Fitzroy River Bridge needs to be safer for cyclists

Driving instructor Leyland Barnett says authorities have a duty of care to make the Fitzroy River Bridge safe for cyclists after an accident this week.

Concerned driving instructor Leyland Barnett.
Concerned driving instructor Leyland Barnett. ALLAN REINIKKA AR--

I AM concerned with cyclists riding safely on our roads after seeing a report on the news regarding a cyclist being hit while travelling over the Fitzroy Bridge.

The bridge has a large, fenced-off pedestrian path, and the cyclist chose to ride on the road, where the lanes are very narrow.

The law states that cyclists are allowed to ride two abreast on our roads and that motorists must allow a 1m safety margin when overtaking, up to 60kmh and 1.5m for over 60kmh.

It would be virtually impossible for a motorist to overtake a cyclist safely on this bridge when traffic is busy.

If this was a work environment, a workplace health and safety officer would conduct a risk assessment and conclude that it would be appropriate for the rider to share the pedestrian section of the bridge instead of risking injury from being hit by a vehicle, regardless of what the traffic law states.

The government would have a duty of care to make the bridge safe for all commuters and should consider signage for cyclists to use the provided pedestrian crossing.

 

Common sense these days seems very uncommon. Although the law states you can ride a bicycle on our roads, there comes a time when you need to decide whether it is safe or not safe and conduct your own risk assessment.



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