Car-bike divide greater than 1m
The frightening vitriol spat at cyclists by some drivers is alarming.
A quick scroll through Facebook or Twitter feeds in the past week showcases the way some drivers treat those on two wheels. It all followed the introduction of the one-metre rule by the State Government, which paves the way for police to fine drivers who do not give cyclists enough space on the road.
It is a commonsense rule that will not be over-enforced. Remember, cyclists have as much right to be on a road as a motor vehicle. It is simply the law. Sharing the road is not hard to do. Comments such as “I’d rather run the road maggots over”, “cyclists only have themselves to blame” and “no one-metre rule once they’re under a truck” deliberately inflame.
Sure, there are plenty of idiotic cyclists who disobey road rules but there are many more idiotic drivers.
There should not need to be a law to force motorists to give cyclists one metre of space — that should be the very least width from a driver with any sense or skill.
Sometimes, cyclists ride two or three abreast, much to the frustration of drivers, but before violently accelerating around the group, think that each of those has a family who wants them home in one piece.
For those drivers who are constantly fuming at those on bikes, spare a thought for truck drivers, who operate a machine 10 times your car’s size.
There is now a one metre-rule between vehicles and cyclists but the divide is much larger.
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