Driver Gets In Trouble For Yelling At Cyclists Who Turned Out To Be Cops

A man in Australia landed himself in hot water last month after yelling at a couple of cyclists riding on the road rather than an available bike track.

Thomas Harris stumbled upon a pair of cyclists riding two abreast on a single-lane road in New South Wales. Eager to teach the cyclists a lesson, he decided to drive his ute on the bike track and overtake the cyclists who were on the road. Hilarity ensues.

“What’s the point of us spending this money if you’re not going to use it, you f**king d**kheads,” he yells.

One of the cyclists answers back, yelling “Hey, pull over, so I can have a chat.” Harris wasn’t having any of it and shouted back, “F**k off, f**king idiot! Use the f**king bike track you dumb c**t!”

Normally, that would have been the end of things. Unfortunately for Harris, the two cyclists were actually off-duty police officers and before long, the motorist was interviewed by police and issued a future court attendance notice.

The video, as well as news that Harris was in trouble for his antics, rapidly grew across social media in Australia. Many were supportive of the driver’s actions and a GoFundMe page was launched to help cover his legal fees. At the time of writing, $4030 had been raised.

“Thomas Harris, 28yo has been charged for trying to prove a point to the media about cyclists hogging roads when there are clearly government funded cycle ways in place for their safety and the safety of other road users,” the GoFundMe page reads.

 

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Entitled bikers.

    • ChrisInIL

      The only entitled person in this story is the driver of the vehicle driving on the path.

  • salamOOn

    what an absurd story with even more absurd continuation… and “great” example from officers.

  • Blade t

    So why is the guy in trouble? For yelling , and they happen to be cops ?

    • brn

      For driving a motor vehicle on a bike trail. If he’d just cursed out the bikers (I agree with his point), without going on the trial, I’m sure he’d have been fine.

      • Blade t

        Yes, I know it’s for driving on the bike trail. I think he was trying to make a point..

        • ChrisInIL

          He’s in trouble for driving on the bike trail. He’s not in trouble for “making a point”.

          • Blade t

            Yes, I know it’s for driving on the bike trail..

  • Bo Hanan

    So what happened to the cops who were breaking the law?

    • brn

      Were they breaking the law? I agree, they should have been on the bike trail, but is it illegal for them to be on the road?

      • Alex

        It’s not and they weren’t. Driver on the other hand broke laws clean cut.

  • Paul

    Ha ha ha.

  • Mr. EP9

    Being angry? Fine. Driving on the bike trail to yell at them? Not a good idea.

  • TRB0T0Y

    Could someone explain why those bikers would hog the entire motorway, and not use the bike lane? I cannot think of any reason, aside from being epic tossers.

  • Zandit75

    Wow, this story is only 3-4 weeks old.
    OK, Disclaimer first – I am not a cyclist, and I hate being caught behind large groups of them. but some details need to be added for everyone’s clarifications.
    The cyclists are riding legally. Sure, they could be on the bike path, but there is no law against what they were doing.
    The bike path is actually a shared path, meaning pedestrians use it as well, and the speeds some people ride at would be too dangerous on the path.
    If there was a bike lane lined out on the road, they would then be required to be using it, and if the cyclists were still on the main part of the road holing up traffic, then yes they would be breaking the law.

    • Bob

      I haven’t seen the video. I do believe all vehicles on roads should be required to pay a tax. If bicycles must use the road, they should also be subjected to a tax.

    • Perry F. Bruns

      I have a few things to add here.

      Yes, the bike path would be a shared path with pedestrians. However, given how clear the paths seem in this video, it would have been easy for the police cyclists to slow down and shift to a single file traffic pattern to accommodate them.

      Also, I am unsure of Australian laws, but at least where I live, cyclists driving two abreast on a main road can be charged with obstructing traffic if they are traveling significantly slower than the speed limit.

