So, worst ride ever today. Abused a few times, which is fairly normal I guess, then suffered a tyre blow out and realised I had no pump with me. Another cyclist helped me out which was great and then was on my way. Heading home along Port Rd, just near the entertainment centre, about 50 youths crossed the road while the traffic lights were green. I held back and waited, and just as I was going through, about 5 more ran straight out and I had to come to a sliding stop. As im sure most could understand I said a few words, and then from behind me got shoved right over, knocking me to the ground. Thankfully one of their friends suggested that enough was enough and that I was on my way, somewhat shaken. Its days like these though that I really question what people are made of.
Assuming they live long enough to become frail old men...
They should really make pedestrians pay rego and wear license plates... that would stop this sort of thing in its tracks!
Having 10 years in two martial arts disciplines, I've only ever had to use it once - and even then I just put him in a head lock and had him eating dirt in front of his still-running car on Rundle Street. He was an idiot and I warned him to get back into his car. He decided that showing off was a good thing and left very humbled.
That said, I was in a situation where I had no option. I would always recommend walking away from a fight. If you get home with all your fingers and toes and no broken bones or cuts, take that as a win. Either that, or come riding with me ;)
Womble was dealing with 5 youths with another 50 nearby. The best solution with those odds is to get away. If you grabbed a hostage, could be hit from behind on the head by another youth. Possible outcome then is fractured skull or brain injury.
Womble, sorry about those thoughtless youths. Have added a link to your post on AC group Look For Cyclists under Cyclists Assaulted or Objects Thrown. Keeping easy-to-find records in preparation for advocacy seeking better cycling conditions.
That is assault, have you reported it to the police?
Didn't report it. Got home quite fired up about it, but then got dragged out to a bbq lunch...
Had it been a few years ago, I could've gotten myself into a bit of strife in that situation, but have learnt that it doesnt work out overly well, as per Franks comment!.