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A very sad story from The Age.
A cyclist was seriously injured when hit by a truck this morning in Exhibition St. The truck did not stop but was seen to brake. A very good description of the incident from a witness. Police looking for a beaten up, unmarked white semi truck carrying sand/dirt heading north on Exhibition St about 9:45
Thoughts are with the injured cyclist, has family and friends.
i saw this, absolutely terrible. hope he pulls through and recovers - but being run over by a truck - geez, i'm glad he's alive.
i know it's bad form to critique the riding of injured cyclists, but i think it's worth reinforcing why you shouldn't ride up close to parked cars, as a witness reports the cyclist may have done in this case - it just encourages motorists to squeeze you.
I feel so sorry for the guy and his family.
It only takes one uncaring lowlife for your existence, and the welfare of your family to be destroyed.
Almost as bad is the fact that if bought to justice the courts simply give them a slap on the wrist because we have become desensitised to the carnage on our roads.
As I have been told now on two ocaisions by friends.........You are kidding.......You ride on the road?
Mate you are just an accident waiting to happen.
Terrible news and I hope he makes a full recovery. As we don't know the facts it is'nt right to make a judgement one way or the other. I regard the cbd including Exhibition St as being pretty safe though so I'm surprised when these things happen. Not sure I agree with the Age's headline and I hope the cyclists family don't read it.
The truck driver was unaware of the cyclist and will not be charged Police are saying.
A cyclist approaching the rear of a truck or bus (or car) has their own life in their hands.
I feel for drivers of large vehicles as I often see people run across roads in front of them or cycle in and around them in Sydney.
Terrible situation, let's hope a full recovery can be made!
The article states "riding parallel with the truck"...no mention of 'alongside, in front or behind'?
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Plenty of eye witnesses - IF the truck had overtaken the cyclist and basically cut him off then a reasonable person would expect charges to be laid.
However if the cyclist came up from behind the truck and was in the process of over taking on the left between parked cars or was simply cycling beside the truck then it is a totally different story.
I was not there and won't judge either the cyclist or the driver, but I also never overtake large vehicles on their left or right when their engine is running.
Hope he's back in the saddle as soon as possible.
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011
Hope the cyclist pulls through. My thoughts are with the cyclist and his family.
As for the title of this thread, it's a bit premature. We don't know who was at fault but do know that cyclists (or even car drivers) will always come out second or third best when in the company of a truck. So take care every one and ride extra defensively!
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None of us were so we should not be judging either party. (not aimed at you Sydguy)
Hope the person recovers fully and fast though.
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I am very wary when being overtaken by a truck and often brake hard as soon as one is beside me. Trucks are wide and if they move over on you after they overtake there is nowhere to go but under the rear wheels. I was once knocked off my bike by a truck which overtook me on a roundabout. The cab passed me with a metre to spare but as he turned my bike was sandwiched between his rear wheels and the gutter. Luckily I ended up on the footpath with just a bruised arse but the bike went under the rear wheels. When later stopped by the cops he denied even seeing a bike on the roundabout so no charges or compensation.
Hope the rider recovers. I once gave first aid to a truck driver who was run over by his own truck and he recovered OK.
you were lucky not be prosecuted for making a false statement. obviously a professional driver wouldn't have missed seeing you, so it couldn't have happened, or at least not involving him. did you apologise?
London Boy 29/12/2011
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