      That said, my overall view is that the police cyclists really should have been using the bike path, and the ute driver should have stayed on the road even though they weren’t. More to the point, the police officers were off duty, and therefore didn’t have a law enforcement reason to be on the road, and were clearly obstructing traffic. To contradict another post in this thread, while those bikes are capable of doing 50 km/h, they certainly didn’t seem to be at that speed based on the passage of scenery. Ultimately, that video was 16 seconds of three scrota behaving scrotally.

      • Zandit75

        Copied from the New South Wales Transport website

        Shared paths
        Across NSW, shared paths can be used by both pedestrians and bicycle riders of all ages. Bicycle riders must keep left and give way to pedestrians on shared paths.

        Bicycle lanes
        When a bicycle lane is marked on the road and has bicycle lane signs, bicycle riders must use it unless it is impracticable to do so. Although these lanes are for bicycle riders, cars may use them for not more than 50 metres to enter or leave the road at a driveway or intersection.

        Special purpose lanes
        Bicycle riders may ride in transit lanes, tram lanes, truck lanes and bus lanes, but not bus only lanes.

        Riding side by side
        Bicycle riders are allowed to ride two abreast, but not more than 1.5 metres apart.

        Roundabouts
        Bicycle riders are allowed to turn right from the left-hand lane. When passing each exit, bicycle riders must give way to any vehicle leaving the roundabout.

        • Perry F. Bruns

          Thanks for the clarification. So while it won’t happen, the cops could theoretically be ticketed.

          • Zandit75

            Not really.
            While there is a shared path along the side of the road, they are not obligated to use it.
            There’s no dedicated Bicycle, Special Purpose Lane or Roundabout
            And lastly, they are not more than 1.5mtrs apart.
            It’s a very touchy subject here in Australia. Cyclist demand safer behavior from motorists, yet they don’t do anything to promote a two-way dialog, and blame drivers for everything even when they are at fault.
            Yes, there is real sense of entitlement with a lot of cyclists, and these guys should have pulled over into single file.

          • Perry F. Bruns

            Thing is, I grew up on a bicycle because I couldn’t afford a car until I was almost 19, and even then, it was a $200 junkyard beater. But yeah, there’s so much antipathy that it’s self-generating now.

    • LeStori

      NSW

      Bicycle lanes

      When a bicycle lane is marked on the road and
      has bicycle lane signs, bicycle riders must use it unless it is
      impracticable to do so. Although these lanes are for bicycle riders,
      cars may use them for not more than 50 metres to enter or leave the road
      at a driveway or intersection.

      • Zandit75

        Bike lanes are very different to a shared bike/pedestrian PATH
        Below is a photo of a typical bike lane which must be used if present as per the info you have shared.
        A shared path as shown in the video is purely for recreational purposes, and is optional.

  • Liam Paul

    I am sorry but cyclist should not be on Roads when they do have a bike path to use. They also should not be on back country roads that are so narrow cars hardly get past each other because of having to pass a cyclist. They say to motorist, we don’t own the roads but I have yet to encounter a cyclist who does not move to the side to let cars get by in tight spaces and will ride slow up hills holding a long line of traffic, cyclist ride on roads like that and block traffic for miles and they all have a attitude like they own that road. Why should a motorist have to pass in the opp direction of traffic when a cyclist can pull over to the side of the road for less than a min. The worst thing is when you see a School Bus have to pass them with children onboard, cyclist have no business on roads when they put children on school buses in dangerous predictions because the poor bus drivers has to go around them

    • Holmer_k

      Actually, cyclists have just as much legal right to use the road as a car. That’s just a fact of life and if you can’t deal with it you need to get off the road because YOU are the problem.

      • Bob

        Slavery was legal at some point too. Don’t conflate legal with correct.

        • Holmer_k

          ROFL….you’re going to attempt to compare someone’s legal right to use the roadway’s their tax dollars paid for to slavery? Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
          Ignorance isn’t something to be proud of. You should seek some help.

