Go for a drive any Saturday or Sunday through Uriarra crossing to the wonderful natural bush areas of the Brindabella Mountains (that I believe help give Canberra it’s iconic bush status), and you will quickly realise you need to look out for not only wildlife but road cyclists who are also out enjoying this scenic area. But last Sunday an extremely poor look was given to the (in the main) courteous riders who for everyone’s safety will pull back from two or three abreast riding, to single file when a vehicle approaches.
As shown in the video below this event left me scratching my head and asking the following questions:
- if you won’t ride single file and plan to utilise one lane (of a single lane each way country road) why are you not required to close one lane and run a stop/go like is done for road works to ensure there is not a head on accident with the remaining road users?
- why is it not mandatory that cyclists have third party insurance?
- did this event have a 20mill public liability cover like you would need to hold an event in Kowen Forrest?
- did this event have to submit some sort of safety/other road users plan with a relevant government authority and if so who approved it as shown I believe it was good luck rather than good management that an accident didn’t happen.
- will any cycling body, the head of TAMS or an elected member of our local assembly care or even respond to these questions? Perhaps a police investigation into these road users will get some action!
For what it’s worth I hope someone thinks to put in place an education program or restrictions for clubs/events/participants who want to use public roads before someone is killed!
Some common sense needs to be applied in these events to avoid the whole riding community being given this poor selfish look on our roads.