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Bicycle Riders

Problems with Bicycle riders has come to a current situation of almost a war between cyclists and motorists.
A lack of regulations and identification of those persons in the cycling fraternity who flaunt laws that are current is compounded by in many cases ignorance by the offenders.
We have found that the majority of problems are caused by cyclists who class themselves as semi professionals who use the roads much like a hoon does , their purpose is a social gathering , combined with speed.
We believe that a combination of law changes and the ability for police to police the laws would result in safer and better flowing roads .
We believe the best solution to be found for this issue is to lobby both state and council for changes in the laws and the ability for certain cyclists to ride where the danger to us and them is extreem.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SUBMISSIONS TO STATE
 
PROPOSED CHANGES TO

Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995
Transport Operations (Road
Use Management—Road
Rules)




Current
151 Riding a motorbike or bicycle alongside more than 1
other rider
(1) The rider of a motorbike or bicycle must not ride on a road
that is not a multi-lane road alongside more than 1 other rider,
unless subsection (3) applies to the rider.

(3) The rider of a motorbike or bicycle may ride alongside more
than 1 other rider if the rider is overtaking the other riders.
(4) If the rider of a motorbike or bicycle is riding on a road that is
not a multi-lane road alongside another rider, or in a marked
lane alongside another rider in the marked lane, the rider must
ride not over 1.5m from the other rider.
Maximum penalty—20 penalty units.

PROPOSED CHANGES

Riding a bicycle alongside more than 1
other rider
(1) The rider of a motorbike or bicycle must not ride on a road
that is not a multi-lane road alongside xxxxx other rider, unless in a bicycle storage area (bicycle lane) if a bicycle unless subsection (3) applies to the rider.

(3) The rider of a motorbike or bicycle may ride on a road
that is not a multi-lane road alongside
xxxxx1 other rider if the rider is overtaking the other rider, providing it is practical to do so without obstructing passing drivers unless subsection (6) applies to the rider.

(4) If the rider of a motorbike or bicycle is riding on a road that is
not a multi-lane road xxxxx, or in a marked
lane whilst passing another rider in the marked lane or road, the rider must
ride not over 1.5m from the other rider.

(6) The rider of a motorbike or bicycle must not overtake another rider on a road
that is not a multi-lane road when traveling over a bridge , across a marked pedestrian crossing or intersection.

Maximum penalty—20 penalty units.



(7) The rider of a xxxx bicycle must not ride on a road
that is xxxxx a multi-lane road alongside more than 1 other rider,
unless subsection (9) applies to the rider.

(9) The rider of a xxxxx bicycle on a road
that is a multi-lane road may ride alongside more
than 1 other rider if the rider is overtaking the other riders.

(10) If the rider of a xxxxx bicycle is riding on a road that is
xxx a multi-lane road alongside another rider, or in a marked
lane alongside another rider in the marked lane, the rider must
ride not over 1.5m from the other rider.


NEW

A BICYCLE RIDER MAY NOT

1.        Ride on a road where the speed limit exceeds 70kph unless a bicycle storage area (bicycle lane) is marked.
2.        Ride on a road marked with a no bicycle sign.


3.        Cross a road way at a pedestrian crossing whilst mounted.

4.        Use a roadway unless registered to do so. (exemption to this rule , a child who is escorted by a registered road user who is under the age of 15)

5.        Travel on a shared pathway or footpath in a manner to be declared hazardous to the safety of pedestrians. ( example – weaving, high speed ,etc)

6.        Enter a car park , privately owned or council , whilst mounted

7.        make a right hand turn across a roadway without signaling his or her intention by hand signal


SAFETY EQUIPMENT
After witnessing a number of recent accidents we believe a change needs to be made to the equipment used by cyclists when traveling in the dark.

We recommend that the inclusion of high visibility reflective strips to be displayed on the back of a cyclist would releave this problem as it does for road workers, and any other person on a roadway or in a darkened car park or loading area because of the constant trend for cyclists to wear black or dark colored lycra riding suits.

