You can all relax. The new number plate slogan is going to protect us all. Right?
I am still shaking my head at what I witnessed tonight, walking from the NGV to Flinders St station at about 1800h. Traffic just absolutely jam-packed, at a crawl. Cyclists typically doing their thing and rolling past in the bike lane.
Outa nowhere, an early model Ford hatch (might have been a Telstar?) dives left into the cycle lane and charges off past the queue of cars at a great speed. The driver proceeded straight through not 1, but 2 red lights at ped crossings without so much as touching a brake pedal. I almost walked into a pole in sheer disbelief.
The arsehole driver than continued on up the LH lane, which is designed for U-turning traffic right? Nope. Pushed into the queue of banked-up cars to wait again. I was walking at normal pace and figured I'd probably catch up & get a look at the driver as traffic really was going nowhere. I had seen a green P-plate in the back window, so I assumed it would be some pimply teenager with an attitude.
By the time I reached the northern end of Princes Bridge I was just about to draw level with the car, which had been threatening to veer left into cyclists all the way across the bridge. This display alone had me sorely tempted to take advantage of a rare day when I was required to wear steel-capped boots, and sink one of them into the car door. Soon as the driver had cleared the ped crossing at Flinders St station, the car veered further left, to now fairly deliberatley block the entire bike lane. By this stage there were probably 8-10 cyclists held up right behind the vehicle, all ding-dinging their bells. I increased my stride just a touch to allow me to see the driver. The front seat of the car was occupied by two of the fattest, ugliest heifers you'd ever want to see......and the whale in the passenger seat was nursing an unrestrained toddler.
Yep - I can't wait for that new number plate slogan to take effect.