A cyclist has been was flung from his bike after being rear-ended on a busy Brisbane road in an accident caused by poor driver visibility.
Video of the scary incident was released by Bicycle Queensland in a warning to both cyclists and drivers to be more aware on the roads.
Cyclist Geoffrey James was commuting down Wynnum Road, east of the city, when he was struck by a man driving a white sedan, Courier Mail reports.
The driver, who claimed his vision was impaired by the glare of the sun, begged the injured cyclist to ‘get up’ after the accident, because he had to get to work.
As Mr James lay injured on the bitumen and calling for someone to phone an ambulance, the driver can be heard offering him money as compensation.
Fortunately Mr James wasn’t seriously hurt in the collision, which occurred in Septemper last year, but he hopes the confronting footage will serve as a wake-up call to motorists.
The video’s release comes as Bicycle Queensland launched its Ride White campaign, in an effort to ease the long-held rift between cyclists and motorists.
Riders are being encouraged to ‘fly the white flag’ to signify their commitment to sharing the road and showing respect to fellow road users.
‘You can do this any way you like (as long as it’s lawful) – fix a white piece of fabric to your bike, stick a white label on your helmet, wear a white armband – heck, tie a white shoelace on your handlebar if it’s all you’ve got,’ Bicycle Queensland CEO Anne Savage said.
Ms Savage urged drivers to exercise more patience and for cyclists to make sensible choices on the roads, in light of last year’s eight bike-related road deaths.
She addressed motorists, saying: ‘when you honk, shout, and hurl profanities, we get hurt. We have a right to be on the road, and we ask you to respect that right.’