Make that five
In our letter to the editor (Letters, January 23), we outlined our concerns that resources were being wasted that should be directed to making the Captain Cook Highway a safer road for motorists. At the time of writing there had been two serious accidents at the same locations since Christmas Day morning. Unfortunately that figure has now risen to five! Most single vehicle incidents involved did a 180 or 360 roll over. We believe that there were no serious injuries but – that’s FIVE, just since Christmas! Can you imagine our despair when we read in the Cairns Post (February 6) that the powerful Cycling Lobby wants Main Roads to spend the $3 million in Federal Funding allocated for ‘‘black spots’’ on safer roundabouts for its members? We urge your readers to Google ‘‘Cairns cyclists spearhead road safety review to fix danger spots’’. Who are these individuals, we muse? Save the planet ‘‘City Cyclists’’ they are not! Intensely individualistic athletes, this small group somehow feel entitled to the public purse in order to pursue their very private passion! For what return we ask? Life Saving – saves lives. Sailing introduces marine careers. Even the ‘‘footies’’ are helpful by providing a vent for youthful energy and exuberance. Cyclists on the highway return little by comparison apart from a disproportionate drain on funds and impossible hold ups for the rest of the travelling public. They insist that the Capt Cook Highway between Palm Cove and Port Douglas be dual use. Can we suggest that the next time readers do that journey they make a note of the places where, without breaking the double line and observing the NEW 1.5 metre law, a motorist can safely overtake a cyclist? It’s insane but there you are – fabulous athletes giving the rest of us an opportunity to watch them work out in public whether we like it or not!