RACQ keen to educate on road-sharing
RACQ has called on the Queensland Government to fund an education campaign that fosters a courteous culture on the roads and raises all road users’ awareness of their road-sharing responsibilities.
The state’s peak independent motoring body has lodged a submission with the Queensland Government’s Parliamentary Inquiry into cycling issues recommending ways to improve the interactions between road users.
RACQ executive manager technical and safety policy, Steve Spalding, said that unfortunately one cyclist, on average, was hospitalised every day in Queensland, so action was needed to improve the road-sharing culture and knowledge of road rules.
“We’re concerned there is a lack of knowledge about road rules relating to cyclists. While road rules must be adhered to at all times, courteous behaviour is also essential to making our roads safer,” Mr Spalding said.
“Road crashes are more likely to occur if there is little or no respect and courtesy shown between drivers and cyclists. An education campaign would help raise all road users’ knowledge of the rules and their road sharing responsibilities, while improving the culture on the roads.”
Mr Spalding said the campaign also needed to include professional drivers such as truck, bus and taxi drivers.
“No individual owns the road and there are specific road-sharing obligations you need to be aware of, depending on whether you drive or ride a bicycle,” he said.
“As the transport mix changes more road rules become inevitable but we also have to look at ways to improve our road-sharing culture.”
This article was sourced from www.racq.com.au.