Bicycle Network: Behaviour
Reporting unacceptable behaviour
Its a jungle out there . . . well, not quite. But there continues to be distressing incidents involving aggression, and illegality towards cyclists.
Be Careful Out There
A matter for serious concern was a recent incident on a metropolitan bikepath where adults accompanying a school cycling group were attacked by motorcyclists illegally riding in the area. Some riders have experienced aggression from motorists or even other riders.
How you react in these situations is important as your health and welfare, and that of those with you, is paramount.
Your mobile phone is the essential tool in these circumstances -- use it to immediately report incidents to the police or other relevant authorities. Use your phone camera to take photos. If it has a memo or recording function, use it to record details accurately so you can pass them on to authorities later -- details such as descriptions of individuals, vehicles, times and places.
Arguing with or abusing the other parties is futile, often results in an escalation of hostilities, even physical conflict, and sets back the image of bike riding. Remember, we are meant to be the good guys.
Keep your cool, keep your distance, gather all the evidence you can, and then let the cops sort them out.