Cycling in the news 12 Dec to 18 Dec 2020

Source: Northern Beaches Council (2020)

An elderly man has been airlifted to hospital after being knocked off his bike in Deniliquin. As the Pastoral Times reported, the 74-year-old was allegedly hit by a car towing a caravan on the National Bridge causing serious injuries including a punctured lung.

In Canberra, a man has been hospitalised with a head injury after being hit by the driver of a car in Kingston. According to The Canberra Times, the incident occurred during peak hour traffic on Monday morning near the railway station. Police are still investigating the cause of the collision. The cyclist suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital as a precaution.

A cyclist has been assaulted in an alleged road-rage incident in Cairns. As The Daily Telegraph reported, the 28-year-old man was riding on the Captain Cook Highway when he was passed by a motorist yelling abuse. The driver stopped to get out of his vehicle before punching the cyclist in the head, knocking him to the ground.

In infrastructure news, the Northern Beaches Council has abandoned its plans to build a cycleway in Manly after a backlash from local businesses and residents. As reported by The Sydney Morning Herald, the council had originally planned to reduce speed limits and build a cycleway on Darley Rd leading to The Corso. However, community feedback was broadly negative, with residents concerned about increased traffic congestion, lost parking, and reduced access to emergency vehicles. Council has instead opted to vote on a plan to build a shorter section of cycleway and provide outdoor seating.

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