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Video: Australian cyclist grabs hold of truck to get a tow

Footage captured by following driver’s dashcam

Remember the Manchester cyclist who tailgated a tipper truck at 40mph or the Brazilian cyclist who filmed himself doing 124km/h behind a lorry? This cyclist in Perth, Australia, took the more direct route of simply grabbing hold of a truck and hitching a ride.

The West Australian reports that the incident took place on the Great Eastern Highway in Ascot at around 2.30pm on Wednesday.

Motorist John Richards said the cyclist also caught up with the truck at lights for a second attempt.

“The guy comes out of nowhere on his bike… then he hangs on to the back of a lorry, it’s like something out of a video game.

“He started weaving about and I started thinking about the consequences – that truck’s got 18 wheels on it and there’s all this traffic around us.”

Richards said that traffic backed up behind the cyclist as drivers were reluctant to pass.

“They couldn’t overtake the lorry because they weren’t sure what the guy on the back was going to do. Potentially I could have hit him,” he said.

Road Safety Commission acting Commissioner Chris Adams said:

“At the end of the day, it’s incredibly dangerous for a number of reasons – including unexpected braking or acceleration – but in this case the danger is exacerbated by the fact that the bloke doesn’t even appear to be wearing a helmet.”

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  • hirsute 11 min 57 sec ago

    Being unusually hopeful, it could be they are fixing it and are starting with the main traffic which is phone based, then moving on to pcs.

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  • eburtthebike 32 min 45 sec ago

    Quite, and what if the cyclist has a mirror? I'd love to have had a discussion with one of those officers if they'd stopped me for words of advice.

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