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I know there are some people out there who just hate cyclists. When I have marshalled for club races out there I have been subjected to abuse from these people, and I have witnessed plenty of unsafe driving from them as well. Naturally the abuse is hurled from the safety of their metal cage, I've never had one of the cowards step out of their car and back up their words, they always just drive off (which is good). It seems as though they are getting more brazen lately, and something needs to be done before someone gets seriously hurt or worse.
The ACT Legislative Assembly is asking for public submissions for its Inquiry into Vulnerable Road Users, it closes on Friday so if you have time it is probably worth submitting something (I'm hoping to put together a personal submission this week).
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"Take care riding on the Cotter Uriarra Loop. A silver ford falcon, ACT plate, has been reported as being involved in multiple incidents of road rage/intimidation of cyclists. In one incident, the vehicle allegedly swerved into a group of five riders, causing them to crash and then fled the scene. The vehicle has also allegedly been involved in incidents of intimidation towards cyclists on Northbourne Ave and in Turner and Lyneham. The vehicle is often towing a box trailer with a cage fitted.
The police continue to investigate but no charges have been issued to date.
We understand that the vehicle’s owner is aware of police attention in relation to the incidents under investigation, and this seems to have escalated his behavior. The vehicle tends to approach from behind, with long loud horn blasts, coupled with verbal abuse once closer to cyclists, and swerves into groups trying to force them off the road.
If you are approached by this vehicle, safety is your first priority. Get off the road, stay together with other cyclists, do not be aggressive towards this driver."
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In a silver Falcon. The bloke was an archetypal boofhead with short hair. He was wearing a singlet. In his late 30s to early 40s. He yelled at me, "Get off the road you f n c." He was leaning half out of the car. He looked to be, not too bright a fellow.
This happened between Banks and Condor(?), at the corner of Tom Roberts Avenue and Wiburd Street. From Wiburd he turned west into Tom Roberts going towards Box Hill Avenue. He was driving slowly before he spotted me, like he was still warming his car up. So it is possible that he came out of the eastern end of McLuckie Cres into Wiburd or from not too far along Wiburd. He was going slowly then he spotted me, and slowed down even more, to hurl the abuse. I wonder if he lives close by.
He had already turned west into Tom Roberts just as he spotted me but I was going in the opposite direction. I think I was lucky because I called him a moron. I know he heard me, but I guess he doesn't know what a moron is ... thankfully.
I phoned the police today, after seeing this thread and the police asked me if I'd be able to be interviewed about this matter, to which I'm only too happy to do ... and hopefully add a bit more to this boofhead's negative cycling palmarès.
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The silver Falcon sedan, rego YFK 51G nutter is at it again
Another report of cyclist intimidation from that silver Falcon sedan, rego YFK 51G driver came to me today. Within the email history, the following advice was given by a retired AFP member - thought this was very good, and worth sharing with you (with the request that you follow it yourself if you suffer the same intimidation from this guy):
It is not true that police need hard (photographic) evidence. Witness statements are enough to substantiate a charge especially when there are two of you who witnessed the event. The alleged offender has the right to deny allegations and then it is up to a court to decide. I suggest that you could follow up your complaint again and request traffic police deal with it. It would also be worth pointing out that if a collision does occur in the future that this driver had been previously reported. Insufficient police investigation to prevent further such incidents does not go down well with police management. Failing a positive reaction from police the next step is to make a formal complaint to the AFP Professional Standards and if no action then to the ACT Ombudsman. After all this car has already been reported before and it is only a matter of time before he collides with a cyclist.
Those of you who've already experienced harassment from this driver and have been brushed off by police might consider taking your complain to the AFP Professional Standards or the ACT Ombudsman as advised in the above.
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