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MORE than 60 per cent of Tasmanian drivers believe cyclists are a road hazard, a survey from insurer AAMI has found.

And most Tasmanians believe riding a bicycle in traffic continues to be risky, despite the introduction of more cyclist-friendly traffic arrangements in major cities.

Eight in 10 of the Tasmanians who participated in AAMI’s survey said Tasmanian roads were unsafe for cyclists.

AAMI says experiences of motorists and cyclists are holding back the transformation of Australian cities into the bicycle-rich landscapes of Asia, and increasingly Europe, where governments sponsor bike-sharing schemes.

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