Man gets violent when mum rides electric bike on path
IT WAS meant to be a short ride to the Night Owl Centre for Cassandra Frid and her 12-year-old son, but the ride soon turned into a nightmare for the Gladstone mum.
Cassandra rides an electric e-bike.
While she was riding the bike on the path, a bystander turned nasty and started attacking the mum and her bike.
Cassandra said the man thought the bike was a scooter and was not permitted to be ridden on the path.
"This guy was just going off at me for riding my bike," Cassandra said. "To ride these bikes you don't have to have a licence, and it's not fuelled either.
"All you need is a helmet and front and back light and reflector. It's legal to ride on the road and footpath."
The man continued his attack despite Cassandra explaining that what she was doing was legal.
"He went to hit me in the face but missed," Cassandra said. "He started hitting my bike and broke a few things on it."
The man continued the assault which made Cassandra frustrated and upset her son.
"My son and I went to ride off on our bikes but he stood in front of me and pushed my bike over into a railing," she said.
I didn't know what to do. My son was screaming and crying so he was my main concern
It wasn't until three men pulled up in a four-wheel-drive to see if everything was ok that the attacker stopped.
"There was a female with the guy too. She dragged him away when the car pulled up."
The ordeal was an unpleasant one for the mother and son to experience, and Cassandra said her son was distressed by the event.
"People just don't know what these are," she said. "The bikes are mainly for riding on footpaths.
"The maximum speed it reaches is 25 kilometres."
Cassandra said she had never heard of other e-bike riders who have copped abuse like that.
"The guy was going absolutely mental," she said. "I didn't know what to do. My son was screaming and crying so he was my main concern."
The traumatic ordeal has taken a toll on her son's perception of our safe community too.
"It was really bad. My son's too scared to go riding with me now.
"Even if I ride up to the shops he calls me within minutes to see if I'm okay."
Cassandra's bike suffered significant damage from the incident.
"The light doesn't work, so the electrics need to be fixed."
In the meantime, Cassandra can only ride the bike during the day.
"It's a bit inconvenient, I ride it everywhere, to work and the shops," she said.
Cassandra is getting her bike fixed but she hopes more people can understand the rules regarding the e-bikes.
E-bikes okay to ride on paths
GLADSTONE residents are seemingly unaware of this mode of transport. The bikes, which only reach 25km per hour, are legally able to be ridden on the walkways or roads.
"I usually ride on the pathways, since I think drivers would get angry," e-bike owner Cassandra Frid said.
The bike appears to look like a scooter, apart from the fact it has pedals.
"When I ride past someone I usually use the pedals just to show that it is a bike," she said.
Cassandra said there were probably eight other riders with similar bikes within our region.
- E-bikes only reach a speed of 25kmh.
- To go faster than that, the rider would need to use the pedals.
- E-bikes are covered by the same road rules as ordinary bikes.
- E-bikes are great for people who need a bit of extra help to get up hills or carry a heavy load of groceries.