This blog condemns anti-social vigilantism towards cyclists and indeed any citizen.
Anti-social vigilantism is a community safety problem which destroys the lives of innocent people.
Re Vigilantism the voiceover on the promo for the Mad Max Movie re-make says:
"He is Mad Max, searching for a righteous cause"
Why? Nothing better to do?
Stay out of it Maxy!
Leave it to VicPol
Tack attack deflates bay cyclists
Cyclists in the 210-kilometre event around Port Phillip, Australia's largest bike ride, were nearing Rosebud when their tyres began popping about 3.30pm.
Simon Kennedy said one of his cycling group received a puncture, while up to 12 others in nearby riding groups also had to stop and fix their pierced tyres.
They discovered another 20 thumb tacks scattered across the road and cleared them away.
"Everybody was having to fix their wheels and we found probably 20 odd drawing pins on the road," he said.
"It was clearly deliberate, which is outrageous.
"If you get a very fast puncture like that people can come off. It's just a revolting thing to do.
"Overall it was a great day, but this was just ugly."
Around the Bay is Australia's largest bike ride, with more than 16,500 people participating last year.
Bicycle Victoria spokesman Garry Brennan said similar incidents were reported each year.
"This happens every year in the same location, between Rosebud and Frankston," he said, adding that it was not known who the culprits were.
"It's disappointing that someone tries to deliberately spoil a great day out for so many people."
Mr Kennedy said it was another example of aggression towards cyclists.
"There is a level of aggression towards bike riders that sometimes comes out in people," he said.
"Most people are fine of course but there are a percentage of people who consider it their right to try to knock people off or scare them or shout abuse. This is just the really thin edge of the wedge."
"you only have vigilantes where there is an absence of law"
Cooperation on the roads, cycling legitimacy and equality, which cyclists say they want, depends on being predictable by being law abiding. The road rules are in effect ‘safety regulations’ of a ‘life and death environment’.
Vigilante acts, ‘taking the law into one’s own hands’ (what a misnomer!) universally occur when the law (the road rules) is not being enforced.
Yet the enforcement of these safety regulations/ road rules for cyclists is touted by the cycling community as unfairly ‘punishing cyclists’
This is nonsense. Vigilante acts punish cyclists! Not law enforcement.
Vigilante acts such as: dooring, placing tacks on Beach Road 'Just plain tacky' Cyclists put in danger by tacks placed on road motorists driving at bunch cyclists, Bike ride rage taking over cyclists being kicked, punched or otherwise struck by a bottle or rock, definitely punish cyclists, unfairly. Nobody deserves to get hit Robbie McEwen Robbie McEwen's tweet
Whereas a traffic infringement penalty is an appropriate, just, ‘gentle’* penalty for a traffic infringement, and a cycling safety measure.
Bicycle Victoria has stated that their Review of Cycle Deaths in Victoria (2002) shows that cyclists who break the law are much more likely to be killed and seriously injured.
Vigilante acts punish cyclists, not law enforcement
* one is handed a piece of paper by the constabulary rather than copping a rock in the head!
Road Safety Advocate
Nobody Deserves to get Hit Robbie McEwen