It’s one of the most hotly debated topics among Aussies. LiveTribers,
what do you think of cyclists? Should they only be allowed to use designated
bike paths? Do you get frustrated when you see a massive group of riders? Should
they have to be registered? Or do you enjoy cycling and think more people should
take it up? Tell us what you think about cyclists!
Posted by on 15 Jul 2019
as a driver for over 40 years my observations of cyclists is that many of them
disregard the road rules traffic lights for example. i think they need to be
licenced/registered ,like us motorists and contribute to the upkeep of the
They also have the right to be riding either on the road if no bike way as same
as motorists just because they have a bike and not a car should not go against
them. Yes I have had to stop driving a car and I am getting a tricycle to ride
around town so I hope I get the curtisy bikers should get from motorists and
motorists can't see them then maybe they should get their eyes checked
Having lost my licence for a while I have ridden a fair bit lately and the
health benefits out way the time it takes to get from point a to point b I don't
t think that they should b registered tho why should the Australian government
should tax people who are keeping fit and putting a smaller footprint on our
If a car hits someone there is some form of help through insurance. If a biker
hits someone there is nothing. Cyclists want special paths, road rules, etc. so
why should they not pay for registration of the bike. Fare is fare in my view.
I find many are arrogant and ride illegally with no helmets, have motorised
bikes, ride so fast on paths you have little or no time in getting out of their
way and for older people it is frightening but as usual this is a small minority
of the riders making it diffucult for the decent riders.
If they want designated bike paths just as cars have designated roadways they
should pay for them through registration even if it is just a small amount.
However, most riders are on the normal roads and this is where confrontation
usually occurs. Many car drivers are just as arrogant so it can become quite
abusive at times. Unfortunately, these days patience, good manners and courtesy
are sometimes missing on both sides.
Due to being a non driver I cannot really say anything bad. The times I have
been out and about on the road with friends etc I have been lucky not to come
across ones who have done anything stupid. But watching them on TV in the Tour
De France I love. Spectacular scenery and unfortunately some spectacular
As to cyclists ignoring road rules or riding on footpaths and not giving way to
pedestrians, I think there are a minority of badly behaved cyclists, just like
there are a minority of badly behaved vehicle drivers. For the most part
cyclists understand that in any confrontation between them and a car, truck or
motorbike, they will always come off second best - and that is the way they
ride. I think given that we now have a network of cycle paths, that is the
correct place for cyclists to ride. On the question of rego, there are two
issues I think. A cycle has nowhere visible to hang a number plate and if they
are on cycle paths 90% of the time, they are not interacting that much with
motorists. I know some people believe the only good cyclists are ones who ride
in parks (or worse, but I won't say that), but there are hundreds of thousands
of people who cycle on a regular basis and it's growing so really there's no
going back. In Brisbane we now have a well developed network of cycle ways which
are well used. But when they are on a regular road, cyclists have the right to
expect courtesy from drivers when they do use the same roadway, but they also
have the responsibility to obey all the road rules. Honestly, I don't see a lot
of misbehaviour from cyclists in my city and because My husband and family
members are cyclists, drivers and motorbike riders (I'd rather stay in a warm
bed in the morning) I am very aware of ALL vehicles using the roads I drive on.
no ONE person 'owns' the roads and grumpy drivers/cyclists have to accept
that.My husband cycles four times a week and even at 5.30am, he does not go
through red lights or ride more than single file unless it is safe to do so. And
he also gets angry at rogue cyclists who behave poorly as he worries this puts
HIM at risk. I don't think cyclists need to be tested. Pretty well 99.9% of
them also have a car and/or a motorbike, so they are well aware of the road
rules and speed rules. But I agree that an insurance policy is a good idea -
maybe if there was a form cycle buyers/sellers had to fill out at the time of
purchase (like when you buy a car), that would trigger a mandatory insurance
notification. I don't know how the city cycle system works, but I think the
Council has a blanket insurance coverage... so I don't see why individual
cyclists shouldn't be required to have this too.
2 abreast cyclists are OK - but I do think they should pass some sort of test to
see that they do understand the road rules from a cyclists point of view and yes
they should be registered and have insurance in case of an accident of any kind.
I am fed up with the ones that ride right through traffic lights and give you
the finger if you yell at them if they almost knock you over - likewise the
older ones on the pavements who should know better. I agree too that our roads
are not built to easily accommodate all types of vehicles. It will never be
easy but I think cyclists should avoid major roads at peak hours.
I love cycling and its very healthy and rewarding sport,everyone should cycle at
least two times a week,I keep loosing weight when I cycle,it is highly
recommended sport and please respect all cyclist as they are clean and don’t
destroy our environment like cars !
