How was your commute today

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Re: How was your commute today

Postby Matt1 » Sun 18 Apr 2021, 6:14 pm

Another cool morning today. I find it highly agreeable to ride when there is little traffic and little sign of any wild nights out. Another plus was seeing a sign announcing the reopening of Lakeside Drive barely a month away. They have started working on some realignment of Aughtie Drive, so that might be closed next.
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Re: How was your commute today

Postby Claude Cat » Tue 20 Apr 2021, 9:08 am

Packed all the wet weather gear for the expected damp return this afternoon. Actually a really nice morning to this point.
Watched a lady almost put herself and her E-scooter under a car as she sailed through a red between the casino and convention center. It was so close as she hopped off at the very last moment in the middle of the road.

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Re: How was your commute today

Postby Matt1 » Tue 20 Apr 2021, 11:42 am

Very pleasant weather for the commute early this morning. I just looked at the weather radar now to see a large band of rain rapidly heading straight for Melbourne. Glad not be out in that. The legs were a bit slower than normal after yesterday's effort but should come up stronger in the long term.
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Re: How was your commute today

Postby Helen » Wed 21 Apr 2021, 2:16 pm

Hi all! Second week back at work! Two days last week, three days this week planned
I'm on the Footscray road - La Trobe street route to Fitzroy so although I did not notice any great upsurge in improvements as touted in the news there were a few welcome changes.
I notice the mega-puddles under the Citylink exit and next to Costco have not returned after yesterdays deluge so it seems they have them in hand now.
The new wider lanes on La Trobe street between Docklands and Spencer street are fab, especially southbound. Always felt I was taking my life in my hands cruising down that slope in the dark with heaven knows what manaical drivers behind me. Feels sooooo good to be socially distanced from the cars :)
Now bring on new wider lanes for everywhere else, City of Melbourne and local councils!
Very grateful for the return of the bike lane, even though it's an obvious temporary painted one, between Elizabeth and Swanston sts next to the construction. Very happy to forgo the "take the lane and sprint, uphill" necessary before, especially when I'm on my Dutchie.
Quite a few of my bugbears solved. Hope it continues to improve...
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Re: How was your commute today

Postby Claude Cat » Wed 21 Apr 2021, 7:15 pm

Much nicer conditions today than yesterday afternoon's deluge.

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Re: How was your commute today

Postby Canuck » Wed 21 Apr 2021, 8:15 pm

Haven't been able to commute by bike thus week, sadly. Just too much to carry, and too many places to be...

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Re: How was your commute today

Postby Matt1 » Thu 22 Apr 2021, 7:15 am

Busyness is not a curse I bear; the life of leisure and reflection is the one for me. Despite the thermometer reading only 12˚C at home I did not feel the cold in the fresh air this morning. I put this down to a combination of recent previous experiences of riding in colder weather and not riding quick enough to generate wind chill. Did not see many cars (they had their lights off? :lol: ) but plenty of bikes out today. I am sure the real winter weather is not far away.
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Re: How was your commute today

Postby victor » Thu 22 Apr 2021, 8:24 am

I got a cough last week, and although a COVID-19 test last week was negative, I still have a persistent cough, and would be frowned on if I went to the office in Melbourne, so I'm working from home this week. All I can think about is my commutes to and from work :( I think I'll give my usual commuting bike some extra love today after I finish work for the day, some cleaning and chain oiling, that way at least I get to do **something** bike-related.

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Re: How was your commute today

Postby Claude Cat » Thu 22 Apr 2021, 8:47 am

Started an hour earlier today, but it was still warmer than yesterday.
My old rear light doesn't like the cold, the new one has been dispatched, but meanwhile I've had to supplement the rear lighting with a blinder to to ensure I stay lit up all the way to and from work.

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Re: How was your commute today

Postby smitty » Fri 23 Apr 2021, 12:00 pm

Still working from home
but getting out on the bike often and riding where I choose to
certainly don't miss my commute on St kilda Rd and Swanston St

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Re: How was your commute today

Postby Matt1 » Mon 26 Apr 2021, 9:37 am

My commute was eventful, if an event is defined as a change in relations. Plenty of traffic on the road today. The shops did not open until an hour later than usual, but not a public holiday so I copped the full peak hour mayhem. Not an intrinsically bad situation since I probably would not normally be phased by it, it was only disappointing due to my expectation of a public holiday level of next to no traffic. Weather feels cold, despite knowing today's minimum temperature is more than the maximum temp I can expect when winter gets going properly.
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Re: How was your commute today

Postby Matt1 » Tue 27 Apr 2021, 4:17 pm

Close passing laws have been forgotten already. Nothing threatening but no effort made either. More of a worry is all the idiots using their phone whilst driving, usually out of line with the rest of the traffic making it difficult to ride down the left side of the road. Something I will take note of for the future when trying to predict driver behaviour. Nice weather this arvo for a change and had a good run through the lights, so plenty of positives today.
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Re: How was your commute today

Postby rgcrgc » Tue 27 Apr 2021, 8:37 pm

Matt1 wrote:Close passing laws have been forgotten already. Nothing threatening but no effort made either. <snip>


This (although tbh I'm not sure they were noted much at the time). Now traffic levels are back to (or exceeding) those in the Before Times there has been a commensurate increase in both The Distracteds (generally drifting across in lower speed situations) and the Ooh-A-Gappers (generally quick lane changing in higher speed situations).

This, coupled with my return (mostly outbound) to the St. Kilda Road wacky races, has greatly exercised my spidey senses in the last few weeks.
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Re: How was your commute today

Postby Matt1 » Wed 28 Apr 2021, 7:42 am

I found it refreshing to be out in the cool morning air under a full moon for my commute this morning. Felt fast too - what price can you put on even the vaguest sense of youthful exuberance when you get to my age? Maybe $400, since my bike cost that much :D
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Re: How was your commute today

Postby Helen » Wed 28 Apr 2021, 11:01 am

Encountered the Rider who Gives the Rest of us a Bad Name today.
Older lady, looked 65+, very respectable with a flash commuter bike and what looked like all new gear (noob or just a lockdown online purchaser I'm not sure) - At least she had the hi-viz going for her
I was cruising southwards on Sprint st past the College of Surgeons before turning left at Parliament Stn to head east up Lonsdale/Albert. I say cruising because the light facing me was red. I was just gently coasting up to the red.
Rider nipped past me on the LH side and zoomed round the left turn on the red.
Undertakers are my most un-favourite kind of rider, they scare the sh** out me. We both stopped at the Nicholson st intersection so I very politely asked her if she'd pass on the right as undertaking can be dangerous and scary.
so she said
(I kid you not)
"Were you riding at a normal speed?"
Me: Er aargh what?
"Were you riding at a normal speed, cos I nearly ran into the back of you there"
Then the lights changed so I was not able to say
"Yes I was riding rather slowly AS i WAS COMING UP TO A RED LIGHT. THE ONE YOU RODE THROUGH."
Ah lésprit de Escalier.
I bet there was someone that very minute on the phone to 3AW complaining of ber-loody cyclists going through red lights...
But sheesh...
There seems to be something about that particular city block with people who appear to be a sandwich short of a picnic
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