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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Cyclist passes 589 cars on way to work | The Age


"War on our roads. Cars versus cyclists, the new front line on Australian roads. Depending on which side you're on ..."
So began a report on last week's Sunday Night program on Channel 7. Fuelled by confronting footage of cars colliding with cyclists, the promos had preceded the shows for days.
Good news cycling stories are everywhere – and they'll often catch you by surprise. 
And just to get the pulses racing, there was a clip of radio announcer Derryn Hinch encapsulating his view of cyclists: "Cockroaches on wheels."
In bumper to bumper traffic, bicycles are often the only vehicles moving.
In bumper to bumper traffic, bicycles are often the only vehicles moving. Photo: Justin McManus
Like any good promo, it sucked you in. But what followed was, in the main, a sensible, reasoned plea for more calm and consideration on our roads. To reinforce this message, the program highlighted what can happen when things go wrong, focusing on two women who had sustained awful injuries through the actions of careless motorists.

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