I'm not overly familiar with that intersection, but sometimes you've got to go out of your way to keep yourself safe. If that means carrying on a few hundred metres to the Newton side of the bridge, and crossing with the lights to double back, then so be it.
My own experience as a cycle commuter and weekend roadie for the last 20 years is that I get less aggression from motorists when cycling on my commuter (mountainbike, wearing fluoro, and baggy shorts), than as a mamil (middle aged male in lycra - also fluoro) during my weekend road rides.
I object to being forced to wear fluoro mostly on the grounds that I should not be forced to protect myself from other people's negligence. I accept that motorists don't expect to see me, so I'll try my best to make sure they do, both by being as visible as I can, and acting in a way that keeps me safe. But I don't think I should be forced to wear hi-viz as I don't want some motorist running me over then I get a ticket because I wasn't wearing hi-viz/flouro.
And I don't want someone to come along later and say that all pedestrians should now wear hi-viz clothing. As an aside, while I applaud walking school buses, my heart also sinks a little that they all seem to be wearing hi-viz. They're walking on footpaths and I would like to think that the children would grow up where walking on the street is normal, and not require special clothing. Because, they are our future, walking on the street with hi-viz might also be...
My eyes glazed over when Nick Willis talked himself up to be the same as Peter Snell and John Walker. Sorry, 1st is ahead of 3rd. Gold is better than bronze.
Surely shot-put is also a 'bona fide blue riband Olympic event.'
Not to detract that even getting to the Olympics is a worthy feat.
"For someone like Brendhan Lovegrove who i think almost scrapes by on a living from comedy, every time he takes a risk with new material, he risks loosing the next audience. "
Every time he uses the same material, he does lose the audience that has seen it before. I was at the Gala and had heard the same act from Brendhan some time ago at the Classic Comedy Club. And didn't he also do some of that on Rove Live some time?
He failed to showcase his act, simple.