If it’s not safe to overtake, brake and wait
  • Tuesday 24 May 2011

If your driving and cycling tests are just distant memories and you’re not sure why people keep painting on the roads, Share with Care is a campaign for you.

Share with Care is Sunshine Coast Council’s educational road safety campaign, aimed at helping reduce the number of crashes and fatalities on Coast roads.

The campaign explains:

  • what both motorists and cyclists need to do to ensure their safety
  • all about pathways, who is entitled to use them and what the rules are; and
  • what green paint, yellow bikes and white bikes mean when they’re painted on the road.

Integrated Transport Portfolio holder Councillor Vivien Griffin said pedestrians and cyclists make up over 10% of the serious road casualties in the region - most involve a collision with a motor vehicle and nearly all are preventable.

"With new cycle infrastructure coming online across the Coast, educating road users how to use it is essential for their safety," Cr Griffin said

"There are different rules from state to state so whether it’s a green cycle lane or a new pathway, users will need to be aware of the rules."

"Rolling out this education campaign in line with new infrastructure will hopefully result in safer roads, which in turn might encourage more people to leave the car at home."

"Safety is a fundamental focus area for council."

"We are currently developing the Sunshine Coast Road Safety Plan, a key deliverable from the Sustainable Transport Strategy endorsed earlier this year, as well as working with Queensland Police on road safety."

The campaign focuses on some key things to make road use safer.

Key rules for road users

  • A white symbol in a bike lane means this is for the exclusive use of cyclists; motor vehicles can only enter these lanes when turning.
  • A yellow symbol indicates a shared area; in these areas it is very important that drivers wait until there is sufficient room to pass.
  • Green paint on the road means pay extra attention: these are areas of potential conflict between cyclists and motor vehicles, often used at entries and exits of intersections and roundabouts and across slip lanes.
  • Riders should be considerate of drivers when choosing to cycle two abreast; they should indicate clearly and make sure they are visible.
  • Motorists should leave at least one metre between the side of their vehicle and cyclists and if this is not possible, brake and wait.
  • Motorists should always indicate correctly, and check blind spots before manoeuvring.

Another focus area in the Share with Care campaign is pathways and the rules for users.

Queensland law states that all bicycles and other wheeled recreational devices (skateboards, scooters, roller blades and prams) can be used on any pathway unless otherwise signed. This means that whether you’re on foot, riding on two wheels or you’re walking the dog, you’re allowed to be there.

That said, there are rules for each different user and these are enforceable by law.

Rules for pathway users

  • bicycle riders are required to give way to pedestrians
  • everyone should keep to their left and pass on their right
  • pedestrians must not block the pathway.

Tips for pathway users

  • be predictable when walking, scooting or skating
  • keep pets on a short leash
  • check before entering pathways by looking both ways and be aware that different users have varied stopping limitations

The Share with Care campaign will address four elements of road safety

  1. A metre matters – in partnership with the Amy Gillett Foundation
  2. Bicycle lanes and Green cycle lanes
  3. Bicycle awareness zones and
  4. Sharing pathways safely.