Guide for cyclists soon
THE release of a new cycling code of conduct proves a onemetre rule needs to become law in WA, according to South Metropolitan MLC Lynn MacLaren.
Ms MacLaren has been pushing for the legislation of a one-metre rule to protect cyclist for two years, saying advice in cycling body WestCycle’s new code of conduct that drivers should allow a metre of space when passing bike riders reinforced her belief that such a rule should become law.
She said since first introducing the Amendment Bill in 2014, five other states either had put legislation in place or were carrying out trials and that it was time for WA to do the same.
WestCycle chief executive Matt Fulton said the code, which they hope to release in the next two months, aims to ease tension on the road by providing a guide for cyclists to follow whether riding alone or in a group.
Mr Fulton said the code would also give information to drivers to help them drive safely around cyclist, explaining situations such as why cyclists ride two abreast, why they ride a metre out from the gutter and why they stay in the middle of a lane when going into a roundabout. Visit www.westcycle.org.au.