gregaudio wrote:Sorry if I'm opening any old wounds but what's the deal with "Cyclists Dismount" signs? Are they legally binding or just a recommendation?
There are a couple of temporary ones on Webb Bridge right now as it has been narrowed with temporary barriers for works. Surely if I dismount across the narrower section my total width becomes greater as I walk with my bike beside me.
I've been slowing down to walking pace and not overtaking pedestrians for that section. Am I breaking the law?
signs placed by well-meaning people who simply don't know the first thing about cycling, working for organisations that don't have the slightest interest in educating their workforce. i ride through there quite often on my bikeshare bike commute from my office in southbank to meetings in docklands, and tend to get the "stare" from pedestrians who read the signs and think that if there is a sign it should be obeyed. "left your brain at home?" i think, as i ride past at walking pace taking up half the space that i would if i was walking the bike. would they obey signs which said "pedestrians disrobe"? are car drivers, when they encounter roadworks, told to get out of their cars and push them? no, they're instructed to drive at a speed appropriate to the road works conditions. why can't logic like that be applied to cyclists? (the later post about fairfield both surprised and delighted me- perhaps things can actually get better?)
it's a sad fact that when it comes to cycling infrastructure people tend to be ignorant or uncaring or both about consequences of their actions. need to slow cars down on the richmond boulevard? well, place the warning signs straddling the off-road shared path and the on-road bike lane, causing danger and inconvenience to the only people who won't be going faster than the advisory limit of 40 kmh; doing works next to the myt at birrarung marr? of course, put the entry to your enclosure off the trail and park your truck with your open door overhanging the path causing danger and inconvenience to every cyclist and pedestrian. why would you even consider placing the entry on the side, where there is plenty of parking for vehicles not in people's way? working on the gct, perhaps doing some gardening- well why not park your truck on the path blocking it entirely, even though there is a road less than 20 metres away to park on and all you had to carry was a spade? perhaps you are victrack and despite protestations of mcc and others are quite happy for cars to park all day in the no-standing zones on northbank blocking the shared path for all cyclists and pedestrians simply because you can't be bothered doing anything about it?
sorry, appear to have strayed slightly off topic there.