Equipment and On Road Behaviour, Laws and Rules. Cycling Promotion and Advocacy
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From the Otago Daily Times: http:http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/242028/pair-dobbed-over-bike-slapping-incident
Nice to see both the "slapper" and the driver were charged.
I was slapped by a passenger in a van a few months ago - even with "anger-assist" fully engaged I couldn't catch them (in my defence I was on a MTB going up a hill). I sort of got the plate - just can't remember if the last numbers were 942 or 492 (maybe my vision was obscured by the red mist ). If I ever see that van again...
I think "cycle slapping" is more serious than the offenders realise - a cyclist could easily swerve the wrong way and collide with the vehicle & maybe even end up going under rear wheel.
Hope you are feeling better and back on the bike, well you seem to be back on the bike so that is a good thing.
I have been slapped by a passenger wielding a dog ball throwing stick. I was lucky as the driver of the vehicle behind stopped and gave me her details. She was willing to act as a witness. As it was considered an assault offence I had to attend a police station and make a formal statement. End result was the boy apologised and was formally warned I believe. Hopefully a one-off ill-thought through teenage prank and the kid will be get on with life in a more positive manner.
Proudly "a bleeding heart with too much spare time on his hands"
Just a month or two back, a cyclist in Ocean Grove, Vic was slapped like this. The cyclist fell and suffered a broken collar bone. The driver was eventually tracked down (I think a following driver got the rego) and the offending passenger is awaiting further court hearing.
This makes me wonder to what extent this NZ case is a copy-cat act.
Riding bikes in traffic - what seems dangerous is usually safe; what seems safe is often more dangerous.
What, the slap or the nailing by Plod?
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011
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