Cyclists ask for a fair go
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.”