Finally the New " Safe Pass of Cyclists Law " has been tested in Court ! Once again the member of the Judiciary presiding , has seen fit to take issue with the Legislation . A helmet camera's footage was introduced as evidence , thus causing the conviction to be recorded .
Clearly shown was an overtake by a bus , this with some width for the Cyclist . " Tailgating " was a truck , which due to the lack of view up the road , came TOO CLOSE to the Cyclist . Yes , he did not HIT the Cyclist , BUT , had he stayed back further from theBus , he may well have given more space to the Cyclist ?
The 67yo Truck Driver claims that he has quit driving trucks , BUT , has he quit driving a car in such a dangerous manner , that he will once again come upon a Cyclist when " Tailgating "?
Before the court was ONLY one charge ? Had the magistrate been required to rule on the " TailGating " would he have " waived " that FINE and loss of Points ?
Having reported this matter , the local rag , which allows comments to it's website , has been inundated with commentary . I watch Jay Leno & Jimmy Fallon on TV and their humour PALES in comparison to some that i have read . Seems that the average " Anti Cyclist Queenslander " , has some strange views on the Cyclists v Drivers Culture ( WAR ? only as far as those looking for CLICK BAIT are concerned ) , some of the 450+ are shown below .
Cycling all over Europe i have seen the occasional " Rego of Cycles ( Swiss have given up now ) " yet it is quite clear that it does not work . Question of cost as against benefit ? How often do you hear of a Cyclist hitting a Pedestrian and fleeing ? How often do you hear of a Vehicle , hitting a Pedestrian and Fleeing ? It appears that there is so few Cyclists causing harm , that the Authorities realise that there is no great benefit to the Community to create additional expense to the taxpayer ?
Whilst i ride 20/25000km each year , i am coming to0 the conclusion that the average driver , even here in the Tirol of Austria is becoming TOO Complacent in their attitude to Cyclists .
UNTIL the Emergency Services ( Polizei , Ambulance & Fire Services practice the Road Rules they have been trained with ) demonstrate in their normal duties the Road Rules , then " Jo Public " will continue to adopt the complacency that they fall into , once they have obtained their " Driver permit/FuhrerShein ". It is also necessary for them to demonstrate care when in an Emergency Mode , but the requirement is then on other Road Users to move to the side of the road to allow their swift /unimpeded passage .
After nearly being " T Boned " yesterday by a black Hyundai 4x4 , then harrassed by the driver for being in his way , after he pulled out of a minor road , passing in front of an oncoming eastbound white station wagon, that he chose to ignore . I can only conclude that his " Dangerous Driving " was a deliberate attempt at Bodily Injury ! Riding off the road into the grass , is not my favourite way of riding at 30+kph on a sunny morning . When i returned to the ashphalt , he pulled alongside with the window open , mouthing off in the German/Dialect that he is accustomed to use . No point in that as i did not understand him , or whatever purpose he was trying to achieve . I then had him do a series of kangaroo stops as he proceeded up the road attempting to impede my progress either on the RHS of the Road , or on the centre of the road . I was unwilling to overtake him , for fear of the consequences , but i got a GOOD LOOK at his face . Suffice to say i could pick him out of a line up very easily !
When i returned to the local polizei station , i found a Polizei People Mover , but they chose to drive off rather than hear what i had to relay to them . It will come as no surprise that the Polizei Front Door was locked , since this was a " Holiday of Obligation for the Catholic Church " and ALL the shops were closed as is the case in smaller communities . Eventually the 3 striper , who at 57yo would not be expected to be fluent in English , came to the door and had to recall the Polizei Vehicle to conduct the interview . At this time the Number Plate i relayed does not match ANY recorded ? Well that was the end of that .... for today anyway .
Another case of a Cyclist being disbelieved ? We shall see ! No point being told to SELL THE BIKES AND WALK , by a Woman police Officer , who thinks that there are more Cycle Paths , than actually exist! Funny how somethings can be voiced in English and other things are too hard to follow through ?
