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Cyclist's terror: 'I don't think he saw me at all'

A CYCLIST has called for separated bike lanes on a notorious Brisbane cycling route after he was nearly hit by a car.

Dave Sargent was cycling along Sylvan Rd at Toowong when he caught the incident on camera.

"It was definitely out of the blue and you can feel the draught of the car coming past pretty quick. It's not a good feeling. I don't think he saw me at all," Mr Sargent said.

The footage was passed onto police who told Mr Sargent at the weekend that an infringement notice had been issued to the driver.

In September, Brisbane City Council made peak hour bike lanes permanent on the busy cycling strip following a 12-month trial.

Under the initiative, cars are banned from parking along Sylvan Rd for three hours until 9am and three hours until 7pm, five days a week.

But cyclists say it won't stop them getting hit by cars.

"I think the peak hour bike lanes have helped things but it could be better, and the video demonstrates that I think. If it was separated, then that wouldn't be a problem," Mr Sargent said.

"It's a little painted sign but they can still cut the corner and drive through it so it doesn't offer any kind of protection."

West Bicycle User's Group spokesman Chris Cox said Mr Sargent's video highlights the importance of physical protection on a busy corridor like Sylvan Rd.

"Corners like that one are frequently cut by drivers. It could've ended very badly," he said.

"It's why West BUG continues to stress the importance of a separated bike corridor linking the Western Freeway and Bicentennial Bikeways. In the meantime, we'd urge council to consider dropping the speed limit to 40kph on Sylvan Rd and Land Street to Patrick Lane, at which point bike riders can exit to the bikeway."

BCC'S Public and Active Transport Chairman Adrian Schrinner said more than 80 per cent of all road users agreed the peak-hour lanes increased safety.

"And we've also seen a 20 per cent increase in cyclists using Sylvan Rd every day," he said.

"The findings of the trial clearly shows the peak hour lanes have been very successful in balancing the needs of cyclists together with local residents and businesses."

"Sylvan Road is lined with homes and businesses, and therefore separated bike lanes would significantly impact on access to and from residential homes and businesses and would remove parking permanently at all times of the day and night," he said.

"Council will be upgrading the bike lanes with clearer road markings and install new signage including flashing warning signs to alert drivers as part of the project. Council continues to investigate ways to further-enhance safety across the network, including options for improved bicycle infrastructure across the city."


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