RACQ Urges Courtesy Between Motorists And Cyclists: Video Photo:

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Trevor Collett | Feb, 14 2014 | 14 Comments

Queensland’s peak motoring body, the RACQ, has released a video urging motorists and cyclists to share the road wisely, and make courtesy a top priority.

The video follows a survey among RACQ members, which found both motorists and cyclists were guilty of discourteous behaviour.

RACQ’s Steve Spalding said the research revealed that members who cycled regularly experienced tailgating by motorists, cars passing too closely and cars sounding their horns.

“Cyclists were also found to behave discourteously or illegally – for example not keeping to the left, pulling out in front of and cutting off drivers and riding three or more abreast when not overtaking,” Mr Spalding said.

“Alarmingly, our research found that many motorists are not aware of the road rules applying to cyclists.”

Mr Spalding said that, on average, one cyclist is hospitalised following a crash every day in Queensland, and that more effort and patience from both parties would be beneficial.

Motorists are reminded to allow cyclists at least one metre when overtaking, give way to cyclists when exiting side streets and driveways, and look for cyclists before turning or changing lanes, so as not to cut them off.

“We can all benefit from refreshing our road rule knowledge and making an effort to be patient and courteous on the road; whether we’re cyclists or motorists,” Mr Spalding said.

“Cyclists can help protect themselves and other road users by behaving predictably and trying to be as visible as possible, wearing bright clothing, and using lights at night.”

Cyclists are reminded to ride no more than two abreast unless overtaking, keep a safe distance from cars and stay as far left as practicable.

Mr Spalding said that no one owns the road, and with about four million people travelling on Queensland roads every day, respect and patience will mean a safer journey for everyone.

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