Mitigating The Risks Of Cycling

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One of my 2011 resolutions was to write in my Farifax column more often. It’s taken me a month to get moving on it, but I just posted something that I hope the general cycling public will find useful.

Many of you would have read in the papers yesterday about Matt Tilley (Fox FM breakfast co-host, known for his “gotcha” prank phone calls and fellow cyclist) getting hit and breaking his back over the weekend. I was disappointed to read some of the tweets and comments from the cyclist-hating motorists with regards to the situation. For example:

It’s a debate that I’m sick of but unfortunately will never end (although, I did get a kick out of watching Koen de Kort get into it with miss @NoSpaceHere yesterday). As we can see, it’s a problem that every single cyclist from novice to PRO encounters. The only thing that’s certain is that neither bikes nor cars are going away, so everyone should just get on with life, relax, and be more tolerant of each other.

You can read today’s post in Fairfax at the following places: The AgeSMHBrisbane Times and WAtoday. I’m sure the comments will go pear-shaped and turn into another “cyclists versus drivers” showdown which I find tiring, but it reminds me of the mindset of some people on our roads. It’s frightening to say the least.

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