An Australian cyclist has made the claim that he is being unfairly targeted because of his bike’s colour, which is red.
The red tricolour is part of a national campaign to encourage more people to cycle, but Mr Brown’s claim that cyclists should “ride in red” has prompted criticism from cyclists who say that it detracts from the colour scheme of the bike.
In an interview with the ABC, Mr Brown said that he had never really had any trouble riding a red tricycle, despite his cycling to work every day.
“I’m not a big fan of the colour of tricies.
I don’t like the colour, I don.
I would like to see more people ride in red trics instead of orange or blue,” he said.
But Mr Brown was asked by ABC Radio’s Lateline program if he could explain why he was riding red.
He said: “I’m just doing my job, it’s just something I’ve done for the past 20 years.”
He added: “It’s the colour that’s so important to me, because it’s not just for the road, it just means that I’m able to ride the way I want to, because I don, like, always look at my hands when I’m on the road.”
But some cyclists, including some members of the public, have questioned whether Mr Brown had the right to ride red.
“It’s not like I’ve been trying to kill myself.
It’s just been my job to keep the lights on, and the light that goes on when I cycle,” one cyclist, Chris, told ABC Radio Melbourne’s Late Line program.
He said the colour was “an integral part of cycling culture”, adding that he could see the benefits of wearing a bike light when he went for a jog.
Mr Brown said he did not want to use his name to defend his actions, but added that he felt “disrespected”.
“I don’t want to get sued, but I just want to be able to continue to cycle because it makes me feel like I’m doing the right thing,” he told the Late Line.
However, he added that his decision to ride in “red” was “not my first rodeo” and he did “not have a clue what the difference is between a red bike and a blue one”.
“If they were going to make this kind of decision and I’m a member of the community, then it would be very, very unfortunate for all of us,” he added.
A spokeswoman for the State Government told Lateline that it had not been contacted by Mr Brown, and had no comment.
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