I was in a cycle lane yesterday (about 4 foot wide minimum) and admittingly I was going up the wrong way because there wasn’t one on the other side which would have meant I was ridiing in full traffic.
Anyway this roadie gives me a full-blown verbal attack++++
I thought we were supposed to look out for each other…no?
This morning I rode past two or three ambulances and at least two or three cyclists on the ground. It was one of those Copenhagen lane things on a hill (Kew Boulie). I don’t know any details, and perhaps I’m speculating, so please no one hold me to it, but I’m pretty sure the cause of the accident had to do with someone been in the wrong lane whilst overtaking…
Riding in the wrong direction of the lane can obviously cause grave injury. Maybe not the best way for the guy to try and tell you this, but he’s not wrong.
I usually give a salmon a raised eyebrow or perhaps a “dude seriously” if they’re particularly clueless, but then I can be somewhat liberal (though not reckless - had too many prangs to still feel invincible) with road rules here and there myself. This in turn has attracted the odd earful from a Very Proper Bicyclist. Once a VPB, 50+, pulls up next to me at a light on St Kilda Rd, his awesome sit-up Camry-cycle festooned with lights and flags and satchels and him looking for all the world like an escaped pedobear. Had a crack at me for defiling an empty ped-xing further back and then spanked me for having no concern for “our image” … like riding around sitting bolt upright looking like you’re a Catholics priest with pockets full of candy for little girls is a an image I’d want to be associated with. Besides that I don’t think our “image” could get any worse to be frank. Cars don’t notice you unless they think you’re in their way or doing something illegal - you’re either a nuisance (even in a bike lane) or a fricking criminal.
As for us looking out for each other, I don’t see that happening. I’ve had more than the occasional look down the nose from mobile billboards especially - I mean, roadies - so I’m used to it. Rode a bmx until my spine couldn’t take it and copped more than a fair share from the Tour de Lance crowd just, it seems, for existing. But hey, raise the issue that it’s maybe a bit rude for their peloton to coast four-wide down Beaconsfield Pde in Saturday morning traffic and check the response you get … ok I’ll stop cocking on about it now