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FRUSTRATED: Jimmy Seear says those who don't obey rules are giving all cyclists a bad name. Picture: Mark Calleja Source: The Courier-Mail
BADLY behaved cyclists are flouting Queensland's road rules in their thousands.
New figures obtained by The Courier-Mail show last year more than 6000 cyclists were booked by police for failing to wear a helmet alone, while hundreds of others were nabbed for pedalling through red traffic lights and even for riding a bike while using a mobile phone.
Almost 200 tickets were handed out to cyclists who shot red lights and 89 to riders who ignored stop signs.
The figures come as a cyclist was pulled over after swerving all over a busy road and blew .304. he has been charged with drink-driving.
Triathlete Jimmy Seear, who cycles about 500km a week, said a small few were ruining the reputation of cyclists who did the right thing on the state's roads.
"I ride with a group who obey the road rules but we get abused by cars basically just because we are cyclists, not because we've done anything wrong," he said.
"People who ride bikes and who don't obey the road rules are just giving all cyclists a bad name."
The majority of bike riders do the right thing, acting Chief Superintendent Bob Gee said.
He said cyclists had to protect themselves by taking basic safety precautions.
"You've got to wear a helmet, you've got to be visible particularly at night use hand signals, avoid being a hazard for both drivers and pedestrians, and you have to keep at least 2m away from the rear of vehicles," he said.
Princess Alexandra Hospital director of surgery Daryl Wall said on average at least one cyclist a day was admitted to the emergency department with serious injuries. He said older cyclists and elite athletes were the most common.
"More and more people are taking up cycling as part of a shift in our lifestyle and a move to more active forms of transport, which we applaud," Dr Wall said.
"But, of course, it brings about increased exposure to injury and even death."
Cyclists behaving badly
2010 stats on infringements against cyclists from police:
Fail to wear a helmet â€“ 6429
Fail to stop at red traffic light â€“ 198
Ride a bike with no brakes, bell â€“ 174
Ride a bike at night with no lights â€“ 140
Riding a bike while using a mobile phone â€“ 96
Failing to stop at stop sign â€“ 89