Recently the Queensland Government announced an update to the state’s Cycling Road Rules. The rules now read:
(a) Minimum passing distance for motorists
By law motorists must give:
- a minimum of 1 metre when passing cyclists in a 60km/h or less speed zone
- at least 1.5 metres where the speed limit is over 60km/h.
Motorists will be allowed to cross centre lines, including double unbroken centre lines, straddle lane-lines or drive on painted islands to pass cyclists provided the driver has a clear view of any approaching traffic and it is safe to do so.
The minimum passing distance will be trialled for 2 years and will help make drivers more aware of cyclists.
(b) Fines for cyclists
Responsible cycling means following the road rules.
To improve road safety, cyclists who break the road rules will pay fines equal to motorists.
Fines will also be increased to more appropriate levels for rules that are specific to cyclists.
Cyclists who follow the road rules will not be affected by these changes.
You can read more about the new rules HERE.
It is therefore paramount that all parents begin to effectively educate their children and what they can and can’t do on the road when riding their bikes. It is also paramount that drivers around both Bellvista and Bells Reach effectively prepare themselves to follow these rules to ensure the safety of all and that no one suffers a fine for any rule breaches.
To put the new rules into practice let us imagine a cyclist is riding north on Bellvista Blvd midway between the roundabouts at Dumbarton Drive and Bellcarra Place. You are driving your car towards Caloundra Rd and you drive up behind the cyclist. You are required by law to give that cyclist 1 metre space when passing. The new law says you can cross the double line if safe to do so. You would need to cross the double lines as the roadway is so narrow there.
Let us add to the situation and say there are now 2 cyclists riding abreast in the same situation. As a driver you must give the two cyclists 1 metre when you pass them!
To further complicate the issue we could have one cyclist riding north, another riding south at the same spot and it could be 2:45pm on a school day!
Hopefully the cyclist possess enough common sense to use the pathways and not Bellvista Blvd. The safest route for a cyclist to get to Caloundra Rd from Bellvista Blvd is to follow the pathway which heads behinds Bunnings, turn left at the playground which leads into Heathglen Crt, then left into Bellcarra Place and follow the footpath up Bellvista Blvd to Caloundra Rd.
Or perhaps they could duplicate all of Bellvista Blvd from Caloundra Rd!
You can read about the April Management Committee Meeting in the post below.