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Cyclists say State Govt inquiry will benefit all road users

Toowoomba Bicycle Users Group members Hugh Wilson (front) and David Allworth ride the city’s streets.
Toowoomba Bicycle Users Group members Hugh Wilson (front) and David Allworth ride the city’s streets. Chris Calcino

RACQ has rejected calls for mandatory bicycle registration in a submission to a Queensland Government inquiry into bicycle-related road issues.

Toowoomba Bicycle Users' Group spokesman Hugh Wilson has applauded the release of the study's findings, which made 68 in-depth recommendations to improve rider safety and ease.

More than 100 submissions were made to the inquiry, including one from Mr Wilson's group and another from RACQ.

"The committee as well as all the people and groups who provided submissions to this important inquiry have done a magnificent job in tackling long-standing issues that have an effect on all road users," Mr Wilson said.

"The cycling community values the 68 recommendations to improve safety on the road.

"If they were implemented they would herald a significant and positive change for all road users."

Data used in the study showed vehicle registrations were not the major contributor to roads revenue, most of which came from council rates and federal taxes.

It also found that cyclists saved the community 60c for each kilometre they rode instead of driving.

"Clearly, bike riders are contributing their share in both tax payments and in providing a social dividend to the nation by riding their bikes instead of driving," Mr Wilson said.

"We believe this report provides a good basis for the future of cycling infrastructure, particularly as Toowoomba Regional Council is about to consider community feedback on its draft 'Sustainable Transport Strategy'..."

Key recommendations

  • Develop a new "vulnerable road user hierarchy" to promote the benefits of cycling
  • Road rules changed to recognise cyclists as "legitimate road users" - cyclists given right-of-way by drivers and pedestrians to be given right-of-way by cyclists
  • Riders given at least 1m space by drivers on roads with speed limits below 60kmh, and 1.5m when speed limit exceeds 60kmh (already enacted with two-year trial period)
  • Penalties for failing to comply with road-space rules to result in maximum fine of $4400
  • Motorised wheelchairs allowed to travel on the road, also protected by minimum overtaking distance rules
  • Relaxing helmet laws for cyclists over the age of 16 when riding in parks, footpaths and roads with speed limit less than 60kmh (Minister for Transport does not currently support this move)
  • Cyclists allowed to treat stop signs as "rolling stop" give way signs whenever safe
  • Registration of bicycles not introduced in Queensland
  • Comprehensive education program rolled out regarding road rules for cyclists, drivers and pedestrians

Download the full report here.

Topics:  bicycles cycling editors picks health riding toowoomba transport



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