Craig Johnston, Myocum
To the driver of a white Ford Ranger with a Queensland licence plate.
I am a loving partner, father to three children under six, a professional working on local environmental initiatives, and a keen cyclist.
On Tuesday morning 21 May at 7am, I was one of three cyclists on Coolamon Scenic Drive having just passed Valances Road.
With no warning, a white Ford Ranger screamed past us with hand firmly on horn. We waved good morning.
When my heart rate came back down to 150 BPM after my adrenaline rush to 200BPM, I thought I would try to find said driver to share my experience with him.
Co-incidentally on exiting Mullumbimby, now in car, I happened to encounter White Ranger Man and followed, via Uncle Tom’s, to the Byron Bay turning. If I had had more fuel I would have continued to follow you.
My message: I hope you made it to your chosen destination 0.1 second earlier than if you had SLOWED DOWN, politely made your presence felt by a gentle and friendly honk, and a wave as you passed.
I love my kids, I love my partner, and I love my life. I would like to be here on planet Earth longer. I request you, and other motorists, to slow down and consider cyclists on the roads.
So to White Ford Ranger Man with orange hi-vis from Queensland, put yourself in my shoes. Would you drive that way if it were your mum, dad, partner, son, daughter, or friend, I ask?