2016 Australian Victim Blaming Award goes to ...
Thinking over all the stupid statements about cycling during the year, it was hard to choose just a single grossly ill-informed and dangerously irresponsible message, but this one from an elected representative of the people really resonated.
Originally reported in September 2016, an Adelaide council proposed all cyclists to wear high-visibility strips or clothing at all times of day or night in an attempt to improve safety.
The City of West Torrens pushed a plan to make cyclists and mobility scooter riders wear a hi-vis item on their body and their helmets at all times of day.
The idea was considered by all of the state's councils in October, and thankfully voted down.
But here's the idea's genesis; Councillor Arthur Mangos said he had wanted a hi-vis rule for children, but it had expanded to all cyclists at the suggestion of other elected members.
So let's get this straight. Cyclist and all children have to wear high visibility because this man can't drive safely and responsibly ?
Driving regulations state that you should reverse into a driveway, so that you can exit out front first, with maximum visibility.
Maybe we could enforce existing safety rules first before going to Defcon Yellow One ?
And failing that, Councillor Arthur Mangos ought to relinquish his driver's licence.