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Qld media struggling for news this week, so the anti is upped on motorist vs cyclist arguement.

If someone has sufficient anger in them to run over me, just do a decent job of it and not leave me a cripple. 

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I've even stopped reading the comments. 

Sadly there are people that are employed as journalists, but are nothing more that drama queens. 

Did you see the ch7 Adelaide story with a team tdu rider holding onto a team car getting instructions with the headline something like, look at this cyclist 

ffs the tour down under is on there starting this week and they have all of the best riders in the world there. And that's the shit the so called journalists dish up?  

Watching the news and reading the papers is all but a waste of time. 

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Cyclist v cars 

Cheapest supermarket 

Cheap Fuel 

These are the three top rating stories for News & A Curent Affairs shows. So they keep recycling them. 

 

 

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Surely the NRL/AFL will start soon so that the papers can fill 30 pages up

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I couldn't believe the new bicycle Queensland ceo put an opinion piece out yesterday in the couriermail then acted surprised at the threats of violence etc that were in the comments section...

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1 hour ago, RunBrettRun said:

Sometimes I waste my time and put up a bit of fight.  Sometimes I just don't see the point.

Cant change attitudes

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44 minutes ago, Bored@work said:

Cyclist v cars 

Cheapest supermarket 

Cheap Fuel 

These are the three top rating stories for News & A Curent Affairs shows. So they keep recycling them. 

 

 

How is it cyclist v cars?  Never seen a car say lets kill a cyclist but many a dickhead human being has said it

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1 hour ago, RunBrettRun said:

Sometimes I waste my time and put up a bit of fight.  Sometimes I just don't see the point.

I wasted far too much time again today. No more!

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I said this years ago but I have no idea why you guys read these stories, let alone the comments.   It's like the old 'Free Bird Seed' cartoon sketch.

I never click the links, even in Trannies to this kind of stuff   You are more likely to get a hearts and mind response talking to a motorist face to face than you ever are in the rantings of a 'newspaper' column.

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11 hours ago, FatPom said:

I said this years ago but I have no idea why you guys read these stories, let alone the comments.   It's like the old 'Free Bird Seed' cartoon sketch.

I never click the links, even in Trannies to this kind of stuff   You are more likely to get a hearts and mind response talking to a motorist face to face than you ever are in the rantings of a 'newspaper' column.

I stopped reading comments on articles after the vitriol directed at me underneath this article: https://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/90082986/is-coding-the-blue-collar-job-of-the-future (some of the worst have been removed)

It's amazing the conclusions people will jump to about a person they have never met or know anything about. 

 

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15 hours ago, AA7 said:

I wasted far too much time again today. No more!

I don't read the comments for these stories any more either but I regularly see your comments on my FB feed and I admire your commitment to the cause. But no matter how well thought out and sensible your replies I just know some people hate us with a passion and nothing you or anyone else says will change their mind.

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...and the cyclists are always "lycra clad"  but they never mention what the drivers are wearing...

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2 minutes ago, Turtle said:

...and the cyclists are always "lycra clad"  but they never mention what the drivers are wearing...

I think you mean lycra lout 

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It's more about angry people . The actual topic isnt that relevant, it can be anything.

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I loved this one from somebody yesterday on an ABC video. It was video from a Fly6 that showed the guy riding along and the car just comes up behind him and straight into him.

"even the driver/car in the video seems to be driving carefully yet still hit the cyclists by accident."

How does someone say he was driving carefully, when he it's a straight road, and he nails him with the centre of the front bumper?

I suppose most think it was good aiming.

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6 hours ago, Merv said:

Expecting the haters to turn on Snowy now...

You referring to Frodo's close call on weekend? 

The Project wants to run this bike hate story tonight insiders tell me.

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10 hours ago, Merv said:

Expecting the haters to turn on Snowy now...

I thought she only rode indoors now. 

What happened 

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Frodo had a near miss with a gold coast truck driver and got abused. She has come out in his defence and said a few truths.  I refuse to subscribe to any newspaper, so not sure how it was received.

