A series of events last year left many Sydney cyclists scared of being struck by a passing vehicle, and some are using the chance to speak out.
Key points:The cyclist has received thousands of messages on Facebook and on social media since the eventThe cyclist was killed by a hit and run in JanuaryPolice are investigating why the cyclist was hitThe cyclist died in hospital in January, and police are investigating his death.
He was killed in Sydney’s north-west on January 14 after he was hit by an oncoming car.
His death shocked cycling supporters across the state, with the cycling community united in mourning.
Cyclist Adam Kowalski posted a series of messages to Facebook, encouraging people to get involved.
“It’s about raising awareness about the impact that hitting and running can have on cyclists, and the impact it can have in the lives of other road users,” he said.
“Cyclists can take action to stop the harm and danger of collisions, by using their mobile phone to call the police.”
In one of his messages, he described the hit and runs that hit cyclists as “an unacceptable and unacceptable way of life”.
“It is an unacceptable way to die, it is an unsafe way to live, it’s an appalling way to be a human being,” he wrote.
“You are not the only people who are killed by these types of collisions.
It is not an isolated incident, it happens in every city and country.”
Kowalsky is one of many cyclists to share his grief with his followers.
“I’m not surprised it happened to me.
I’ve had a lot of people tell me it happened and they’ve also told me how I’m not alone in feeling this way,” he told news.com, “I’m going to tell the world this is what happens to us all the time.”
CycloSport NSW has set up a page for those who want to share their own stories of being the victim of a hit-and-run, and has urged cyclists to use their phones and social media platforms to report incidents.
Cycle NSW director of community safety Nick Haldane said while he had not personally been hit, he was concerned about the safety of cyclists.
“We need to be getting more people out in the streets to do what we can to stop these things happening,” he added.
“So many of us are just riding out there and there’s been no-one out there doing anything about it.”
He said while it was difficult to predict how long the trend would last, the message was important.
“If there is a trend it will go on for a long time, but it’s also important to know when that trend is coming back because that will make people feel safer,” he explained.
Cycling NSW chief executive Alex Noyes said he hoped to see more cyclists riding with helmets in future, and urged people to wear helmets.
“There are still a lot more cyclists out there than there used to be, and that’s really a shame because helmets will only make a difference for a limited number of cyclists,” he noted.
“The helmet is a pretty good deterrent, but they’re not a panacea.”