|BICYCLISTS IN TOWNSVILLE RIDE PAST|
SITE OF FATAL ACCIDENT WITH FOUR OTHERS
INJURED BY TRUCK DRIVER
The accident is strikingly similar to the vehicular homicide of Tanya Roneberg on the Cook Highway last month. The Townsville accident took place on Shaw Road, part of the Townsville Ring Road system, and took the life of 58-year-old Sue Bell. Along with Ms. Bell, four others were struck when a truck tried to overtake the group on their weekly 80km ride; a 62 year old Townsville man and three women, 58, 59, and 60.
Like most of the roads built by the Queensland Government Main Roads department, Shaw Road is ill-equipped to handle cyclists - the substandard width and inadequate markings are little different than the crap we get in Cairns from these "road professionals". And like the Roneberg accident site, cyclists are jammed up against a steel crash rail with no escape from an errant driver.
And just like the Roneberg tragedy in Cairns, the local LNP Member Sam Cox refuses to comment on the issue of substandard roads in his electorate. Funny that.
Of special interest is the wide range of comments from the Townsville hillbillies after Townsville Triathalon Club president Max Fegan called for "road sharing" as has the Cairns community.