Weekend morning parking ban on Beach Rd extended
Data revealed at the council’s July 28 meeting showed last year there were seven accidents on the stretch of the road that involved bikes.
The other three were due to cyclists hitting each other or being struck by a car.
Cr Alex del Porto said he believed the increasing number of cyclists using the road was to blame.
He called on the State Government to come up with more than $1 million of road improvements, agreed to by the previous Liberal government, but refused by Labor.
A bicycle count would also be a good idea so they had hard data to work from, he said, as would registration of riders to identify any unlawful cycling behaviour.
“I don’t see how we can control the behaviour of cyclists without legislation,” Cr del Porto said.
“It is a good thing to have cars not parked there, but it is not enough to stop cyclists hitting each other.
“Beach Rd cannot continue to take more cyclists, I think we’ve reached saturation point.”
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Safety campaigner Pete Dowe said the council had falsely told the community the clearway would reduce cycling crashes.
“Council has a duty of care to review cycling accident data, cycling behaviour and to not walk away from agreed road safety initiatives,” he said.
“The year 2014 recorded the equal highest amount of accidents, and it is likely 2015 will be the highest amount of cycling crashes, as on March 7, 2015 the Hell Ride knocked cyclists into other bunches bringing down riders causing a number of cyclists’ serious injuries.”
The council’s local laws officers patrol Beach Rd for illegal parkers during the weekend mornings, but they are unable to monitor the whole length of the road at all times.
Mayor Felicity Frederico said it was a regionally renowned cycling route, so was expected to be busy, but one accident was one too many.