It’s ped­als to the med­dle

The Courier-Mail - - FRONT PAGE - EX­CLU­SIVE JACK MCKAY

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.

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