Cyclist says ‘trucks by far most respectful’
RE: 'We all need to fear for safety' (Big Rigs, July 19)
AS AN Adelaide resident, I used to morning cycle around the streets of the city and then up along Glen Osmond Road around 4-5.30am.
I do go fully hi-vis: white helmet, yellow beanie, reflective vest, jacket and lights.
Without question, trucks I encountered were the most respectful by far of all the traffic out there.
They just needed a gap to move into to keep clear or me.
A shout out to both Startrack, Aus Post, Glen Cameron, Big W trucks - always decent people.
It was the small vehicles that had no respect.
In particular, a early model twin-cab Hilux.
While I did report the guy and attend a police station, the officer basically suggested that I change my route to keep clear of the guy.
Cyclists need to be hi-vis aware, which many are not, and work with the trucks, not against them.
I would wait at the Glen Osmond Road intersection and wait for trucks turning right at the bottom of the hill to go through that just cycle straight around. Respect has to be on both sides, respect.