Car-bike di­vide greater than 1m

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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.

Dutch cy­cling su­per­star Mar­i­anne Vos rode in the 2017 Amaz­ing Al­bany Bike Ride.

Ap­pren­tice Jes­sica Gray af­ter win­ning the Carte­hil Pub­lic Ac­count­ing Hand­i­cap (1100m) with the Chris Gil­bert-trained Nanga Par­bat.

Taleetha Por­te­ous with pic­tures of her mother Lau­ren Cum­mings and her best friend Dusty Plum­mer who were killed in a car crash in 2016.

Tri­cia’s Model Man­age­ment’s Ge­or­gia Nay­lor dressed by Donna T and Cal­lan Mor­timer dressed by The Hub.

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Ben­son

Many­peaks' Harry Broomhall ac­knowl­edges team­mates af­ter mak­ing triple fig­ures.

A dou­ble fa­tal­ity oc­curred early Sun­day morn­ing on Nor­wood Road, Lower King.

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