Bicycle riders have less protection than motorists and are more likely to be injured if there is a crash. In 2017, 8 bicycle riders died and 390 were hurt or seriously injured in crashes on Queensland roads.
We all need to be aware and share the road safely. Bicycle riders are legitimate road users and have the right to be treated with courtesy and care by others.
Similarly, bicycle riders must obey the general road rules as well as the rules for cyclists.
- Ride consistently and remember to use clear hand signals. Your hand should be open, with your palm facing forward.
- Use a footpath if you are not confident on the road – it is legal in Queensland unless there is a 'no bicycle' sign.
- Ride the right bike for your size and ability and wear a helmet – it could save your life.
- Consider a high-visibility vest to help you be seen on the roads.
- Motorists also need to actively look out for bicycle riders and drive in a safe, considerate way.
- Check your surroundings, blind spots, and indicate before changing lanes, turning or when opening your car door.
- Give way when required – treat bicycle riders like any other vehicle.
- Be patient – wait until it's safe to pass a rider.
- When you do pass, leave a safe distance.
There will be a police-escorted bicycle ride from the Bundaberg CBD Police Beat to the Bundaberg Velodrome at 9am, where there will be a display for cycling safety awareness as well as a sausage sizzle.
The QPS will also be holding a bicycle safety breakfast at Kurrawa Park in Broadbeach from 6am-9am.
For more information about Queensland Road Safety week, including factsheets, and to find out what events are on in your local area, visit the Join The Drive website.