Tack-dropping since Feb 2014 in inner Melbourne, no end in sight

Discussion in 'Advocacy and Cycling Safety' started by Shut Up Legs, 11 May 2014.

  1. jarlrmai

    jarlrmai Veteran

    I think the broader question is are these incidents in some way engendered by the prevailing social attitudes, articles in the press and lack of action by those in authority?

    He's may be a serial killer, but he's targeting a section of society and using a specific weapon, he's carrying out the "fantasy" I see written in the comments sections of newspaper articles about cyclists or cycling. If the tack guy kills a cyclist and its just good luck and down to the guys who post the warnings and spent the time clearing them away that thankfully no-one had, is he any less culpable for the death of that cyclist than this guy?

    The fact that he burnt out the car is darkly amusing, it proves he knew what he did however given the outcome of some investigations into cycling road deaths he could probably have gone to the police station claimed the sun was in his eyes or something and got away with a fine or a small driving ban or even no action at all.
     
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  2. glenn forger

    glenn forger Guest

    The cycling advocate is on a hiding to nothing, he's got to downplay it and try to calm down what seems to be a febrile atmosphere, he's got to strike a balance between saying cycling is safe with saying it's safe but watch out for the objects scattered to make you crash and the lumps of metal deliberately driven at you.
     
  3. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    The tacks and other objects thrown into the road, appear to have been done by more than one person. Over a period of more than a year.
    When authorities tried to help, by providing fixing stations. These stations were then targeted.
     
  4. jarlrmai

    jarlrmai Veteran

    So the tack people are psychopaths and the car driver is a serial killer.
     
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  5. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Car driver follows his/her "victims" is what Police feel.
     
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    Shut Up Legs

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  7. jarlrmai

    jarlrmai Veteran

    Man this is insane.
     
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  9. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    They got someone and prosecuted them?
    Unable to follow the link at present.
     
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    Shut Up Legs

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    No prosecutions unfortunately, but there was a 24-hour protest ride that ran from 7am Sunday to 7am yesterday. Again, they chose a time that would not inconvenience anyone (particularly since yesterday was a public holiday here - apparently the Queen was having another 'birthday'). I still think they should do it during peak commuting time on a weekday, otherwise nobody will notice.

    Here's a bit of info about the ride, and there are some more comments on the Strava page that is linked:
    https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=26910&p=669724#p669724
     
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  11. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Wonder if those dropping them did turn up to watch as the post at the top of that page asks.
     
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  13. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeands...-hatred-what-have-people-got-against-cyclists

    Although the fishing line/wire is an old one in some parts
     
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  15. Ganymede

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