It turns out more and more Queenslanders have picked up bike riding, after coronavirus took away group sporting activities and gyms.
New data from the RACQ shows that Brisbane’s city bikeways had increased by 91 percent on weekends, and 22 percent on weekdays in April, compared to the same time last year.
It’s prompted the peak motoring body to remind cyclists to wear their helmets when out and about, after handing out over 5,000 fines over the last two years.
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RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding says it’s become the most common bicycle offence in the state.
“Riding a bike is a great way to exercise and get out of the house during the current crisis, but it’s critical cyclists are putting safety first.
“Wearing a helmet is the most important step cyclists can take to protect their safety and unfortunately it’s the rule they’re breaking most often.
“A severe head injury can have lifelong effects and a good quality bicycle helmet can either prevent or reduce those injuries.
“Research shows wearing a helmet can halve the number of serious head injuries experienced by cyclists in Queensland,” Mr Spalding said.
Mr Spalding said 294 Queensland cyclists were also fined for riding at night without the required lights operating and visible.
“165 people were caught riding with no brakes, bell, horn or similar warning device
“If you have recently just taken up cycling, it’s important you familiarise yourself with the rules and safety requirements for riding a bike,” he said.