This morning I saw a taxi pull up to the kerb in Swanston Street, the driver opened his door immediately, straight into the path of a cyclist who crashed hard into the door and fell off his bike. It is not the first time I have seen this happen. I don't think the cyclist was too badly hurt.
Meanwhile City of Melbourne does nothing to protect cyclists from stupid taxi drivers. It is great that so many people are cycling now, but why are they not given some protection. City of Melbourne has gotten rid of most of the large tourist coaches but ridding the street of the airport and mini buses hasn't happened as it was supposed to.
They are less of a problem. Nothing beats taxis for dangerous and illegal driving, danger to cyclists and pedestrians, illegal parking and disruption of trams travelling along Swanston Street.
There is no reason why taxis need to be in Swanston Street. They can quite satisfactorily use the adjacent streets or the east west streets.
City of Melbourne and Victoria Police either cannot or will not enforce present regulations and laws, so I have no faith in any law or bylaw change to remedy the problem.
That is why I am a member of TOSS. Taxis Off Swanston Street. Ban them.