Frightening moment a cyclist narrowly avoids a horror accident after being clipped by a trailer towed by an overtaking car
- A cyclist has appeared to have been knocked by a passing car trailer
- In the video with over 16,000 views a car passes very closely before hitting them
- A cycling equipment manufacturer compared the move to attempted murder
An Australian cyclist has been clipped by reckless driver towing a trailer in a dangerous overtake.
The footage taken along Beach Road in southern Melbourne was shared to Twitter on Tuesday by bike camera manufacture Cycliq has been viewed over 16,000 times.
Cycliq asked its cycling community how the dangerous overtake was any different to attempted murder.
A cyclist has been clipped by reckless driver towing a trailer in a dangerous overtake
‘Question: If someone shot a gun so close the bullet clipped someone’s ear (even if they claimed that they missed on purpose) what would they be charged with?’ they asked.
‘Assault? Attempted murder? How is that different from this video?’
In the video a cyclist is seen riding along a road with no visible bike lane when a silver Holden Commodore towing a trailer approached.
The Holden is seen making some effort to move around the cyclist but swerves back too quickly and the cyclist is knocked by the spare tyre.
Bike camera manufacture Cycliq compared the dangerous overtake to attempted murder
A loud bang is heard as they apparently make contact and the car is seen accelerating away.
It is not known where the video was taken but an unused bike path is spotted next to the road suggested the cyclist may have also been in the wrong.
Many cyclist said they had experienced similar behaviour from cars towing trailers.
‘I got knocked off by a trailer a few years ago, ripped tights and thankfully only shaken, vehicle never stopped, took number and phoned the police, not interested as not injured so a good reason for a camera,’ he said.
The Holden is seen making some effort to move around the cyclist but swerves back too quickly and the cyclist is knocked by the spare tyre
Other people pointed out that accusing the driver of attempted murder was taking the situation too far.
‘You would have to prove intent first. The only thing this video proves, is that people need towing endorsements on their license or they shouldn’t be towing trailers,’ a man said.
The Daily Mail Australia has contacted Cycliq for comment.