The metallic blue Subaru swooshed pass me with only centimetres to spare. I was only 5km away from home and was shaken. The tuned car had a big WRX sticker and tinted windows.
500 m further down the road was a red traffic light and when I rolled alongside the stationary car that had almost taken me out, I swallowed hard before knocking at the passenger window, fully arming myself against an argument with a young male driver.
The window came down and gave way to a puppy bed and a little dog on the passenger seat. At the steering wheel was an elderly lady, done up to the ninth with freshly coiffered head, full make-up and bright red lipstick on the pursed and thinning lips.
She looked just as surprised and curious as I must have looked. Politely I described how she had scared me to bits and how dangerously close I had come to crashing. A concerned and deeply sorry face almost made me regret my colourful description. She launched into long and sincere apologies. She hadn’t noticed me, was probably distracted by her puppy.
While this little true story illustrates that not every close passing car is driven by a hooning or malicious driver – even if the type of car initially suggests that – it is an every day reality that if a motorist overtakes another road user really closely and a cyclist gets hurt, the driver didn’t even breach any road rules.
This blog is not dedicated to cycling advocacy but I still wanted to put it out there that there is new Minimum Safe Passing Distance Petition.
So if you want to make Queensland roads safer for you, your family, friends and all cyclists out there, put your name to it!