Cyclists urged to ‘be bright use your lights’ to aid road safety
WITH optimal cycling conditions in spring and a host of events coming up on the calendar, RoadSafe North East is encouraging cyclists to maintain high visibility and be seen to be safe.
The cycle safety group’s latest messaging strongly urges cyclists to use lights front and back, both day and night, as part of its ongoing efforts to create a safer environment for the bike riding community of North East Victoria.
Spokesperson for RoadSafe North East, Jackie Hobbs, urged all cyclists to ride with lights to boost their visibility on country roads and in an urban environment.
“Cyclists are some of our most vulnerable road users, and we want them to do everything possible to improve their visibility and safety on our roads, which is why our message is ‘be bright use your lights’,” she said.
“Regional cyclists tell us that drivers overtaking too close to them, is one of the biggest concerns they have about cycling on the road.
“We strongly urge motorists to take care when they see a cyclist, slow down, and when it’s safe and no other car is approaching, indicate and overtake allowing at least 1.5 metres between the cyclist and the vehicle.”
Cycle season proper kicked off this month and RoadSafe North East’s electronic display board will be highly visible on regional country roads most frequented by cyclists over the coming months.
The message is particularly pertinent with the Great Victorian Bike Ride returning to the region on November 24 when 3000 cyclists will pedal their way ‘from the Murray to the Mountains’, starting in Bright and visiting the townships of Milawa, Beechworth, Tallangatta, Rutherglen, Yarrawonga and Glenrowan, before the final leg to Benalla.
Event coordinator Kahlia Dix from the Bicycle Network joined RoadSafe North East at their AGM in Wangaratta last month where she gave a presentation about the event, now in its 35th year.
She said North East Victoria was always a popular location for event regulars and it also happens to be the place where the inaugural event began back in 1984.
“They really like the High Country – they love all the hills and the towns in the North East,” she said.
“We love to get the community involved too, especially those smaller communities that really embrace the riders coming into town and put on a bit of a show for us – the riders absolutely love it and it makes the event what it is.”
For more information on the Great Victorian Bike Ride visit www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/ridesand-events/great-victorianbike-ride/.
READY TO RIDE: RoadSafe North East and Bicycle Network representatives including (from left) Jackie Hobbs, Rebecca Lane, Kahlia Dix and Michelle Armstrong are working together to support safe cycling in the region.