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Speedy cyclist nabbed

SPEEDY cyclists have been warned to slow down in school zones, after a rider was fined and lost demerit points for speeding.

It was reported yesterday that a Perth man was clocked at 53kmh on his bicycle in a school zone.

He was slapped with a $150 fine and three demerit points.

The officer in charge of Sunshine Coast traffic branch, Senior Sergeant Terry Mulheran, said cyclists had to abide by the same rules as motorists.

"All the road rules that apply to a car transfer across to a bicycle because they are a vehicle as well," Snr Sgt Mulheran said.

The Stirling Times in West Australia reported that Perth police had been shocked by the speeding cyclist, who was fined in the city's west at the start of February.

"There aren't many people who have the ability to ride a bike at that speed," Snr Sgt Mulheran said.

"You've probably got to have a good quality bike and probably be a pretty serious cyclist."

Snr Sgt Mulheran said a bicycle travelling at 53kmh would have the potential to seriously injure a young child if it hit them.

"The speed limit is put there for the safety of the children attending the school," he said.

"School zones receive a lot of (police) enforcement and if the cyclist is found being over the speed limit he faces the same consequences (as a motorist).

"We ask cyclists to be sensible.

"Irrespective of if it's a car or a bicycle, it's still a dangerous projectile if it hits somebody."

Snr Sgt Mulheran said cyclists were also governed by mobile phone laws.

They face a fine of $300 if they are caught riding and talking or sending a text message on their mobile phone.

"The thing is riding a bicycle you've still got to concentrate on what you're doing so you don't swerve in front of a car or hit a pedestrian," Snr Sgt Mulheran said.

"We still expect you to be concentrating on your control."

Snr Sgt Mulheran said he had never fined a cyclist for speeding during his 41-year career with police.

He said there were reports of cyclists speeding down Mt Coot-tha when he was part of the Brisbane police force in the 1970s and '80s.

Topics:  cyclists, school zones, speeding


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