Shocking video shows driver hitting cyclist after swerving across the road
Reports say the driver was fined $1,000 for ‘reckless driving’
A shocking video has emerged of a driver hitting a cyclist while veering across the road in Australia.
Footage was posted online by the Australian Cycle Alliance organisation, and it shows an SUV driver hitting a cyclist who is travelling in a cycle lane.
The incident happened in November 2017, according to the alliance, but the owner of the video has only recently posted online.
Video of the incident in Melbourne was captured on the dashcam of a vehicle behind, showing the driver sideswiping the cyclist and knocking him to the ground.
The cyclist is forced into the curb and falls heavily.
He gets up holding his shoulder.
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The driver then gets out of the vehicle and appears to shout at the cyclist, pointing down the road, before moving the cyclist's bike.
Reports say the driver was charged with ‘reckless driving causing injury' and was fined $1,000 (around £560).
The Australian Cycle Alliance, who shared the video on Facebook on Sunday, said: “There is nothing that can justify this type of driving.
“There is no reason, no law, no level of acceptance we can have that could possibly justify the actions of this driver.
“There is nothing anyone can say, nothing anyone can suggest that makes this driving acceptable.”
The video has been viewed on YouTube more than 60,000 times since it was first uploaded on Saturday.
Team Sunweb rider Michael Matthews has also responded to the video, saying: “Come on Australia this is not on. That is a human on that bike.”
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Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers. Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.
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