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Open Letter to Transperth – Driver of Bus Rego – TP1350

As it seems that the Transperth Feedback Form does not like me (two computers, two different operating systems, two different browsers and it will not submit) I have decided to post my “letter” here, describing my latest experience with a Transperth driver. If you have had a bad experience do let us know.

Dear Transperth

This morning, August 27, 2008, I was riding my bicycle eastbound on Lemnos Street, Daglish, when I approached the exit point for the recreation centre/works depot.  As I approached the intersection a Transperth bus (TP1350) being driven at the time by a female driver commenced to pull out from my left to execute a right hand turn into Lemnos Street.  This occurred at 7:00 AM.  This happened when I was within 5 to 10 metres of the bus.  Thankfully I was climbing the hill at the time so was not travelling at more than 20 km/h. This allowed me time to take evasive action, including coming to a complete stop within 1/2 a metre of the middle of the bus.  That is right,as I stopped in the bike lane, the middle of the bus went pass me.  This gives a clear indication of the closeness of the incident.

The driver failed to acknowledge me, failed to stop and failed to determine all was okay.

I consider the actions of this driver careless at best and I don’t appreciate having myself put at risk in this manner.

Regretfully this is not the first instance of careless driving by Transperth drivers and as advised previously, this matter will raised with the Police in addition to this formal compliant.

Please take immediate steps to reinforce to your drivers that cyclists are legal road users, that they are people, sons, daughters, mothers and dads and have a right to safe passage.  They should be not threatened or endangered in this manner.

Regards
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6 Responses to Open Letter to Transperth – Driver of Bus Rego – TP1350

  1. Dumb cyclists December 3, 2008 at 11:58 PM #

    That is right cylists have the right to give way to buses just like everyone else has to. So next time don’t break the law and give way to him

  2. Dumb cyclists December 4, 2008 at 8:58 AM #

    That is right cylists have the right to give way to buses just like everyone else has to. So next time don’t break the law and give way to him

  3. Aushiker December 8, 2008 at 9:38 AM #

    G’day Dumb cyclists

    Interesting comment and I agree with you 100%. However I think you need to go and re-read what I wrote.

    You see, funny as it may sound, I was travelling straight ahead on the road; the bus turned right across me. So you see dumb cyclists, I wasn’t in the wrong, the bus driver was and you know what else dumb cyclists? Bus drivers have to give way as well. You know obey the law and actually drive with consideration for other people.

    Ahh well, I hope you learnt a little something today.

  4. Aushiker December 8, 2008 at 6:38 PM #

    G’day Dumb cyclists

    Interesting comment and I agree with you 100%. However I think you need to go and re-read what I wrote.

    You see, funny as it may sound, I was travelling straight ahead on the road; the bus turned right across me. So you see dumb cyclists, I wasn’t in the wrong, the bus driver was and you know what else dumb cyclists? Bus drivers have to give way as well. You know obey the law and actually drive with consideration for other people.

    Ahh well, I hope you learnt a little something today.

  5. CycleAtRisk December 27, 2008 at 6:20 AM #

    I’ve had several encounters with buses being driven by Transperth drivers that are less than courteous and sometimes plain illegal. I suspect nobody wants to drive a bus and the company has resorted to hiring anybody who will take the job regardless of their ability, education and social skills. I expect Transperth drivers to be model road users so this sort of behavior is particularly obvious. Given that Transperth buses are highly visible and very large road user vehicles why don’t they make the effort to show other how to drive with politeness, legal correctness and concern for those that are more vulnerable on the roads? It must be understood by the reader that this observation by no means applies to all Transperth bus drivers, there are few that damage the reputation of the entire organisation.

  6. CycleAtRisk December 27, 2008 at 3:20 PM #

    I’ve had several encounters with buses being driven by Transperth drivers that are less than courteous and sometimes plain illegal. I suspect nobody wants to drive a bus and the company has resorted to hiring anybody who will take the job regardless of their ability, education and social skills. I expect Transperth drivers to be model road users so this sort of behavior is particularly obvious. Given that Transperth buses are highly visible and very large road user vehicles why don’t they make the effort to show other how to drive with politeness, legal correctness and concern for those that are more vulnerable on the roads? It must be understood by the reader that this observation by no means applies to all Transperth bus drivers, there are few that damage the reputation of the entire organisation.

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