The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

AS MANY drivers of mo­tor ve­hi­cles can at­test, cy­clists can be their own worst en­emy.

Some adopt a su­pe­rior at­ti­tude on the road, and ap­pear to think they do not have to con­form to the same rules and reg­u­la­tions as other road users. They then com­plain if they think their sup­posed rights have been breached.

This is why it is wel­come to hear the Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice’s plan to ed­u­cate cy­clists on how they are obliged to obey the rules of the road, just as drivers of mo­tor ve­hi­cles do.

New sta­tis­tics show that hun­dreds of cy­clists us­ing the state’s roads have been caught for speed­ing or other of­fences. The Courier-Mail has ob­tained de­tails of 230 cy­clists fined for speed­ing dur­ing the past two years.

Dur­ing the same pe­riod, a fright­en­ing 541 rid­ers were caught run­ning red lights – ex­pos­ing them­selves and oth­ers to po­ten­tially deadly con­se­quences.

As the po­lice say, th­ese re­minders are is­sued to save cy­clists from what could be hor­rific in­juries or death.

The rules of the road are there for a rea­son and ap­ply to all.

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