CYCLISTS’ ACTIONS MUST ALSO BE POLICED
THE first person caught and fined under the State Government’s new legislation, enforcing a safe distance between cars and cyclists, will determine how the public reacts to the new rules. As of November 30, motorists will have to keep at least 1m from cyclists if they are driving less than 60km/h and 1.5m if they’re driving faster, or risk a $400 fine and loss of four demerit points. There’s no doubt the concept of this new rule is flouted all over the WA and if enforced, we can expect someone to be fined first thing Friday morning on December 1. It will prove that the new rule is not just a piece of paperwork but an active law that can’t be ignored. So while they’re there, police need to enforce current rules protecting pedestrians and motorists from cyclists flouting the rules. According to the Department of Transport… ‘When using a public road all bicycle riders must obey the same rules as other vehicles. The most common rules include those applying to traffic lights, stop signs, careless and reckless riding, riding under the influence of alcohol and keeping left’. That means cyclists need to stop at pedestrian crossings, give way to the right at roundabouts and come to a complete stop at stop signs. These rules protect cyclists, motorists and pedestrians and most importantly save lives. They currently, and never will, appease the tension between the different road users.
– Denise S. Cahill