Video shows Perth cyclist knocked off bike by trailer
A PERTH cyclist narrowly escaped serious injury when a vehicle towing a trailer knocked him off his bike in East Fremantle recently.
The cyclist, who does not want to be named, was riding with a group of friends on Preston Point Road earlier this month when he was hit.
“I was keeping as far left as possible and he tried to overtake when there were pedestrian islands - he swerved in and knocked me,” the rider said.
“As soon as I saw the trailer coming closer I thought ‘this is it’ - it could have been a lot worse because he was carrying an excavator. I don’t even want to think about what could have happened.
“I fell forward and landed on my side.”
Luckily, the cyclist only had minor cuts and bruises, but his bike was badly damaged.
“It’s going to cost about $1600 to fix,” he said.
The driver stopped to see if the rider was okay, but later blamed the cyclist for the incident.
“He tried to tell me it was my fault and I swerved into the trailer - I said I would let police deal with it,” he said.
The experienced Rivervale cyclist said this was the first time he had been hit by a car, but he had numerous close calls before.
“There are times when motorists just ignore the one metre rule,” he said.
“We mostly ride in single file - we don’t do double unless it’s a big group.”
Under WA’s one metre rule, drivers face a $400 fine and four demerit points if they come within one metre of a cyclist in a 60km/h zone or 1.5m in speed zones above 60km/h.