          • Bob

            Personal insults are a pathetic response to an argument. That’s called ad hominem, is considered a low argument strategy and shows that there may be no logic to offer in response on your end.

            Slavery was legal at some point; it may be funny now that we know better but at some point people fiercely fought for their rights to slaves.

            The point is simply that legality doesn’t necessarily conflate with correctness. That’s why the world hasn’t permanently retired lawmakers.

          • Holmer_k

            And you think your argument comparing slavery to the right of someone to use a road their tax dollars paid for isn’t pathetic? If that’s the best you’ve got, you really are sad and not worth the time to argue with. Get some help. Here’s the number: 1-877-726-4727 make the call.

          • Bob

            Again, ad hominem. Again, no actual logical response to the argument that legality does not conflate with correctness. Is it wrong to say that what is legal isn’t necessarily correct? Let me ask this directly.

            I deliberately used slavery as an argument because of how ridiculous it is. Because that’s one thing we, in today’s world, can broadly agree upon as being incorrect, I don’t know if you disagree with this as well. The reason slavery was brought up is to further the point that something being legal doesn’t make it correct.

            It was legal for husbands to rape their wives in some states as recently as 1993. I could have brought that up too but who knows where you may stand with that one.

            Point is this, because cycling on roads is legal doesn’t necessarily make it correct. You can’t assume an activity to be correct because it is legal.

          • Bob

            Again, ad hominem. Again, no actual logical response to the argument that legality does not conflate with correctness. Is it wrong to say that what is legal isn’t necessarily correct? Let me ask this directly.

            I deliberately used slavery as an argument because of how ridiculous it is. Because that’s one thing we, in today’s world, can broadly agree upon as being incorrect, I don’t know if you disagree with this as well. The reason slavery was brought up is to further the point that something being legal doesn’t make it correct.

            It was legal for husbands to rape their wives in some states as recently as 1993. Apartheid was legal as was a lot of the activities under Hitler’s Germany. All these things continued because people, like you, didn’t examine the correctness of these things just because they were legal.

            Point is this, because cycling on roads is legal doesn’t necessarily make it correct. You can’t assume an activity to be correct because it is legal.

      • robotlogic

        Actually, NO they don’t. They don’t pay registration and road tax for their bikes so they don’t contribute to anything but road congestion.

  • Alex

    Race bikes like that regularly travel at 50 kph and above. The pushbike path is a shared lane for pedestrians and your average cyclist who does half that speed. What are the odds that the driver was actually speeding too… 😉

    • Eagle By Singer

      On a road Luke that, the speed limit would’ve been 80-90km/h

  • SteersUright

    D%ck move, and sadly so typical of law enforcement arrogance.

  • brn

    I hate anyone who thinks they are better than everyone else.

  • brn

    It was you, wasn’t it?

  • TRB0T0Y

    We don’t know how the cyclists were using that road. Perhaps they insisted riding two abreast, and refused to let the motorist make a legal passing move around them. Such as these self-absorbed twats…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55Wb8exPj3o

  • ChrisInIL

    The cyclists appear to have obeyed the law and were operating their bicycles properly on the roadway. The driver appears to have broken the law by driving on the path. These are the facts in this story.

    The driver felt entitled, incorrectly assumed it was his duty to make confront the cyclists about where they should ride. You as a driver have no responsibility to tell anyone else how to do anything that you deem illegal. Your opinions in these matters are irrelvant, whether the other person is a cylist, a pedestrian, or another motorist.

    • TRB0T0Y

      I don’t know what the law is dahn under, but here in the states, many places forbid two-abreast riding and impeding traffic in this manner. So they very well could be breaking the law and riding improperly.

      Sure, the driver was being a manic. But hopefully this will tone down the incessant coddling of bikers in society. If there’s a bike path, it should be illegal for bikers to ride in the road like these were.

      And what’s this about my opinion is ‘irrelvant?’ As a tax paying, licensed motorist who pays for both the road and that bike path, my opinion is just as relevant as other motorists and bikers. We all SHARE the road. The bikers refused to do this.

