Until such a time as I see a “DRIVERS GET OUT AND PUSH” sign, I will disobey signs that read  “CYCLISTS DISMOUNT”. Those words “cyclists dismount” are as much an affront to my mode of transport as the words “cripples must crawl” would be to the disabled, if those words were written on signs. They are not, because they offend. Whoever it is who writes signs like these, needs their car taken away. They need to be given no other option but cycling for transport, until such time as they realise we are not playing with pogo-sticks here. We are going to work.


  1. Nigel says:

    Isn’t the cyclist about to encounter slippery tram tracks at a 45 degree angle? Eeek, front wheel is about to slip. But where is the cyclists remount sign? Ah, it’s disguised just a little ahead (the reverse direction dismount instruction).

    • Steven says:

      when you put it that way, I see the old fashioned tram, that old guys in costume wheel out on weekends, is the real toy. Rip up the tracks and put the tram on bus wheels.

  2. Graeme says:

    The one place where I heed these words is when a shared bike/pedestrian path comes to a crosswalk. Apparently I am one of very few who pays attention even there, but it just makes sense to me that pedestrians own the crosswalks, and drivers might not be expecting bicycles there.
    For rail crossings, a simple warning about tracks crossing at an angle should suffice.

    • Andy says:

      +1 Graeme,
      I also always dismount when I’m sharing instructed to because it’s a narrow pedestrian area. And for exactly the same reason.

  3. Bianca says:

    I really enjoyed your video 🙂
    I too had a inner grumble to myself as I rode past/over the uni’s new bicycle signage. I will admit, however, that as a novice bicycle rider I did once cross that particular spot awkwardly, trying to give a pedestrian enough room to pass me, and my wheel got caught in the tracks and I made a very indelicate landing on the pavement. Regardless, I won’t be dismounting. I feel like the signs assume that cyclists are totally unobservant people. My husband thinks that it should be mandatory for vehicle drivers to ride a bicycle for two weeks in their driver training.
    From the girl with the pink bicycle. Happy riding 🙂

  4. Vicki says:

    They have those here in Newcastle too, at SOME rail crossings (I do not understand why they are required at some, but not all, rail crossings) and I never dismount, nor have I seen anyone else do so, I wonder if that is a bookable offence?

  5. Steven says:

    So I have noticed these tracks lead into a rail museum shed. In other words, they are toy tracks for toy trains. Old duffas who dress like Casey Jones on their weekends, should be made to put their toys away when they’re finished playing, and not leave them around for commuters to slip on. There, I said it.

  6. Lucy says:

    Surely that is just some council or other busy body trying to avoid getting sued. I never thought all those signs meant anything other than: “don’t come crying and looking for money here, if you get hurt, because we put signs up about the dangers of being alive.”

  7. MJ Ray says:

    Dismounting seems unkind to pedestrians. A person pushing a bike is wider and more likely to tip the bike over or clip someone else with a handlebar or pedal than a rider slowly riding or scooting their bike. Always give way, but rarely dismount.

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