It’s pedals to the meddle
HUNDREDS of cyclists have been caught speeding on Queensland roads with authorities warning they are subject to many of the same road rules as motorists. The Courier-Mail can reveal more than 230 speeding cyclists have been fined since 2016, while another 541 were caught running red lights. Bike riders who break the rules can be issued with onthe-spot fines.
AUTHORITIES have warned cyclists they are subject to many of the same road rules as motorists amid new figures that show hundreds of cyclists have been caught speeding on Queensland roads.
The Courier-Mail can reveal more than 230 cyclists have been slapped with speeding fines since 2016, while 541 were caught disobeying red lights.
Acting Inspector Mal Lilley from the Queensland Road Policing Command said that cyclists who broke the law should expect repercussions.
“If you’re a road user, you have to obey the road rules,” he said. “Enforcement obviously has been taken and will continue to be taken against cyclists as we do against drivers of motor vehicles.
“If you were to come off your bicycle at speed, you’re certainly going to do yourself some damage, unfortunately.”
Bicycle Queensland chief executive Anne Savage claimed that international research had found cyclists were slightly more likely to obey traffic laws than drivers. She said all members of the community should stick to the speed limit and share the road.
“Whether you drive, ride, scoot or skip, we should all strive for total safety by minimising our own risks, and the risks of other road users,” Ms Savage said.
“The Queensland Road Rules have 422 pages, outlining nearly 9000 possible infringement types – it’s not surprising that all of us need reminders and regular refresher training.”
Ms Savage suggested cycling computers were a great way to monitor ride times and speeds, and were helpful for cyclists travelling downhill.
“On a bike you need a steep incline to hit 50 or 60km/h,” she said. “Experienced riders are very good at judging the conditions of their bike, the road, and the risks, but should always stick to the speed limit.”
A spokeswoman for the Department of Transport and Main Roads said cyclists had the same rights and responsibilities as motorists.
“Generally, the road rules that apply to motorists also apply to bike riders,” she said.