'I don't deserve to be pelted'
WHO would throw rocks or bottles at a sweet little old lady?
Well, 75-year-old Stefanie Aigner says it's happened to her three times in the last couple of weeks as she rode her bike around Rockhampton.
Stefanie, who lives in Park Avenue, thinks there are some people who think it's fun to pelt her and her bike and wonders if they have tried to knock her off the bike she uses to keep herself fit and active.
She says that on one occasion a bottle hurled from a car struck the front wheel of her bike.
The next day a rock thrown from a car window hit her on the upper leg and caused a big bruise.
A few days later she was riding along when someone threw a handful of ice cubes at her, again striking her on the legs.
"It's been ridiculous just lately," said Stefanie, who was born in Austria and has lived in Rockhampton since 1975.
"It's dangerous enough riding in Rockhampton without this.
"Luckily I didn't fall off or I could have been killed."
Stefanie said she's ridden nearly 4000km since getting her latest bike last July.
"When I was younger I used to ride to places like The Caves, Mount Morgan and the coast, but now I stick to Rocky.
"I use it to get around because I have no car or other transport," she said, adding that she rides around the city to collect empty cans so they can be recycled.
"I want other riders to be warned that there are some real idiots around.
"But they won't stop me.
"The bike gives me my freedom and I would just get ill if I stopped in the house staring at the walls.
"I take care, I obey the road rules and I don't deserve to be treated in this way," she said.