Cy­clist wins bat­tle with truck

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CY­CLIST Ron Hewes won a court case against a truckie, who po­lice said passed with only 20cm be­tween them.

That truckie was fined $378.

Big Rigs so­cial me­dia fol­low­ers slammed the mag­is­trate’s de­ci­sion, find­ing fault with the cy­clist trav­el­ling on what ap­peared to be a dan­ger­ous road that wouldn’t al­low both ve­hi­cles to travel safely.

Craig Payne said it was “ob­vi­ously not a bike safe road so ban bike rid­ing on that stretch of road and prob­lem solved”.

Gary El­lis agreed. “No bike lane, no bike. Make the roads so all modes of ve­hi­cles can use - the govern­ment has a duty of care with this is­sue as well.”

Bike rider Lou Mer­cieca said she rode a bike as well and picked places to ride for her own safey.

“You can’t ex­pect a truck trav­el­ling at 80-100km/h to slow to 20km/h and sit be­hind a bike. Cer­tainly not on a hurry any­way. Even rid­ing on subur­ban streets, this hap­pens a lot.” Mar­cus Grigsby said the truck driver couldn’t win in this sit­u­a­tion.

“The other re­sult would have been hav­ing a head on with the on­com­ing car and he would have been up for mur­der.”

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