Guide for cy­clists soon

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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.

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