Mercury (Hobart) - Motoring - - COVER STORY - Tim Vaughan

TO para­phrase Fats Waller: my pedal ex­trem­i­ties are colos­sal. That is, one day I’ll whirr through side streets on the old $1000 road bike and lock it in the well-pa­tro­n­ised racks four floors be­low the throb­bing nerve cen­tre of Cars­guide.

Next day in a $90K Audi I’ll be giv­ing the brakes and clutch a work­out along a favoured ob­scure es­carp­ment.

Com­rade Dowling’s sug­ges­tions for fam­ily and cy­cle-friendly con­veyances bring those poles closer and, we can but hope, might help to get a lit­tle love on the roads.

The more I see of other cy­clists from the sad­dle, and of other driv­ers from be­hind the wheel, the greater the need I see for an­guished types on ei­ther side to pull their heads in.

Driv­ers, less ag­gres­sion please, rid­ers have scant pro­tec­tion; and as ESP is not a li­cence re­quire­ment, could you use the blink­ers?

Cy­clists, stop be­ing so pi­ous and work on be­ing prag­matic; put some air in the tyres, lube the chain (and the place for the hel­met is on the head, not draped on the han­dle­bars).

If this apartheid is to crum­ble, we’ll need com­pe­tent driv­ers and con­fi­dent cy­clists. If the for­mer fos­ter the lat­ter, by tak­ing them to the parks and paths to gain skills, so much the bet­ter.

Mean­while, to para­phrase Ge­orge Or­well: two wheels good, four wheels good too.

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