Cy­clists vic­tims of abuse

Road rage caught on cam­era

The Morning Bulletin - - NEWS - JAS­MIN LILL

A MO­TOR­CY­CLIST has been caught on cam­era abus­ing and rev bomb­ing a group of Queens­land cy­clists.

One of the Rock­hamp­ton­based cy­clists – who did not want to be named – said the same mo­tor­cy­clist was be­lieved to be re­spon­si­ble for at least two sim­i­lar in­ci­dents re­cently.

“It’s hap­pened twice on rides that I’ve been on and I be­lieve it’s hap­pened on an­other ride as well with an­other group. We be­lieve it to be the same guy,” she said.

In the video, the mo­tor­cy­clist does a U-turn upon see­ing the cy­clists.

“This guy is be­com­ing a pest be­cause he de­lib­er­ately does U-turns and comes back for a sec­ond pass, so that’s the scary thing about it,” the fe­male cy­clist said.

“He yells abuse – f***ing get off the road – that kind of thing,” she said.

“The first time he did it, there was a small group of maybe six rid­ers. He fol­lowed us and revved his bike very close to the per­son I was rid­ing next to, then he sped off. He turned left, we turned right, then he did a U-turn and came back at us.”

The cy­clist said the lat­est in­ci­dent, filmed a week ago, was in­tim­i­dat­ing.

“It’s de­signed to scare and it does scare,” she said.

“My thoughts are he’s try­ing to in­tim­i­date and ha­rass. He’s stalk­ing us ac­tu­ally. De­lib­er­ately do­ing U-turns and com­ing back for sec­ond passes. He’s com­ing back and we know we’re go­ing to cop it so that’s why we’ve pulled over – be­cause of him.”

The in­ci­dent was re­ported to po­lice.

Queens­land Po­lice did not re­spond to ques­tions, but Bi­cy­cle Queens­land chief Anne Sav­age said the in­ci­dent was a clear case of hooning and should be pe­nalised.

“This per­son is a road loser, not a road user,” she said.

“It’s weak and pa­thetic be­hav­iour to tar­get an in­no­cent group of women on bi­cy­cles. This man needs to read the road rules and learn some man­ners.”

Photo: Con­trib­uted

NOT HAPPY: A mo­tor­cy­clist went out of his way to abuse th­ese cy­clists in Rock­hamp­ton.

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