Media Release – COUNCIL SEEKING TO INSTALL CYCLIST AWARENESS SIGNS

In an effort to improve safety for all road users, Bundaberg Regional Council is seeking permission from the Department of Transport and Main Roads to install cyclist awareness signs throughout the region.

Council’s Sport, Recreation and Venues portfolio spokesperson Cr Lynne Forgan said the decision, made in the Ordinary Council meeting on September 3, was based on alarming statistics which show cyclist injuries and deaths are increasing on the State’s roads.

“With more people taking up cycling every year, it’s important that motorists are more aware that everyone should be sharing our roadways,” Cr Forgan said.

“Until recently, Bundaberg had the unwelcome tag of the obesity capital of Australia, and that’s why Council has been actively promoting healthier lifestyles through activities such as cycling.

“Council was last week announced as the Heart Foundation’s State Winner of the 2013 Healthy Communities Award and we want to continue that momentum and give cyclists a safe environment to enjoy.

“That’s why we are requesting that the Department of Transport and Main Roads be requested to permit appropriate cyclist awareness signs to be erected on approach roads under its jurisdiction to the city and townships within the region.”

Cr Forgan said she was also pleased that in the meeting a decision was made to trial ‘A Metre Matters’ bumper stickers on Class 3 and Class 4 Council vehicles for 12 months in support of the Amy Gillett Foundation program.

“The foundation raises awareness about courtesy on our roads and promotes motorists giving cyclists as wide as possible a berth when passing them.”

Cr Forgan said she appreciated that it was against Council policy to put bumber stickers on Council cars but she felt this issue, which was directly relevant to motorists, justified Council’s flexibility in approving this initiative.

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