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Rider miraculously not seriously hurt

A driver in Queensland Australia was caught on camera on Friday afternoon driving straight into the back of a cyclist at a junction in Brisbane that dashcam user Andrew Ison describes as “a bit of a mad scramble.” 

In the footage posted to YouTube, the driver of a white Audi uses the left of two lanes to try and get to the head of a queue of traffic at a set of lights where a cyclist is already waiting.

When the lights change, she appears to tailgate the cyclist as he pulls away from the lights, and then hits him, knocking him off his bike.

Mr Ison stopped to give assistance and in his comments on the video says: “The bloke looks to be ok - aside from some missing skin and a few interesting bruises. The helmet broke on impact so he was taken to hospital as a precaution.”

According to Mr Ison, the rider is okay and has been given a copy of the footage. He added: “The driver stopped and assisted in every way possible and has been in amicable contact with the rider.”

According to the Courier Mail, police have interviewed the victim. No charges had been laid against the driver, but the investigation was continuing.

Queensland Ambulance Service confirmed that paramedics had attended the incident. They had treated a man in his 40s for cuts and abrasions and taken him him to Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in a stable condition. He has since been released.

Bicycle Queensland CEO Ben Wilson said the incident was “one of the worst things” he had seen in a long time.

“It just looked to me like there was a total lack of awareness on the driver’s behalf,” he said.

“This trend we’re seeing in lack of bike safety is coming from a concentration lapse from drivers when they’re sharing the road.

“A lot of it is because of the growing amount of distractions – like mobile phones – that are in cars now.”

Safe Cycling Queensland director Dave Sharp said road rage incidents against cyclists were “definitely increasing”.

“Motorists have to realise that, unfortunately, they don’t own the roads,” he said.

“If they wait just a few moments for the cyclist to get out of their way, it’s not going to kill them. But their impatience could certainly kill cyclists.”

Or as Mr Ison put it in his commentary on his video: “The moral of the story? If you're driving around bikes - who are legally allowed and fully entitled to use the road - PAY ATTENTION!

“Just calm down and give them room, don't try and chop and change lanes dangerously just to arrive home a car length ahead of where you would have been if you'd chilled a little.”

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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zanf [829 posts] 2 years ago
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“The driver stopped and assisted in every way possible and has been in amicable contact with the rider.”

Doesn't matter how nice she was after the collision: she deliberately smashed into him, whether that was from incompetence or negligence.

Action like this should be automatic loss of license.

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mrmo [2070 posts] 2 years ago
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have to agree with zanf, IF you can't see a cyclist in front of you there is no way you should be on the road.

The rise in "distractions" is worrying, radios, phones, menu systems, even having cup holders,

Your driving a car, your not in your front room.

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northstar [1108 posts] 2 years ago
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zanf wrote:
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“The driver stopped and assisted in every way possible and has been in amicable contact with the rider.”

Doesn't matter how nice she was after the collision: she deliberately smashed into him, whether that was from incompetence or negligence.

Action like this should be automatic loss of license.

She will probably be given a medal much as the same here.

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OldRidgeback [2616 posts] 2 years ago
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Audi drivers, sigh

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mrchrispy [447 posts] 2 years ago
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how the hell can you not see someone in front of you like that. infact that looked deliberate to me, she seems to hover on his back wheel before hitting him.

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The _Kaner [751 posts] 2 years ago
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The _Kaner [751 posts] 2 years ago
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velorules [15 posts] 2 years ago
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Audi drivers are the new BMW drivers.

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themartincox [495 posts] 2 years ago
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wow!

she saw him, hence the going slow.

just wow!

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MrGear [87 posts] 2 years ago
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velorules wrote:

Audi drivers are the new BMW drivers.

I'm surprised the universe didn't implode when I pulled my bike out of the boot of my Audi on Sunday.

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usedtobefaster [171 posts] 2 years ago
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Any body else noted the irony in being hit by an Audi whilst wearing a jersey with a VW symbol on the back?

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Nick T [913 posts] 2 years ago
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zanf wrote:

she deliberately smashed into him, whether that was from incompetence or negligence.

Make you're mind up, was it deliberate or was it due to incompetence? The two are pretty much mutually exclusive in this case.

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Housecathst [456 posts] 2 years ago
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The Austrian driving public seam to have nearly as little disregard for the lives of cyclist as they do in this country.

I really hope the driver gets her comeuppance one way or another.

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monty dog [456 posts] 2 years ago
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Normal for Aus IME - one of the least bike-friendly countries I've been too. They'll run you off the road given half-a-chance.

