Whether riding for fitness, travel or just for fun, Queenslanders love to cycle. According to a report published by the Department of Transport and Main Roads, over 800,000 Queenslanders cycled in an average week during 2017.
And we're not just passionate about cycling. Protecting the safety of our cyclists is a priority for the Sunshine State. Over $211 million has been invested into safe cycling infrastructure throughout Queensland, creating over 440km of cycleways across the state.
However, despite our safety efforts, the map below highlights that road accidents involving cyclists remain all too common. On average, almost 40 riders are fatally injured in road accidents each year and a further 1,000 suffer serious injuries.
This map shows the number and distribution of accidents involving bicycles resulting in deaths and injuries in Queensland from 2015-2018.
So what can you do as a cyclist to keep safe on Queensland roads? Here's some of Shine Lawyers' top safety tips:
- Obey all road rules and road signs.
- Always wear a properly fitted helmet and other safety gear such as high-visibility clothing.
- Ensure your bike has reflectors and lights, especially when driving at night or in dimly lit areas.
- Select safe routes with separate lanes for cyclists where possible.
- Remain alert and never assume other road users can see you just because you can see them.
Click here to view a map of all motor vehicle and road traffic accidents in Queensland.
Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: December 11, 2019.