Buderim's Harry Simpson, 83, had a beer bottle thrown at him by a passing motorist in a shocking incident on Karrawatha Drive.
Buderim's Harry Simpson, 83, had a beer bottle thrown at him by a passing motorist in a shocking incident on Karrawatha Drive.

Elderly cyclist disgusted after beer bottle attack

AN ELDERLY cyclist has been a victim of a "blatant" attack after a beer bottle was thrown at him by a passing motorist.

Buderim's Harry Simpson, 83, was riding along Karrawatha Drive on Wednesday morning last week, when the "bottle green-coloured" object flew past him and "exploded" in front of his path.

Mr Simpson, who still rides more than 100kms per week, said had he been going slightly faster, he would have been struck.

"If I was going any faster I would have copped it, it's terrible," Mr Simpson said.

"The bottle didn't knock me off my bike but I had to slow down considerably.

"I tried to look up to catch the numberplate but the car was gone."

Mr Simpson said gutters were littered with broken glass aimed at puncturing tyres, part of a wider problem.

He said the treatment of cyclists on the Sunshine Coast overall was not improving.

"A lot of the time motorists are shocking, and this was blatant," he said.

"Look at how much broken glass is in the gutters. Every time it costs us another $10 to fix the tyre.

"This behaviour is not uncommon and is on the increase. Who are these people who behave as idiots?"


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