‘ Cy­cle rage’ on our roads

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Nathan Paull nathan. paull@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

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-

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