REGISTRATION

We believe that the reason so many cyclists flaunt the current laws is because of the same reason a person who likes to speed covers or distorts his registration plate , because they can not be identified , even if pulled over by police , hence the reason they believe they can do as they wish.

It is our recommendation that a registration system for cyclists should come about.
We have spoken to Cycling Safety Australia over this matter and they agree with the idea cyclists should be registered.

We recommend the following

Any Cyclist intending to use the roadways should be registered and their details listed , we believe the cost of these stickers should reflect their cost only and only adults over the age of 17 should pay to access the roads.
We believe the cost would amount to approx $20 to $30 per annum and should be renewed yearly.
An exception to this would be a child not attending school (primary or secondary).

We believe that the government should issue free registration to children attending school (primary or secondary). The extra benefits of being able to educate our younger road users to obey laws before they progress to motor vehicles would outweigh the cost.

The Stickers should be of a simple design with adhesive backing and should be attached to the rear of helmets.

Registration stickers for adults should take the following format.
R 00000001
01/01/2012



Children's stickers should be of a similar design and formatted to reflect the wearer is a child, similarly a secondary format for those over the age of 14.


Summary
We believe that these changes can have the best affect on making the current road situations safer, assist in policing of laws and make a large impact on the education of the younger generation who shall become motorists.

We believe that penalties for breeches of these laws should reflect the offenses, not limiting the possibility that breaches by youth could affect their opportunities to gain drivers licenses and for the worst of adults , the loss of their driving licenses.
AN EXAMPLE OF THIS IS TO RAISE THE PENALITY TO $300 FROM $100 AND IF THEY HAVE A DRIVERS LICENCE A LOSS OF TWO POINTS
 
 
SUBMISSIONS TO COUNCILS
 
GOLD COAST
 
AT THIS TIME
we have made two major recommendations to council
The first is a reconfigeration of bicycle ways along the coast
an example is to close marine parade to bicycle riders and direct them onto the shared paths running from biggera waters to the Spit.
A simular closure would occur for Garfield and Hedges at Broadbeach / Mermaid .
 
In conjunction with this we are making representations to the Federal Government to take up the option to fund the other half of the Oceanway project.
 
With cyclists directed onto this pathway which shall be nominated as Bicycles only it will take riders away from traffic flow and create a safe corridor from one end of the coast to the other.
 
 BRISBANE CITY
 
After a very informitative Discussion with the Deputy Lord Mayor which covered this subject the council was very interested in our proposal to ban riders from some roads on a matter of safety.
 
When shown the photographic evidence of the dangerous and untenible situation along Kingsford Smith Drive Hamilton there was a clear understanding of the need to act and we shall be making a full submission to deal with this with council to assist in making the roads a little safer and the traffic flow less conjested.
 
 
Brisbane City , Wynnum Road
note the bicycle lane available for this group however they still insist on taking up the lane and the roadway, traffic behind them is impeded, a car must stay within his lane , these cyclists have no regard for anyone but themselves.
 
 
 
 
Birkdale , Redlands Shire , Rickerts Road
Note.  Notice how narrow this road is , there is no road verge , the cyclist whilst travelling as legal as he can is in danger simply because of the width of the vehicles passing him, one slip and he is gone, common sense would say don't use this road.
Note 2. This is a narrow road with the speed limit at 80kph, Had the Group cycle safe australia had their way drivers coming down this road would have had to pass this cyclist with a 1.5 m buffer , the width of this road is 4.5m , a vehicles width is 2.5 m, the cyclist is already taking up .5m placing the driver on the line. Packs of riders use this road regularly which when travelling by twos they would have taken up 3.5m of the road and a driver would be on the other side of the road and into the path of the oncoming traffic in the background.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 OLD CLEVELAND RD CAPALABA
Note although the lights are showing green, this rider continued through the red light and was half way across the road when the lights turned to green.
A driver doing the same would have been picked up by the red light camera.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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