"As a white, middle class, hetero male, it’s not often I get to feel like a hard done by minority. It’s why I love cycling. It gives me an insight into some full blown, Aussie bigotry.”
That’s the view of TV reporter and cyclist Charlie Pickering, who has made a video encouraging drivers to ‘stop being a wanker’.
On the ABC show The Weekly, Charlie takes to the roads to poke fun at drivers who (wrongly) believe that they pay for the highway upkeep and should take priority.
On a serious note, he points out that four in every five crashes between bikes and cars are caused by the latter.
In the familiar format Aussie show Family Feud, clipped for this feature, the host asks: “What's something annoying a cyclist might do?" -- the reply 'everything' was the third most popular answer.
Pickering concludes: "Stop being a wanker. More people would ride, the roads would be less congested if everyone, cars and bikes, just stopped being a wanker... Because only when we all stop being wankers can we all pull together."
After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.