Shocking video shows heart-stopping moment cyclist is hit by car
A woman has shared CCTV of a reckless Sydney driver mowing down a cyclist to strengthen the case of added safety and enforcement on the city’s roads.
The video captured at the intersection of Cleveland and Chalmers Street in Redfern on October 30 shows the cyclist coming to a stop at the traffic lights.
Suddenly, a car ploughs into her from behind before running a red light, clipping a pedestrian and hitting a passing van in the process.
Luckily, the cyclist suffered only minor injuries.
After the incident, the driver tested positive to Methylamphetamine.
Eight bike riders have died on the state’s roads this year.
Bus drivers support the new one-metre gap rule between bikes and vehicles, but many cyclists don’t believe it’s enough.
Cyclist Tanya Bosch said drivers need to be educated.
“I don’t think they know what distances mean,” she said.
Some cycling groups want NSW Police to set up a dedicated patrol unit targeting driver behaviour.
A similar program in the UK has seen bike accidents and deaths reduced by 20 per cent in two years.
More than 12,000 people have signed a petition asking the NSW Government to fund it.