‘Somebody will die under new bike law’
CYCLISTS will have more rights to use narrow, windy and dangerous roads than motorists - even if an alternate cycle path is available - from Monday.
This has come to light after a Bli Bli resident wrote to the Sunshine Coast Council and the Main Roads Department concerned about cyclists using the narrow and extremely busy bridge over the Maroochy River along David Low Way, near Bli Bli.
Robert Dickson is not anti-cyclists, but called for common sense before someone gets killed.
Mr Dickson said if the State Government's new "one-metre rule" was applied on this bridge, cars would have to swerve directly into oncoming traffic.
He also couldn't understand why the cyclists ignored the cycle track on the bridge and stayed on the dangerous road.
Despite the narrowness of the bridge, the one-metre rule will definitely apply from April 7.
A Transport and Main Roads spokesman said from April 7, motorists had to give a one-metre clearance when passing in a 60kmh or less speed zone and at least 1.5m when the speed limit was more than 60kmh.
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In cases such as the bridge, motorists could cross centre lines, including double unbroken centre lines, to pass cyclists provided the passage was clear and it was safe.
However, if it wasn't safe to pass "slow down and wait until it is safe to pass", the spokesman said.
Cyclists were also "not obligated to use bike paths".
"They are legitimate road users and everyone needs to share the road fairly and safely," the spokesman said.
Main Roads has taken works on the bridge "to help improve safety for cyclists".
This included painted white bicycle symbols on the road and "Watch for Bicycles" signs on the bridge to "increase awareness for motorists that on-road cyclists use the bridge".
Mr Dickson was driving along the road on March 22 in "moderately heavy traffic", when two women cyclists "stopped beside their bikes in the middle of the Bli Bli bridge".
He said it looked like the women were adjusting their water-bottles.
"For the motorist there is nowhere to go," he said.