Stupid Local Council

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Trunk Monkey
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The Background

In 2010 one of my local roads was dug up to create a bicycle lane. This was done without the consultation of local residents and businesses. The bicycle lanes start from one quiet industrial area street and end randomly halfway up the road that runs down the back of my work complex. This has stripped over 1,000 car parking spaces, has created massive difficulties for large trucks to turn into their warehouse complexes off this road as well as many other issues.

There have been literally hundreds of newspaper articles, talk-back radio segments and petitions to not only knock down these bike lanes, but to sack the local Member of Parliament who, in this area, is also our State Premier (the American version of this would be a State Governor) who strangely enough publicly mocked the bike lanes on Twitter despite the government she is in charge of funding it.

Who Hates It?

  1. Motorists
  2. Local businesses
  3. Pedestrians
  4. Cyclists (!!!!!)
  5. Me
Why Do I Hate It?



Cyclists refuse to use it.



Taxi drivers use it as parking spaces and go unpunished.

This road is on my road-test route. Speed bumps, decreased speed limits and bicycle lanes are NOT practical for commercial/industrial areas. Plain and simple.


What Should They Do To Fix It?

The main aim of the lanes was to decrease accidents involving cyclists on busy Sydney streets.

I propose they make cyclists have to register their bicycles if they wish to use them on public roads in this area. By having to display number plates and registration stickers, police will be able to enforce laws that these cyclists constantly piss on and don't get punished for.

After a few months of this revenue raising, cyclists will eventually start to improve their behaviour on the roads and decrease accidents.

As for changing the motorists behaviour, there really is no need. If cyclists are held accountable they will start to obey the road rules and motorists will be able to safely share the road with them.


What stupid things have your local government and/or council done that piss you off?
 

KommieKat

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The local gov here continues to support rich real-estate tycoons, who are nothing more than members of a syndicate of HK Chinese Triads, unscrupulous politicians and members of the Peoples Republic of China politburo who take massive kickbacks in construction ventures in Hong Kong housing and Macau casinos.

Average flat in my area is about 400 sq ft at about HK$2,000,000 (HK$2,000,000 divided by US$7.8).

May they all fucking rot in a dead dogs asshole!!
 

Polar Bear

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I'm happy to say that at this time, I have no major complaints. At least none worthy of this thread.

Just wanted to say thanks, D. It's been too long since I read a decent rant on the boards. A little piece of me hates bicyclists and government officials more now, for whatever that's worth.
 

KommieKat

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Cyclists (!!!!!)
We've got bicycle lanes here but they are not hugging the road per say, but next to the pedestrians. It's usually us bikers who are pissed off at the pedo's taking up our lanes when they have their own.

Bike lanes are a good idea. RIGHT ON, FOR BIKE LANES!

P.S.

My avatar has shrunk in size whilst the dude above mine has elongated in size.
Are you saying Bacon rules over kommies?
 

Toao

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I thought "local council" meant something else, like an HOA.

Bike lanes are lame. anyone with common sense rides on the sidewalk where you won't get run over.
The problem with bikes here, is whenever you make a right turn, some illegal immigrant will be riding against the traffic with no lights. When the traffic clears and you make the turn, you run their dumb as over.
 

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One of our delivery drivers ran over a cyclist last month. The cyclist was not wearing a helmet and tried to overtake the turning truck on the inside. The cyclist was also not using the bicycle lanes.

Brief article here.

Funny story to this, actually.. On the back of the truck was a Land Rover Discovery 4 that was being dropped off for one of our customers. Our Pre-Delivery wankers went over to the police, pointed to the truck that killed the cyclist and actually asked, "can I get that car off the back of the truck - the customer is waiting.."

To which the police officer replied, "Maybe in a few days. It is evidence for now."
 

Toao

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Bikes are dangerous on the street here, and as MrD has pointed out, can be a pain in the ass.

But here, we have a place where they are the king of the traffic food chain.

The strand, which is the trail by the beach



Bicyclists seem to fall in two basic groups here. The people that throw their beach cruisers (fat tire, no gears, coater brake) in the back of their truck, and then cruise up and down the beach. And then the people that dress up like a gay rodeo clown, with all the bright colored tight spandex and fancy multi-geared bikes, that ride to the beach, where they become a pain in the ass to everyone else. Especially if you come out of a walk street on roller skates, and they nail you from behind.

I saw it happen to a friend once, and it was funny as hell, because he wasn't that good of a skater, and got nailed pretty hard. He was mad as hell and was going to get up and kick the shit out out of the guy, but was kind of shaken up and of course still on skates.
He would stand up and start yelling "I'm gonna kick your fucking ass" but halfway through the sentence, his skates would go out from under him.

He ended up pretty hurt too. Imagine getting nailed from behind by a bike going 15-20 mph.Now they sue, and/or prosecute.
 

Freewilly

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One of our delivery drivers ran over a cyclist last month. The cyclist was not wearing a helmet and tried to overtake the turning truck on the inside. The cyclist was also not using the bicycle lanes.

Brief article here.

Funny story to this, actually.. On the back of the truck was a Land Rover Discovery 4 that was being dropped off for one of our customers. Our Pre-Delivery wankers went over to the police, pointed to the truck that killed the cyclist and actually asked, "can I get that car off the back of the truck - the customer is waiting.."

To which the police officer replied, "Maybe in a few days. It is evidence for now."
lol well thats aussies for ya to the point and no tact :)