Crashes land four cyclists in hospital and kill one

RIDING a bike on Sunshine Coast roads has landed four cyclists in hospital and tragically killed one rider in the last month.

The spike in cyclist related incidents has Nambour Road Policing Unit officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Shane Panoho urging motorists and cyclists to be careful and aware when sharing roads around the region.

"Cyclists are a vulnerable road user group," he said.

"Unlike motorists they don't have protection around them and that's why legislation was implemented to give them protection.

"We know that cyclists are an expanding road user group with more and more recreational riders and what a lot of people seem to forget is that a lot of people who ride bicycles also drive cars and are family members and friends, so please exercise caution."

Sunshine Coast Bicycle Touring Club president Graeme Stuart said members of his club tried to keep the peace on the roads by obeying the law and promoting safe riding.

"We continually promote in the club that they must obey road rules," he said.

"We promote riding single file especially across narrow bridges and spots like that and we send out a lot of emails advising the changes in road rules and things to look out for because we always come off second best."

Mr Stuart said despite not breaking the rules riders still were subject to occasional abuse from motorists.

"You always experience aggressive motorists," he said.

"You're always worried and you try and put every prevention in place but there is always going to be rogue riders and rogue drivers."

According to legislation Mr Stuart and his fellow cyclists must be given at least a one metre distance when the driver of a motor vehicle is travelling under 60kmh and at least 1.5 metres distance when the driver of a motor vehicle is travelling over 60mh.

Crashes involving cyclists:

March 3 - 42-year-old cyclist hospitalised with a dislocated shoulder after crash at Tanawha.

March 8 - 49-year-old cyclist hospitalised with a hip injury after crash at Mountain Creek.

March 11 - 42-year-old Stephen Small killed after crash at Doonan.

March 25 - Cyclist hospitalised with fractured leg and elbow injury after hit and run at Tinbeerwah.

April 1 - 60-year-old cyclist hospitalised with head and hand injuries after crash at Maroochydore.



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