      • ChrisInIL

        In NSW, bicyclists have a legal right to use the roads and have the same responsibilites as any other drivers on the road. All US states have laws that allow two-abreast riding with the exception of Nebraska.

        The third sentence in the second paragraph of your post, and many other comments here, are why your opinion is irrelevant. It doesn’t matter that you think it should be illegal for bikers to ride on the road. What is relevant is that it is lega for bicycles to be used on the roadways.

        • TRB0T0Y

          Does it make you feel better to be right here? Really?
          You would likely support the scum seen over the holidays this year. Some prick decided to post up a whole scene, on the public sidewalk, at a friggen Salvation army or something Santa fair.
          With signs and horrific fanfare, the guy said Santas fake! It’s all a lie kids!
          Children wept, parents were infuriated. But the act was legal! So he’s right, and you are too evidently. Congratulations.

          • ChrisInIL

            Why are you so defensive that you have to use such a ridiculous straw man? I’ve now ruined Christmas!

            It is truly unfortunate you can’t handle facts. The driver in this video was ticketed because he appears to have broken the law. You have to pivot to “coddling of bikers in society” – the cyclists were following local laws, and operating their bicycles properly.

            If you had more regard for other vehicles on the road, and the people operating them, you would understand.

          • TRB0T0Y

            Please don’t misinterpret my passion for defensiveness.
            I am not familiar with your ‘straw man’ inference. I have heard of what a ‘straw purchaser’ is, and I would presume you have similar intellect and moral fiber as such.

            Here are the actual “2 abreast, impeding traffic” facts, at least according to champions of the bicyclist genre:
            Bicycling.com reports that riding two-abreast is not actually legal in “All US states” as you incorrectly stated.
            “A few states still restrict riding two abreast, generally prohibiting the practice but allowing some exceptions. In Nebraska, cyclists must ride single file, except when on the shoulder. In Hawaii, you must ride single file except when a bicycle lane is wide enough to permit riding two abreast and traffic flow is unimpeded. In Montana, you can ride two abreast in a single lane, but only if there are at least two lanes in each direction, and only if you are not impeding the normal and reasonable movement of traffic any more than you would be if you were riding single file.”

            Further facts, and in closing,.. I have plenty of “regard for other vehicles on the road, and the people operating them”. I have been a motorist for over 20 years, have never been at fault for any accident, and operate my vehicles with the utmost care and caution to all applicable laws and persons in my sphere of interaction.

            I hope you take heed of these facts before you incorrectly proclaim 2 abreast riding is legal everywhere.

  • I don’t understand why all of us can’t be humans??
    Is that hard to understand each other??
    This is like- mine is bigger and better !! No is not !
    Forgive and forget, make peace not war !

  • Pelopidas Georgiadis

    Thomas Harris was / is right.
    He lost it, as soon as he started cursing.
    The above does not absolve two policemen acting illegaly.
    Where they fishing for an excuse to fine somebody, we can’t know and we nevel will.

    • Zandit75

      The policemen were not acting illegally. See my other post showing the actual laws.

      • TRB0T0Y

        Are you actually acquainted with the Aussie biking laws good Sir?
        May I ask you a hypothetical? Suppose it is a 50mph road, and for the next 50 miles, those bikers insist on ‘legally’ riding 25mph, 2 accrost, blocking the appropriate travels of others. What would you suggest the motorist do?
        Using the separate, grass and pole divided bike lane is obscene, but what else could be the driver’s remedy to this abhorrent impeding of a person’s travels?

      • Pelopidas Georgiadis

        Two bikes rolling on a street, while some meters away lies the designated lane for bikes, totally free / empty. In this case, the bikes are illegally on the road.
        Now, since policemen ride said bikes, then they do act weird – that’s the first reading.
        Designated lanes are called so because are the prescribed way, by law, for a certain medium to ride along. Same as the emergency lane -not anybody can ride / mount it.
        That’s why the two bikers / policemen are illegal: the’re cycling where they shouldn’t – by law.
        And, the car driver, is right addressing them (please pay attention to the words I’m using) but he has no right cursing them.
        No law allows cursing, no law allows bikes to use the road when a designated lane is existent. Period!

