roshea wrote:Today, a member of this forum that he got "hit head on by a couple of guys riding a small motorcycle on a shared path" in Ferntree Gully. Some injuries and a completely destroyed bike. This is not the first time that we (as in the forum "we") have heard of this type of incident on a shared path. I'm not saying that roads are safer, but the isolation and lack of policing on many of the shared paths presents some risks that are NOT present on the roads.
Sorry to hear about this. But if I'm coming home at night alone I take the roads. Our isolated unlit paths aren't comparable with mainstreet European separated paths.
pepe, re school books - I used to vollie at the school book exchange (half price textbooks); some of the kids bought two sets of the important books like maths that they needed at home regularly so they could travel light. Better for backs, whether PT/bike/foot, too.
I agree traffic is the big issue but I suspect that it's over-reported as well. It's an easy excuse to reach for when (like most things in life) it's a combination of don't know where to start, don't have a bike, confidence, oh crap there's traffic, what about my hair, no showers, my bum looks big etc. I think of it like activation energy. And we know from the injury stats a few years ago that the biggest growth in injuries was to noobs, not skilled riders. So the more accurate comparison is not with a regular here who has been riding for years but a kid; we wouldn't tip them onto St Kilda Rd at peak hour for their first bike trip.