Cyclists are not the enemy of drivers
WHEN people share common interests, it's human nature to try and segregate into smaller groups to maintain our identity. The goodies (us) and the baddies (them).
It's a thought that came to me just last week as I exchanged playful insults with friends south of the border during State of Origin, only for the Ashes to unite us against a common enemy the very next day.
These tribal rules also apply to road users, where we separate ourselves into motorists and cyclists with a rivalry as fierce as any State of Origin or Ashes test. Sadly, it's a one-sided and bloody contest, with an average of one cyclist hospitalised every day in Queensland.
To help bring the two tribes together, RACQ has released a fact sheet and FAQ to clarify the road rules cyclists and motorists must adhere to, in order to avoid conflict on the roads.
With so many cyclists being injured, it's clear that we all could benefit from a refresher on some of the rules of engagement.
Yes, cyclist must obey all road rules. Yes, cyclists are allowed to ride two abreast. Yes, cyclists can ride on footpaths (unless there is a 'no bicycles' sign).
Most importantly, understand that this rivalry isn't a game - people are getting injured and killed with alarming frequency.
Playing by the rules is the key to ensuring all road users share the road in the safest and most efficient way possible.
Because no matter how we choose to divide "us" from "them", we really all belong to the same tribe.
RACQ's fact sheet and FAQ can be viewed at www.racq.com.au/sharingtheroad.