Thousands of Qld cyclists busted without helmets

RACQ has issued a safety reminder to cyclists after concerning new data revealed almost 5000 people were fined for failing to wear a helmet in Queensland in the last two years.

Infringement data provided to the Club by the Department of Transport and Main Roads from 2018-19 revealed it was the most common bicycle offence in the State.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said it was a timely reminder for cyclists to put safety first, after Brisbane City Council data showed patronage on the city’s bikeways had increased by 91 percent on weekends and by 22 percent on weekdays in April 2020, compared to the same month last year.

“Riding a bike is a great way to exercise and get out of the house during the current crisis, but it’s critical cyclists are putting safety first,” Mr Spalding said.

“Wearing a helmet is the most important step cyclists can take to protect their safety and unfortunately it’s the rule they’re breaking most often.

“A severe head injury can have lifelong effects and a good quality bicycle helmet can either prevent or reduce those injuries.

“Research shows wearing a helmet can halve the number of serious head injuries experienced by cyclists in Queensland.”

Mr Spalding said 294 Queensland cyclists were also fined for riding at night without the required lights operating and visible.

“165 people were caught riding with no brakes, bell, horn or similar warning device,” he said.

“If you have recently just taken up cycling, it’s important you familiarise yourself with the rules and safety requirements for riding a bike.”