Is There Any Point Reporting a Dangerous Cyclist?
Last edited 17/08/2017 - 13:16 by 1 other user
Posting this here as this forum is usually pretty pragmatic regarding issues of law and the road. I'll keep this brief, as the details aren't super important. Every day on my walk to and from work in Melbourne CBD I see the same cyclist break the same law. He effectively takes a 'short cut' up a busy one-way street (for both pedestrians and cars), slices around a pedestrian island the wrong way, and flies across two sets of tram lines to get to the far left lane so he can turn left at a major road.
The other night on my walk home from work I was crossing the one way street to get to the traffic island and I was looking up the road to ensure I wasn't hit by a car. This guy comes haring around the corner to my left, chops me off, and misses hitting me by an inch. Furious because he'd almost struck me, I crossed the street appropriately, and managed to catch up to the guy because he wound up getting stopped at the light. I'm a relatively capable looking person, especially when mad, and I gave the guy both barrels for nearly hitting me while going the wrong way up the street. Like most cowards do when confronted, he dropped his eyes and quaked like a scolded dog all-the-while indicating he understood why what he'd done was incredibly dangerous.
Of course (and this will shock you I'm sure…/s) being yelled at by a pissed off person didn't have an impact, and he's still at it. I've seen him do the exact same maneuver three mornings this week and the bottom line is that if he keeps this up, sooner or later he's going to strike and hurt a pedestrian while they're looking right while crossing and watching for cars, because they won't be expecting an erratic vehicle to be coming the other way.
Me having another go at this guy isn't going to do squat, because people who always put themselves first don't modify their behaviour unless there are consequences. I'd like to report this to the Police because the dude is regular as clockwork and if they were to station a car on site between 7.45 and 8.15am, or even between 4.45 and 5.15pm (don't ask me why this guy's going the same direction twice in one day…) on literally any weekday they'd nab him and be able to issue an official warning or fine.
It's so petty though that I assume they'll either consider me a nuisance, or they'll just patiently take my report, file it under 'today's time-wasters' and that'll be the end of it. Has anyone else done anything effective about a situation like this, and if so how did you go about it?
Please be mindful that I'm not 'anti-bike' by any means. I just don't want to ignore a preventable accident waiting to happen.