RACQ tries to broker peace between drivers and cyclists
IS THE argy bargy between motorists and cyclists over road space nearing resolution?
The state's peak motoring body has stepped up to help draw the two sides towards a peaceful co-existence.
The RACQ has urged motorists and cyclists to make more of an effort to share the road and follow the rules to reduce the number of cyclists - one every day in Queensland - injured in crashes.
"No one owns the road and there are specific road-sharing obligations you need to be aware of, depending on whether you drive or ride a bicycle," said RACQ executive manager of technical and safety policy, Steve Spalding.
"With so many cyclists being injured, it's clear that we all could benefit from a refresher on our road-sharing obligations."
Sunshine Coast general practitioner and former Australian Medical Association Queensland president, Dr Mason Stevenson, welcomed moves to reduce the number of cyclists injured on the state's roads.
Dr Stevenson said he would be surprised if only one cyclist a day was hospitalised and pointed out that the figure did not include those cyclists who sought help at medical centres and doctors' surgeries for injuries.
"If you speak to any regular or professional cyclist, they will all admit that it's not a matter of if you're going to get knocked off your bike, it's a matter of when," he said.
Dr Stevenson said society was "very car-oriented" and drivers were not as aware as they should of cyclists and
Pomona cyclist and co-owner of Noosa bike shop Cognition, Greg Pott, said motorists needed to be more aware of cyclists.
"Cyclists are very hard to see and often when we're driving we don't pay enough attention towards what's going on around us," he said.
Mr Pott said cyclists also needed to play their role in improving relationships on the road.
- Must use a bike lane where provide unless it is impractical to do so;
- Can ride two abreast or three abreast if overtaking another cyclist;
- Can ride on the footpath unless council signs indicate otherwise;
- Can overtake on the left unless the vehicle is signalling left or it is unsafe to do so;
- Must use hand signals when turning right;
- Must stay at least 2m away from the rear of a motor vehicle if following for more than 200m.
- Should leave at least a 1m gap when overtaking.
All road users must:
- Obey traffic signals;
- Ensure their vehicles are safe;
- Always signal their intentions;
- Always look for other vehicles;
- Secure loads.
Source - http://www.racq.com.au/sharingtheroad.