Audax Australia
This is the umbrella organisation running long distance cycling events in Australia Their website includes a calendar of events.

A place where cyclist can keep track of their mileage and any number of other statistics, as well as an attached forum.

A set of discussion forums covering almost every conceivable cycling related topic.

Cycling Adventurer
The Cycling Adventurer has tossed in the structured life of an urbanite to explore the world by bicycle. A well-written site detailing how he came to cycling, and what he learned along the way.

Crazy Guy on a Bike

Bicycle touring journals from all over the world, including a couple of my own.

Johns Cycles

This is my LBS on the Gold Coast. While they cater more to the racing market, their service, advice and workmanship is the best on the coast.

St Kilda Cycles

Importers of all manner of things hard to find in Australia, including the legendary Schmidt hub dynamo & E6 lights.


Wonderings and wanderings out and about in Portland, Oregon, US

The Journey
The journey begins in Perth, Western Australia.

Lance Notstrong
The "other" Lance!

Ms Mittens
The Wired Cat on-line

Iron Gambit

Aussie Writer and Cycletourist
A blog chronicling the writing and cycling of a seaside baby boomer.

Up in Alaska
Jill's subarctic journal about ice, bears and distant dreams of the midnight sun.

The Kin Chronicles
Taking mediocrity to a new level of ordinary.

Riding and running with a vengeance.

London Cycling Diary
Pedalling across the capital since August 2005.

CouchPilot-2-BikePilot (Zin's cycling blog)
Living an adventurous life with Type-2-Diabetes.

The adventures of Crazy Biker Chick
... Including cycling, adventuring, cooking, knitting and ranting.

Redneck Espanol
The two wheeled Spanish redneck.

Treadly and me
"Work is something I do between riding my bicycle".

Womanist philosophy and theology. Cycling, climbing, art, single-motherhood and fire-twirling.

Adrian Fitch's random rambling.
A bit about cycling, a bit about genealogy, a bit about radio but mostly a lot about nothing at all.

Geo's big adventure
The life and times of Geo.

It's about the bike
Musings on the cycling life.

Various cycling tidbits.

Industry Outsider
A blog about bikes and stuff.

Tweed Coast Treadly
An old man's bicycle riding diary.

A cyclist's life in Tenerife
(Canary Islands).

Bike to work to live to bike
It's never too late to get back on the bike

Stupid Hurts
Just the random scribblings of a guy with a bicycle

I'm not drunk enough for this
Really, I'm not.

What can I say? Just read it.

Mozam's cycling adventures
A random collection of the things I like to do most, and mostly that is to ride my bikes, bicycles that is... My musings from competitive riding, long distance endurance to puttering around the neighborhood..

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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Hit and run

The big story on the local e-mail list here has been the death of a cyclist in a hit and run last weekend. I've been getting most of the information on this one in a relatively second-hand fashion as I was moving house last weekend. Most of the media coverage seems to have honed in on the emotional side of things, without detailing much about the facts, however, it would appear as though the cyclist was hit from behind at 5.30 am on Bermuda Street (a Gold Coast arterial with a huge shoulder), and that the driver basically left him to die in the gutter. My understanding (again, based on largely second hand information) is that the cyclist probably would have survived the collision had the driver stopped for long enough to at least call an ambulance (he apparently died on the way to the hospital after another passer by called an ambulance some indeterminate period of time later). The saddest part about this is that after 11 years in this city, I don't find this to be at all surprising.

There are a couple of things the media haven't told us, perhaps the most notable given the time of day would be whether or not the cyclist in question was using lights in the conditions. While it doesn't excuse the actions of the driver in this situation one bit, it might provide some insight into how this collision occurred. Conversely, nobody seems to be asking why the driver felt the need to be using the shoulder of such a road (assuming that's where the collision took place), given that the traffic would have been relatively light at that time of morning. In fact, given the high number of these incidents that take place on quiet roads/at quiet times when there are few (if any) witnesses available, one should also question the liberal use of the word "accident" in the media reports.

It will be interesting to see what sort of charge the legal system comes up with for the driver in this incident. Leaving aside the cause of the original collision for a moment, the question of why he left someone to literally die in the gutter is one that needs to be asked. Given the circumstances and the illegality of "leaving the scene of an accident", and also considering that running away is not something someone does by "accident", I should think the charge would merit Manslaughter at the very least, and even possibly Murder. The cynic in me, who has watched a number of previous cases of this kind unfold, suggests that perhaps the most likely outcome will be a slap-on-the-wrist fine, and an order to undergo "counseling" usually consisting of being told "you must feel terrible about it, you poor thing." A slap-on-the-wrist for the driver will be a slap-in-the-face for justice.


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