike me as absurd that cyclists have to climb many stairs to get over the bridge, whatever the impracticality of a bike escalator.

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  4. Go to Amsterdam and you will quickly be overrun by bikers ! It's terrible there, they are the kings of the road. Imagine the average amount of bikes per person in the Netherland is 4 bikes !!
    Families often have more than 5 bikes. I always get an overdose there !

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    1. Gattina, funny that it is an Netherlands thing and not a Belgian thing. I have been to Amsterdam and we were warned about stoned cyclists who often fall into canals. But there is a difference. Australian cyclists ride very aggressively, not so the Dutch.

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  5. I'm too afraid to mix in with traffic too and now that the hips are getting worse, well, one of them, the other seems fine, I probably won't ride again. Wanna buy a bike?

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    1. River, have you checked that cycling is not good for your hips?

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    2. The pain I get the day after too much effort is enough to put me off. The pedalling movement would be the same as sprinting for a bus and I can't do that without serious pain the next day, so no more biking for me. No more sprinting for the bus either, I wait for the next one these days.

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  6. I'd love to see more facilities for cyclists and I'd love even MORE to see them use them. As a non-cyclist it kind of infuriates me that many cyclists are a bit 'pick and choose' whether they act like a motorist on the road or a pedestrian on the footpath - or even just plain dangerous with the ducking and weaving between traffic. It's very confusing for us people in the cars that don't actually WANT to hurt anyone. So yes, more facilities please and then they can ride in safety and so can the rest of us!

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    1. M, that is my point. The better things are for cyclists, the more that will cycle and they will become a voting mass and better cycle paths will be built and that means less cars.

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  7. A pushbike with a two stroke motor might be enough work for me... but I still have no death wish nor do I wish to kill pedestrians. Public transport or cars it must be. Well, in franger at least, cars it must be.

    The idea of the bike conveyor is brillo. We could do something like that here... but our first priority is to disguise Flinders Street Station in case someone recognises it.

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    1. FC, funny, R just said the other day he is surprised that more people don't use a motorised bike.

      We have the plans to disguise Flinders Street, which fortunately will be forgotten.

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  8. Never ridden a bike.
    Merle..........

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    1. Amazing Merle. I was never off one as a kid, but then we did not have any public transport to use. Perhaps you did.

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  9. When I lived in Africa I had to ride miles to high school, facing the terrors of dogs, there was no law that dogs had to be kept in back gardens or on a leash in the middle of Africa :) When high school fini, so did my cycling life..I may take it up again, they say you never forget oui :)))

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  10. Grace, it is true, you don't forget, but just wobble a lot. I have always thought you should write a blog about your early life in Africa. Have I mentioned it before? I will mention it again in the future.

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