Cyclists' view: Bike cover will be no easy ride
AN EXPERIENCED Sunshine Coast cyclist thinks forcing all riders to have third party insurance would be counter-productive to encouraging people to be active.
Sunshine Coast Cyclists president Craig King is covered by insurance if he causes injury to someone under his Cycling Australia registration.
But he feels the insurance is too much to expect of casual riders and children.
The topic was raised yesterday when Bli Bli man Jason Wilks said all cyclists should be covered by third party insurance.
His foot was almost torn off in a collision between his motorbike and a tourist riding a bicycle at Noosa.
While the rider ran into him and was charged by police, Mr Wilks was upset when the cyclist was allowed to leave the country after the accident, heavily reducing his chances of compensation.
The Daily asked its online readers what they thought about third party insurance for cyclists and 65% thought it was a good idea.
However, Mr King believes compulsory insurance cover would be too difficult to introduce.
"The person who rides a bike a few times a year won't be riding because they don't want to have insurance."
He believed that if forced to pay for insurance for their children to ride bicycles, parents would simply stop them riding altogether.
"What about skateboarders and rollerbladers?" he asked.
"Where does it stop?"
While Mr King said he knew of many cyclists who had third party insurance under their Cycling Australia registration, he didn't know of anyone who had made a claim.
Mr King said a more effective tactic would be better infrastructure to ensure riders and drivers could safely keep their distance from each other.
What do you think? Should cyclists have third party insurance?