OUR SAY: Why we need to have more respect on our roads
THE Queensland government has drawn a line under what is considered acceptable behaviour on our roads with its decision to make a permanent fixture of our road rules, a two-year trial of minimum separation distances between cyclists and motor vehicles.
In doing so it has committed $163 million to improved cycling infrastructure, Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey making the point it was a fundamental part of the transport system, not some optional extra.
Motorists who show aggressive behaviour to cyclists need to get that point very clearly.
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Our road networks are shared by a range of transport that includes cars, buses, trucks, motorcycles and bicycles and none has none has any greater right to be there than any other.
The rules now adopted as a permanent fixture could not be fairer nor more in the spirit of that underlying reality. Where necessary and where it is safe to do, vehicles are permitted to cross double centre lines to ensure minimum separation is maintained.
Motorists should also be aware cyclists are permitted to ride abreast and, if necessary they may need to slow down until sufficient room is available to enable them to pass while maintaining at least minimum separation.
What, after all, is the rush and why the aggression shown by some road users to the presence of others just because of their mode of transport? As cyclist Dave Fellows says, the person you abuse on the road may be your mate's wife, your boss, a customer or a friend of your son or daughter.