New cycling laws seem to have had a positive effect

TWO weeks after the introduction of new cycling laws, local police and cyclists are seeing a positive change in the attitudes of drivers..

The requirements introduced rules that the minimum distance for motorists passing cyclists is one metre in a 60km/h or less speed zone, and at least one and a half metres in areas over 60km/h.

Calliope Police unit acting sergeant Rodney Glindon said no motorists had been charged for violating the rules so far.

"It's every road user's responsibility to take care of each other. I haven't heard of anything untoward at this stage," he said.

He had not received many complaints before the introduction of the new laws.

"I think Gladstone has been pretty good to a certain degree, but you always get some road users who don't seem to care," Sgt Glindon said.

Gladstone Port Curtis Bicycle users group member Mick Newell rides daily and said 99% of the time, motorists were considerate.

"There are many cyclists that complain about vehicles, but it has to be a two-way street.

"If motorists give us more room then cyclists need to be considerate as well," Mr Newell said.

He said cyclists who rode at night with no lights or without helmets needed to realise they should abide by road rules too.

Mr Newell said he and other group members were interested in the use of a 360 degree camera mounted on their bikes.

"If you do have someone drive close to you or throws something at you, that video can be used in court," he said.

THE RULES:

  • Give cyclists one metre of passing distance in areas under 60km/h and at least one and a half metres for areas over 60km/h.
  • If motorists fail to provide this safe passing distance to cyclists they can be fined $330 and receive three licence demerit points.


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