My worst fears have come true:

Is it not just the least bit terrifying how accidents like these are just waiting to happen?

And hearing people getting “car-doored” is a once-a-month thing here. My friend was the latest victim – he found the door of a pickup smack in front of him one second before he ran into it, flipped over the door, and landed on the asphalt of the tram tracks. The driver of the pickup was apologetic, but I don’t think he is entirely to blame – the roads ought to be better managed in the first place.

Maybe cyclists should be protesting nude outside Flinders Street Station next.

3 Comments so far

  1. adrock2xander (mel_john) on September 21st, 2008 @ 2:17 pm

    Sorry to hear about your friend Darren. If it’s any consolation, it happens to a lot of people. Here’s a lengthy breakdown of a similar accident that happened to me last year.

    Glad to know there are lots of sympathetic people out there! Just unfortunate there aren’t enough drivers who ride as well. It takes one to know one!

  2. brappy on September 22nd, 2008 @ 12:08 pm

    That’s awful. Plus that woman died this week on Bourke Street. :-(

    As a cyclist, I always found it critical to ride defensively. They teach you this when you learn to ride a motorcycle. Oddly, I am awful at riding motorcycles, but it made me a better bicyclist. Look in advance for trouble and never assume a car will ever see you.

  3. adrock2xander (mel_john) on September 22nd, 2008 @ 3:39 pm

    Australian drivers are a lot better if they had grown up or lived life as a cyclist for at least a few years before they migrated to vehicles. As a rider for many years in two countries and never owning a car (don’t even own a drivers) I daresay I’ll be one hell of a safe driver if I do bother learning how to drive one day! O

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