Four cyclists struck down

SMART cyclists will be buckling their helmets a little tighter today, after four riders were involved in crashes in less than 24 hours.

Bundaberg Police Sergeant Leisa Norton said two people were injured in separate incidents just 20 minutes apart yesterday morning.

The first crash took place at 7am at the Barolin and Woondooma Street roundabout, when a 70-year-old male cyclist was struck by a car.

He was taken to Bundaberg Hospital with suspected head injuries, but he was not believed to be seriously hurt.

Another male cyclist was hit by a car minutes later on Reidy Street, as he rode to pick up the morning paper.

“He struck the windscreen of the vehicle and had suspected leg injuries,” Bundaberg Police Sergeant Michael Prickett said.

About 3.30pm, a teenage boy was taken to Bundaberg Hospital with an intensive care paramedic after he crashed his bike into a drain on Barolin Street.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said the boy was not fully alert, but his injuries were not life-threatening.

The three incidents yesterday follow an alleged hit-and-run on the corner of Targo and McConville streets, which left a 13-year-old boy with cuts and bruises.

Sgt Prickett advised drivers to slow down and take more care around cyclists.

“Be mindful of pushbikes and leave a safe distance, particularly when there are children riding,” he said.

Coral Isle Cycling Club member Harley Stanton has spearheaded a campaign called A Metre Matters, which aims to educate road users about bike safety and promote harmony between drivers and riders.

“Four incidents in 24 hours is quite significant — it highlights the importance of dealing with the issue of cyclist safety longer term,” he said.

He said the Bundaberg Cycling Club, Coral Isle Cycling Club and Mad Cycologists were promoting the importance of drivers leaving at least a metre between their vehicles and cyclists.

“The roads also need to be made safer and wider.

“Bundaberg Cycling Action group was pretty shocked and appalled when $2.4 million for bike paths was taken away.”

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