Not good, it's time an example was mad of those who are caught but then that might encourage more to hit and run rather than face the consequences of their actions.
The recent dooring on Hindmarsh Sq that was caught on bike-cam with the driver leaving the scene for example? SAPOL sent a waring letter - tsk, tsk, tsk... A documented hit-run with rego plate clearly in view and in effect nothing done. I don't think the police care.
It almost beggars belief Ross, the apparent indifference of the police is bewildering. Hopefully the rider involved can, and does, take it further.
Frankly it concerns me but leaves me scratching my head as to how to address the issue. Is it that the cyclist has not pursued it or that the police are indifferent? If it is indifference then that is surely something that can be targeted.
An SA Police media spokesman said he was unable to provide any description of the vehicle, which continued driving after the collision.
The driver was probably suffering PTSD and could't stop.
:( I can't believe that someone would just keep driving and not help the person that they hit :( Hence the reason I'm investing in a head cam! It's the way to go!
Cycling is safe as. The odds are sure with us.
Over 27 000 Australian's died from heart disease last year. 17.3 million world wide. Thats something more productive to focus on. ;)
durian rider, what were the age groupings of those dying from heart disease? In the prime of life like AC cyclists or getting near the end? A year ago a friend had a heart attack and surgery, age 78.
It is no exaggeration that cyclists are at much greater risk of being injured on the roads, when compared with car occupants.
Bicycle and motor vehicle crash characteristics, Monash University Accident Research Centre - Report #251 (2006), Authors: Watson, LM & Cameron, MH,
Previous research (Newstead et al, 2004b) on unprotected road users found the average risk of death or serious injury for unprotected road users involved in reportable crashes is around 35%. This compares with an average serious injury risk of only 2.3% for light vehicle drivers in crashes with other light vehicles, only one fifteenth of the risk of an unprotected road user. Interpreting this in a total serious road trauma context shows the relative importance of reducing collisions involving unprotected road users compared with crashes of light vehicle drivers.
Well I personally know 4 riders under age 35 that have died from heart attack. I dont know anyone personally that has been killed by a car whilst cycling but personally know 3 people dead from auto accidents.
The study you cite means if you have a prang as a cyclist your more likely to get injured and I agree. Its nothing about cyclists have more accidents than motorists.
Wear your helmet, use lights at night. Ride smart, be seen. Thats it.
If we are going to worry about something, lets focus what we put in our mouths cos thats the biggest killer in Oz.
Around 38 cyclist deaths last year. Most involving alcohol. The rest were young kids not car aware and the rest was 'your average cyclist'. Compare that with over 27 000 deaths from heart disease..
Its a bit of a pet subject for me cos my overweight Mum on cholesterol medication says that me cycling my bike as a commuter is the same as her eating animal products in terms of relative danger.
Face palm. ;)
There are far more dangerous things out there then bike riding. Statistics are good but only to a point as they dont reflect things like skill, attitude or even aptitude.
Out riding today one of the topics of conversation was if you had to get a physical to ride a bike how many people would be told not to. It was sparked by a rider we saw, fuller figure scarlett red, drpping in sweat at 15 degrees and wobblying up an incline. Was wondering how hard his heart was working and if he should be?
I have been communting to works since i was 17 ( amd now 41 ), racing MTB and road for a long time and have done gerbogins of thousands of ks. have been hit by a car once, stacked it a few times. I dont ride like a nob, drop my speed in traffic, obey the road rules and keep of main roads as much as possible. Have very few run ins or near misses with cars. I like the odds with bike riding.
Great reply Dstone.