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Cyclist Deaths Expose Culture Clash on Crowded Sydney Roads

The force of the collision launched cyclist Hans Dean onto the car’s windscreen and hurled him to the ground, his spine broken and face so bloodied he could barely see. The Sydney rider is thankful he’s alive.

Cyclist deaths jumped to a 16-year high across Australia last year and doubled in New South Wales, the most populous state. In Sydney, renowned worldwide for its harbor bridge and beaches yet criticized by locals for inadequate public transport, motorists and cyclists are locked in a cultural clash and a competition for space on crowded roads.