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"Give cyclists space" sign blocks entire bike lane

The large electronic noticeboard, designed to improve cycle safety, was left on a Sydney bike lane, forcing riders into the path of motor vehicles

Australia has scored another own goal for cycling this week as a sign reminding drivers to give cyclists space was left entirely blocking a bike lane, forcing riders to veer out into traffic to avoid it.

Matt Howell spotted the large electronic notice board yesterday on a Sydney street and shared it to Facebook page I love Sydney Bike Lanes and Cycle Ways, an account used by frustrated cyclists to bemoan a lack of cycling facilities in the city.

Howell comments: “Up there for thinking. Give cyclists space and put a sign in the middle of the bike lane lol”

The response to the ill-placed sign was a mixture of bemusement and sarcasm.

Jack Dixon commented on the picture: “This is pretty much the problem - the bike rules are made by people who don't ride bikes and have no idea of what issues people on bikes face. Still, you shouldn't ned to ride a bike to understand what's wrong with this picture."

Another wrote: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”.

There is growing disquiet Down Under as a raft of laws are passed or proposed, aimed at penalising cyclists. Last week a motion was voted down 17-22 to reverse the increase of fines for cyclists by up to 500%.

That legislation had been brought in at the start of this month by New South Wales’ minister for roads, Duncan Gay, the man behind the removal of a Sydney bike lane - the $5m College Street cycle track - in order to make room for cars, which sparked a mass protest in the city in January.  

Gay, who describes himself as "the biggest bike lane skeptic in goverment", floated a law, which came into force this month, requiring Sydney cyclists to carry ID at all times. A minimum safe passing distance for motor vehicles overtaking cyclists of 1m was introduced at the same time. 

Sydney cyclists, perhaps unsurprisingly, sometimes resort to sarcasm.

It is understood the sign has since been removed.

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pete666 | 8 years ago

1m minimum passing distance is still a bit tight especially when being passed at 60mph! I suppose better than doing one's best to graze a cyclists' elbow when overtaking, as so many motorists in this country try to do!

brooksby | 8 years ago

Same sort of thing happens here in the UK too, though, doesn't it? Can't block all those pregnant women and pushchairs on the footpath; can't block the roadway; where oh where to put the sign...?

Housecathst | 8 years ago

It's like the daily mail are running the Australia government. 

ron611087 replied to Housecathst | 8 years ago
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Housecathst wrote:

It's like the daily mail are running the Australia government. 

For Australian government read Murdoch proxy.

Leviathan | 8 years ago


Paul M | 8 years ago

Your picture caption describes the sign as "designed to improve cycle safety".

It is no such thing.  What is it is "designed" to do is go through the motions, to pay lip service to cyclists as part of the new crackdown on cyclists not wearing helmets or wearing loud shirts in a built up area or whatever other feeble pretexts they can think of to discourage people from getting in the way of all those much more important cars.

I hear that Australia has now overtaken the United State as the world's most obese country.  It is not hard to see why.

vonhelmet replied to Paul M | 8 years ago
Paul M wrote:

wearing loud shirts in a built up area


Shout out for the Constable Savage reference.

Ush | 8 years ago
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And if you look further up the road it appears that there's a vehicle parked in it.

StraelGuy | 8 years ago
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And the Sydney, Australia, own goal of the year award goes to...

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