RACQ keen to ed­u­cate on road-shar­ing

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING -

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.

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