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Cyclist down in Barton

By johnboy - 8 June 2011 61

A 47-year-old Fadden man is recovering in The Canberra Hospital after being hit by a car while riding his bicycle earlier this morning (Wednesday, June 8).

About 7.35am the man was cycling along Kings Avenue in Barton when a silver Mitsubishi Magna collided with him. The driver of the Magna fled the scene without stopping.

The cyclist was wearing a bright yellow fluoro jacket with rear lights. He was taken to The Canberra Hospital with minor injuries.

Police would like to speak with any witnesses who may have witnessed the collision who have not yet spoken to police or anyone who may be able to identify the driver of the silver Mitsubishi Magna to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Cyclist down in Barton
Mr Gillespie 4:34 pm 08 Jun 11

Question is, what was he doing on Adelaide Avenue instead of the path beside it?? or was he on the footpath and the car mounted the kerb?

And that’s if there was no railing between the road and the footpath unless it was on the bridge??

Solidarity 4:31 pm 08 Jun 11

Ain’t no point being in the right if you’re dead.

Holden Caulfield 4:24 pm 08 Jun 11

Deref said :

Sad. I hope he’s ok and that they catch the bastard.

Still, having lost two bike-riding friends to cars, it’s bloody obvious to me that riding a bike on a public road is an incredibly dangerous passtime. If you do it, you must know that you’re taking your life in your own hands and, as a consequence, that you really do have little comeback when the inevitable happens.

I suppose I have to say, if it’s not bloody obvious, that that doesn’t excuse drivers who collide with bikes; but they do, and they do with monotonous regularity. A proportion of car drivers will always be drunk/incompetent/texting/distracted/psychopaths or all of the above. No laws will stop that, and “I was in the right” is a very poor epitaph.

Instead of campaigning for more of those idiotic bike lanes on public roads, bike riders would be far better off campaigning for more and better bike paths – if not for them, then for the wives and children they leave behind, as my friends did.

I’m sorry to hear of your friends Deref. However, stories like yours are why I hold the opinion that cars and bikes should share the road as little as possible, if at all. That’s assuming nothing effective is done to better educate both motorists and cyclists.

As a motorist who hasn’t ridden a treddly on the road for many years I understand my obligations as a motorist to share the road and am more than willing to tolerate the status quo. It’s just that, in the clash of car and bike, regardless of who is at fault, car is almost certain to win every time, as you have sadly pointed out.

Jungle Jim 4:21 pm 08 Jun 11

Watson said :

Bazza62 said :

It’s dangerous enough driving a car in Canberra, let alone riding a bicycle. I saw an idiot riding his bicycle on Melrose drive today with a child in tow in a small covered bicycle trailer. I hope they got to their destination safely.

That post really says a lot about you. Mainly that you probably have not been to many other places in the country/world. Cars and bikes can actually co-exist on busy roads. But if everyone keeps clinging onto this attitude that you have to be crazy to ride a bike because it’s just too dangerous, drivers are not going to change their attitudes and start paying more attention to the other road users.

They’re there, they won’t go away, so look out for them. And if they stick to the rules, you know where to expect them so there’s no excuse for not seeing them.

Surely you can appreciate the inherrant dangers of riding on the road though and accept that while it’s perfectly okay for cyclists to risk their own necks on the road, endangering a young child in a small capsule at the back of your bike on a busy road is just selfish and idiotic.

Gungahlin Al 4:19 pm 08 Jun 11

nsn said :

Gungahlin Al said :

This morning woman walked from behind hedge straight onto footpath right in front of me without looking – missed by half metre.

What were you doing riding on a footpath?

Avoiding riding on the ridiculously narrow and dangerous Northbourne Ave “on-road cycle lane”. I am sick of ACTION bus drivers swerving towards me.

You will find it is legal to do so in the ACT:
http://www.tams.act.gov.au/move/cycling/cycling_and_walking_map/road_rules
“Cyclists in the ACT are permitted to ride on footpaths.”

Watson 4:16 pm 08 Jun 11

Deref said :

Sad. I hope he’s ok and that they catch the bastard.

Still, having lost two bike-riding friends to cars, it’s bloody obvious to me that riding a bike on a public road is an incredibly dangerous passtime. If you do it, you must know that you’re taking your life in your own hands and, as a consequence, that you really do have little comeback when the inevitable happens.

I suppose I have to say, if it’s not bloody obvious, that that doesn’t excuse drivers who collide with bikes; but they do, and they do with monotonous regularity. A proportion of car drivers will always be drunk/incompetent/texting/distracted/psychopaths or all of the above. No laws will stop that, and “I was in the right” is a very poor epitaph.

