Separated cycling infrastructure a must: RACQ

Rarely a week goes by where a cyclist isn’t reported on the news as having had an on-road collision with another vehicle.

These cases can have devastating consequences for the cyclist, their family and the other drivers involved. RACQ has committed to improving cyclist safety by calling for upgrades to cycling infrastructure on State-controlled roads, ahead of the Queensland election.

The mobility advocate has urged all political parties to commit to installing segregated bicycle paths, high quality signed parallel routes, or on-road bicycle lanes when upgrading major urban roads in Queensland.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said it was important the next government delivered a strategy which focussed on improved safety and connectivity for cyclists and road users across Queensland.

“The reality is cyclists are more vulnerable on our roads and when they are involved in a crash they often end up second best,” Dr Michael said.

“By moving cyclists outside of general use lanes, we’ll improve bike rider safety by reducing the risk of collisions. It will also improve help to reduce congestion for motorists, freight movements and other transport users – it’s a win, win.

“On-road cycling infrastructure and signage helps motorists become more aware of cyclists and encourages safe road sharing behaviour which will benefit all users.”

RACQ research showed 33 percent of Queenslanders would ride a bicycle more often if there was a safer route to travel on.

“If the proportion of bicycle commuters rose by 10 percent, there would be huge congestion benefits to all road users,” Dr Michael said.

“Not only does our policy encourage more people to cycle, meaning it’s going to benefit the health of our State, it’ll also reduce emissions through people choosing more environmentally friendly mobility options.

“We need to see the next Queensland Government take this initiative forward. It’s going to improve the health and safety of people, and the environment and congestion in our State.”

RACQ’s road and transport priorities can be viewed here.