SAFETY FIRST

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

IT is strange that a State Gov­ern­ment that pro­fesses to care about peo­ple's health would knock back a pro­posal to en­hance cy­clists' safety.

A twice-gold medal­list re­cently stated he would not ride a road bike be­cause he would not feel safe. That's quite an indictment. We all know that some cy­clists and mo­torists don't play the game, but that's no rea­son to put cy­clists at risk.

All that is re­quired re­ally is to place a white line one me­tre from the kerb for cy­clists to use with some safety, and to do this as soon as pos­si­ble. Cy­clists pay taxes too. If some think just in mer­ce­nary terms and ques­tion the ex­pense of do­ing that, they should con­sider the cost of the con­tin­u­ous care for cy­clists made para­plegics or quadriplegics in road ac­ci­dents with ve­hi­cles. R.M. RUS­SELL, Mt Na­sura.

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