CYCLISTS have as much right to use our roads as anyone else.Like motorists, though, they need to take care that their actions don't put themselves or others at risk.The State Government has introduced tougher penalties for cyclists who negligently or deliberately endanger others. The new laws reflect public concern after the death of an elderly pedestrian in Melbourne in 2007 who was hit by a cyclist who ran a red light.The cyclist concerned was fined $400.As of yesterday, such an incident could attract a five-year jail term or a fine of up to $68,000 - hefty penalties - but in line with those for motorists who cause the death of another road user.By and by, cyclists are courteous and careful road users. After all, they are far more at risk in a collision with a vehicle than anyone else.Still, they need to be accountable in the event that their actions cause harm. In this way, they are no different from motorists.Cycling as a mode of transport is to be encouraged. It is quick, convenient and much better for the environment (and the health of the rider).As with all forms of transport, commonsense must be applied in terms of road safety.Patience on the part of drivers as well as some care on the part of cyclists will mean optimum safety for all road users.NEW SIGNS PROMOTE BALLARAT'S VIRTUESNEW signage has been popping up around Ballarat alerting visitors (and locals) to some of the treasures this city has to offer.The signs are eye-catchingly bright and highly visible.They have come at a cost of $250,000 to the ratepayer and there will be some who will be critical of that. However, it is important that we promote our virtues as a city, both to visitors as well as to ourselves.No one else is going to do it if the city doesn't.