Doored cyclist abused and called 'disgusting'
After a female cyclist is knocked over by a passenger suddenly opening the door of a taxi on Collins Street, she asks for the man's details, which doesn't go down well with him and his burly friends.PT3M2S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-34zjo 620 349 March 18, 2014
Victoria Police are being urged to investigate a collision in Melbourne's CBD involving a cyclist and a man who opened the passenger-side door of a taxi into the rider's path.
The female cyclist was knocked from her bike as she rode along Collins Street on Monday evening.
Footage of the crash has since been posted on YouTube because the woman had a camera attached to her bike handlebars.
The three men involved in the incident.
In the video, the woman attempts to get the details of the taxi passenger but he and his two companions refuse and walk away.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber said the police ought to investigate whether the man could be charged under Victoria's anti-dooring laws, as well as whether he and his two companions might be guilty of leaving the scene of an accident.
"There is enough info in the video for the police to investigate," Mr Barber said.
"It's a breach of the road rules to ' ... cause a hazard to any person or vehicle by opening a door of a vehicle, leaving a door of a vehicle open, or getting off, or out of, a vehicle' and they may also be guilty of leaving the scene of an accident.
"It's distressing to watch those men arguing with the injured cyclist about who is at fault.
"They clearly don't understand the law, or their responsibility to take care when opening car doors."
The Napthine government announced tougher penalties for dooring in 2012, increasing the on-the-spot fine for opening a car door in the direct path of a cyclist from $141 to $352 and the maximum court penalty from $423 to $1408.
Victoria Police could not immediately confirm if the woman had made a complaint about the incident.
There is no dedicated bike lane on the part of Collins Street where the crash happened.
‘‘Cyclists are free to use Collins Street if they wish however this is not a dedicated bike lane,’’ the City of Melbourne said in a statement.
‘‘The line markings are intended to encourage drivers to stay to the right of cyclists that are using this road space.
"This incident highlights the need for all road users to share our streets and be mindful of each other, whether you are a cyclist, pedestrian, motorist or public transport user.’’
Bicycle Network general manager Garry Brennan said Collins Street was a high risk route for doorings, and it is often passengers and taxis that were at fault.
“Many people, especially taxi drivers, seem to be unaware that you should not jump out of a vehicle when it is stopped in traffic," Mr Brennan said.
“This rider is very fortunate that she was not seriously injured, and so are the taxi passengers, as they are legally responsible.
“The bike camera shows that people will deliberately attempt to avoid responsibility when they cause a collision with a bicycle as they think they can get away with it.
“The attitude of the men in suits was appalling. They should go to the nearest police station and volunteer their full details, and then make a public apology to the rider."
with Deborah Gough