Today, Monday May 25, 2009 at approximately 3:50 PM I was riding south on Marmion Avenue safely or so I thought in the left lane when I was hit in the shoulder/upper arm by the front seat passenger of the of a blue sedan, BSN 224434. The front seat passenger, a male teenager, light brown hair and baby face lent out the window of the car to hit me, I think with a plastic dog ball thrower or similar.
Of course not being to bright, these boys, I was able to catch-up with them at the intersection of Hepburn Avenue and Marmion Avenue. The window was down the passenger was not expecting me. The shock on his face was priceless. I did not lower my south to his level and hence did not reach out. I did however let him know he was a idiot to put it nicely.
South of Hepburn Avenue intersection a lady and her daughter who witnessed the incident pulled up and hailed me down. The provided their details, so at least I have a witness to the incident.
I have now reported the incident to the WA Police via their online Traffic Complaint Form. The question will the WA Police actually do something this time or will the only response be the form response.
I also found it interesting but when I completed the Traffic Compliant Form, it had a drop box to select what your role was in the incident. The choices given where driver, passenger, pedestrian or other. That is right, cyclists did not get a mention! We come under "other." What does this say about the Western Australian Police attitude to cyclists, cyclists who are legal road users in Western Australia. We are nothing but "other?"
Update â€“ June 2009: I received a phone call from the Police passing to me an apology from the teenager concerned. Hopefully he has learnt his lesson from this and will not offend again.
Update – May 29, 2009. I visited the Mt Hawthorn police station today to lodge a statement. It seems the incident is not a traffic matter, but rather a matter of a assault and hence my form was rejected. So now I have a formal statement lodged and awaiting further investigation.
Update – May 27, 2009. I have received the following email from the WA Police, which is at least different from the normal canned response. Mind you I am not sure what information they are missing or is incorrect. A phone call will be made.
Your Traffic Complaint Form received on 25/05/09, could not be processed due to missing or incorrect information. Please report the Incident by telephoning the Police Assistance Centre on 131 444.