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OLYMPIC champion Emma Snowsill lost her then-boyfriend Luke Harrop to a bike-car crash and fears she could have lost her husband on Saturday after he was nearly collected by a truck and then hunted down by the driver.

Snowsill, who won triathlon gold at the 2008 Olympics, describes the attitudes of some drivers as “barbaric”, even out on quiet country roads around where she rides on the Sunshine Coast.

But Saturday’s incident has so shaken her husband, fellow 2008 Olympics gold medal winner and two-time Ironman triathlon world champion Jan Frodeno, he has been forced to train on a stationary bike in their home garage.

Instead of doing the regular 120km training rides he does alone and on quiet roads to keep out of the way of motorists, Frodeno yesterday spent four hours in the garage pedalling in front of an electric fan.

“A big truck was coming out from my left and he ran over a stop sign basically as I was coming past. All I could see was these capital MACK letters coming at me. He wasn’t going to stop.

“I let out of scream wondering if this guy had not seen me. He missed me by not much more than a centimetre or two. I was thinking I wasn’t going to see my family again.

“The guy then had the time to stop and wind down his passenger window in order to talk to me and abuse me and basically saying he was aiming for me and that I was, I quote, ‘a faggot’ for riding around in Lycra and I wasn’t worth the air I’m breathing.

“I’d never met this guy. Who does that? It was so weird. It’s this level of aggression I’ve seen nowhere else in the world.

“This is my job. This is what I do to feed my family. I have two cars on which I pay tax and a scooter on which I pay tax. That someone dislikes the clothing I wear to do my job is the worst argument ever.

“You don’t go to a workplace and throw a wrecking ball at a building because you don’t like hi-vis clothing. It’s ridiculous.

“I just haven’t quite got over it. I’ve got a young kid and another one coming. Every time they aim for somebody it’s essentially manslaughter. People die.

c4f12e180664f575d3c23cf7a3331193?width=650Olympic gold medallist Emma Snowsill and her husband Jan Frodeno, who says he was targeted by a truck driver while out riding on Saturday. Picture: Peter Wallis

“There are bad cyclists who swerve and do all these sorts of things and run red lights. But there are never any arguments to say ‘I’m happy to commit for manslaughter or murder, if it’s intended, because somebody cut me off’.”

Snowsill’s former boyfriend and top level triathlete Luke Harrop was killed on a training ride in 2002 and she believes attitudes have only grown worse.

The cycle war has been in sharp focus since The Courier-Mail published an appeal by Bicycle Queensland boss Anne Savage for motorists to give “terrified” riders some room and respect.

In a blunt message to motorists on Monday, Ms Savage said it was time for drivers to start behaving after eight cyclists were among the 240 people killed on the roads last year.

“Drivers, I have a message for you. Ordinary Queensland bike riders — our mums and dads and kids — are terrified of you,” Ms Savage said.

ee660bf9f0efc17f979b27970c815126?width=650Luke Harrop, pictured with his sister Loretta, was killed in an accident while cycling in 2002. File picture

While she admitted “cyclists also have responsibility for their behaviour on the road”, she said the attitudes of drivers made people too scared to ride.

Snowsill, a mum of one with another due in weeks, and her husband are now among those cyclists who weigh up whether to ride on the road, a fear that could hamper Australia’s chances of finding champions in cycling as well as triathlon, as well as driving children from a form of healthy exercise.

“There is no way I would want my son (Lucca) riding on the road here, and that is so sad because it is part of a sport I love and provided me with so much,” Snowsill said.

Snowsill said would-be drivers should be required to ride bikes on the road before being given their vehicle licences to learn to respect cyclists.

“If you want a drivers licence, you should have to ride on the road,” Snowsill said.

“If I come off and go under your car, it’s life or death.”

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“The guy then had the time to stop and wind down his passenger window in order to talk to me and abuse me and basically saying he was aiming for me and that I was, I quote, ‘a faggot’ for riding around in Lycra and I wasn’t worth the air I’m breathing.

 

Were the police called?  Did he report him?

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3 minutes ago, Cat Lady said:

 

 

Were the police called?  Did he report him?

Unless he had a camera on bike or helmet, I doubt anything would happen sadly. 

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