Riding Every Day wrote:I can only echo the condolences expressed earlier, and I hope the poor bloke makes a speedy recovery.
In regard to drivers failing to see bright lights like Ayups (and us on here expressing disbelief about it when it happens) I'm afraid it's a bit like that youtube clip asking viewers to spot the dancing bear. You just don't see what you're not looking for.
That's the sorry status quo of cycling in a city/country where cycling is far from normalised. Drivers are just not / still not used to looking for cyclists, hence the common excuse "he came outa nowhere".....
In my own case, the driver that knocked me down in late April had rushed up to a stop sign, gave a cursory glance to his right, and proceeded to blow straight through the intersection. How in the #$%^& anybody could have failed to notice my L&M Stella 200 on flash mode, bearing down on him from less than 10 metres away from his drivers window, is still beyond my comprehension. If I'd been driving a medium size vehicle or larger, I could well have killed him. Instead I left the scene in an ambulance and he got to argue with the police that it was somehow my fault. I won't forget his name in a hurry.
BTW I am in no way excusing the driver in this incident. Like I said, I hope the poor cyclist makes a speedy recovery.
ghalayini wrote:I have crossed that intersection many times and the cars seem oblivious to cyclists crossing at the green bike light.
Another problem area I strike is the pedestrian crossing on Stud Road turning onto Boronia Road. The drivers are looking over their right shoulder at on coming cars while cyclists and pedestrians think they are safe crossing at the pedestrian crossing at the lights. I've given up insisting on my rights and just wait till there are no cars turning.
Law change urged after cyclist suffers brain injury in Vermont South incident
January 09, 2013
THE partner of a cyclist who was almost killed and suffered a brain injury in a traffic accident has called for the law to be changed after the driver responsible only received a $400 fine.
John Rainbow, 41, of Croydon, pleaded guilty at Ringwood Magistrates' Court on Monday and was convicted of failing to give way at an intersection when turning right.
Andrew Dick, 49, was crossing Burwood Highway near his home in Vermont South to access a bike track at 6.50am on August 7 when he was struck by a silver Ford stationwagon driven by Rainbow.
Police who attended the scene said Mr Dick came off his bike and on to the car's windscreen, which caused it to crack.
Rainbow, who was not represented in court, received the maximum penalty possible from the magistrate.
Mr Dick, who spent five months in hospital, also suffered a collarbone fracture and sternal fracture, and couldn't move for a month.
He has slowly learned to walk and do things for himself again.
Mr Dick's partner of 23 years, Gloria Vesty, told the Herald Sun she had become a full-time carer and the couple's financial and retirement plans had been destroyed.
"If that's the harshest penalty they can give then that's pretty weak," she said.
"This incident has totally destroyed his life, he is financially dependent and he needs constant care."
Mr Dick is receiving TAC support and sick leave from his work as a technical specialist with Telstra, but that money will soon run dry.
The couple have not received any compensation and Mr Dick is unable to return to work.
"He can no longer do the things that he used to do such as riding, tinkering in the shed or holidaying in the caravan," she said.
"He is frustrated that he cannot drive, work or participate in community life as he knew it before, which causes him distress and anxiety.
Glen Waverley Acting Sergeant Ryan Burns, who attended the accident, said police decided to pursue the matter in court, rather than giving Rainbow an on-the-spot fine, because of Mr Dick's serious injuries.
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