The father of a young rider who was rammed from behind by a driver who had previously tried to block him from legally lane filtering says road rage against riders is on the rise.
Daniel Lee of Brisbane says his 23-year-old son, Lucas, was “rammed up the butt” by the driver who had “earlier and deliberately tried to block my son from filtering”.
“My son told him that it was legal but was met with a tirade of expletives,” Daniel says.
“This driver drove up my son’s back twice.
“My son walked away with just a scratch. His bike (BMW S 1000 RR) was totalled.
“The driver was charged for malicious driving and got three months’ suspended licence.”
Rage on the rise
Daniel says road rage against motorcyclists is on the rise.
“Me and my two sons commute almost daily on our bikes through city traffic where you will tend to encounter frustrated drivers,” he says.
Daniel claims he was recently chased by a “clown in a ute because I lane filtered to the front”.
“I got off the line but he tried to keep abreast of me to intimidate,” he says.
“I moved off to allow him to overtake. At the next set of lights he kept watching and waiting for me to start filtering up to his side but my spidey sense told me he was up to something and I deliberately slowed down and about to filter when he suddenly closed the gap real tight by turning into the median.
“I flicked off to the left side and entered a bicycle green box. When the light turned he tried chasing me but failed.
“Instead he tailgated me as I deliberately kept abreast with a car to my left.
“Eventually I had to move ahead so as not to hold up traffic. He sped up to the lights and as I took the right lane and he on the left, he wound down his window and spat at me.”
Not all drivers are intimidating toward riders, Daniel says.
“Another ute came and wedged himself between me and him to protect me from the wanker trying to run me off the road when the lights turned green,” he says.