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.’’