To the rude and ignorant MAMIL (male cyclist) on Coolamon Scenic Drive and Coorabell Road, between 16:30 and 17:00 on Monday March 23:
I twice gave you half the road by (a) stopping well behind you to allow an opposite-travelling vehicle to pass without putting you at risk (Coolamon Scenic lookout), and (b) drove slowly well behind you through the turns (Coorabell Rd) until there was adequate room to safely overtake you. That demonstrated my usual consideration around bicyclists.
Between those two events I stopped to pick up a hitchhiker. There was a wide grassy verge on our side of the road, but nowhere off-road to stop as the ground was very obviously a lake and quagmire; there were no other vehicles in sight – yet as you passed you yelled aggressively at me, ‘Get off the road!’
How dare you, whose vehicle contributes no money to the roads system while you demand equal access, demand that I ‘get off the road’! It’s cyclists like you, with your anti-car attitude, that give fellow cyclists a poor name among motorists.
You’ve lost any sympathy I might have had for you and your kind. Now, please, you get off the road until you learn some acceptable attitude and manners.
Gordon Haynes, (small red Mercedes), Federal