        • Zandit75

          You obviously haven’t read my other comments which highlight Australian law in this instance. What laws you abide by in your country do not matter.
          The path is a shared path for Pedestrians and cyclists who wish to use it. It is not a designated or legal requirement for them to be using it in this instance.

          • Pelopidas Georgiadis

            You know, fine.
            You may assume, if you wish so, that other country laws do not matter.
            UK, USA, Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany, Greece are all so different than Australia.
            Even the Swiss, the Belgians and others.
            How come, other Aussies in this particular discussion come and correct YOU?
            I may not be an Aussie too, but international law and common sense indicate what I’m kindly telling you. The concept of law is the same all over the world.
            If you believe that by living in a country down under, you should be doing things the exact opposite way to the rest of the world, that’s your prerogative.
            Reality though, a different thing alright.
            And please, consider our discussion ended. Thank you.

          • Zandit75

            So are you one of these people who travel the world thinking that the local laws don’t apply to you, just because you do things differently at home??
            Of course I believe the laws of other countries matter….to them, and their particular circumstances and region. They do not matter(or apply) in a domestic event in another country. Period. International law is not going to affect a domestic event between residents of the same country either.

  • ChrisInIL

    An empty bike lane doesn’t cover them in condemnation either. They are legally entitled to use the roadway, and drive two abreast.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Yes but they shouldn’t have gotten all high and mighty when the driver did what he did. Taking to court instead of a word there and then (or at the station) was all it needed. Actions have consequences, with power comes responsibility.

  • ChrisInIL

    Fortunately, those cops dont hate you and they still go out and risk their lives every single day for your safety and the safety of others in your community and communties everywhere.

    • Craig

      You’re embarrassing yourself.

      • ChrisInIL

        You put entirely too much creedence in peer pressure.

        • Craig

          You obviously feel duty bound to see cops as the ‘good guys’ no matter what. Are you sure that I’m the one ‘under pressure’?

          • ChrisInIL

            “…no matter what”? You know a lot of bout me for knowing nothing about me.

            Yay hyperbole!

          • Craig

            You’re not fooling everyone.

          • ChrisInIL

            Why do you spend time posting comments on a car blog when you apparently have some special insight into how people think?

            It seems like your skills could be used more productively.

          • Craig

            You’re not that difficult to figure out.

          • ChrisInIL

            Sure. Anything to help you feel better about yourself. I can handle it.

          • Craig

            Be quiet.

          • ChrisInIL

            Good, good. Get it all all out. It will be cathartic.

  • LeStori

    The Kids that became Police at my school were not exactly the smartest of the class. More the Smart Arsed of the class.

  • ChrisInIL

    You hate everybody. Got it.

    I have true pity for you.

  • Holmer_k

    You need to read the article I posted too. And you might take your own comment to heart and simply be considerate. There are far more douchebags in cars than on bikes.

  • robotlogic

    Really, so if I pay registration and road tax for one car than I can drive my other car on the road for free? Sorry, your argument isn’t valid.

    • Holmer_k

      How much do you pay to register your car each year? $50 bucks? $60? It’s based on weight and your car weighs between 2000 and 4500 pounds. Those bikes weigh less than 50 pounds. How much should they pay? How much wear do they cause to the roads? My argument is perfectly valid. You just are using your head.

  • Holmer_k

    If you can’t be bothered to learn what relevance the article has, why should anyone be bothered to listen to your uninformed prattle? And as to your belief that there are more douchebags riding bikes than driving cars, you have no evidence of that whatsoever to back up that bs assertion. You really aren’t making yourself look too bright. In fact, you’re sounding like a douchebag yourself. That’s what trying to make an argument with zero facts does in case you were unaware.

