‘Bunch of f**ktards’: cyclists, driver clash
CYCLISTS have been labelled a "law unto themselves" and "inconsiderate" after a group were caught on dashcam blocking motorists while riding along a prestigious Gold Coast street.
Carpenter Matt Dennis said his frustration with the cyclists reached boiling point after he was stuck behind a group of six on Hedges Avenue at Broadbeach about 5.30am yesterday.
The dashcam footage shows a group of cyclists riding three-abreast in the vehicle lane rather than the dedicated cycling lane.
It resulted in a fiery clash with Mr Dennis beeping the cyclists, yelling at them to 'get in the cycle lane' and calling them a 'bunch of f**ktards'.
"You guys are deadset f**king imbeciles aren't ya," he yells as he finally passed the group to which they retorted 'it's 30km/hr mate'.
"They will ride down the centre lane just basically being idiots," Mr Dennis told the Gold Coast Bulletin.
Hedges Avenue, a one-way street with a wide cycling and pedestrian area, has been a hot spot for frustrated pedestrians, cyclists and motorists for years.
The Gold Coast City Council in 2015 reduced the speed limit to 30km/hr in an effort to deter commuters from using the street as a rat run.
Mr Dennis said it was not the first time he had seen cyclists take up the vehicle lane.
"I see it two or three times a week," he said.
"It's not just them trying to avoid someone in the cycling lane."
In the footage the cyclists are seen reminding Mr Dennis that Hedges is a 30km/hr zone.
"I was going 30 and they were going a little bit slower," he said.
"Who are they to be the ones to say how fast I wanted to drive."
The "smiley" speed monitoring sign shown at one point in the video appears to be flashing a warning to"slow down".
Mr Dennis said it was "completely" frustrating to be blocked.
"They are law unto themselves," he said.
He said he was also concerned if cyclists kept taking up the vehicle lane it would lead to an accident.
"They think they are ten foot tall and bullet proof," he said.
The video ends with the cyclists moving to one side when the road widens to two lanes.