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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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Watson 12:37 pm 19 Jun 11

scorpio63 said :

I cycle although must disagree with some posters who think that during peak hour traffic times (morning in particular around Manuka and Barton) cars and bikes can co-exist well.

No, they do not.

For instance, last week travelling through Barton at 40ks during high volume traffic, waiting lengthy periods at traffic lights, slowly passing building works and workers walking around, I encountered two people on bikes swerving from the left literally out of no-where into the direct path of another vehicle in front of me, weaving in and out of cars taking off at the green lights. In between. Not on the left, not behind other vehicles. No bright coloured clothing and blatant disrespect for all other road users.

I note that quite a few do not wear helmuts at all and prefer beanies.

When or if they fly through the air after having been hit by a vehicle, who will be the first person they or their family members blame and/or sue (after breaking the law on two counts themselves)?

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They did not give way, whizzed and weaved in between the slower cars taking off at the lights which is illegal for any bikes. , high volume traffic)

That’s like saying cars shouldn’t be on the road because you saw one breaking the road rules! I see cyclists do dangerous things regularly, just like I see cars do stupid things every day. But if you stick to the rules and don’t take shortcuts at the expense of your own or others’ safety, it’s perfectly feasible for cars and bikes to co-exist on the road.

I had t get used to not being able to ride in the same way here as I used to ride in the European country I grew up in. There, bikes are faster than cars most times of the day and it’s accepted by everyone to weave in and out of traffic as there’s not really any other way to go. And nobody wears a helmet.

Here I am a lot more careful. I will never negotiate big roundabouts or turns at big intersections on the bike in the car lane for example, because it’s too freaky. I will try to avoid them or cross at the pedestrian crossings.

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