Make that five

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

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!

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