Some excerpts from the Brisbane Courier Mail :
Some commonsense remarks
" loyd 3 days ago
Most of the comments on here are totally irrational.
1 Police cannot charge anyone purely on number plates. That is why the law was changed to make speed cameras legal but it still doesn't apply to live coppers. They MUST identify the driver at the time. (Unless they con you into admitting it)
2 Any cyclist who rides on the road takes the same risk as any other road user. If you are unfortunate you get hit. It is no different to wearing a bikini in a dark alley. IT IS RISKY regardless of what the law says.. Anyone , cyclist or other wise is responsible for assessing their own risks. Why should there be 'special' laws which are totally unenforceable.
3 The law is an ass. If this photo is the evidence it should have been thrown out.....it doesn't prove anything.
In this country roads are primarily for motorised transport. Diffferential speeds are the cause of accidents..
Glenn 2 days ago
@loyd "If you are unfortunate you get hit. It is no different to wearing a bikini in a dark alley" Probably the best reasoning for a murder charge to apply when you kill another road user. Every time we drive a motor vehicle we should know the risks and look after our fellow humans.
Riddley 3 days ago
@Delivery Cyclists often suggest we should have a "Drive-to-Work" day. It will never happen, of course, but it would be fun to see the gridlock caused when all the regular cyclists add to the already congested roads.
We do have a "Ride-to-Work" day, and it is a very successful event, with lots of new riders trying out an alternative mode of transport. Some go back to their usual, but there are always some who implement cycling as their normal commute. Less traffic, more carparks, what's not to love.
Julianne 3 days ago
@Riddley @Delivery It's not fun to be stuck in gridlock when a group of cyclists line up sideways along the road and take up the whole lane. They should be riding single file!
mark 3 days ago
@Julianne @Riddley @Delivery if you say it enough it still doesn't make it the truth - it is actually legal to ride 2 abreast
Julianne 3 days ago
@mark @Julianne @Riddley @Delivery Yes, TWO abreast. Not 5 cyclists in a group taking the whole lane. I am a cyclist AND a motorist and I still think that most cyclists are using this to jump on the bandwagon and winge for favoritism. I see far more angst and law-breaking from other cyclists than I do from other motorists.
mark 3 days ago
@Julianne @mark @Riddley @Delivery so you ride a bike but at the same time say "they" don't pay rego so "they" should not be allowed on the road? Which is it?
Julianne 3 days ago
@mark @Julianne @Riddley @Delivery Yes, we don't have to pay registration for our bikes, while we DO have to pay for our motor vehicles. As a cylist, I personally believe that WE (cyclists) should pay registration so that we can be identified and not be harrassed by THEM (motorists). I also believe that cyclists (THEY) should pay registration so that WE (motorists) can blah blah blah etc... have you ever heard of perspective?
Riddley 3 days ago
The reality is that cycling as a normal mode of transport is growing quite rapidly in every Australian Capital city. And it can be Labor or Liberal, they both see the benefits of increasing cycling. (This may change in Adelaide depending on the outcome of elections there soon)
Government policy at all levels, especially local and State explicitly promote cycling for commuting and for recreation, and laws are being changed to improve safety outcomes.
What is really lacking is the infrastructure to support this growth. As a driver I want to see a lot more cyclists on the roads as this significantly reduces congestion and therefore improves my trip times.
As a cyclist one of the major elements to safer cycling is more cyclists on the roads (the others being proper facilities and proper laws). So I benefit from that.
@Julianne @Donnie @Mick Roads are funded through consolidated revenue such as tax. Car rego comprises almost entirely of insurance (to cover the personal injuries caused by motor vehicles) and a smaller rego fee to cover the costs of registering vehicles. NOTHING goes to building or maintaining roads required by the selfish single occupant motorists commuting in peak hour rush. Therefore, a cyclist which cause practically no damage to the roads but still pays taxes is SUBSIDING MOTORISTS.