Motorcyclist safety at roadworks is crucial

The State’s peak motoring body has praised efforts to improve safety for motorcyclists at road works, following a fatality and a number of near misses at several sites in recent months.

It came as the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) issued a fact sheet on key considerations around the design of road work sites to boost safety for riders.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the Club supported the need for all roadwork sites to consider vulnerable road users, like motorcyclists, before changed traffic conditions were implemented.

“Motorcycles are very sensitive to changes in the profile, alignment and skid resistance of the road surface, particularly loose surfaces and in the wet,” Dr Michael said.

“Road surface, speed limit, placement of signage and lighting are just some of the issues that need to be thought about when creating and delivering a worksite that maximises safety for all road users.”

Dr Michael said the Club also urged riders to take extra caution when approaching or travelling through construction zones.

“We’re urging riders to slow down, keep an eye out for potential hazards and ride to the conditions,” she said.

“We want everyone, whether you’re a road user or a road worker, to think about safety at worksites on Queensland roads.”

More information on designing safe road worksites could be found on TMR's website.