Paramedics attend a cyclist hit by a car on Noosa Eumundi Road near the corner of Beddington Road.
Paramedics attend a cyclist hit by a car on Noosa Eumundi Road near the corner of Beddington Road. Geoff Potter

Cyclists want crackdown on speeding, dangerous motorists

REDUCING some speed limits to 40kmh and harsher penalties for motorists who injure cyclists are among suggestions that have been put to an inquiry on cycling issues.

Five people made submissions to a public hearing by the Transport, Housing and Local Government Committee inquiry at Mooloolaba yesterday.

Nigel Walker, a traffic planner and civil engineer and cyclist, said statistics showed an increase in cyclist injuries from crashes on the Sunshine Coast between 2006 and 2010.

Mr Walker said he did not believe the increase was solely due to more people cycling and said greater care was needed by motorists.

He called for a reduction in speed limits to 40kmh in certain areas to make streets safer for all users, including pedestrians.

Roads that could accommodate cyclists should also be signed as such, he said.

"The community needs to see that cycling has a legitimate place on the road," he said.

Paul Gallagher, who also made a submission to the inquiry, said consideration should also be given to penalising motorists for breaches of the law that reflected the potential injury to cyclists.

He said a motorist who opened his car door into the path of a cyclist, slitting his throat, received only a $100 fine.

"We need to investigate some sort of system which reflects the potential for damage to property and life," he said.

The inquiry also heard of problems with an aggressive culture on Queensland's roads.

Mr Gallagher said there was not only a lack of etiquette between motorists and cyclists, but between all road users.

"There's a general lack of etiquette on the road," Mr Gallagher said.

Further public hearings by the committee are scheduled to be held in Cairns and Townsville during next month.

The committee is due to report to parliament by November 29.



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