They should be made to Pay rego like car drivers do. I live on a road that has a
sweeping bend often i see cyclists flying around the bend. There is no cycle
lane and the cars having to leave a meter gap risk a head on with oncoming
traffic. Where is the sense of this? Maybe restricions of where they can ride,
as not all qld roads have the capacity to allow us car drivers to move over
with out risking our own lives.
I think that they should be registered and have to pay registration fees if they
want to use the roads. they break more roads rules than a driver or rider and
have no care for anyone other than themselves and yet when they get hurt, they
get the full support of the TAC. They may pay registration on a car or
motorbike and choose to use a bicycle but so do others and they also pay for
each motor vehicle they use on the road eg if you have a car and motorbike you
are paying full registration fees on both.
Also when they ride in large groups, they don't always follow the law of the
road and want to take it all up.
They want all these safety measures for themselves when in my opinion most of
them have no regard for anyone else. If you want respect you, you need to give
respect as well.
I enjoy cycling however believe our city roads are too clutted for cyclist to be
using the unpredictable main roads. Bike lanes in many areas are useless as bike
riders use the footpath at an unbelievable speed putting the elderly and less
mobile at risk of injury-and death, which is a serious consequence yet avoidable
scenario. The idea of getting people more active involves community
consultation, new direction, and of course possible legislation. Using the road
means knowing the road rules, both as a driver or rider, and those who wish to
use the road to commute are paying for it, with registration, insurance etc.
Same should apply if bike riders are willing to put themselves in the direct
risk of traffic, where reacting on time due to poor weather or bad road
conditions is near impossible. Keeping the community active and safe can be done
through designated bike paths, yes, but these are hardly used in places like
Redfern, Little Eveleigh St, Oxford St Darlinghurst etc. Great idea in theory
however, there are still many who are obnoxious and disrespectful and only think
of reaching their bike speed, oblivious to other pedestrians and cars, putting
not only themselves at risk but others also. I think passing a course is a
fantastic idea. A bit of knowledge goes a long way.
I think cyclists should have to go for their road licence if using the road.
Many cyclists don't know the road rules which makes them a danger on the road.
Some cyclists double up on the road which makes it so hard to pass them. Road
users have to pay a registration and insurance I think it should apply to bike
I grew up in London , UK and as a young cyclist our Council instigated a cyclist
proficiency test just like motorcyclists have here today. After a series of
tests which included road rules ,observation on the road to determine if one
could adhere to them one was given a certificate stating one was capable as a
road user to obey and given a legal right to cycle on the roads except for
I don't cycle anymore nor would I contemplate as most drivers think nothing of
cutting a cyclist off or knocking them over .If a driver were to go to a driving
school they would learn courtesy on the road pays dividends.
Cyclists as other motorists should all have to abide by the laws of using a
road, stick between the lanes, don’t go through red lights, signal when
intending to turn or change to a different part of the road and also use common
sense. Cyclists have every right to be on the road as do other forms of traffic
wether it be s motor bike, scooter car bus truck etc, none get special treatment
and all must follow rules everyone lookout for one another!
Cyclists should be permitted to ride on the road and other road users need to
drive to ensure their safety. Cyclists also need to ride in a way that does not
unnecessarily obstruct the flow of traffic. I do object to cyclists riding on
footpaths especially when they are able to use the road. Many times I have been
almost run over by cyclists riding fast on the footpath. As an older person
even a small bump from a cyclist travelling at 9kms / hr can cause a serious
injury, fracture, internal injury or even death.
It's true Ruth, as a cyclist I don't like riding on footpaths either. They are
for pedestrians and when in suburban areas it is highly dangerous going past
driveways on a bike - no reaction time for either the driver or the bike rider.
It seem that there is an amazing number of cyclists who still disregard the fact
that bicycles are not allowed to be ridden on the footpath.
There are bicycle lanes on the sides of roads,yet cyclists frequently ignore
them in favour of using the footpath.
Many of them also expect pedestrians to give way to the cyclists.
This is a subject that demands serious action as soon as possible.
Registering bikes will not help anything, that is just another money grab, and
not fair for those who only ride occasionally. I already pay too much for my car
rego and don't use the roads as much as anyone else (I don't commute for example
and only use my car a couple of times a week). If I was to have to pay for my
bike which I use for exercise that is just another expense and in my area we
have a footpath which I am not allowed to ride on so have to go on the road.
There are shared paths for bikes and walkers which I think is not safe. We
cannot put all bike riders in the same basket because we are all different, I
only ride for leisure not sport and my bike is not for speed, it is a hybrid and
I prefer to ride on tracks but there are not many around unless you go to a
specific trail bike riding area which I prefer anyway, so if there were more
areas for bike riding it would be better. As for those cyclist who ride for
speed on roads, I do not know the answer to that, maybe they need a designated
lane where possible. Can't see our Government supporting it, the bike riding
associations have been fighting for them for years. Then there is the e-bikes to
consider, and motor scooters, I find the electric motor scooters so quiet and
you don't even here them approaching if you are walking on the paths that they
are on, no policing for them either.
