Cyclists to take advice on board
LOCAL cyclists are keen to keep a safe and amicable relationship with motorists after a hotly-debated letter that appeared in the Coffs Coast Advocate recently.
A ‘Concerned Motorist’ wrote to the Coffs Coast Advocate on March 1 expressing concern for cyclists riding along the Pacific Highway in the region, particularly the stretch between the Bellingen and Repton turnoff.
In response we received a number of letters and online comments on the issue – one of which was from the president of the Dorrigo Urunga Bellingen Bicycles Users Group (DUBBUG), George Hudson, who said he understands the risks of cycling on a highway but sees little other choice.
“We acknowledge people’s concerns and we, of course, have similar concerns,” Mr Hudson said.
“We would be very stupid if we were not well aware of the dangers. But we really have little other choice if we want to vary our riding routes.”
He said DUBBUG riders were all well aware of road rules and make a concerted effort to be seen on the road.
“We all wear bright coloured shorts and have a red flashing light on our bikes, which we use both in the day and at night. We also ride single file.
“It’s really not often we have issues with motorists. I can count on one hand the number of times semi trailers and B-doubles have been careless – the same cannot be said for local delivery trucks, tip trucks with and without trailers, buses and logging trucks.
“We always make sure we acknowledge a motorist who takes care with a smile and a wave,” he said.
Mr Hudson said it was vital for cyclists and motorists to keep a good relationship, given the popularity of the sport in the region.
“We thank ‘Concerned Motorist’ for their concern – it has made us all step back and take a look at ourselves and we will be more aware in the future,” he said.