The debate rages on the common reproach of cyclists: “NEVER SEEN”
A seemingly straightforward traffic law question regarding cyclists using crosswalks has caused confusion online, while angering those who think it’s wrong.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads asked readers if cyclists should get off their bikes when using a crosswalk.
Some people have suggested that cyclists should get off their bikes and cross on foot.
“Take it apart. It’s called a ‘crosswalk’ for a reason,” one man wrote.
Another man agreed, but “you never see them come down on their feet.”
However, this is incorrect. Cyclists can cross crosswalks as long as they do four things: come to a complete stop first, go slowly and carefully, yield to any pedestrian in the crossing, and stay to the left of any oncoming cyclist.
Regardless of the explanation of the rule by the transportation department, people have always objected and complained about the cyclists.
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“Unfortunately, I say no. Runners fly over level crossings. No chance for drivers to stop, ”wrote one man.
Another man wrote that when people are on the pedals, they are no longer pedestrians.
“Cyclists are allowed to ignore traffic lights so why should they get off their bikes,” said another.
One man wrote “it’s called a crosswalk for a reason”.
Attitudes towards cyclists, at least in Australia, have always been poor.
A survey conducted earlier this year by the Royal Automobile Association found that 81% of cyclists in South Australia were cut off on the road while 65% had a door open directly in front of them, The Australian reported.
About 39% said they were thrown from their bike.
A survey released by Ford Australia in 2018 found that around one in five drivers expressed road rage against cyclists.
The survey asked 2,000 drivers about their attitudes towards cyclists on the road, The Guardian reported. It found road rage was highest in the 18-34 age group who reported swearing, honking or waving their hands at passing cyclists.
He also revealed that 70 percent of drivers believed cyclists were to blame when they were involved in crashes.
In an opinion piece published in The Courier-Mail in 2018, Anne Savage, then Managing Director of Bicycle Queensland, said 20% of cyclists in Queensland found the “main obstacle” to cyclists on the road “to be fear. Traffic”.
“They are afraid of drivers,” Ms. Savage said.
“What we are really asking for is safe behavior from both cyclists and drivers … greater awareness and much greater vigilance.”
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