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12 June / July 2015
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Roadworks speed limit mystery
When I moved to Tasmania I was
pleased to find that in general, drivers
are good at keeping to the speed limit in
most circumstances. However this doesn’t
apply when it comes to roadworks, where
temporary posted speed limits are largely
ignored. You never see police enforcing the
speed limit in roadwork areas. Is there a
legal reason for this or maybe police just
like to stick to their established speed
trap spots? Whatever the reason, I hope
something can be done about it before
someone is killed and before the few
drivers who keep to the limit succumb to
the pressure from the queue of cars behind.
Another point – it seems to me that the
mother of nasty accidents is the head-on
crash, yet so many drivers flirt with death
by wandering over the centre of the road.
Unfortunately cats’ eyes don’t seem to deter
drivers so I wonder if something bigger
might help to educate them? Maybe the
occasional rumble strip in the centre of
the road could help or maybe bigger cats’
eyes – not so big to panic a driver when
they cross them, but big enough to let them
know that their car is somewhere it should
RACT third-party insurance for cyclists?
M uch is made by some motorists that
cyclists are not registered and do
not have MAIB insurance. I agree with
Doug Bruce that the likelihood of cyclists
causing significant damage or injury
motorists is low. I have yet to see a headline
such as ‘cyclist hits car, car driver killed or
Contrary to the opinion of some, the most
active cyclists in the community have
third-party insurance through their Bicycle
Network Tasmania or Cycling Australia
memberships. They are well covered for
third party injury or damage.
Doug Bruce and others have recognised
that most cyclists are also motorists. It
would also follow that many, if not most,
R ACT members are both motorists and
cyclists. Recognising this, our progressive
R ACT membership includes bicycle
‘ breakdown’ assistance as well as motoring
I would like to propose that in selecting
R ACT Ultimate or Advantage membership,
a box could be ticked for third-party
bicycle insurance to be provided by R ACT
for an additional fee for members who are
not otherwise covered. Given the relatively
low cost and likelihood of third-party
bicycle injuries or damage, the cost should
be low – I would estimate in the order of
$20-$30 per year.
how a cyclist has lost his or her life as
result of riding on the road.
I would be happy to pay an extra fee if that
meant I can safely ride on the road without
the tirade of abuse and danger I feel at
times when I have to use a road to get from
my house to the safety of the bike trails.
I think that the Amy Gillett Foundation
campaign ‘A metre matters’ is a dangerous
distraction from the real issue, which is
that the cycling community needs separate
lanes, not pseudo car parking/bike lanes.
The campaign only further alienates cyclists
as some (not all) road users will overtake in
circumstances that can endanger not only
cyclists but oncoming traffic.
Other communities have dealt with these
issues. A working party with all interest
groups represented would be a great way
to show that all road-users are valued.
What matters more than a metre?
I wholeheartedly concur with Doug Bruce
and his letter responding to Dave Hayden
suggesting cyclists pay MAIB fees. As a
four-wheel drive owner and cyclist I am
dismayed by the harsh attitudes against
cyclists or anyone who dares infringe
on the ‘rightful’ car and truck-driving
road-users. Too often we see in the news
Thank you for a great day
W e spent today at Strahan and boarded
the Lady Jane Franklin cruise around
Macquarie Harbour and the Gordon
River. Despite atrocious weather we had a
wonderful day with a team of young R ACT
Destinations staff. A Belgian lady, Corinna,
looked after us with great help from Isaac.
On Sarah Island we had a wonderfully
theatrical guide who knew her histor y and
brought it alive.
Our American guest from Atlanta,
Georgia was equally enthralled by the
day. Congratulations on a great tourist
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