Safety is a major concern on the roads nowadays. I am frequently irritated when
I am in the left lane, traffic all around me, a tram going in the same
direction, cars parked along the kerb and then a cyclist blocking my way. If
there were designated bike tracks, away from the traffic, it would be safer for
all concerned. The bike tracks that we have now are unsatisfactory because they
are too narrow and they share the road with other drivers. Speeding and
impatience are a major issue with motorists but so are cyclists who ride side by
side and hog the road. A little consideration by both parties is required.
Cyclist are human!
People whinge and moan about them but they are the type of people that wouldn't
be seen doing anything physically demanding for fitness sake
These people deserve to be on the road and you should drive cautiously around
them for the same reason people don't run into pedestrians
Get a life if you think otherwise!!
As a regular cyclist (and motorist), I believe we should be able to share the
roads with motorists. However, some common sense needs to be shown. If there is
a designated bike path available, cyclists should be compelled to use it. This
would go some way to alleviating the antagonism that a lot of motorists have
towards cyclists. A lot of cyclists are their own worst enemies, especially when
riding in a large group on a main road. That is asking for trouble! just ride
single file, understand that most motorists are in a hurry & are not interested
in waiting for a bike rider doing 25kph or less.
In my area there are club cycling as well as individuals. The club cyclists are
in large groups and do not stay in bike lanes, and group up in numbers which put
them in danger of getting hit by vehicles. They ride in the early morning and
are harder to see at sunrise. Individual riders do not all have lights on bikes
and in the dark are very hard to see until you get close to them.
It should be mandatory to have front and rear lights on all riders or on bike
I would like to see more people cycling but first we need proper infrastructure
such as exists in Denmark where cars, cycles and pedestrians are all on
different paths at different levels - much safer!
I respect cyclists need a safe place to ride I do however get nervous when I
encounter them on the roads, holding up traffic and then having to go around
them where there’s not enough room I’m not sure what the solution is
Registering bike riders would today be near on impossible. Here in Western
Australia bikes were registered, but that was back in the days when we had a
small population. Not too sure, but it was dropped back in the late 50's early
60's because it just was no longer feasible. The plates were approx. 150 x 40mm
and were either fitted into the spokes, hanging off the back of the seat or on
the cross bar.
I don't usually have a problem with cyclists when they obey they side of the
The "Keep a metre clear" rule is an excellent rule, however, many cyclists don't
help the situation when riding in the cycle lanes by riding the white line. On
a single lane road this becomes rather precarious and presents a danger to both
driver and rider.
Twice I've very nearly been cleaned up by cyclists when crossing the street at
Pedestrian Crossings. Several people are killed every year in Australia from
being hit by cyclists. Many more are severely injured. Who will look after my
disabled partner if I'm injured and unable to look after her. You might say the
NDIS. But, they will not pay the Mortgage and Bills, do the shopping and cooking
, cleaning and daily care needs. Cycles need to be Registered with Third Party
Insurance to cover such contingencies in protecting the innocent.
There are many cyclists on the road who ride safely and obey the road rules and
I am quite happy for cyclists to be on the road. I rode a bicycle for many
years myself. I always ensure that I give them a wide berth when I am passing
them in my car, so that I do not bother them. However, there are also many
cyclists who ride through red lights, speed along the footpath, ride 2 or 3
abreast on a narrow road, ride on the main road or footpath, instead of riding
on a dedicated bike path for them, etc. I always check before stepping off a
tram in Melbourne because I have nearly been run down a number of times by
cyclists who do not stop behind a stationary tram, which is the law. I have
also had a number of cyclists nearly run me down when I am crossing with a green
light in Melbourne, as they speed through a red light. I wonder who would pay
for my injuries if I had just stepped off the tram without looking or stepped
off the footpath when I had a green light without looking, as I am sure I would
have been seriously injured by these cyclists with the speed they were
travelling if I had not been careful. At least make them have some form of ID
plate or registration at a low cost, so they can be identified in case of
accident or injury to others. Those cyclists who obey the rules should not have
any complaint about this.
I have no problem with cyclists, when the obey the road rules. Single file,
stopping in accordance with signs and lights.
Its the pack mentality that it goes haywire. But some id tags on the bikes is a
I'm not one but cyclists have the right to a safe place on the roads whether or
not they pay a registration. They reduce traffic and pollution but have the same
responsibility to other road users as motorists.
They should be recognisable via a small index plate which could be issued at
small cost. If you can tag a dog, why not cyclists - or cats?
Our roads are not wide enough to cope with cyclists on them. They are just
accidents waiting to happen. Don't mind them on smaller suburban streets but
they should not be allowed on major roads as most of them think they are free to
do what they wish.
