Cycling in the news 8 Aug to 14 Aug

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A 13-year-old cyclist was hospitalised on Saturday after being hit by a driver on a suburban road in Leopold near Geelong. A witness alleges the driver of the blue sedan was seen driving erratically before the incident and had run a red light. Melbourne’s 3AW reported that the drive fled the scene and that police were seeking witnesses who may have seen the vehicle in the area before or after the incident.

Queensland public prosecutors have charged a 63-year-old man with injuring one cyclist and causing the death of another in Bucca north of Coffs Harbour in April this year. The two men, both 47-years-old, were reportedly seriously injured when the driver struck them while turning into a driveway. Both were taken to hospital where one of the men later died.

In infrastructure news, Queensland’s Transport Department has announced it will be redesigning the Mooloolaba to Maroochydore Cycleway after a community campaign criticised the design as limiting residents’ access to the beach. As My Sunshine Coast reported, the State Government will now return to complete another round of consultation with the community in order to improve the design. State MP Fiona Simpson told My Sunshine Coast that “the majority of the community” were dissatisfied with the original design, particularly the loss of parking spaces and the ugly design of traffic barriers used to funnel pedestrians towards safe crossing points.

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