Build bike paths to stop fa­tal­i­ties

The Courier-Mail - - LETTERS -

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

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