RE­SPECT CY­CLISTS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

I AM angry. Angry and sad that another cy­clist's life has been lost on Perth roads.

When are we go­ing to start re­spect­ing the rights of cy­clists on the road and that car driv­ers need to ac­cept this, al­ways and ev­ery­where?

When are we go­ing to see that a driver’s li­cence and driv­ing on the road are a priv­i­lege and not a right?

I have had many near misses on my bike re­sult­ing from poor driv­ing habits.

I have just re­turned from six months cy­cling in Europe, where cy­clists are part of the road land­scape. Cy­clists are not con­sid­ered road pests. Re­spect is shown to cy­clists with sup­port­ive in­fra­struc­ture (cy­cle paths, cy­cle lanes, cy­cle park­ing, sep­a­rate traf­fic lights and so forth) but above all, re­spect is shown through the cour­tesy of driv­ers.

When will our com­mu­nity see that cy- clists are part of the so­lu­tion to many of our so­cial is­sues, such as road con­ges­tion, pol­lu­tion, cli­mate change, obe­sity and men­tal health?

We are not part of the prob­lem. We are not the en­emy.

Please, please, no more road car­nage. Be care­ful, be cour­te­ous, slow down and give cy­clists road space. older, view de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety as a weak­ness of character.

Many don’t know th­ese con­di­tions are common, and if they get the right support and treat­ment, most peo­ple re­cover, re­gard­less of their age.

For some older peo­ple, open­ing up about how they feel doesn’t come easy, as it was not the thing to do when they were grow­ing up. Oth­ers don’t want to be seen as a bur­den be­cause of what they have shared.

This is why be­yond­blue re­cently launched new re­sources, specif­i­cally tai­lored for older peo­ple, on open­ing up about de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety.

Th­ese free re­sources, in­clud­ing a book­let and sev­eral videos, are avail­able at www.be­yond­blue.org.au/re­sources/ for-me/older-peo­ple/have-the­con­ver­sa­tion-with-older-peo­ple. GE­ORGIE HARMAN, chief ex­ec­u­tive, be­yond­blue.

– Greek philoso­pher Socrates

via Tr­ish Watt

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