Guerrilla cycling activism became a plotline in a TV soap for possibly the first time when a character in Neighbours painted a bike lane himself following a hit-and-run collision with a child cyclist.
The character Dr Karl Kennedy, a doctor played by Alan Fletcher in the long-running Aussie TV drama, Neighbours, broadcast a live video message to social media brandishing a paint brush.
Kennedy said in his broadcast: “Normally I would not condone guerrilla action, but the cyclists of Erinsborough – both old and young – deserve to be safe.”
According to BikeBiz, Kennedy was petitioning fictional Erinsborough Mayor, Sonya Rebecchi about the lanes but she says councillors don’t support them.
Neighbours asked followers on social media their opinions on the bike lanes, with a mixed response.
— Neighbours (@neighbours) 28 July 2016
Meanwhile they are trying to track down the perpetrator of the hit-and-run.
— Neighbours (@neighbours) July 21, 2016
Of course, in Australia, dangerous infrastructure and bad attitudes to cycling aren't the only risks people on bikes face on the roads.
Needless to say, tensions are running high.
— Alan Fletcher (@doctorkk) 29 July 2016