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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Monday, January 15, 2007

I think this is called a "rant"

After riding past yet another car smash on the Gold Coast yesterday, I'm now a little more cynical (if that's even possible) about the state of the roads, or perhaps more accurately the road users, in this part of the world. In case anyone didn't see the little rant early in yesterday's post, basically a couple of morons on a 4wd/SUV decided it would be fun to smash into the driver of another car and then speed off laughing about it.

Sadly, about the only thing surprising about incidents like this these days, is that there are still people who find them surprising. A little later in the day I turned to a friend and said "I will wager you anything you like that no charges will be laid as a result of this". Not surprisingly, he didn't take the bet. And yet, while incidents like this (which had plenty of witnesses, one of whom gave registration details to the police), and others similar continue to go unpunished, there are still people (most of them in government) who express surprise that the road toll continues to rise.

I've asked this question before, but it bears repeating -- what is so difficult about just enforcing the law? I've lost count of the number of different ways in which governments have tried to dance around the issue, most of them involving "public education campaigns" as they are laughably called. At different times we've even seen people trying to bring in new laws, which are a complete waste of time in a culture of blatant disregard for the law, which seems to be a fact of public roadways these days.

All that's really needed here is to start applying some penalties to those who break the law, including those who kill with cars, that might actually make people sit up and think twice about doing it. It's a well-known fact that in most hit and run incidents, the reason the perpetrator leaves the scene is because they have something to hide -- either culpability, or drugs or alcohol in their system. Surely it's time to introduce a law that automatically assumes culpability if someone runs away from one of these crashes. After all, running away from something like this pretty much goes against every grain of human decency, and the assumption would probably be correct in 99% of cases.

While we're at it, it might also be worth increasing penalties for those who are caught driving drunk. After all, nobody ties them up and pours alcohol down their throat, and nobody then makes them drive afterward. It's therefore not unreasonable to start fining people thousands of dollars for this, and issuing immediate on the spot licence cancellations (and car confiscations if necessary) for the more extreme offenders. If people think it's unfair, perhaps they stop and think about the victims of these crimes for a minute. The same thing applies to people speeding through or hooning around residential areas (which seems to be happening more and more often).

Of course, people would just whine that the above is just "revenue raising", but is that really such a bad thing? Personally I can't think of a better source from which the government could draw revenue than these idiots. After all, anyone who has a problem subsidising the government in this way still has the option of just following the law.

Most importantly, those who kill with cars need to start being treated the same as those who kill with guns and knives. After all, the end result is the same for the victim, and the victims are the ones laws are supposedly in place to protect. As things stand now, I could get in a car, deliberately run down someone I dislike, claim it was an accident and just walk away. This may be a little more difficult to change, given the number of weak-willed judges who seem to have been employed to deal with these matters, but I would think setting these people some guidelines as I alluded to above, and actually holding them accountable might make a difference.

Better yet, make me transport minister for a year. Admittedly, any government who did that would probably lose the next election (as road safety doesn't seem to be a vote winner these days), but I can guarantee that within 12 months, I would halve the road toll.


Blogger Treadly&Me said...

I couldn't agree more, especially in respect of hit-and-run. It's high time drivers who flee the scene of an accident are treated as the criminals they are.

The trouble is that our society has come to see the holding of a driver's license as a right and not a privilege. Far too many people totally disregard that privilege and the responsibilities that go along with it.

As to the "revenue raising" argument, the funniest argument I've heard against tougher traffic infringement penalties is that they are a tax on the poor. No they're not—they are a tax on the stupid, the reckless, and the callous.

Chris Transport Minister! Stand Chris—I'll vote for you!

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