Fake Bike Lanes

Bike Pictures & New Rules!

Pushbikes are the future of NOW!
  If you disagree come and visit and learn how you can get a bike basically for free, learn how to care for your bike basically for free. ( your time is not free… You will need to pay with that) Learn how to love your bike, and learn how to beat the cars at their sneaky road bullying strategies and stay safe.  The Best Lesson of all is….. Beating the Road Myth That cars rule our roads! 100 percent untrue!

The problem with BIKE LANES is that they appear “GOVERNMENT APPROVED” but are in fact dangerous DEATH TRAPS.

They seem designed to lure cyclists into suddenly opening car doors,  narrow spaces dangerous for a cyclist in traffic risking permanent injuries and loss of life.  Drivers lives and cyclist are put at risk by this kind of kinds of dangerous road design, by making drivers belief cyclists are in the way if they are not using the unwanted and dangerous cycle paths are WAR OF CONFUSION has been started! Cyclists who stay safe by avoiding the car door cycle dash on the road marked cycle path are jeered, at run at, beeped at suddenly scaring cyclists half to death, or just casually threatened with death by vindictive aggressive road users…….who has time to report all of those things when frankly you are peddling for your life…All of this is caused by lack of community consultation with all transport users in our community…( we have seen how the bus project rolled out and frankly so many more failed and expensive projects in Newcastle. Slower not faster is best when it comes to consultation) All caused by the ‘dangerous road cycle path’ markings. The confusion has GOT TO STOP!

At UON we know not everyone speaks the same language or in fact has the same road skills, experience, concentration or ability, so we are required to speak about these dangers & warn those at risks, such as the disable the novice cyclist, our international travellers and visitors or simple those from other countries who may not even recognise or know the symbols… So come join us for some fun and for some learnings at the UON  Bike HUb eASt ….Find us at the Sasquatch!

Read more here on UON’s Active Travel Page  newcastle.edu.au/activetravel

“You don’t have to use dangerous “FAKE” bike lanes!”

 Join Our UON Active Travel Community Bike Workshops & Find out more!

Learn how to explore Newcastle Safely on cycle paths and bike cuts which are flat and easy to cycle. We can all learn to co-exist until the BIG CYCLE GEAR CHANGE comes!…Not long to wait now! The wheels are spinning as we speak!

http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/bicyclists/cyclingrules.html). 

NSW Road Rules 153, 144 & 247 advise pushbiking the safe way (usually 1.5m away from parked cars ) It is your human right to walk and cycle safely (UN’s UDHR Articles 3,5,13,25,26,27,29)

UoN empowers all people with solutions to pushbike for whatever reason pleasure,  transport recreation or holidays. We can assist you on our rides with superbike cuts and help you find safe backstreet bike cuts. 

2016 Rule changes

http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/campaigns/go-together/

1. Minimum Passing Distance NSW Road Rules  144

  • Drivers must give bicycle riders at least a metre of space when the speed limit is 60km or less; and 1.5 metres when the speed limit is more than 60km/h.
  • To help drivers provide the minimum distance, some exemptions to the road rules will apply (click here for full information from the NSW Centre for Road Safety).*
  • The penalty for drivers caught failing to give the minimum distance will be a $319 fine and the loss of two demerit points.

2. Increased Fines for Bike Riders:

  • Fines for the five offences below will increase significantly for bicycle riders as of March 1 2016.
  • Not wearing a helmet (up from $71 to $319)
  • Running a red light (up from $71 to 425)
  • Riding dangerously (up from $71 to $425)
  • Holding on to a moving vehicle  (up from $71 to $319)
  • Not stopping at children’s/ pedestrian crossings (up from $71 to $425)
  • Penalties for other bicycle rider offences will also increase from $71 to $106 – which also includes riding without a working warning device, eg a bike bell.

3.  Carrying identification.  The government backflipped on this thanks to pressure from BicycleNSW.  So you still are not required to carry any special identification card while riding a pushbike

4.Bicycle riders should provide pedestrians with a metre of space on shared paths

Bicycle riders are also encouraged to allow pedestrians a metre of space on shared paths, where possible.

http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/campaigns/go-together/faqs.html

 Shared paths (walkers and pushbikes) are getting more popular in Newy.  Newy must not get into the same bad habits like that seen on roads : Faster vehicles passing too fast and too closely to the slower person.  It all used to be so simple in a car: honk horn, change lanes to overtake, plenty of safety room.  But 50 years of ever worsening driving habits and more confusing bike pictures on roads mean most Newy cars pass cyclists too closely.   Resulting in most cyclists scared off the roads.  Do we want most people scared of footpaths and shared paths.  Of course not.   So do not pass too fast or close to walkers when you are running or on a pushbike.  Basically do not act like Newy motorists do.   If we all acted like Newy motorists did on shared paths, guess what:  Hardly anyone would be walking on the iconic bathers way or the Anzac memorial walk, or any footpath for that matter.  12 year old and under are legally allowed to ride pushbikes on all footpaths in NSW.   Unfortunately people get used to bad habits in cars (passing too closely to people) and act similarly on shared paths (passing too closely to people) .   Why can’t the police clean up the mess of the roads.  If the police continues to not enforce the road rules then the end point is chaos.  We need to look at the bigger picture.  Basic human rights to walk safely on footpaths is tightly linked to cars operating on roads safely.  Society changed to make drunk driving socially unacceptable in a short time.  Change is possible!
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NSW Road Safety – NSW GOV Please udpate your go together page. It should point out that the double centre lines are designed for cars to not overtake other cars when both cars are doing the speed limit. So when a car is overtaking a slower bicycle, it can be safe sometimes to cross the centre lines
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