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Thursday, August 03, 2006

.. must .. vent .. spleen .. now ..

Fig. 1: Here we go... anarchy, anarchy, anarchy, anarchy, anarchy... Anarchy means crossing when it says 'Don't Walk'. The end.

... And if you're of a certain age you may know the rest of those lyrics. The subject of red-light running came up again during a lunch meeting on Wednesday. I know it's been discussed time and time again and we're all bored shitless with the topic .. but after lunch, with this topic still on my mind, I witnessed a cyclist almost get cleaned up.

Actually that's a poor choice of words, if he got whacked by the vehicle barrelling through on the opposing amber light, instead of merely having the living shit scared outta him (and nearby observers) the ambos could of been scrapping/hosing him off the road and nearby surfaces.

Now in Melbourne, and probably several other places around the nation, amber unfortunately translates to
accelerate like fuck to warp drive and miss the red. I think that behaviour is crap and the revelant road authorities should pick up on that point in regards to driver education. But that's another story. Back to cyclists bustin' reds. Consider this - if amber means floor it to a driver - then WTF jump a red light? Peruse further sparkling conversation on aus.bicycle regarding this thought-provoking topic.

4 Comments:

  • Totally with you on this, if cyclists want respect, then show it. Stopping for reds is a relatively small gesture that gives car proles less to piss and moan about

    By Anonymous av, at 10:57 pm, August 04, 2006  

  • Believe me, that rushing through amber lights is a worldwide phenomenon, hence the expression 'amber gambler' (aka twat).

    By Blogger 3Ply Stagliano, at 8:37 am, August 06, 2006  

  • av, I agree with you completely. A little bit of respect goes a long long way, if we obey the road rules then we are fully within our right to crack it when they don't obey them. What scares the hell out of me though is when you the light is green and has been for a bit and you see cars come sailing through the red lights completely oblivious. If they didn't notice the red light then they are sure as hell not going to notice a wee laddie on a bike.

    By Blogger fungoir, at 12:50 pm, August 07, 2006  

  • Hi there, been trying to read all the forum discussion!

    Everyone GETS IT.


    Except for one sad git.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:01 pm, August 08, 2006  

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