Angry cyclists and motorists collide on the net
CALLS for some speed limits to be reduced to 40kmh and heavier penalities for motorists who injure cyclists have ignited debate online among Sunshine Coast readers about who has a right to be on the road.
While only seven people attended a public hearing at Mooloolaba on Tuesday for a parliamentary committee inquiry into cycling issues, more than 100 people hit their keyboards yesterday to have their say.
The comments included examples of poor behaviour by cyclists and calls for them to be registered or get off the roads.
"The other day in Mooloolaba we were all driving along and the car in front indicated to turn off on to another street," wrote Rawra.
"A cyclist came flying past on my left and ran straight in front of the car that was turning off.
"We all had to come to a screaming stop, no acknowledgement was made by the cyclist as he continued on without a care in the world!"
Frodgers, of Imbil, said roads were designated for vehicles capable of doing the speed limit and bikes needed to stay off the road if they could not.
"I would welcome any bike rider to start a petition or suggest a referendum concerning this as me and all me mates would love an opportunity to create a law to keep them off our roads....I include kids and horses in that as well," Frodgers said.
Cyclists had their tales of woe, like Buderim's Mustangsally, who had a run-in with a truckdriver during a morning ride yesterday.
"Only one issue with a semi driver who parked on Nicklin Way to go into Maccas and called me something unpleasant as I went past even though he had not passed me or had anything to do with me ... must just think all cyclists are dickheads," she wrote.
Pedal-powered readers retaliated against anti-cyclist comments.
"Nothing like our weekly dose of cyclist bashing," wrote Local_Bloke, of Marcoola.
"It is starting to get boring though.
"I think I will go ride on the road instead of sitting in front of my computer," he said.
Some readers called for all road users to show more courtesy towards others.
"Maybe - just maybe - we should all show some respect and learn to share the road respectfully," wrote GobSmacked, Buddina.
Shazp from Landsborough said that there were both rude and aggressive cyclists and rude and aggressive drivers.
"How about we put our big pointy blame fingers away and look at solutions.
"It's like reading a transcript of a kindy conversation."