‘ Cycle rage’ on our roads
A TOWNSVILLE cyclist has accused the city’s motorists of ‘‘ cycle rage’’ as he faces life-and-death situations on his bike almost daily.
James Cook University lecturer, author and avid cyclist James Woodford has called on motorists to show a bit more compassion and patience for bike riders who were doing the right thing for their health and the environment.
‘‘ I’m relatively new to Townsville . . . and I’ve been amazed at how dangerous it can be on the roads,’’ he said.
‘‘ Every cyclist does something they shouldn’t do, but there’s almost like this ‘ cycle rage’ against cyclists.
‘ ‘ Practically every day t here would be something that happens that puts your life at risk.
‘‘ If you’re a cycling commuter in Townsville, you really put your life on the line.’’
Mr Woodford said there was a culture among motorists that they were the only ones allowed on the roads.
‘‘ For example, yesterday I was crossing the bridge over Ross River and a truck just came over so close, and had his horn just going fullon,’’ he said. ‘‘ It wasn’t like I’d pulled out in front of him or anything, I was already in the lane but he was obviously just really p** sed off I was there.’’
Mr Woodford conceded the prob-