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Van clocks recumbent cyclist on Anzac Parade

By johnboy - 6 February 2013 31

ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team are investigating a collision between a recumbent cyclist and a van earlier this morning (Wednesday, February 5).

Around 7.30am, the recumbent cyclist was struck by a van at the intersection of Anzac Parade and Blamey Crescent, Campbell.

The cyclist, a 47 year-old man from Pearce, was conveyed by ACT Ambulance to The Canberra Hospital suffering rib and abrasion injuries. Police diverted traffic during the incident.

ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team are currently investigating the incident.

Any witnesses to the collision who have not yet spoken to police are urged to contact ACT Policing Operations on 131-444. Alternatively, they can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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31 Responses to
Van clocks recumbent cyclist on Anzac Parade
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smee 2:50 pm
06 Feb 13
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Here I was thinking they caught a cyclist speeding. Nice misleading header johnboy…

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KB1971 3:46 pm
06 Feb 13
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While I like the idea of the comfort of a recumbent, I think about their visibility in traffic. Quite often you will see a cyclists head above a cars roof so yo know he is there, a recumbent not so much.

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Holden Caulfield 4:06 pm
06 Feb 13
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KB1971 said :

While I like the idea of the comfort of a recumbent, I think about their visibility in traffic. Quite often you will see a cyclists head above a cars roof so yo know he is there, a recumbent not so much.

Yep, as a motorist I’m not a big fan of them either for the same reasons you mention.

At this time of year it’s not as bad, but in winter when it gets darker sooner they can be nigh on impossible to see at times.

To be fair many recumbent cyclists will have orange flags to increase their visibility, but I’d still rather they weren’t on the road.

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Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 4:30 pm
06 Feb 13
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Yeah I think you have to have no brain or a death wish to use one of those.
If something bad happens you are even more dead than on a bicycle.

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dungfungus 5:53 pm
06 Feb 13
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smee said :

Here I was thinking they caught a cyclist speeding. Nice misleading header johnboy…

Did the cyclist run a red light?

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melon1234 8:45 pm
06 Feb 13
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Wouldn’t surprise me if it was this guy

http://youtu.be/ZufNmJIlVsE?t=25s

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gooterz 9:20 pm
06 Feb 13
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There should be visibility restrictions for cyclists

Its a god damn road rule the motorbikes ride with lights on during the day for visibility they’re much bigger than a recum-bent.

Its crazy you can’t ride a Segway on a road but you can a bike where your lying down with head pointed at the car

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caf 10:07 pm
06 Feb 13
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melon1234 said :

Wouldn’t surprise me if it was this guy

http://youtu.be/ZufNmJIlVsE?t=25s

I’ve seen that guy fly across in front of traffic against the lights twice at the very same intersection.

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LSWCHP 10:27 pm
06 Feb 13
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I understand that recumbents are more efficient, but I can’t understand why anybody would choose to ride one on the roads in traffic.

I almost cleaned up a guy on a recumbent while driving home from work in Fyshwick a year or so ago. The sun was going down, visibility wasn’t great and there was moderately heavy traffic at the time. He had a flag on his ride, but was otherwise entirely obscured below the window line of my car. I was looking for cars, trucks, motorcycles and bicycles but I completely failed to visually process his pitiful little orange triangle in my peripheral vision as he went past me. It was one of the closest shaves I’ve ever had, and I don’t want to repeat it.

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switch 10:46 pm
06 Feb 13
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Recumbent bikes are an accident looking for somewhere to happen.

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Brandi 8:21 am
07 Feb 13
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Much as I hate defending them, mainly on the basis of their beards and 1960s eyewear, recumbent cyclists are no less visible than a child on a BMX or a person in a wheelchair crossing the road.

All too often I hear this nonsense about “such and such is a deathtrap, these people must be suicidal”. It’s actually motorists, and the dynamic of driving inside a big metal box at high speed. “Sorry, I didn’t see you mate” is code for “S***, I wasn’t looking”. Slow down and use your eyes.

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Thumper 8:43 am
07 Feb 13
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Brandi said :

Much as I hate defending them, mainly on the basis of their beards and 1960s eyewear, recumbent cyclists are no less visible than a child on a BMX or a person in a wheelchair crossing the road.

All too often I hear this nonsense about “such and such is a deathtrap, these people must be suicidal”. It’s actually motorists, and the dynamic of driving inside a big metal box at high speed. “Sorry, I didn’t see you mate” is code for “S***, I wasn’t looking”. Slow down and use your eyes.

I like people riding bikes.

It’s a win win situation. Less cars, less congestion, more car parks, cleaner air, etc.

However, riding a recumbent in traffic is one of the more stupider things I can think of. A tiny orange flag in a sea of movement, colour and noise just doesn’t cut it. Sky diving seems safe in comparison.

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Erg0 9:35 am
07 Feb 13
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Brandi said :

Much as I hate defending them, mainly on the basis of their beards and 1960s eyewear, recumbent cyclists are no less visible than a child on a BMX or a person in a wheelchair crossing the road.

Except that kids on BMXs and people in wheelchairs don’t tend to ride alongside you in traffic. Obviously they’re visible when crossing the road, it’s when they’re beside and behind you that it’s a problem.

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Solidarity 10:53 am
07 Feb 13
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YOU are responsible for YOUR personal safety. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure YOU are visible. YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT. This has nothing to do with who is at fault in the event of a collision.

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johnboy 10:59 am
07 Feb 13
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I’m not so sure about the visibility argument.

In almost every circumstance the car will overtake the cyclist on the right, giving plenty of time to see them if, frankly, in any sort of state to be driving.

Coming full tilt down a mad hill I’d agree the cyclist should, like anyone, not go sitting in blind spots.

Anzac Parade is a tricky one though, it’s possible the cyclist really was undertaking if coming down the hill there. If so they really should have been anticipating left hand turning traffic.

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