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Jim’s mowing takes a red hot shot at taking down a cyclist

By johnboy - 26 June 2012 264

tcol1979 has posted this to YouTube with the following note:

Call Jim’s Mowing any time for a hit-n-run…

The driver of this Holden Commodore didn’t even stop after side-swiping the cyclist.

The cyclist was wearing high-visibility clothing compliant with both “AS/NZS 4602(1999) High Visibility Safety Garments” and “AS/NZS 1906.4(1997) High Visibility Materials for Safety Garments”

Extended footage is also available showing that prior to this incident, the traffic had slowed through roadworks such that the red VW Polo was just ahead of the cyclist for a considerable time, following by the black Mercedes and of course, the Holden Commodore – the driver of the Holden Commodore was following the cyclist for quite some time through the roadworks and has absolutely NO excuse not to have seen the cyclist.

It took place on the Cotter Road, Weston.

cyclist losing control

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Jim’s mowing takes a red hot shot at taking down a cyclist
StumpyPete 3:14 pm 26 Jun 12

Jivrashia said :

Jungle Jim said :

Nothing to excuse this at all, but expect the driver with the trailer was in some kind of rush and thought he and his trailer were going fast enough to get past the cyclist.

I’d call it carelessness rather than recklessness.

It appears the driver of the commodore thought his car would have made it safely past the cyclist without endangering either parties. Seems he forgot that he was dragging a rather large trailer behind him.

Cyclists are to be given right of way when the lane is Green. Seeking to speed past in the hope that you might not hit the syslist (regardless of whether you have a trailer or not) is a reckless act.

Solidarity 3:14 pm 26 Jun 12

It’s a trailor, is it possible he didn’t realise he hit the bike?

Thumper 3:11 pm 26 Jun 12

Jivrashia said :

Jungle Jim said :

Nothing to excuse this at all, but expect the driver with the trailer was in some kind of rush and thought he and his trailer were going fast enough to get past the cyclist.

I’d call it carelessness rather than recklessness.

It appears the driver of the commodore thought his car would have made it safely past the cyclist without endangering either parties. Seems he forgot that he was dragging a rather large trailer behind him.

Agreed.

Either that or he is a complete cnut.

EvanJames 3:07 pm 26 Jun 12

Jeez, the cyclist is the most visible thing there. NO excuse. If the plod doesn’t do something about this, it just proves that the only things they’re interested in is speed and RBTs.

tonkatuff82 3:07 pm 26 Jun 12

Great riding and filming skills!

Please tell me you had this knob charged

Jivrashia 3:06 pm 26 Jun 12

Jungle Jim said :

Nothing to excuse this at all, but expect the driver with the trailer was in some kind of rush and thought he and his trailer were going fast enough to get past the cyclist.

I’d call it carelessness rather than recklessness.

It appears the driver of the commodore thought his car would have made it safely past the cyclist without endangering either parties. Seems he forgot that he was dragging a rather large trailer behind him.

Grail 2:59 pm 26 Jun 12

Endrey said :

On the other hand, is it routine for people to film their commute? I hope reasons are sex-related.

No sex, it is an attempt at self-preservation. If certain drivers can be taken off the road permanently, the road will be safer for everyone.

AG Canberra 2:51 pm 26 Jun 12

Oh the joys of GoPro’s and Contour video cameras….if only to properly record the stupidity of our fellow road users.

Neg driving, leaving the scene of a collision, failing to give way, being a knob. The list goes on.

Endrey 2:51 pm 26 Jun 12

My new hero.

A bit of road murder avoided by traffic flow luck and wild bike skills and no swearing, no tears, just, ‘did you get that on video?’.

On the other hand, is it routine for people to film their commute? I hope reasons are sex-related.

Solidarity 2:49 pm 26 Jun 12

and thats why onroad cycle lanes are stupid, no point being in the right if you’re dead.

Jungle Jim 2:47 pm 26 Jun 12

Nice work controlling the bike after the swipe.

Nothing to excuse this at all, but expect the driver with the trailer was in some kind of rush and thought he and his trailer were going fast enough to get past the cyclist.

As for not stopping, I doubt he even noticed the impact of a front wheel being collected by his trailer and like many Canberra drivers, rarely looks in his mirrors.

Looks like the trailer registration plate is nice and visible at the 5-6 second mark. Wonder if the maker has sent this to police. Certainly looks like dangerous or reckless driving to me.

p1 2:43 pm 26 Jun 12

Great recovery.

I assume the video has also be forwarded to the people who hand out the neg driving tickets?

Diggety 2:42 pm 26 Jun 12

Nice one Jim!

puffin 2:41 pm 26 Jun 12

Quite amusing that the twitter account jims_mowing (doesnt make any mention whether it is affiliated with same organisation) is full of comments on cycling, the most recent is an article about the motorist always being at fault in a motorist v cyclist accident.

BenMac 2:37 pm 26 Jun 12

T 6447 C – shouldn’t be hard to locate. Great bike control from the cyclist. Hope he reports it.

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