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Bike rider killed by car on Monaro Highway

By Anne Treasure 31 March 2017 25

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A bike rider has been killed on the Monaro Highway south of Canberra, early on Friday morning.

The identity of the rider has not been confirmed, but it is believed that an Indian Pacific Wheel Race rider is involved.

Race organisers have released a statement confirming that an incident has occurred, but did not reveal the rider’s identity.

ACT Police say the bike rider was hit by a car at around 6.20am, on the Monaro Highway south of Canberra.

“I can suggest, given the nature of the collision, an investigation into the circumstances would suggest the rider of the push bike died at the scene,” said Sergeant Chris Meagher.

“It’s early in the morning, it’s dark; there was no fog at the time.”

The Indian Pacific Wheel Race is a 5,500km bike-packing race from Fremantle to Sydney. The race leaders reached Canberra yesterday.

Earlier in the race, another participant was forced to pull out due to a head wound after being struck by a vehicle near Tarlee, South Australia. The driver was charged with driving without due care.

The driver of the car involved in the latest crash is assisting police with their inquiries.

This terrible tragedy is yet another reminder of the need to share the road safely.

Anne Treasure is the Communications Manager for Pedal Power ACT. She writes on bike riding in the ACT from the perspective of a lapsed bicycle rider who should be cycling more. 

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dungfungus 9:23 am 31 Jul 17

Yet another high profile cyclist (Garth Proud) killed on the road doing what he loved:

https://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/coast-mourns-death-of-much-loved-son-godfather-of-/3206823/

wildturkeycanoe 8:28 pm 03 Apr 17

Ian said :

I would have thought that no matter how irritating cyclists can be holding up traffic, and whatever your thoughts on the merits of cyclists on main roads, common sense would tell you they are more vulnerable than car drivers, and as such, it is sensible to show caution around them and err on the side of leaving a decent margin for error (theirs or yours) around them.

I counter with this; common sense would suggest that it’d be more sensible to avoid activities that come with such a high risk of injury or death, unless there is a very good reason to do so. Proving one’s superiority in endurance would not be reason enough for me to risk my own life, but others do have different ideas about what is too risky.

Ian said :

If you think its smart speeding past them leaving 6 inches to spare, I’d suggest you shouldn’t be driving a car.

Again, look at it from a different point of view. If you think it is smart to ride a bicycle within the proximity of cars and trucks, on a dark highway that is notorious for kangaroos, in a very fatigued state of mind, perhaps you shouldn’t be riding.
Remember that if you are driving on that road at night, a truck is coming the other way with bright headlights dazzling your vision, you will instinctively pull towards the left side of the lane to give more room to the truck. A cyclist will be very difficult, if not impossible to see, as you divert your eyes away from the glare and try to focus on the lane markings to avoid a head-on.
Call me crazy, but I would stay at least a meter to the left of the reflectors to reduce any possibility of getting clipped by a wing mirror or worse. When you look at how many white reflector posts have been knocked over, it really should give any cyclist a wake-up-call to the dangers.

bigred 12:51 pm 03 Apr 17

Seeing it is extremely unlikely that this incident (as opposed to accident) will be subject to an inquest it is probably fair enough to make some salient comments. Firstly, the experienced cyclists would have been subject to a collision with a following vehicle. From all reports, the cyclist was well lit up. The driver, according to the CT was issued with a traffic infringement notice for not being in complete control or similar. Therefore, there is now a monetary value on the heads of cyclist in the ACT, and it around $250!

Ian 10:52 pm 02 Apr 17

I would have thought that no matter how irritating cyclists can be holding up traffic, and whatever your thoughts on the merits of cyclists on main roads, common sense would tell you they are more vulnerable than car drivers, and as such, it is sensible to show caution around them and err on the side of leaving a decent margin for error (theirs or yours) around them.

If you think its smart speeding past them leaving 6 inches to spare, I’d suggest you shouldn’t be driving a car.

Dondon 3:58 pm 02 Apr 17

dungfungus said :

Apparently he had reported on social media that he was having vision problems.
.

He also posted on twitter about the number of dangerous close passes my motorists too.

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