Queensland’s deadliest roads for cyclists revealed

Queensland Government crash data, released to The Courier Mail, showed nearly 5000 cyclists were killed or injured over a 15 year period on the State’s roads, between 2001 and 2016.

The Bruce and Kennedy Highways were the worst trouble spots but by far the majority of crashes occurred on local streets.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said while it was important for cyclists to take safety precautions like wearing a helmet and bright coloured clothing, it was vital motorists looked out for other road users.

“We would urge all motorists to give room to cyclists,” Ms Ritchie said.

The RACQ has also called for better bicycle infrastructure on major roads.

“The safest approach would be to have cyclists in a lane of their own that is fenced off or in a separate bikeway,” she said.

“But that’s a very expensive exercise – especially on something like the Bruce Hwy.”

Bicycle Queensland chief Ben Wilson told the Courier Mail “more bikeways needed to be built to keep riders safe,” similar to those constructed along the Pacific and Ipswich Motorways.

Whether travelling by two wheels or four, Ms Ritchie said it was everyone’s responsibility to ensure every single person using the roads reached their destination safely.

“After all,” she said, “we’re all in this together.”