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Nasty. I did a solo cotter/uriarra loop on Saturday morning heading in the other direction, I didn't have any trouble though.
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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I can't stand riding out on those western roads (and down south along Bobeyan Rd too)... It's where all the bogans go to test out their bogan cars and litter the waterways with bottles. I've never seen a cop car out there either. I also hate driving out there when there are a lot of cyclists about because of numerous potholes, narrow shoulders, double lines and the odd maniac descender.
The driver involved in the abovementioned incident back in October has continued to harass cyclists on the Cotter/Uriarra loop. A group that has been the subject of a range of harassment incidents by the same driver/vehicle has written to the ACT Police Minister in parallel to lodging a police complaint and has also sent around this warning about the driver:
"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."
Clearly has psych issues. I wonder if he's an ice user.
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