Even Kangaroos hate cyclists

No one likes cyclists, not even Kangaroos.

Former Australian cricketer Bronwyn Calver knows how to handle the odd bouncer, but the kangaroo she collided with while riding her bike near The Lodge on Monday almost got the better of her.

Ms Calver – a member of the Australian women’s cricket team that won the World Cup in 1997 – is now sporting a gash across her knee. She spent most of the night in hospital after she hit the kangaroo at 6.25pm while cycling back from work on Adelaide Avenue near Capital Circle.

The kangaroo appeared “disoriented” after the crash and was killed by a passing car.

Ms Calver, a public servant, told The Canberra Times on Tuesday she considers herself lucky to have not been more seriously injured and felt sorry for the roo.

“I commute four days a week depending on how lazy I’m being. I was on my way home from work in the on-road cycle lane coming off Capital Circle onto Adelaide Avenue,

“I saw this kangaroo about to hit my front wheel. I tried to brake and swerve but he just collected the wheel and I got thrown off over the side.”   

I feel sorry for the kangaroo too, bloody cyclists.

Ms Calver said she had not seen a kangaroo near Parliament House in her 18 months of commuting from Kambah to her work at the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development in Civic.

“I do see them on the lower slopes of Mount Taylor, so you ride slower because they’re a bit erratic, but I totally wasn’t expecting to see one so close to the Lodge and Parliament House. I’m very lucky.”

Of course she never saw them…head down bum up, lycra force field in place.

The kangaroo initially survived, but the crash left it in a daze.

“I didn’t see where [the kangaroo] went, but the guy who helped me said he seemed a bit disoriented,  jumped across toward the embassies and went down the gap from the overpass to state circle and a car hit him,” Ms Calver said.

She had a GoPro video camera strapped to the bike which shows the kangaroo jumping out in front of her bike.

Poor kangaroo, killed by a cyclist.

 

– Canberra Times


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