Call for better safety for cyclists as another rider injured

A cyclist is lucky to be alive after he was struck by a car at Kwinana Beach early this morning.

The 56-year-old man was allegedly hit from behind by a Toyota Hilux while riding along Rockingham Road at 6.25am.

The driver of the Hilux was breath-tested and questioned by police at the scene.

He was taken to Rockingham police station after allegedly failing the preliminary test and has been charged with driving with a blood alcohol level more than 0.05.

West Cycle, WA’s peak cycling body, issued a press release today condemning the lack of action by the State Government for better education and tougher penalties to protect riders.

“Given the spike in incidents, we request the Road Safety Commission increase the spend on the Share the Roads campaign significantly as the message just doesn’t seem to be getting through to the public,” West Cycle chief executive officer Matt Fulton said.

“We need better education for drivers and cyclists, harsher penalties for drivers that reflect the serious nature of the incidents.”

The cyclist was treated by St John Ambulance officers at the scene and assessed at Rockingham General Hospital for minor injuries.

WA Police spokesman Samuel Dinnison urged all road users to remain vigilant and reminded motorists to take extra care when driving near cyclists.

The incident is the second major car-bicycle crash in WA this week, with a 66-year-old-man left with critical injuries after allegedly being hit by a Toyota Hilux in Mount Pleasant last Friday.

Police said the inquiry into the Kwinana Beach crash was continuing.

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