Instead of campaigning for more of those idiotic bike lanes on public roads, bike riders would be far better off campaigning for more and better bike paths – if not for them, then for the wives and children they leave behind, as my friends did.

I’m sorry about your friends. That is truly sad.

But I do not agree with banning bikes off roads. It is just not possible to replace all on-road bike lanes with off-road bike paths nor to have a bike path passing by everyone’s driveway.

Yes, you are more vulnerable on a bike without the protection of a steel cage around you and the speed difference between bikes and cars. But I am not even convinced that riding a bike is that much more dangerous than driving a car in the city. You could argue that – even with the protection of a ton of steel – people must be crazy to drive at speeds of 80-100kph on a narrow lane surrounded by other cars. And the number of car accidents each year would back that up too. Yet noone is trying to convince car drivers to not use those fast roads because it’s a dangerous passtime?

As long as a majority of drivers think that bikes should not share the road with them, there will remain a significant proportion of them who will think it is not their responsibility to watch out for them. Laws will indeed not change that, but a cultural change is what is needed.

Chop71 4:06 pm 08 Jun 11

I don’t think a day would pass without a cyclist in the emergency department of TCH, not to mention the ones who patch themselves up at home etc.

Deref 3:51 pm 08 Jun 11

Sad. I hope he’s ok and that they catch the bastard.

Still, having lost two bike-riding friends to cars, it’s bloody obvious to me that riding a bike on a public road is an incredibly dangerous passtime. If you do it, you must know that you’re taking your life in your own hands and, as a consequence, that you really do have little comeback when the inevitable happens.

I suppose I have to say, if it’s not bloody obvious, that that doesn’t excuse drivers who collide with bikes; but they do, and they do with monotonous regularity. A proportion of car drivers will always be drunk/incompetent/texting/distracted/psychopaths or all of the above. No laws will stop that, and “I was in the right” is a very poor epitaph.

Instead of campaigning for more of those idiotic bike lanes on public roads, bike riders would be far better off campaigning for more and better bike paths – if not for them, then for the wives and children they leave behind, as my friends did.

nsn 3:42 pm 08 Jun 11

Gungahlin Al said :

This morning woman walked from behind hedge straight onto footpath right in front of me without looking – missed by half metre.

What were you doing riding on a footpath?

Eppo 3:30 pm 08 Jun 11

Seems we ought to be banning the sale of silver cars.

They’ve been responsible for a few incidents lately.

Watson 3:20 pm 08 Jun 11

Bazza62 said :

It’s dangerous enough driving a car in Canberra, let alone riding a bicycle. I saw an idiot riding his bicycle on Melrose drive today with a child in tow in a small covered bicycle trailer. I hope they got to their destination safely.

That post really says a lot about you. Mainly that you probably have not been to many other places in the country/world. Cars and bikes can actually co-exist on busy roads. But if everyone keeps clinging onto this attitude that you have to be crazy to ride a bike because it’s just too dangerous, drivers are not going to change their attitudes and start paying more attention to the other road users.

They’re there, they won’t go away, so look out for them. And if they stick to the rules, you know where to expect them so there’s no excuse for not seeing them.

Holden Caulfield 3:19 pm 08 Jun 11

That sucks, hope he’s okay.

la mente torbida 3:19 pm 08 Jun 11

Okay, I’ll bight.

Doesn’t matter if it was a cyclist, pedestrian or car…this scumbag bolted and deserves what is coming.

Bazza62 3:10 pm 08 Jun 11

It’s dangerous enough driving a car in Canberra, let alone riding a bicycle. I saw an idiot riding his bicycle on Melrose drive today with a child in tow in a small covered bicycle trailer. I hope they got to their destination safely.

Gungahlin Al 2:50 pm 08 Jun 11

Yesterday morning – guy pulling out of the Defence carpark at Macarthur without looking – missed by 1m.
Last night – old green bus, 6.50pm driving right on the line past me – where the cycle lane is only just over half metre wide.
This morning woman walked from behind hedge straight onto footpath right in front of me without looking – missed by half metre.

Even though I do my level best to keep away from traffic, and am off the road altogether for about half of each 10km trip, there is seldom a ride without a worrying incident.

Some of them are due to other cyclists passing close and not having the courtesy of using a bell.
I fear I’ll be the subject of a post like this soon if people don’t start opening their eyes. It shouldn’t be this dangerous out there people.

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