Another Friday afternoon, really I should learn to stay off Marion Road at this time. While I was heading north up Marion Road and was outside the Caltex service station (opposite the Marion Hotel) when a white hatchback sedan pulled up along side of me and the front passenger who was a young lad with dark hair leaned out the window and hit me hard on the butt with his hand. The surprise of the attack and the impact almost caused me to fall off the bike.
I was lucky this time as I got a real good look at the registration plate and ran inside the service station and got the attendant to write down the registration. I have since been to the Sturt Police Station and reported this assault.
The police will make further inquiries about this and will contact me later. I will keep you all updated with the outcome. Reporting these sort of incidents is important as it makes the police aware that they are happening and will hopefully be taken seriously when they do occur.
Even after an hour and a half my backside is still stinging somewhat....but that is the disadvantage of losing so much fat and now having a skinny butt. Up until time of the incident which was around 450 pm I was very happy enjoying a good day out on the bike, now these young lads have somewhat spoiled an otherwise excellent day and made me more wary about riding along Marion Road near where I live.
Everybody take care out there and look after each other. These sort of attacks tend to happen to individual cyclists on their own.
I really hope he and the driver are caught. Even though the person who assaulted you was not driving, he can still be disqualified from driving because he used the car to commit the offence. The driver should also lose his licence because he helped with the "escape".
Glad to hear your all good Rob.
This type of thing seems to be happening a bit.
Im tempted to keep a pad and pen in the jersey....altough a pen might hurt on unplanned dismounts :)
If one can carry a phone, then sounds like room to carry paper and a small pencil. I do not have a mobile phone and a mobile phone can be damaged in a collision.
One AC member pointed out with ICE number, what happens if the mobile is damaged in the collision and you are unconscious. So carry an emergency phone number on an ID bracelet or in your waist bag.
RoadID are excellent. I keep meaning to put a couple of business cards and the refill for a small pen in my toolbag with the spare tubes.
@ Michael, yes I have seen a few people have these "road id" in their possession when out for a ride. I was lucky a friend showed me one so I know what to look for in case of the worst scenario.
Rob, the mobile phone is a good option for recording details, it also quietens down any chat from the driver as I discovered back in March of this year. I had a minor traffic collision which ended with my rear wheel bent out of shape and the driver about to head off without exchanging details...I pulled the mobile out, hit camera mode and clicked on the rear of the car with the rego number clearly displayed..I then used the note section to record all other details and this stopped the young woman in her tracks and her tone become much more submissive in an instant..
Its great that you have come out of the encounter without any significant injury and even better you recorded the details and reported the event...this all adds up to making it safer for all of us in the long run.