Build bike paths to stop fatalities
THE sad story of cycling safety campaigner Cameron Frewer’s recent death ( C-M, Nov 9) must be seen as proof that the state’s roads are completely inadequate when it comes to accommodating both bicycles and motor vehicles.
Our roads were never designed to do this safely.
Nobody could have been more aware of this than Frewer. And presumably the same would apply to the unfortunate motor vehicle driver involved.
The enormous growth in motor vehicle numbers has brought with it many new everyday challenges as motor vehicle drivers, bicycle riders and pedestrians all negotiate the road.
And, there is the greater emphasis on improving individual fitness and healthy lifestyles.
This has brought with it a huge demand from bicycle riders for their road space.
The required road space is simply not there.
Bicycles and speeding vehicles sharing the same road is just asking for trouble.
Our governments must provide bicycle riders with paths for their exclusive use. Richard K. Tiainen, Holland Park West THE tragic death of Cameron Frewer, who campaigned against infractions by car drivers regarding the 1m clearance law, highlights the ineffectiveness and impracticality of that rule.
For years I have been advocating the advantages of cyclists following the rules for pedestrians by riding on the right-hand side of the road facing oncoming traffic.
I’ve never felt safe with cars approaching me from behind.
That a bicycle has wheels should not mean it is automatically classified as a vehicle. It is one step up from being a pedestrian, and many steps down from being a powered vehicle. Ronald McGuigan, Brookfield REGARDING bicycles on the road, the population is growing and the number of motor vehicles on the road is increasing, making it almost certain that there will be more accidents.
Houses are being built on small blocks of land, forcing residents to park on the road causing blockages. Blocks of units are being built in areas which can’t handle the traffic generated by these buildings.
Roads are built for motor vehicles and paid for by motorists through registration and tax on fuel.
These are some of the reasons why bicycles must be banned from roads.
The most important reason, however, is to stop the injuries and deaths of cyclists. Geoffrey Kingston, Wynnum