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dear melbourne car drivers 
13th-Apr-2010 08:21 am

Just some information that some of you seem unaware of.

  1. Indicators, once installed on your vehicle, are not optional
  2. Indicators do not place such a drain upon the resources of your car that you must only leave them on for .2seconds
  3. Indicators are for informing other traffic what you are about to do. Not to let them know what you just did.

anyone who replies with "but bike riders do dumb things too" will be mocked and derided accordingly. "Billie did it first!" is an idiotic argument. Be the better person

12th-Apr-2010 10:32 pm (UTC)
Dear Melbourne bike riders...
In the majority, you don't seem to know these rules. Should probably brush up.
1. Red lights are for everyone
2. Even pedestrian lights
3. When U-turning into traffic from the other side of the road's turning lane, when a car driver indicates you should get on with it, it doesn't warrant arm gestures and swearing
4. Lives are precious. Even yours.
12th-Apr-2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
"mocked and derided".. I am aware some bike riders are idiots. I hate them too.

Edited at 2010-04-12 10:34 pm (UTC)
12th-Apr-2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
Ooh yeah. Bring it on! ^_^ The number of bike drivers I've had to go out of my way not to kill is *scarily* high. And I'm not even inner-city, where their concentration is much higher.
12th-Apr-2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
As I am aware that there are car drivers who are idiots. Everywhere idiots. I'm the kind of driver who other people go around because I don't create an exhaust cloud when I start off from lights.
13th-Apr-2010 12:01 am (UTC)
This is why riding my bike scares me like nothing else.
13th-Apr-2010 01:33 am (UTC)
I've become mostly used to it - its just that I was back on the bike today, and two people caused me to break suddenly.
13th-Apr-2010 01:39 am (UTC)
I try to avoid main roads on my bike. But you know, come to think of it riding my bike scares me about as much as driving a car (it's just I have a bike and not a car). People are just morons on the road. No regard for themselves or others. Just stupidity. Not just cyclists or motorists - but idiots on both sides.
13th-Apr-2010 02:25 am (UTC)
You're broken twice? *runs away*
13th-Apr-2010 01:12 am (UTC)

If you'd been in a car when that happened, then you would only have got comments about how stupid drivers are. But the fact that you were on a bike means open slather for comments about all the dreadful things that cyclists do.

There's a psychology/sociology thesis in there, somewhere.
13th-Apr-2010 01:33 am (UTC)
I am curious as to whether I shouldn't have said anything about bikes, because I have exactly the same issue when I am driving.
13th-Apr-2010 03:19 am (UTC)
Yep. I get frustated with this all behaviour all the time as a driver, because it is somewhat important to know when the people around you try to occupy the space you are currently in.
13th-Apr-2010 01:24 am (UTC)
Stop hitting your brother...

But he's on my side of the seat...

She stuck her tongue out at me...

He poked me...

It's the oldest argument Damien, it can't just be because car drivers in Melbourne are morons it MUST be your fault somehow... I drive and I am ready to commit murder on any long car drive because the stupidity and selfishness is just beyond a joke.
13th-Apr-2010 02:27 am (UTC)
So, were they driving SUVs? Because there seems to be a mystical 'get -out-of-road-rules-free' card with every purchase. Because they have the bigger car so might is right *rolls eyes*
13th-Apr-2010 03:04 am (UTC)
Humph, in my day people walked everywhere. None of this fancy scooting about on wheels malarkey!

My opinion - the general populace is made up of self-absorbed idiots. Doesn't matter if they're in a car, on a bicycle or bike or walking most people just don't think. And that's where the problem is, not in the mode of transport. It'd be nice if when people learned to walk, ride a bike or drive a car that they were taught respect and awareness of the world around them instead of thinking their world has contracted to a self-contained bubble of ME!. And I'm not excluding myself from this - I used to only see the big things when I was driving, now I've taught myself to be aware of the small, squishier things too.
13th-Apr-2010 04:32 am (UTC)
I dont drive and last time i rode a bike my handlebars fell off. I've been "clipped" by cars 37 times and full blown struck down twice. I once even had my shoulder dislocated by a bike rider who wasnt looking at the clear ubonstructed view in front of her. I've been nudged by bumper bars at crossings and abused for making the little green shithead tell the driver he cant hoon past where my person is.
I am the concerned pedestrian
and in the immortal words of my boss when i was a trolley pusher "i know where you parked you asshole"
14th-Apr-2010 04:13 am (UTC)
Dear Melbourne,

People are stupid.

If you are on the road/pavement (whether in any sort of conveyance or on your own two feet), you have the responsibility to do the utmost in your power to not kill, maim, or harm anyone else.

This includes not putting yourself in harm's way, and behaving in a predictable manner so that others can react to your actions in a safe fashion.

However, given the initial statement, noting that people are stupid, make allowances for other people/vehicles/bikes, because they WILL do the unexpected.

People are stupid.
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