A TUNNEL EXCLUSIVE: Part of our explosive series of exposés into the inner workings of Australia’s secretive cycle gangs
by The Tunnel’s investigative reporters
The recent bikie violence in Queensland has focused attention on the problem of Australia’s cycling culture.
And the problem is getting harder to ignore. It’s not just the violence and intimidation. Footpaths are becoming bike paths. Cars are impeded by hoons in lycra. Coffee queues are interminable.
The Queensland government is desperate to be seen to do something about cyclists and take on the powerful cycling gangs.
New Queensland laws will ban bicycle club colours, lycra and plastic water bottles in licensed venues. Police will be given new powers to move cyclists on and bike owners will be banned from owning tattoo parlours and lycra factories.
Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleeeeeujie is hoping that the sight of gangs of cyclists terrorising Milton’s Park Road and other coffee haunts, sipping espressos, will be a thing of the past.
“What disturbs me is the way children as young as three are being indoctrinated into riding bikes by these people,” said Mr Bleeeeeujie. “It’s sick and our government is going to do something about it.”
Mr Bleeeeeujie has pledged to triple Queensland’s magpie population in an attempt to address the cycling menace. However, the big fear is that cracking down on cyclists may simply force them underground.
“We’re already seeing bikes in the Clem 7 and Airport Link,” confirmed Roger Miksen from Brisbane Police command.
What is undeniable is that the latest batch of coffee-fuelled bike violence has brought the problem out into the open once and for all. Governments, the police and the community seem to have lost patience with cyclists but is it possible to solve the bike problem?
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Next week: The Tunnel looks at explosive claims that cyclists have infiltrated the upper levels of the Abbott government.