FILE PHOTO: Drivers must stay at least 1-metre wide of cyclists in 60km/hr zones.
FILE PHOTO: Drivers must stay at least 1-metre wide of cyclists in 60km/hr zones. Mike Richards GLA230817BIKE

'Cyclists are human beings': Lawyer's plea to drivers

ROAD users must remember to abide by the law and drive safely around cyclists to avoid serious crashes, a prominent Sunshine Coast lawyer says.

Shine Lawyers solicitor Mellissa Cheshire represents Matthew Eaton, who had a near miss while cycling in Little Mountain earlier this year.

"Unfortunately, Matt is not the only cyclist that we represent at Shine Lawyers who has been injured by a driver who has been inattentive, or failed to pass at a safe distance," Ms Cheshire said.

"A message all road users need to remember is to drive safely around cyclists. You do not want your recklessness or negligence to be the cause of someone else's permanent injury or death.

"The law states if the speed limit is under 60km/h you need to keep a safe passing distance of cyclists of at least one metre, if the speed limit is in excess of 60km/h it is 1.5-metres.

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"Cyclists are human beings, not obstacles to swerve around. They are people who want to go home to their families, friends and children.

"So motorists need to be focused and drive with care and caution at all times."

Just two months ago, a cyclist won a court case against a truck driver who ran him off the road thanks to his bike cam.

Ms Cheshire said she strongly supported the use of Go Pros and bike cameras among cyclists.

Cameron Frewer, a cycling safety advocate who was tragically killed while riding on Monday morning, was a regular user of bike cameras.

His Facebook page Drive Safe, Pass Wide was full of educational videos he had created over countless near misses on Sunshine Coast roads.