Cy­clists warned

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Angelique Pat­ter­son

PO­LICE are tar­get­ing cycling safety af­ter an­other cy­clist was hit by a car dur­ing the TriPort triathlon in Port Dou­glas on the week­end.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions are con­tin­u­ing into the cause of the ac­ci­dent which oc­curred on Port Dou­glas Road, near Lan­g­ley Road about 11.30am on Satur­day, where the cy­clist re­ceived a mi­nor shoul­der in­jury.

Port Dou­glas of­fi­cer- in- charge Sergeant Damian Mead­ows said this ac­ci­dent high­lights the im­por­tance of tar­get­ing not only ve­hi­cle driv­ers but cy­clists in the North Queens­land-wide pro­ject PERCS (Po­lice En­cour­ag­ing Re­spon­si­ble Cycling Safety).

‘‘Cy­clists are bound by the same road rules, obey­ing road signs, hel­mets, lights at night, driv­ing on the cor­rect side of the road­way - even speak­ing on mo­bile phones on a bi­cy­cle can in­cur the same penalty as a car of $330,’’ he said.

‘‘At the end of the day if we all pay at­ten­tion to ex­ist­ing road rules and have com­mon courtesy for one an­other, we can re­duce the chance of se­ri­ous or dire con­se­quences, which 99 per cent of the time re­sult in in­juries to cy­clists.

‘‘Po­lice will be tar­get­ing ar­eas reg­u­larly fre­quented by both mo­tor ve­hi­cles and cy­clists and pay­ing at­ten­tion to hel­mets, lights, road signs and rid­ing in the di­rec­tion of traf­fic to en­sure peo­ple are tak­ing ap­pro­pri­ate steps to en­sure they are not plac­ing them­selves at greater risk - ve­hi­cles fail­ing to give way to bi­cy­cles will also be tar­geted.’’

So­lu­tions to min­imis­ing in­ter­ac­tions be­tween bikes and ve­hi­cles in Port Dou­glas in­clude for bi­cy­cles to use the foot­paths, which in Port Dou­glas they are al­lowed.

Cy­clist Gavin Hardy has had peo­ple yell abuse, spit and even through a beer bot­tle at him when on his bi­cy­cle.

Mr Hardy, who is also a mo­torist, said peo­ple need to show pa­tience for cy­clists and com­pas­sion.

‘‘When you are abus­ing or sideswip­ing a cy­clist just re­mem­ber they’re some­one’s dad, some­one’s hus­band, some­one’s son or daugh­ter, keep that in mind and have a a bit of com­pas­sion,’’ he said.

‘‘There are so many lovely peo­ple out there and make it a beau­ti­ful space to op­er­ate and move around but some peo­ple be­lieve the space be­longs to them.

‘‘Cycling has made me a much bet­ter car driver be­cause I am con­sid­er­ate of ev­ery­one on the road and aware of how vul­ner­a­ble it feels with­out a me­tal cage around you.’’

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