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.
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.Â 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.Â This occurred at 7:00 AM.Â This happened when I was within 5 to 10 metres of the bus.Â 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.Â That is right,as I stopped in the bike lane, the middle of the bus went pass me.Â 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.Â They should be not threatened or endangered in this manner.