A film of a cyclist being totalled by a car turning into a junction after he undertook a line of stationary traffic has divided Australia.
The video, posted on DashCamOwnersAustralia’s Facebook page, shows a cyclist in Bedford Park, Adelaide speeding up the inside of two rows of cars.
The page admins wrote: “Cyclist has a lucky escape from serious injury after t-boning a turning car. He was shaken up but appeared largely unhurt."
Users were entirely divided, with fierce debate in the ensuing comments.
One wrote: “In my opinion, the cyclist brought that on himself.
“It seems it hasn't clicked for cyclists yet. That you need to take responsibility for your own safety on the road.”
Another said: “Cyclist had right of way, but should he really be riding that fast though an intersection that is backed up? Surely he can look ahead, see theres a gap and think "hmmm maybe i should look out for people coming through". It’s not like the car would of seen him anyway” [sic].
One was more sympathetic, saying: “I’m a cyclist and honestly this will happen without bike paths. The rider is going too fast and the car had no chance of seeing, even if he inched out. Its a 50/50. If I was riding id be slowing right down out of common sense.”
One more added: “Legally, car at fault, however, a little bit of common sense on the part of the cyclist would have been to slow down through that section.”
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.