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I've sat back and read all the posts about spectating, insurances, forest restrictions and the greenies and tree huggers etc etc etc.

On this side of the world we have a saying "Only in America". This usually relates to such incidences as Spilling Mc Donald's coffee in yer lap going over a speed bump and suing Mc Donalds for negligence, or Woody Allen marrying his imported adoptee daughter or being cited for a misdemeanor for smoking a joint but a $500 fine for smoking a legally purchased cigarette etc etc etc. Don't get me wrong, I love the States, 7 years of my life was spent there but the crazy thinking (by some), is making its way downunder.

Police in New South Wales (Australia) have decided bicycles are "Vehicles" and as with any vehicle, can not be raced on public roads (as in pack races or tours) but, like all vehicle races can only be staged in "Sterile" conditions (ie full road closure). It has the competitive cycling fraternity in turmoil and organisers of a dozen international races have plans shattered.

Make sure this is not reported in the USA. I can just see some transport beauracrat compering this to rallying. "A rally car is a racing car -> a road racing car -> roads = circuits = sterile conditions.

Don't laugh it off!!!!!!! It's a weird world we live in and alas, is getting weirder in this neck of the woods
 

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Yes, all over the world including the USA they have bicycle races and tours on open roads, tho' the traffic is well controlled and I can't remember hearing of a major accident internationally in the 20 years I've had an interest in cycling. Now when I say "open" roads, it is usually back country roads where the traffic levels are low and easily controlled and I think this is what has the Aussies peeved. Some beauracrat out of touch with reality has made a blanket ruling which affects an entire sport.

Now I have to admit that the title of this thread should be extended to include not only America and Australia but also New Zealand for our own dipsticks have come up with a classic one!!!!!!

They are going to tax farts!!!!! Yep, you got it, the poor old farmer has to pay a tax for his cows flatulence so the government can adhere to the Kyoto Agreement and investigate what effects rear end emmissions have on the atmosphere in NZ.

Now they want $8 million for this study. Hell for half that I could tell them what effect it has......None!!!! So damn windy here the offending gas is halfway across the Pacific before it's cold!!!!

However, I could tell them what effect the hot air that is emitted from our Parliament has on the country.......nausiating!!!!!!!!


Don
 
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