  • supermanuel

    These cyclists/cops are Class A tw4ts. End of.

  • Holmer_k

    Socially unacceptable? Bwahahahaha. Your attitude is what’s socially unacceptable. You should seek out some help.

  • Craig

    Arrogant, ignorant police officers. What else is new.

    • Umm…*blinks*…because umm….they didn’t break the law, but ticketed a driver who did act dangerously and illegally….yeah…so ignorant…don’t they um know…that umm…..drivers…umm…can do no wrong????

      Is that the lesson here?

      • Craig

        Umm…*blinks*.. what a stupid reply…umm…

        • No, totally stupid for the police to ticket the driver of a vehicle who acted dangerously and illegally…so arrogant, who do they think they are…the police?

  • TRB0T0Y

    Crikies, alright then, well cheerio mate! So you are a resident and expert on the topic. Bully for you.
    Regarding my question though – what remedy could a motorist have? If the 2 bikers want to hog the entire lane for 50 miles at half the speed limit, what could a motorist do?

    • Zandit75

      Any sane person would give them a beep of the horn. They are only allowed to ride two abreast if it is safe to do so, and they would hopefully be considerate enough to move into single file. Since we didn’t see any attempt at this by the either the car driver or cyclists, we’ll never know.

      BTW, Don’t use Crikey, or Cheerio when talking to an Aussie. They’ll just beat you up. I won’t, I’m Tasmanian, which is the Aussie equivalent to a Canadian. Doesn’t mean I won’t think it though!

      • TRB0T0Y

        I was kidding around using ‘Cheerio’ above. Don’t get your panties jammed in your craw over it.
        We don’t know what happened before this video, but the bikers seem to be quite pleased to hog the road and block traffic.
        You said ‘They are only allowed to ride two abreast if it is safe to do so’. Does that mean if a motorist approaches and beeps the horn as you suggest, that it is no longer safe to do so? Are the bikers then required to line up?

        • Zandit75

          My last comment was not meant to come across in a harsh fashion, I do apologize for that. Sarcasm is an Aussie response to just about everything, and it doesn’t come across easily in the written word!
          *Puts on Serious hat*
          Regarding the beeping of the horn, you would hope that the bike riders would be aware enough to have already moved over to single file whenever they heard a car coming especially on such a narrow road, but that is not always the case, and a polite beep of the horn would alert them to your presence and wish to overtake. I used to ride everywhere prior to getting my car license, and later in life I started riding motorbikes, and I’m more than aware of how exposed I was on any form of bike, and would ride defensively to protect myself as much as possible. That same thought process does not go through everyones head, and then there are the idiots.
          Having said that, it’s easy to zone out and not pay attention to your surroundings. These guys could have been chatting away and not hear the car approaching. Judging by the video, the car driver decided quite early on that he was going to jump on the bike path for his stunt. Since his car was not on the road, it may have sounded different to the bike riders coming up from behind them.
          Without knowing the particulars, we can speculate all day(or several days as has been the case here!)

  • KAG25

    We got bike lanes here and in the mountain roads, but guess what the cyclist do, ride in the middle of the road.

  • Dylan Wentworth

    See now, if he had bigger truck with a big V8 diesel, he could have waited until there was a chance to pass then slowed to a crawl just in front of them and let them breath in those yummy diesel fumes while they’re peddling then floor it leaving them in a plume of soot but not after giving them a refreshing rinse down with the windshield washer.

    No laws would have been broken and justice would have been served.

  • I don’t know the local laws, but I’m pretty sure, driving on a bike lane and insulting people, filming while driving are illegal. So normal to be in trouble. As for the bikers, I sure hope someone will give them a good reason to use the bike lane next time… paid like them with taxes.

  • they are cops but mostly bikers… In every country bikers like that, particing as a sport prefer to be on the road even when there are bike lanes.

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