POLICE have issued a reminder to local cyclists to observe the road rules after receiving complaints of cyclists riding in large groups on roads around Bathurst.
Sgt Ryan Baird from Chifley Police District's highway patrol unit said police had received a number of complaints about cycling groups that were riding four abreast.
"I have received a number of complaints about bicycle riders who are riding in large groups on Vale Road, South Bathurst," he said.
"The complaint (made to police) is that riding groups are riding four abreast along Vale Road South Bathurst in the 100km/hr zone.
"It has become a safety concern, especially mornings when there is low light and sometimes fog.
"I would like to remind all road users to drive to the conditions and to drive with care."
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Sgt Baird reminded cyclists fines exist for those who fail to follow the rules and said police would be undertaking patrols of the area.
"There is an offence for riding bicycles more than two abreast on a road and it carries a $116 fine," he said.
"I have tasked extra patrols of Vale Road as a result of the recent complaints to ensure compliance of the road rules and the safety of all road users."
Bathurst Regional Council traffic committee chairman Councillor Warren Aubin said Vale Road has been an area which has come under scrutiny many times.
"I used to get heaps of complaints about cyclists riding in large groups," he said.
He said typically the complaints were about people riding three of four abreast in 100km/h speed zones, which he said was a recipe for disaster.
Cr Aubin said cyclists riding four abreast was not only dangerous but illegal.
He said while it's been a while since anyone has raised the issue with him, it was good to remind everyone - both riders and motorists - of their obligations.
"As long as everyone observes the rules, there will be no problems," he said.
"It's about keeping everyone safe on the road."
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