Cycling in Sydney Australia
I had heard about the Mosman bicycle fatality on the 19th and wanted to know the details. Most of the headlines read "Cyclist dies after colliding with Mercedes". One or two said "Cyclist dies after collision with Mercedes". It turns out (according to the Telegraph) that "The silver Mercedes, driven by a 43 year old man, struck the 76 year old push bike rider about 3.30 p.m."
If that's the truth then how about a more accurate headline?.
Like "Cyclist dies after being struck by Mercedes". Or ""Mercedes collides with cyclist".
"Cyclist dies after colliding with Mercedes" - almost sounds like the cyclist rode into the car. It's not the same thing, especially when followed by "The driver of the Mercedes was uninjured" (which hardly surprises).
This kind of reporting distorts the facts.
Given the perfect weather and the smashed front windscreen/side mirror it is not a huge leap of faith to suggest the car hit the cyclist.
Also heard reports (on Twitter) of two riders hit by a car this morning, neither with life threatening injuries. I'm not feeling real flash about taking to the roads these days on a bicycle.
Two riders injured near Pacific Highway south of Sydney but it was a bunch stack. Broken ribs, collarbone on the one, broken arm on the other ... or so I am told.
The Pacific Highway is north of Sydney. The Princes Hwy is south...
Just sayin' for the benefit of newcomers to the country.
And in the interests of more truthful/accurate reporting of accidents by the BM.
must have been very naughty to be disqualified for so long
I also found it frustrating to find info about what actually happened in Mosman. Not only is the headline a likely distortion, there is actually very little info at this point in time.
We need to be able to see the data involving bike accidents in which a person was taken to hospital. There is hospital data, police data, judicial system data and coronial data.
There have been recurring cases mentioned here on SC in which we see someone going to hospital after a bike "accident" but then we don't hear about police charges. There are also cases where we do hear about charges but don't later hear what happens in the judicial system. If we could see all this on one screen we might be better able to target action. It is speculated for example that the cops don't lay charges because they think it is a waste of time due to the courts handing out a Section 10 (try not to do it again).
But we don't know because we don't have data. Those 4 databases are not linked. Some links between hospital and police exist only.
That was my call at a quick look at the photo. I use that road a fair bit to go left/ north into Spit road. I guess the driver saw a gap and floored it to get across the northbound Spit road traffic.
Mosman is a 50 k zone and just down the road a bit is a speed bump and traffic calming chicanes, could have been a kiddy or a dog a skateboarder……Drivers just need to bloody well slow down
I hate riding "the spit" and now when meeting northside mates prefer to drive over from the eastern suburbs and park near a friends house in Seaforth before heading to Akuna and back on my bike.
I cross the Spit every weekday and it is fine. You don't have to ride up and down Spit Rd, you can take Battle Boulevard on the north side and Pariwi or Bay St on the south side. There is even a nice bike path along the west side foreshore so you can avoid the main road altogether,
As said above this just looks like someone looking at stopped traffic at the lights on Spit Rd and driving through the give way sign, Tragic, hopefully we will get more info on what happened.