SHARED SPACE: Andrea Ferris says cyclists and motorists can share the road.
SHARED SPACE: Andrea Ferris says cyclists and motorists can share the road. Warren Lynam

Only 'minority' have a problem sharing roads

ANDREA Ferris finds herself astride both sides of the motorist v cyclist debate.

The Bli Bli resident rides about 30km a week and drives her car from point A to B and back daily, but considers herself neither a "cyclist" nor a "motorist".

"I also paddle a sea kayak, ride a motorbike and run - but I'm not a paddler, or a biker or a runner - or a cyclist," she said.

"I'm just me, enjoying who I am and where I live - celebrating and maintaining my good health for as long as I can."

Sunshine Coast roads have become somewhat of a battleground due to new State Government laws for passing cyclists, introduced in April this year.

The new laws require 1m clearance from a cyclist in a 60kmh zone and 1.5m clearance in zones over 60kmh.

Ms Ferris believes it is only the minority who have a problem sharing the roads.

"Nine out of 10 people are good, I find, and do the right thing by me," she said.

RELATED: Police label cyclists 'cockroaches' sparking online row

Three times a week, the 52-year-old dons bright lycra and white cycling shoes, before taking on the challenging stretch of road from Bli Bli to Maroochy River to feed her horse.

Ms Ferris has been cycling for 30 years and said she had noticed an improvement in road safety since the laws came into effect.

She said that while the roads were busy, our climate and scenery made the Coast an appealing place for cyclists and motorists alike and we should all be able to co exist happily while enjoying them.

At least Ms Ferris will be doing her bit to ensure that happens: "Thanks again, drivers, and be assured that I will be returning the favour by looking after you and yours when I am out on the water and driving on the road."



Schoolboys shine in Australian champs at Cudgen

Schoolboys shine in Australian champs at Cudgen

National championships held in Tweed declared a resounding success

Chinderah's $7.25 million shopping village green-lighted

Chinderah's $7.25 million shopping village green-lighted

Councillors voted 5-2 in favour of the concept development

The best IGA manager in Australia comes from Tweed Valley

The best IGA manager in Australia comes from Tweed Valley

Tweed Valley's got the very best running things

Local Partners