One-me­tre rule on way for safer cy­cling

Midwest Times - - NEWS - The Chap­man Val­ley His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety Mu­seum was bur­gled re­cently.

From Novem­ber 30, all mo­torists who fail to fol­low new min­i­mum cy­clist safe pass­ing rules could face a $400 fine and a loss of four de­merit points.

An­nounced by State Road Safety Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts on Oc­to­ber 28, mo­torists must leave a gap of one me­tre be­tween their ve­hi­cle and a cy­clist for any posted speed limit un­der 60km/h, with 1.5m for posted speed lim­its over 60km/h.

With the changes, mo­torists are al­lowed to briefly cross cen­tre lane mark­ings — in­clud­ing a dou­ble white line — to en­sure a safe dis­tance, although only when the mo­torist has a clear view of on­com­ing traf­fic.

Ms Roberts said she be­lieved the changes would help cy­clists feel more com­fort­able on WA roads.

“Trag­i­cally, seven cy­clists have been killed on our roads al­ready this year,” she said.

“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.

“Th­ese new rules now pro­vide clear guid­ance about how much room you must leave to safely pass a cy­clist.

“It’s about mo­torists and cy­clists showing mu­tual re­spect for one another and shar­ing the roads to­gether safely.”

WestCy­cle chief ex­ec­u­tive Matt Ful­ton said he be­lieved the an­nounce­ment would be glee­fully wel­comed in the cy­cling com­mu­nity.

“It’s been a very long jour­ney to get to this an­nounce­ment,” he said.

“Three years of ad­vo­cat­ing, the sup­port of nu­mer­ous peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the Amy Gil­lett Foun­da­tion, Bi­cy­cling Western Aus­tralia, Cy­cleS­portWA, Lynn MacLaren and our other 34 mem­ber or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“So to say we are pleased is an un­der­state­ment.”

Picture: Sup­plied

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