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mrfree [75 posts] 2 years ago
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“Motorists have to realise that, unfortunately, they don’t own the roads,”

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Neil753 [447 posts] 2 years ago
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I wonder whether this was an awful lapse of concentration, a premeditated act, or just poorly executed intimidation. Whatever the reason, some sort of ban would help focus the minds of every driver who watches this video.

Hope the rider makes a speedy recovery.

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drfabulous0 [409 posts] 2 years ago
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MrGear wrote:
velorules wrote:

Audi drivers are the new BMW drivers.

I'm surprised the universe didn't implode when I pulled my bike out of the boot of my Audi on Sunday.

Really? To me it seems perfectly natural that the sort of people who own an Audi are the same sort of people who buy a bicycle then drive it around in their car.

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antigee [329 posts] 2 years ago
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or in Sydney at the weekend this collision from the rear included a couple of youth riders out with their club :

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/cyclists-injured-after-collision-with-car-2014...

at least the video has headline "cyclists run down"

ignore "motorway" - its a legal road to ride on and regularly used by cyclists

the photo of the car windscreen could feature in a "pay attention" advert but then again those that get the message probably don't need it

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abovetheclouds [6 posts] 2 years ago
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cycle armed, shoot back is the growing sentiment here across the big pond where we believe an armed society is a polite society.

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Nick T [913 posts] 2 years ago
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Guns are heavy though, I spent a fortune on a 35g lighter seat post and now I've got to strap a Beretta to my top tube  2

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louear [7 posts] 2 years ago
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the part where she was tailing him so close was not inattention, it was deliberate.

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OldRidgeback [2616 posts] 2 years ago
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Nick T wrote:

Guns are heavy though, I spent a fortune on a 35g lighter seat post and now I've got to strap a Beretta to my top tube  2

A Glock features composite components and is lighter than a Beretta. It's still a 9m so it packs a punch. It's also more modern than the Beretta, which is a bit old school. So do you prefer carbon/composites or steel?

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Nick T [913 posts] 2 years ago
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I think this would go best on my horizontal, lugged steel top tube. It's an all Italian build so best to stick with Beretta, when I get a Rourke I'll have to splash out on a Purdey...

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workhard [397 posts] 2 years ago
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Neil753 wrote:

I wonder whether this was an awful lapse of concentration, a premeditated act, or just poorly executed intimidation.

Isn't intimidation, however poorly executed, pre-meditated?

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Neil753 [447 posts] 2 years ago
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workhard wrote:
Neil753 wrote:

I wonder whether this was an awful lapse of concentration, a premeditated act, or just poorly executed intimidation.

Isn't intimidation, however poorly executed, pre-meditated?

It's where a driver comes up very close (intended) but actually makes contact (unintended) then claims some sort of distraction in order to avoid a custodial sentence. It's my opinion that many of the unexplained incidents where cyclists are hit and killed from behind may well be examples of intimidation that went too far. It's the same with punishment passes; some will result in death even though the driver just wanted to scare the cyclist, rather than actually kill them.

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Trull [81 posts] 2 years ago
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She though all she had to do was give him a push.

I'd wager that her hazard perception was skewed by the helmet.

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Guyz2010 [304 posts] 2 years ago
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I wonder what If he wasn't wearing a helmet what other injuries he WOULD have had, helmets are a legal requirement in Oz. Rightly so.

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Guyz2010 [304 posts] 2 years ago
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I think at was a careless mistake after re watching it. Quite often I pull away from cars at lights more quickly. I think she stupidly thought he was going to accelerate more but had already reached the optimum speed. Clear case of being a twat and driving far too close irrespective of the make of car made by some jealous types above.

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beej.a [40 posts] 2 years ago
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I ride through that intersection daily... apart from the driver being an utter halfwit, there is no reason for this to happen!

Complete absent mindedness. this person should have their licence revoked.

hitting a cyclist in this manner is on par with running into a telephone pole... when you know it's there... when you're diving (and looking) straight at it...

what a pillock
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kie7077 [874 posts] 2 years ago
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Guyz2010 wrote:

I think at was a careless mistake after re watching it. Quite often I pull away from cars at lights more quickly. I think she stupidly thought he was going to accelerate more but had already reached the optimum speed. Clear case of being a twat and driving far too close irrespective of the make of car made by some jealous types above.

Careless mistake, are you ****ing blind, tail-gated and then accelerated into the back of him when already close is not a careless mistake it is dangerous driving.

When I'm cycling behind a vehicle and I start catching up, I stop pedaling, when I start getting closer I brake, that's the correct thing to do.

This driver didn't brake, they tailgated and accelerated, no excuse.

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