Audax Australia
This is the umbrella organisation running long distance cycling events in Australia Their website includes a calendar of events.

A place where cyclist can keep track of their mileage and any number of other statistics, as well as an attached forum.

A set of discussion forums covering almost every conceivable cycling related topic.

Cycling Adventurer
The Cycling Adventurer has tossed in the structured life of an urbanite to explore the world by bicycle. A well-written site detailing how he came to cycling, and what he learned along the way.

Crazy Guy on a Bike

Bicycle touring journals from all over the world, including a couple of my own.

Johns Cycles

This is my LBS on the Gold Coast. While they cater more to the racing market, their service, advice and workmanship is the best on the coast.

St Kilda Cycles

Importers of all manner of things hard to find in Australia, including the legendary Schmidt hub dynamo & E6 lights.


Wonderings and wanderings out and about in Portland, Oregon, US

The Journey
The journey begins in Perth, Western Australia.

Lance Notstrong
The "other" Lance!

Ms Mittens
The Wired Cat on-line

Iron Gambit

Aussie Writer and Cycletourist
A blog chronicling the writing and cycling of a seaside baby boomer.

Up in Alaska
Jill's subarctic journal about ice, bears and distant dreams of the midnight sun.

The Kin Chronicles
Taking mediocrity to a new level of ordinary.

Riding and running with a vengeance.

London Cycling Diary
Pedalling across the capital since August 2005.

CouchPilot-2-BikePilot (Zin's cycling blog)
Living an adventurous life with Type-2-Diabetes.

The adventures of Crazy Biker Chick
... Including cycling, adventuring, cooking, knitting and ranting.

Redneck Espanol
The two wheeled Spanish redneck.

Treadly and me
"Work is something I do between riding my bicycle".

Womanist philosophy and theology. Cycling, climbing, art, single-motherhood and fire-twirling.

Adrian Fitch's random rambling.
A bit about cycling, a bit about genealogy, a bit about radio but mostly a lot about nothing at all.

Geo's big adventure
The life and times of Geo.

It's about the bike
Musings on the cycling life.

Various cycling tidbits.

Industry Outsider
A blog about bikes and stuff.

Tweed Coast Treadly
An old man's bicycle riding diary.

A cyclist's life in Tenerife
(Canary Islands).

Bike to work to live to bike
It's never too late to get back on the bike

Stupid Hurts
Just the random scribblings of a guy with a bicycle

I'm not drunk enough for this
Really, I'm not.

What can I say? Just read it.

Mozam's cycling adventures
A random collection of the things I like to do most, and mostly that is to ride my bikes, bicycles that is... My musings from competitive riding, long distance endurance to puttering around the neighborhood..

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Friday, March 04, 2005

Why don't they get professionals for this?

This is a serious question about traffic "controllers" on the Gold Coast. This morning I'm happily riding to work when I get one of these ditch diggers holding up the stop sign. Of course, I stop and wait obediently, but there's quite a queue building up behind me, largely because this is happening during one of the peak commuting times. Well, eventually they finish whatever it was they were doing to the road (which was probably nothing, given the state of it hasn't changed in ten years), and our friend with the lollipop waves the traffic through.

Well, all the traffic except me. He actually expects me to stop and wait for everyone else, even though my place in the queue was at the front. The only problem is, I'm having none of it. I take off and go when my turn comes regardless. Of course, the lollipop guy is still there shouting expletives, but by now I don't care. Of course, I was through the "site" before the rest of the traffic had moved, and before the bigot's curses had finished, but this has never stopped the whiners before. I am offering no apology for this. I arrived first, I was at the front of the queue, in any other walk of life that means I go first. This was no different. I was not about to make myself late for work just to allow some small-minded moron to throw their prejudices into sharp relief.

To put it bluntly, I don't care if there are half a million people living here, the Gold Coast cannot call itself a "city" if it allows such small-minded bigots to hold positions of responsibility. That's right, responsibility. Directing traffic through or around a construction site is a job for professionals -- not whichever ditch digger happens to draw the shortest straw. If Main roads, GCCC or whomever is responsible intends to continue digging up the same roads week in week out (and the evidence here is that they do), they need to realise this.

For my part, I think I'll make the switch to Bundall Road a permanent one. It's the better option -- although the downside is that I don't get to ride alongside the ocean anymore -- but it's pretty uninspiring in Surfers, surrouned by high-rises as it is. It's interesting to note just how much more orderly Bundall Road is compared to Surfers, considering that it carries probably 4-5 times the traffic volume. It also appears to require a lot less "maintenance" too -- despite the greater traffic volume. Funny that.


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