Bicycle

Maybe the Lycra Forcefield is working after all

Millions and millions of dollars are being spent on cycling lanes… to solve a problem that frankly doesn’t exist.

Six cyclists died on the roads last year – the fewest in 12 years.

Figures from the Transport Agency also showed the number of serious crashes involving cyclists last year dropped by about 20 percent.

Six! We are spending millions of dollars to save 6 lives per annum…for road maggots who are currently riding on the apparently non-dangerous roads.

There was a slight uptick in people riding their bikes, which the agency’s national cycling manager, Dougal List, said showed people were feeling safer.

“New Zealand’s never seen so much effort going into making cycling an attractive transport choice – about $350 million over the next three years,” he said.

“Countries that have a fantastic cycling heritage like Denmark or the Netherlands – that didn’t happen overnight. It took 30 or 40 years of ongoing investment in cycling networks.”

Auckland Transport figures show a 20 percent increase in cycling in the city over the past year.

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A good start but not enough, road maggots getting fined

Road Maggots are getting fined but nowhere near enough to pay for all those special lanes they insist on having other people pay for.

Cyclists were hit with $3.75 million in fines in the past five years, mostly for cycling without a helmet but also for more daring offences such as getting towed by moving cars and riding down motorways.

Police data provided to Stuff showed failure to wear a helmet and not having helmets fastened properly made up three quarters of the 68,000 cycle-related infringements since July 2010.

Eleven thousand fines were issued for not having bike lights, another 5000 offences were recorded for riding on footpaths and garden beds, while two cyclists were caught riding through Christchurch’s Lyttleton Tunnel.

National road policing inspector Peter McKennie said overall compliance from cyclists was high and had improved on the back of more separated cycleways being built. ?? Read more »

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Campaign to gather sympathy for Lycra-clad road maggots backfires

The truck has to cross the centre line putting every one in danger to avoid the road maggot.

The truck has to cross the centre line putting everyone in danger to avoid the road maggot.

Just who was it that had the brain injury to suggest that if a car and a bicycle are closer than 1.5m apart, it?s the car driver?s fault? ?

How can you even determine that?

And where is the opposite law, where a bicycle isn?t allowed more than 1m from the left of the road, and definitely not allowed to ride side-by-side endangering themselves and others as cars have to pass.

Another media generated beat-up, and another one backfires.

Covert footage of motorists passing dangerously close to cyclists in Marlborough has highlighted the severity of the problem to police, a highway patrol officer says.

Members of the Marlborough Bunch Riders?cycling group have been capturing some close calls with trucks and cars for the past six months using rear bike lights that double as cameras. ?? Read more »

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Melbourne Mayor wants to ban road maggots from the CBD

It turns out there are some decent local body politicians out there, like the Lord Mayor of Melbourne who wants to ban road maggots.

Melbourne lord mayor Robert Doyle has pushed for a ban on cyclists in some parts of the CBD.

Fairfax Media understands Cr Doyle made the remarks at a lecture held at the State Library last week.

It emerged on?Thursday that the move would?amount to?bicycle riders?being stopped from using Flinders, King and Lonsdale streets in the city.

And under the plan,?cyclists who break the ban could be fined up to $152.

Cr Doyle denied the concept amounted to the push for a ban.

In a tweet, the lord mayor said the plan was for a “system of preferred streets for bikes”. ? Read more »

Dubai really does know how to deal with road maggots, thousands of bikes confiscated

Cycles

Following on from yesterday’s story Dubai has confiscated thousands of bikes from road maggots for inappropriate cycling.

More?than 11,000 bicycles have been confiscated in the past two months because riders were behaving dangerously ? including cycling against the flow of traffic ? Dubai Police have revealed.

The figures were revealed after the Dubai Executive Council passed a new law outlining new cycling rules ? such as a ban on riding on roads with a speed limit of more than 60kph.

And fines for cycling offences can now reach as much as Dhs1,000.

?Bad cycling practices are causing road casualties and it is our job to put an end to this,? said Colonel Saif Al Mazrouei, the director of Dubai Traffic Police.

?This new law will provide the right tools to combat bad cycling.? ? Read more »

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Reckless cheese eating surrender road maggot gets off running down a pedestrian

There is only thing one worse than a road maggot on the road…a road maggot riding the footpath and bowling over pedestrians.

This one is a cheese eating surrender road maggot as well.

A judge has refused to impose a driving disqualification on a French visitor who injured a pedestrian while riding his bicycle on the footpath, saying the situation was “an absurdity”.

Christchurch District Court Judge Raoul Neave said it was “utter nonsense” to disqualify someone from driving for an accident that happened while riding a bicycle.

Cyril Millet, 24, had earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of careless use of a vehicle causing injury. The victim was knocked to the ground as he stepped onto the footpath on Manchester Street on February 16, and needed surgery for a fractured hip. He spent three days in hospital.

The case was adjourned for a restorative justice conference to be held, but the victim had said he did not see the need for it. ? Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo: Geoff Robinson Colin Furze has built what he himself admits is probably the most dangerous bicycle in the world, powered by a homemade jet engine, which can achieve speeds of 50mph. Furze, who already holds several Guinness World Record titles for his inventions, including the world's fastest mobility scooter, modified his friend's mother's old Rayleigh pushbike, and spent four months working on the bicycle, before testing it out in a local airfield.

Photo: Geoff Robinson
Colin Furze has built what he himself admits is probably the most dangerous bicycle in the world, powered by a homemade jet engine, which can achieve speeds of 50mph. Furze, who already holds several Guinness World Record titles for his inventions, including the world’s fastest mobility scooter, modified his friend’s mother’s old Rayleigh pushbike, and spent four months working on the bicycle, before testing it out in a local airfield.

Norah the Jet Bike: Horribly Unsafe, Terribly Fun

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Why is Len Brown’s council setting up a bike market?

You really do have to wonder at Len Brown’s Auckland Council.

It seems if they aren’t trying to control where you spread your ashes of loved ones and charge you for the privilege, they are trying to undermine Auckland’s bike retailers by setting up their own bike market.

I’m not kidding…look at this email:

From:?Anja Vroegop (AT)?<[email protected]>
Date: Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 11:30 AM
Subject: Auckland Transport Community Bike Market
To:?[redacted]

Hi?[redacted]

I was wondering if you are interested in being involved in our Bike Market?

We will be running a trial ?Bike Market? event in Auckland. At the event the public will have access to inexpensive bikes for sale (under $500 ONLY) and free bike mechanics will be on hand to tell them of any potential issues or hazards.

We are getting the final details of the bike market sorted out now. We are planning to run it in the stadium at Mt Albert YMCA?on Saturday?the 12th?of July. Our media schedule will be targeting Trademe and Google ads as well as local newspapers, so we plan to really generate some interest.? Read more »

Something to do during a power cut

Via the Tipline

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The Jet Bicycle

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