Drivers facing challenge
From page 1 Atwell cyclist Mark Pearmine, a truck driver for 27 years, said some “headway was being made”.
“You can imagine the arguments I’ve had with my truck driver friends,” he said. “I do feel we’re making headway. People are more tolerating (of cyclists) and a lot better to get along with.
“With the new laws, every little bit helps.”
Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts said seven cyclists had been killed on WA roads this year.
“Cyclists are among our most vulnerable road users and these new rules are designed to provide greater protection and hopefully reduce the number of serious injuries and deaths,” she said.
A spokeswoman for Main Roads WA said the safety initiative does not currently require any alteration to existing roads.
City of Melville’s acting chief executive Christine Young confirmed the new rules were not expected to affect road design, but instead the way drivers consider bike riders. “The key is we don’t need to change roads, we need to change behaviours,” she said.
The new rules will be monitored by the Road Safety Commission, with a report provided to the minister after two years.