Hell hath no fury like a rider scorned
THERE’S a lot of press lately about cyclists and motorist being at loggerheads again.
Apparently cyclists are being pinged under the new fines regime for not wearing helmets, riding on the footpath, breaking red lights and stuff that now costs you $300 plus, yet no car drivers have been busted over the same period for driving too close to cyclists.
A bit one-sided say the lycra-lovers.
Well, der. Politicians don’t ride bikes. So, the solution is simple, vote for those who do or get over it.
Hark, is that rocks I hear upon my roof already? Okay, okay.
This whole driving too close thing combined with riders insisting that two abreast is best, is creating more friction than a sandpaper bike seat, and is a recipe for, well, more of the same.
Rooted deep in the heart of our smarmy convict culture, the concept that all Australians own their bit of road and that whomever shall trespass deserves to be punished is universally accepted (by Australians).
As a topic of conversation it’s up there with politics, religion and coincidentally, driving skills – approach with caution. Just as motorists should cyclists on the road.
But they don’t and it’s even more fraught on the road than at a dinner party.
Both parties are aware of the other’s propensity to do dangerous or annoying things and of each other’s propensity to react aggressively or belligerently, so how does each typically react to a situation, or debate?
Yes, with aggression and belligerence. Haha, come on Aussie c’mon, c’mon. That’ll fix it.
There is a really simple solution but alas it will not work.
Riders, stop riding two-abreast except where it’s safe (here’s a tip – if cars come too close, it’s unsafe). Drivers, give them space. How hard is that?
Perhaps offenders should be made to ride bikes for a year or drive a car at 30km/h?
Sadly, changing Aussie behaviour will take decades and must begin at preschool where, uncomfortably, the behaviour of parents will be shown to be unbecoming, antisocial and illegal… just what the kids (and the parents) want to hear. Won’t that be fun?
Otherwise we could put everyone in a room together and ply them with copious wine.
At first aggression will increase and the pugnacious ones will be arrested, but the remainder will succumb to the wine and become friends or so inebriated they can’t drive or ride, and with the former in jail, the roads will be safer for everyone.
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