Bicycle Network: Behaviour
Hoon aggression looms as problem
As rider numbers grow, so do reports of wanton hostility from the hoons.
Police hunt hoon rammers
Mornington Police are on the hunt for the driver of a car that deliberately drove into a group of 13 riders on their way to the start of Around The Bay in a Day.
Bicycle Network Victoria member Brenden Stevenson, of Balnarring, was one of those injured in the attack.
Police are seeking a burgundy coloured Ford Falcon of late eighties/early nineties vintage with a number plate starting with EVQ or EVK. The vehicle was seen at several locations on the Penninsula on the morning of the event.
It was noticed by a number of people because the occupants were using a loudspeaker to hurl abuse at bike riders.
Bicycle Network Victoria is passing on information to the Police and helping the group with legal resources and in with dealing with the media.
The incident was a frightening experience for the riders and a reminder of the worrying problem of hoon driver hostility, an all too common occurrence.
In this case the offence was a criminal one, with matching penalties for the culprit.
If you have information which could assist the police in apprehending the offenders please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppers.com.au
Herald-Sun columnist sees problem with ‘Bikeism’
"Bikeism" is dangerous. If this culture of intolerance continues, people will die because of it. And other people will have blood on their hands”, Neal Kearney writes in reaction to the ramming of cyclists on Around The Bay in a Day.
“What we need is an understanding between road users. We need everyone to realise that the global popularity of cycling is here to stay, and that bikes and cars must safely coexist.”
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