THE RTA is cracking down on large groups of cyclists clogging lanes of Sydney's freeways in a bid to reduce the number of accidents involving inexperienced Lycra-clad fanatics.
RTA boss Michael Bushby yesterday revealed that the groups will be urged to have a 20-rider limit in a new safety campaign.
He said the groups of cyclists "can effectively take over a lane" and should be educated on how to safely ride on Sydney's roads.
"There is a problem with very large numbers of cyclists in a peloton," he told an estimates hearing yesterday.
"The line of riders can become very long and that can make it difficult for motorists to pass and they get trapped.
"There have been problems, whether they be crashes or interaction with other road users."
Cycling NSW has backed the campaign, claiming individual "recreational coffee shop riders" are tagging on to the back of its member-only rides and putting everyone in danger.
Fourteen cyclists have died on NSW roads this year, compared with six at the same time last year.
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Looks like we'll need to review our bunch organization as a result of this, especially the Cruisers and Middies where the numbers are greater.