BE AWARE: Richard Coles says cyclists should be on the lookout for the unexpected.
BE AWARE: Richard Coles says cyclists should be on the lookout for the unexpected. Luka Kauzlaric

Pay more attention: Cyclist's plea to drivers

AFTER being clipped by a car on his bicycle, Richard Coles has issued a plea to drivers.

The 27-year-old from South Gladstone had just left the Toolooa IGA and he was cycling in the parking lane when a small white hatchback clipped him.

The car sped off down the road, Mr Coles said.

"If anything had happened to me I don't know how my fiance and young child would have coped."

Although he doesn't call himself a "mad cyclist in lycra", Mr Coles does ride his bike to work and to the shops.

"I wouldn't say it wasn't safe. Just idiots driving need to pay attention," he said.

"My advice to other cyclists is that the unexpected can always happen. Drivers could just stick to their own lane.

"It's not that hard. Pay attention to what's around you.

"If they hit or clip someone do the right thing. Pull over and see if the person is okay.

"Don't be a moron and drive off and act like it's someone else's problem."

David McIntosh has ridden bikes all his life and maintains Gladstone is a safe place to cycle.

The owner of Gladstone Bicycle Centre said choosing where and when you rode was the best way to avoid trouble.

He said many cyclists rode early in the morning to avoid traffic, and for safety reasons.

"There's still a lot of traffic around and the problem is people can be still half asleep, and it's dark," he said.

Visibility is important, he said.

What our youth say:

BMX rider Cory Nelson, 13, feels safe on the roads but said there should be more bike tracks in town.

Erza Yow Yey, 13, said cars often came too close to his bike. He said Gladstone needed a free BMX track.

Connor Marek, 14, said more bike paths were needed.



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