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First roadie commute, two road-ragers in one day

First roadie commute, two road-ragers in one day

Friday, Nov 12, 2010

@ Adrian Tritschler

Bah, Friday, who needs it. Family circumstances altered, toddler sleep requires a no show at Goat. Normal commute home, hopefully avoiding the wind and rain. First ride home on the new road bike. First ride on a road bike for about a year. First ride in Shimano road cleats for about five years. East Oakleigh: approaching little roundabout down a gentle hill, there’s a Falcon coming down the street from my right but he’s way back and I’ll be across the roundabout before he’s even got there.
Ride to Work day + 1  — a bus, again

Ride to Work day + 1 — a bus, again

Thursday, Oct 16, 2008

@ Adrian Tritschler

Bloody typical! Yesterday was “Ride to Work day” and I rode from home — Oakleigh — to Federation square then back to Monash and had a near perfect ride. Maybe it was all the publicity about the cyclist’s death last month but everyone seemed to be pretty well behaved (which I always find a miracle on St Kilda road, whether they’re on bikes, on foot, or in cars). Had my coffee and roll and made it back for a slightly latish 9.
Sharing the road

Sharing the road

Thursday, Sep 18, 2008

@ Adrian Tritschler

In the centre of Melbourne is a road labelled “Swanston street walk”, its a joke really, there is no walking along it. During the day it is closed to private motor traffic. It is a major north-south thoroughfare through the city for cyclists, who have to share it with trams… and horse carriages… and jaywalkers… and taxis… and courier vans… and delivery trucks… and tourists who accidently drive into it… and motorists who ignore the closure and deliberately drive into it… and tour buses.
Victoria, Gardenstate or road-rage state?

Victoria, Gardenstate or road-rage state?

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2008

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There I was riding to work along North road, same as I always do. Obeying the law and riding in the lane adjacent to the bus-lane, same as a I always do. Nearly every other person using the road seems to be able to safely and legally pass me, same as the always do. But there’s always one… The driver of a tow-truck from Gardenstate towing, registration TOW-###, was somehow unable to pass me and instead drove along for 400-500m blasting on the horn, yelling abuse and gesticulating wildly for me to get off the road and into the bus lane.
Abused by motorists for not breaking the law!

Abused by motorists for not breaking the law!

Thursday, Jul 31, 2008

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Twice in two days, given a mouthful of abuse while riding to work … for not breaking the law! This morning the driver of Subaru (Forester probably) Victorian registration ###-### felt he couldn’t overtake me legally and safely in my lane or the lane to my right, so he swerved into the bus-lane to overtake on the left, meanwhile blasting on the horn and screaming at me to “Bloody move over”, then swerved into my lane when he was only half-way past.
Cycling things in the news

Cycling things in the news

Saturday, Jun 14, 2008

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“Bumper stickers reveal link to road rage”: Hardly earth shattering, but their research shows that people who most strongly identify with their cars are the ones that get the angriest and are most prone to road rage. “Hating cyclists: some preliminary findings”: Not much in the way of interpretation, but a large body of analysis of the feedback to any media stories on cyclist-motorist interaction in Australia. “Road Safety and perceived risk of cycle tracks and lanes in Copenhagen” (pdf) :: Fascinating reading, a safety report from Copenhagen, home of those “Copenhagen lanes” that Bicycle (paths) Victoria are obsessed with — when they’re not obsessed with other bicycle paths.
North road and Grenda buses … again and again

North road and Grenda buses … again and again

Friday, Apr 4, 2008

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There must be something about their “professional training”, I really can’t think of anything else to explain it. Every day I ride up North road, usually with no problems Every day I am passed by several hundred cars, usually with no problems. Every day I am passed by one or two buses from other bus lines, usually with no problems. About once a month some maniac in a Grendas bus seems to want to kill me.
Bah, cyclists!

Bah, cyclists!

Friday, Feb 23, 2007

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It almost felt like I was living in Richmond again — left work on the bike, off down Ferntree Gully road and onto the Gardiners creek trail to head into Richmond to meet Jo for a beer. As usual I’m heading against the general flow of commuters; ones or twos, threes and more, the odd group of six, all flying along with total disregard for anyone else on track, all convinced that there’s only traffic heading in their direction!
Another 4WD, another death...

Another 4WD, another death...

Monday, Apr 18, 2005

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Adelaide this time, another dead cyclist, another drunk motorist gets off with a slap on the wrist. Five glasses of wine, then run into someone in your four-wheel drive and kill them — NO PROBLEM — the court will acquit you. What the hell does it take to convict people in this country? Oddly enough, the police found that they had time and resources to take a blood alcohol reading from the victim, but had insufficient resources to take a reading from the lawyer who had hit him!
Pointy end first...

Pointy end first...

Thursday, Mar 31, 2005

@ Adrian Tritschler

Arrg, the one day I leave my camera at home is the one day that I get a perfect opportunity for a photo. There I was, stopped at the red light when a “cyclist” appeared, riding illegally along the footpath and across the pedestrian crossing. Dead flat tyres, knees almost hitting his chin on a way-too-small bike, the bag and clothes and appearance indicating he’s one of the myriad of overseas students here at Monash University.
Stupid, stupid, stupid me

Stupid, stupid, stupid me

Monday, Nov 10, 2003

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Stupid me, stupid, stupid me! There I was, riding home, happily minding my own business. I glanced at the courier van parked at the side of the road… Stupid me; I thought that for once someone had decided to stop to chat on their mobile phone. Stupid, stupid me. Panic stop as the idiot does a u-turn from a standing start, straight across three lanes of traffic and missing me by a foot — all the while still talking into his phone…
Nearly “doored” by a Taxi driver

Nearly “doored” by a Taxi driver

Wednesday, Feb 11, 1998

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8:40 am riding along Atherton Rd through Oakleigh, I had just left the traffic lights at the shops and had a two-tonne van overtaking me. A taxi (Victorian registration; M-####) pulled head-on into a parallel parking space, leaving at least a foot of his car sticking out into the traffic, as I drew alongside to ovetake, the driver threw open the door and stepped out without looking. The van to my right had to swerve to avoid hitting the door, I had slid to a stop inches from the driver and yelled.
Hit by a bus!

Hit by a bus!

Thursday, Mar 27, 1997

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Riding home at approx 5.30 pm heading west along Dandenong Rd, I had just turned onto the main road from the service lane, there were 2 cars and a bus approaching from behind in the left most lane, but they were a fair distance back. The two cars went past, although the second driver slowed right down and crawled past, the “Quinces” bus — Victorian registration ###-### — pulled in towards me as he went past, scraped along my pannier straps and as I threw my right hand out, brushed along my knuckles.
Lady turns left into me

Lady turns left into me

Tuesday, Mar 4, 1997

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On my way to work, riding along Willesden road Oakleigh. Just past the Greek school I was pulling up on the left of the two cars stopped at the pedestrian crossing, all of a sudden the lady driving the rear one (Maroon Mitsubishi Magna) decided to turn left into a parking space, no indicators, didn’t look. I hit her rear door and fell onto the car in the next parking space.

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…The Owner

There’s not much more I can add to who I am.

…The Site

I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.

Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried php, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on emacs org-mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is org-mode and hugo.

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