That's just salt in the wound - "not less than 1 month". Don't the cops actually know these things??
A warning letter completely pathetic especially when the penalty should have been something more like a 1 year suspension.
rossmg, what do cyclists do next?
The way I see it is...
If we want something done about this (and something definitely should be done)
we need to get together as a group and put it out there. As a group. All of us together on this.
Maybe organize a rally or protest - something to bring it right out to a mass attention.
One or two "whingers" here and there are easily ignored, but a massive group needs to be listened to.
A mass ride through Adelaide. WITH Police presence, so we can legally ride full road width. Do a circuit then arrive @ Parliament House to present a petition. Petition could be posted online here (Gus?) for all to sign.
That's a great idea! Ask Gus, see if others want to join...
Well I'm thinking of penning a couple of letters to the various ministers that oversee such concerns... I'd personally like an explanation!
rossmg, would you post your letters on AC (minus your contact details)?
Police Complaints Authority
50 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA 5000
GPO Box 464, Adelaide SA 5001
Phone (08) 8226 8677
The above in case useful to an injured cyclist. I did not know of this authority when 3 negligent drivers who injured me were not charged or fined.
Hope you are OK Paul. Bad enough to be hit, but to then have the driver not stop shows a callous disregard for your welfare.
Don't you love how the media insists that cyclists 'crash into car doors'?
I've had 5 close calls just this week with doors - and to be honest I've also had weeks without incident. Unfortunately it's a risk. It is however, unacceptable that the authorities do not take this seriously enough.
The passengers' comment "its not a bike lane" has the implication that cyclists should only ride in a bike lane. It's an interesting proposition - how to get from one section of bike lane to the next, and what to do where cars are parked…
I wonder if there needs to be a 'critical mass' of cyclists (of all sorts, roadies, kids, old guys going to bowls, whatever) before cyclists are respected and our safety taken seriously.
If she had got out of the car and then been knocked over by the bus, would she have called out to the bus driver "It's not a bus lane!"
Do drivers have the right to knock over people crossing the street mid-street, with a resultant cry of "It's not a pedestrian crossing!"