November 29, 2005

Bikes and Morons

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:27 am by thelawthoughts

I have blogged previously and also here about bike riders in the central city. Today, it happened again. As I was walking out to get on the tram, a moron on a bike rode straight through the group who were getting on. It happened yesterday also.

Bikes, for the purposes of road rules, are motor vehicles. Therefore, they must obey road rules, such as not travelling on the footpath. More importantly, when tram doors open and people step out to get on, BIKES MUST STOP.

Bikes don’t go fast. However, they are able to knock people down, which can and does cause injury. So many people simply do not know or understand road rules. Ignorance is bliss, I suppose.

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6 Comments »

  1. In that case we should make cyclists regisister their bikes for the road and have number plates.

    Even though they my be reqired to follow the same road laws, they are not held to account in the same manner.

  2. Not a bad call actually!

    Their fees could go towards paying for my angry pills!

  3. I think the cyclist problem presents a good case of where a law or set of and it’s enforcement are somewhat divorced. Laws are useless without the mechanisms to enforce them.

    As for your angry pills. Two suggestions; deep breaths or focusing your psychic energy into having the cyclist hit by a bus. Hasn’t worked yet but the day it does…

  4. An American military guy I was arguing with about international law named this phenomenon ‘scofflaw’, which I think is a really good way of putting it.

    Laws which people scoff at, but are supposedly enforceable, are completely useless laws.

  5. True, although I don’t think it’s a binary thing. To me it seems like more of a scale. No law is totally enforceable, nor should be totally enforced.

    But yes, scoff law is a good name for it. It’s kind of like where bond ratings. At some point a bond becomes a junk bond and at some point a law becomes a scoff law.

  6. G said,

    slight change– bikes must Yield to pedestrians when the pedestrians are in a valid crosswalk.


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