The Narrow White Line of Death
"THE Far North is the most dangerous place in Queensland to be a cyclist, with more fatalities here in the past eight years than anywhere else in the state."
|This contrasts with Victoria's Environment Protection Authority (EPA) who use mobile laboratories, shown on the left, which are placed temporarily at various locations. If the pollution levels are high then the EPA can pass this information on to the relevant authorities who would, one would hope, take action to improve the situation.|
In Queensland, on the other hand, if you look at the DEHP's web page titled Hourly Air Quality data, the readings are always very good, good and sometimes, though very rarely, fair. BUT most people would have assumed that these readings would be "good". This is because we would have expected action to have been taken to reduce the high pollution levels - what we need to know are the pollution levels of sites that may or may not be excessively polluted.
If the Department of Transport and Main Roads were armed with knowledge, obtained from mobile laboratories, of the current pollution levels then they could go ahead and design dedicated cycleways that are at a safe distance from the roadway. And, of course, being at a reasonable distance away from traffic would also make the cyclists safe from the dangers of collision between them and motor vehicles.
this article endeavoured to do was to point out the importance of SPACE between
the cyclist and the the driver of a motor vehicle. If there is room, this space
should always be at the maximum. However if that room is limited, either
money should be spent to allow more space or, if that is not possible, then cyclists
should seriously consider whether or not to use the road. We do not need any more
cyclists dying on our roads. Therefore
from now on, when our cycleways, shared paths and bike lanes are designed or reconfigured,
we ought to make sure that there is sufficient space between cyclist and motorist.
Had the roundabout below have had a similar design, then Jackson Martin would still be alive today.
This article is dedicated to Jackson Martin who was tragically killed when a semi-trailer clipped his bike near the Aumuller and Scott Street roundabout. This happened at 5pm on the 29th of September 2010.