High-flying executive and former Olympian Tony Lally is pictured with Australian cycling legend Cadel Evans.
There is growing support for cycling licenses in Australia, after a rider was arrested for verbally abusing a mother.
Single mother Monique was driving along Pittwater Road on Sydney’s northern beaches last week when Irish cyclist Tony Lally confronted her.
Worried about the altercation, the mother pulled out her phone to film the 68-year-old, who opened her driver’s side door and started yelling at her.
‘You’re a ***’, shouted Mr Lally, as he leaned into her car and tried to pick up the phone.
‘Are you blind king, fat. You cut me off, you pulled in front of me! You almost knocked me over!’
The terrifying encounter has prompted many to consider whether cyclists should carry licenses to help regulate and educate ‘dangerous’ push bike riders who ride in packs on the road and ‘take over car lanes’.
‘[They’ve] Got all the bikeways in the world and they want to ride on the road,’ wrote one Australian.
‘Totally agree, cyclists need licences,’ wrote someone else.
The debate in NSW has become a contentious topic over the past few years, with most Australians tired of the number of laws and regulations already imposed on them by three different levels of government.
Former NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay called for cycling licenses in 2014 (mock image of what a cycle license might look like)
Australians have renewed calls to require licenses for cyclists amid heated debate over whether the measure should be introduced for 4WDs. Pictured: Commuters riding bikes on Sydney’s Harbor Bridge
In 2014, NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay pushed for the introduction of cycling licenses to combat road deaths following an increase in horrific crashes.
The proposal failed to garner support from advocates and was never implemented, with Mr Gay increasing fines for cyclists who breach road rules.
Fines for not wearing a helmet were raised to $330 to match drivers. running a red light for $439; reckless, angry or careless driving at $439; and failure to stop at a pedestrian crossing in $439.
There were also complaints to license 4WD drivers as towing companies face a skyrocketing number of calls from off-road drivers who have become stranded.
Peter McLean, CEO of Cycle NSW, the state’s peak advocacy body for cyclists, previously told Daily Mail Australia the debate was complicated because it raised the question of whether licensing should apply to riders or bikes, or both.
When his association consulted with the government on such measures, he said it was a matter of education to increase safety for bike users and motorcyclists.
Mr McLean said most cyclists also had a driver’s license and were aware of road and bike rules.
‘Cyclists need to pay attention, and drivers need to pay attention to cyclists taking up less space on the road.
‘Education and awareness needs to be a fundamental process to change the culture of Australia and we need to pay more attention to all road users.’
In last week’s clash, Mr Lally was seen pulling out his phone in the movie Monique, saying ‘it takes two to tango’. Monique then yelled at him, and he ran away.
Daily Mail Australia has revealed that Mr Lally is a high-flying executive who has worked at some of Australia’s top financial and superannuation firms.
A mother has shared footage of a rampaging cyclist through her car door in a road rage incident
According to Mr Lally’s LinkedIn page, he is an independent chairman for Equity Trustees Superannuation Limited.
‘Tony has a strong professional network in the financial services sector,’ the LinkedIn page said.
‘He has extensive experience in the superannuation industry, both as a CEO of a major fund, as well as a non-executive director and non-executive chairman of a major superannuation industry representative organisation. He is a strong promoter of professional relationships and member benefits.’
Single mother Monique was driving along Pittwater Road in Sydney when she was hit by cyclist Tony Lally (pictured), 68, who allegedly cut her off.
Mr Lally was also once CEO of industry fund SunSuper, which recently merged with QSuper to become the Australian Retirement Trust.
Mr Lally also represented Ireland at the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, competing in the individual cycle road race event.
His cycling talents have been much sought after, with Mr Lally’s LinkedIn once listing him as a ‘Member of the Coaching Commission’ for Cycling Australia.
Cycling Australia said Mr Lally was no longer associated with the organisation.
A spokesman said: ‘Our message to all road users is to be respectful and considerate of others, regardless of vehicle or mode of transport.
Mr Lally regularly shares his cycling routes on fitness app Strava and is believed to have traveled 100km on the day of the fight.
Multiple sources confirmed that it was Mr. Lally in the video. He owns a five-bedroom luxury home on Sydney’s northern shores.
When Daily Mail Australia knocked on his door, he fatally shot the reporter and knocked on the door.
Mr Lally lives in a bespoke, $3.6 million ‘Hampton-style’ home which features a gourmet kitchen with a ‘farmhouse sink’ that opens onto the entertainer’s backyard.
The footage ends with Mr Lally fleeing the scene as both he and the mother threaten to call the police.
‘The day after it happened, I fell apart,’ said Monique, who asked Mr Lally to give her plenty of space and signaled when she returned.
‘ I was shaking. I couldn’t drive. It was not safe to drive.’
Monique (pictured) was driving along Pittwater Road when she was approached by an angry male cyclist who accused her of cutting into traffic.
Mr Lally is pictured standing next to his own portrait in Dublin in 2019
Mr Lally was also the CEO of industry fund Sunsuper at one time
Tony Lally is shown above winning a stage of the Irish cycling race Rás in Clonakilty in 1981.
Mr Lally is pictured at the finish line of the Niagara Cycle Race in Canada
Rules of the road for cyclists in NSW
Special rules for cyclists:
- You may perform hook turns at an intersection unless prohibited by sign posting.
- You do not need to signal, or signal, to make a left or stop when making a hook turn.
- You can ride 2 equal but not more than 1.5 meters apart.
- You can overtake two other cyclists riding side by side.
- You can travel in the bus lane, tram lane, transit lane or truck lane but not in the bus lane.
- You can continuously ride to the left of the white border line.
- You can overtake stopped and slow moving vehicles on the left.
Responsibilities of Cyclists:
Cyclists have many responsibilities when traveling on and off the road.
- Sit with the rider’s seat facing forward with at least one hand on the handlebars
- Wear an approved bicycle helmet securely fitted and strapped to the rider’s head
- Keep to the left of any oncoming bicyclist or pedestrian on a sidewalk, shared path, or separated path
- Use the cycle lane if available unless it is practical to do so
- Wait until the traffic light is available in the storage box area
- Give way to any vehicle leaving the roundabout when the rider is in the left lane of a multi-lane roundabout and turning right.
Cyclists should not:
- Ride a bicycle without at least one working brake and a fully functioning bell, horn or similar warning device.
- Cycle at night or in dangerous weather unless the bike performs:
- A flashing or steady white light visible for 200 meters ahead
- A flashing or steady red light visible up to 200 meters from behind, and
- A red reflector visible at least 50 meters from the rear of the bicycle when the headlights of another vehicle project light into the low beam.
- Carry a passenger who is not wearing a securely fitted and fastened helmet
- Carry more people on the bike than it is designed for
- Ride at the crossing except when the bicycle light is green
- Tow or hold on to another moving vehicle.