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Bike Registration

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tracey Gaudry Jul 30, 2011. 9 Replies

What are ex-politicians on???

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Jay Nov 12, 2009. 4 Replies

Helmets and fines

Started this discussion. Last reply by SimonE Nov 7, 2009. 19 Replies


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Latest Activity

njptower replied to Jack's discussion STRAVA Group
"I use it and love it - as an accountant, I love numbers and analysing results. Like Jack, I am an advanced teenager (I lie) and have spent many decades in a good paddock. Strava results encourage me to trim down and go faster. I have a competitive…"
Apr 9, 2012
njptower replied to Alexander Langman Hender's discussion Where's the best place for a cyclist to live in Melbourne?
"perfect summation - but i would add that many car drivers in the west enjoy scaring the living daylights out of cyclists"
Aug 22, 2011
Tracey Gaudry replied to njptower's discussion Bike Registration
"Hi Everyone, Tracey Gaudry from the Amy Gillett Foundation here. We have been reading the comments of readers on Melbourne Cyclist with great interest, as we do with the Sydney Cyclist, Adelaide Cyclist etc etc. The commentary regarding registration…"
Jul 30, 2011
njptower replied to Kathy Francis's discussion British Medical Journal Doctors against mandatory bicycle helmets for adults.
"I choose to wear a helmet because I go fast on the roads.   It is up to the individual to decide what is safe for them"
Jul 30, 2011
Chris Harris replied to njptower's discussion Bike Registration
"I just tell them that I'm not carring my license - which I usually don't carry when I ride. And then I said, sorry, next time I do a wheelie I'll keep both hands on the handlebars. Media pass... how do I get one of those?  "
Jul 30, 2011
rob replied to njptower's discussion Bike Registration
"I would be happy for registration to apply to all road users in proportion to their cost to government/taxpayers.  Naturally, the costs to motorists (road maintenance, emergency wards, ambulances, etc etc) would be astronomical compared to…"
Jul 29, 2011
Adrian Wal replied to njptower's discussion Bike Registration
"I would love to argue that "bikes were around first" to a driver when I get a chance. But then I can imagine the reply from the driver "but it's survival of the fittest" and ram me off the road.   I will just keep quiet…"
Jul 29, 2011
Doddsy replied to njptower's discussion Bike Registration
"People had a right to use public space long before automobiles were invented. Just so long as you didn't have coloured skin."
Jul 28, 2011
Steve Jay replied to njptower's discussion Bike Registration
"The fact is registration (ie the actual registration fee component, not including the CTP premium) pays for nothing but the Cars in the wrong hands (and not just criminal hands) are very dangerous to others, that is why they are registered.…"
Jul 28, 2011
Adrian Wal replied to njptower's discussion Bike Registration
"Tiny, tiny fee, about as much as the loose change rolling around in my Crumpler messenger bag. Make that about 50 cents. We can all take our 5 cent pieces to VicRoads once a year and get a special sticker to stick below the red blinky."
Jul 27, 2011
njptower replied to njptower's discussion Bike Registration
"it is a vexed issue but  somehow we need to be better protected from the haters on the road - and i posit the thought that if a rego fee is paid albeit a tiny one then our rights may well be enhanced"
Jul 27, 2011
Adrian Wal replied to njptower's discussion Bike Registration
"I would pay a token rego and happily display an identification plate if it led to less harassment from drivers and more bike lanes. But you could pay all the user fees in the world for a bike and still get run off the road by the 1% or less of…"
Jul 27, 2011
njptower posted a discussion

Bike Registration

Following the death of cyclist, John Cornish, the usual hullabaloo and hatred has hit the newspapers and airwaves. As expected, the hoary chestnut of bike registration has been resurrected. I think it would be a great idea if it was based on the power of the vehicle and/or its weight and applied to all road vehicles. My ten kilo bike (which does a great job of supporting a massive weight of rider) is usually propelled with a power of at maximum 250 watts. I would be happy to pay a rego fee of…See More
Jul 27, 2011
njptower replied to ChrisS's discussion "Two in three blame unsafe roads for staying off their bikes"
"I am not a wimp - I rode 52 kilometres yesterday - but there are some roads were the drivers regard bike riders as a target and so i avoid them"
Jun 2, 2011
njptower replied to Brendan Liew's discussion 30 Second Short Film
"cyclist riding up swanston street, taxi pulls in to kerb but on extreme angle , flings open door  cyclist had changes direction to avoid taxi but door being flung meant additional evasive action required of course, the road was a little damp…"
May 18, 2011
njptower replied to Damian Halloran's discussion My bike computer
"Have you had a look at Endomondo - it has realtime uploading to the net with mapping, per kilometre times , it integrates with heart monitors via bluetooth"
Feb 21, 2011

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What sort of riding do you do ?
Commuting, Road Cycling, Recreational
Where in Melbourne or nearby do you live ?
Deer Park

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At 1:15pm on July 17, 2009, ChrisS said…
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