reasons why i, a cyclist

Reasons why I, a cyclist, am on the road right now

The bike lane is full of pot holes and broken beer bottles.

There is a car parked in the bike lane.

There is a car poking out of the bike lane.

It’s a car’s fault.

There is no bike lane.

The bike lane is effectively the gutter, and that’s not safe.

A gutter made of cobblestones.

This is Sydney Road.

The bike lane is basically 100% drains.

The bike lane is full of parked/stopped cars/temporary road signs

Reasons why I, a cyclist, appear to be breaking the law right now

The bike lane just disappeared and this is a four lane road. Damn right I’m on the footpath.

It is actually legal for a bike to cycle on the road.

I can’t set these road lights off.

It’s much, much safer this way.

I’m sorry about that time I clipped your mirror while squeezing between the cars. Moving to the bike box is actually legal for me to do. Consider leaving enough space for me to do so.

HOOK TURNS ARE LEGAL FOR BIKES.

stephanie in a rainbow skirt riding a bike on a road with a building in the background
bikes definitely allowed here

I locked my bike to this sign because you didn’t put in any bike parking, whilst you did decide on eleven trillion car spots.

I locked my bike to this sign because the bike parking that Council installed has been obscured by cafe seating.

I’ve been to train stations, I know how cars park when there aren’t any spots. I’m practically unobtrusive right now.

Reasons why you, a driver of a four wheeled vehicle of death and steel, are wrong

No, we shouldn’t register bikes.

There are more cyclists than cars okay.

Actually I can take up the whole lane in the roundabout; no, don’t honk at me for it.
You’re just jealous you can’t jaywalk in a car.

I also pay taxes that pay for these roads.

You should actually be happy, I pay approximately the same amount of tax as you do at a significantly lower infrastructure cost.

Really, I’m saving you money.

Not to mention, otherwise I could be driving a car, and if I was I’d be in front of you, because I’m a chirpy morning person.

(I’m mostly a chirpy morning person because I’m riding my bike, but still)

Registration doesn’t pay for roads, it pays for insurance when you hit someone, which statistically you will (our insurance scheme in Victoria is actually quite good). It’s really very hard to kill someone running into them with a bike, it’s a lot like running into them really fast with your legs. I bought insurance anyway, because I’m a responsible adult.

I know you’re in a rush, and how if you weren’t stuck in traffic you’d be there by now. Instead of getting aggressive consider riding a bike.

I’m also sorry about the time I didn’t stop in time and clipped the back of your car when you pulled out without a lot of notice. However if I’d been a car you’d cut up there would have been actual property damage.

Cycle tourists contribute five times more money to local economies than other domestic tourists in Australia because they can’t bring all their stuff and have to buy it all locally. So try not to buzz me when you’re going at 100km on a poorly serviced highway.

No, I can’t go faster; why don’t you go slower?

danni on a bike; she is at a stop at an intersection, and her bike is located in the bike lane.
no award staff writer danni on the roads (also allowed)

Reasons why I, a cyclist, just dinged my bell at you

It is dark, and you are wearing black.

There are limited street lights.

You’re in the bike lane and you’re an almost completely invisible bike/pedestrian/skateboarder/wheelchairer.

I’m passing you.

Reasons why I, a cyclist

I just am

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6 thoughts on “reasons why i, a cyclist

  1. I love cyclists who use their bell properly – we’ve actually been teaching C to use his on his balance bike 🙂 When we were on the Gold Coast the only cyclists who used their bells were teenagers and children, and it made such a difference when I had time to make sure C was safely out of their way.

    The cyclist who threatened to kill C when we stood to the left side of the (pedestrian) path so she could pass us on the right can go to hell though

  2. pfctdayelise

    Two pedestrians have been killed by cyclists in Vic, sadly.

    I hope some decisions are made about improving Sydney Rd sometime this year.

    Just on “consider riding a bike” – we are all car users at one point or another. For some cycling will never be an option, eg age, disability. The issue is the unwillingness to share the road, as nice as it is to imagine that carfree utopia!

    Nice pics 🙂

    1. Excellent and compelling points. It is the unwillingness, and I know that’s why we (as cyclists) get so mad at cars. Use a bike if you can! Be nice if you can’t. 🙂

    2. Snowy

      With respect pfctdayelise, I’m not sure you have given much thought to the relationship between cycling, cycling infrastructure and those with disabilities.

      The major barrier to people with disabilities to riding is the lack of safe infrastructure.

      I say this as someone with a disability who does not have the ability to ride a normal bike, but rides a throttle driven ebike instead.

      There are many types of bikes out there, suitable for people with many different kinds of disabilities.

      Sadly the infrastructure is not. Those gaps in the infrastructure, “cyclists dismount signs” might be minor barriers for able bodied cyclists, but are major barriers for the non able bodied.

      “Sharing” the road creates conflict and will lead to injury and death even when all road users are on their best behaviour. The solution is infrastructure that is designed with cyclists as a primary thought, not as an after thought.
      When cycling is considered safe by most, most people will choose to cycle, (at least occasionally) and we would no longer see the misplaced anger against cyclists.

      International best-practice is low speed suburban roads (lower speed limits to 30 kph), and an interconnected network of separated cycle tracks along major travel routes. Separated means being separated in either physically separated space or time eg. including dedicated signalling intervals for cyclists at major intersections.

      Examples of how safe cycling infrastructure benefits those with disabilities:
      https://bicycledutch.wordpress.com/2012/12/06/who-else-benefits-from-the-dutch-cycling-infrastructure/
      http://www.aviewfromthecyclepath.com/search/label/disabilities

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