If at all possible, we should all be riding, it would be so much better for our
atmosphere,exercise and not using petrol, our roads are far to clogged with
cars, I dont think bikes should be registered and as for being licenced what a
joke, more money for the politicians to blow on trips overseas.
Bike riders should be able to use the road like everyone else however I think
that there should be licencing and testing as there already is for drivers of
cars, trucks and motorbikes. We all need to be singing from the one hymn book.
I love watching the cycling racing and feel that it would be safer for all
concerned if cyclists had their own lanes. In doing so, there should be fines
for those who don't use these properly, as for drivers.
As in life some are good and consider others and others that think that the
world revolves around them and are the ones who cause road rage by not
considering other road users. They ride two to three abreast then complain when
they are abused. Treat all with respect and common sense.
When I drove to work at 5:30am in the Brisbane CBD, there would be large groups
of cyclists spread out in front of me and they would not move to the side of the
road, like they didn't have to because it was so early. Annoying.
I think they should follow the rules. Yes bike paths, no pavement riding, do not
whiz past as you open your car door when you are in the right, scream at you and
give you the finger salute.
When you are on the walking path at the beach, pass the walker without ringing
the bell furiously. Registration might be a good idea if they are using the
roads and fine them if they abuse the rulses, like car drivers. Use traffic
lights dont creep forward to get away first.
Most important is not drive double on motorway or small roads. Safety first for
all, politeness and respect for all and everyone should respect the cyclists.
They should be registered and pay road tax just like every other road user does.
The government should stop making roads narrower so the cyclists can have their
own lanes they are a nuisance and don’t obey the road rules I have seen them
fly though red lights and intersections without stopping or checking for traffic
I feei that if cyclist did the right thing most of time
people would be more understanding, ask yourself, if my children or parents did
this would it be acceptable to me and to society in General.
Then act accordingly.
Also the people who get their goat up when a cyclist appears are often angry
with another rider from the past and their dislike/anger is transfered to all
riders regardless, if they have not done any wrong... They may say... "well",
"it's only a matter of time before they do" in this case ask your self, would I
like to be in a car seeing and hearing this being said about your parents or
children, then again, act accordingly.
It's really not hard to do the right thing you only have to practice a little
transference, put your self/children/parents anyone you care for in the
situation and think "would I like this to happen to them, and ....you guessed it
.. act accordingly, we can't all be saints but we can all at least. practice a
very basic principle.
DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU.
Be a better person and the world would be a beter place.
My 88 yr old mum still rides with her team once a week doing between 30-50 klms.
She is an inspiration to us all . She had ridden thousands of klms in Australia
and New Zealand. Nothing better than sharing fresh air and great memories. We
could all take some time to do this and see our amazing country
Now that every hard headed selfish driver knows the road rules everyone that has
spent large amounts of their hard earnt cash in all forms of transport knows
their are penalties for reckless drivers on every road some bikes are worth more
than cars ,putting that irrelevant point behind us lives are what matters
I have had occasions where cyclists are riding on inappropriate roads, roads
with single lanes and hills where it is impossible to see, let alone pass the
cyclists safely and there has been a line of cars behind them. I think they
need to have a bit more commonsense. We have several cyclists in our family and
drill them in safety on our ever increasingly busy and dangerous roads, whether
that be quiet or main roads.
I think the bike lane need's to be wider just a bit to small for my liking you
get pretty close to some car's and there alot of angry driver's out there and if
you get hit they just keep driving not good in my opinion.
Cycling has become ap popular form of modern exercise and accordingly has
created greater traffic on the roads so whilst this is inconvenient for most
rod users it is something the motorist should be prepared to accept.
I personally don't like cycling but I enjoy seeing others out and about cycling.
I think it's great and should be more of it. I think those who don't cycle need
to be put in a simulated position and see how we like it when that car rushes
by!! I think there should be rules for cyclists to stick to the same way there
are road rules for car drivers to stick to but personally I like cyclists.
Like motorists there are those that obey the laws, are courteous and ride
sensibly. And then you have the arrogant, self absorbed, don't give a damn about
anyone else be it vehicle or pedestrian. Which unfortunately are the ones that
make it hard for all the others. For full disclosure I am not a cyclist and
don't intend to take it up either.
I think they should use designated areas .When there is a crowd of them on the
road they can be a danger and an irritant to motorists which can lead to
accidents .Perhaps if they had to pay a tax similar to motorists it would make
Joe Public less aggrieved
They ignore Red lights, and other traffic signs and pedestrian crossings are
also ignored. They want the right to be on the road without making any
contributions towards them. All cyclists should have to sit a test and be
licenced and their bikes should be registered.
Then they will have the right to be on the road with licenced, tax paying