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.

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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."



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