Cy­clists ask for a fair go

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

A WITH a big in­crease in the num­ber of cy­clists train­ing hard for up­com­ing Cairns Ad­ven­ture Fes­ti­val events, mo­torists are be­ing asked to ex­er­cise a lit­tle more pa­tience with a num­ber of re­cent near misses.

Port Dou­glas Bike­works owner Thor Stovell said the lo­cal cy­cling com­mu­nity knows ag­gres­sive driv­ers are few and far be­tween but is plead­ing for ex­tra con­sid­er­a­tion on the roads.

“It’s that typ­i­cal thing - hot-head driv­ers be­com­ing an­noyed,” he said.

“We are just ask­ing for a lit­tle tol­er­ance from all road users.”

With events such as the Port Dou­glas Coral Coast Triathlon and Iron Man 2012 fast ap­proach­ing, the roads are be­ing swarmed with ly­cra-clad cy­clists in train­ing.

Last week a lo­cal woman was rid­ing her bike near the Port Dou­glas Yacht Club drive­way turn-off when a driver be­came im­pa­tient and didn’t give way, knock­ing her off her bike.

“Ev­ery­one has equal rights on the road, whether it is a car, cy­clist or horse and cart,” Thor said.

“Let’s give each other a lit­tle room - a me­tre mat­ters.”

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