Cyclists Afraid to Ride; Aggressive Motorists Stop Many from Enjoying the Sport, Survey Finds

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Cyclists Afraid to Ride; Aggressive Motorists Stop Many from Enjoying the Sport, Survey Finds


Byline: Patrick Williams

A FEAR of aggressive motorists is keeping Sunshine Coast cycling enthusiasts from embracing their love of the sport, a study has found.

Cycling was voted the fourth most popular leisure sport in Australia, and would be more widely taken up if the roads were safer.

The study, commissioned by the official partner of the upcoming Tour de France, Le Coq Sportif, found nearly half (42%) of those surveyed declared they would like to ride a bike to work but do not because drivers were too aggressive.

One in five were more worried they would get sweaty and ruin their make-up. And 12% were concerned their hair would look too messy after being jammed under a helmet.

More than half (53%) said they always wore a helmet and believed it to be a safety must.

Mooloolaba cyclist Ryan Quade said cyclists always had to be concerned about other road users.

aOne of those things once you become familiar with where you're riding is to stick to the routes that are a bit safer, obviously steering clear of things like single lane bridges,a the 29-year-old said.

aA couple of areas around Maroochydore and Bli Bli can be dangerous, but once you get to know the routes, you stick to the areas that have good cycle lanes. …

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