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Mum tells of Black Rock 'bike rage' horror
A young mother has been punched in the face by a cyclist after a road rage incident at Black Rock.
Rachel Wilson was with her two children - aged 11 and 9 - and her ill mother when the attack occurred on Beach Road about 1pm last Friday.
Ms Wilson, a Moe resident, did a U-turn in front of the cyclist who then followed her to a car park.
"That's when he said 'you can't do an effing U-Turn' and as he was saying it ... without warning he lunged through the car with a fist and punched me in the jaw," she told Neil Mitchell.
LISTEN: Rachel Wilson tells how her kids watched on in horror
"We just don't witness violence like that - the kids have never witnessed violence like that.
She says police have to catch the man, who she said was "fully suited up" in lycra and was aged in about his 40s.
"To get angry is one thing, but to hit a woman in front of her mother and children - we totally didn't see that happening," she said.
Meanwhile, lawyer David Galbally QC told Neil Mitchell cyclists needed identification to make them accountable for their actions.
“I’ve said this for a long time, this man will get away with it because he can’t be identified," he said.
“And it will be very difficult for the police to track him.
“I think registration stickers have to be on bikes or they have to be worn by the rider on the back of their clothing.”
NEIL'S TAKE: He really has to be caught. If he's done this once, he can do it again.
Peggy, Its not that cyclists don't want to be identified, ask to see my ID any day of the week on the bike and I'll pass it to you. Its the fees brought about by registration that are the problem.Nat Saturday 14 December, 2013 - 8:20 PM
The cyclist should be arrested and charged with assault and battery and the woman should probably attend traffic school to learn how to drive better.me Friday 13 December, 2013 - 5:48 PM
I'm from New Zealand and have been reading this blog. We have similar problems in NZ with motorists doing crazy stuff. But there is some lunatic cyclists out there too. We all get blamed by a small minority of stupid cyclists.
I've seen going through red lights, failing to stop at compulsory stops, not wearing bike helmets or reflectorised gear and many more stupid actions. The cyclist involved in the assault was wearing black, thats why the car didn't see you. Come on Cyclists "Be Safe and Be Seen".Geoff Friday 13 December, 2013 - 12:47 PM
Very true Greg, we have only heard her side of the story. So therefore why doesn't the big tough guy who punched her make himself known and come forward to give his side of the story. I bet that isn't going to happen! Not when your a coward like that!letsbefair Thursday 12 December, 2013 - 8:10 PM
This has nothing to do with accountability and everything to do with intolerance. There is no compelling argument for bicycle registration. On the other hand there are plenty of good arguments supporting peoples rights and abilities to enjoy a pastime without more government interference. Perhaps we are not quite as 'laid back' as we thought we were.Lukew Thursday 12 December, 2013 - 3:47 PM
So many cyclists here are complaining about bad drivers. I agree, there are a lot of bad drivers out there but there is one weapon you have against that. You can always take their registration and report them.
Can a driver do the same when one of you does something silly? No, because you are so restistan to beintg identified by a number plate.
I wonder why you resist so much. If you're doing nothing wrong then there won't be a problem.
This is not about paying for registaration. Pay once for the plate and keep riding. I would just like to know why the cyclists fight so hard against being identified. Can one please explain that?Peggy Thursday 12 December, 2013 - 12:32 PM