ACT Police will be enforcing minimum passing with undercover police riding bicycles.

For the first time in Australia, ACT Police will enforce safe passing of people riding bikes by motor vehicles using under-cover police riding bikes.

Like NSW, drivers in the ACT are required to leave at least 1m when passing someone riding a bike on a road where the speed limit is under 60km/h, and 1.5m for roads marked 60km and above.

This enforcement echoes the successful efforts of West Midlands Police in the United Kingdom which were shown to have a positive impact on safe driving.

In NSW, riders have seen Operation Pedro and increased fines for people riding bikes, but no similar operation targeting drivers to improve safety for people riding bikes.

“This year thirteen people have lost their lives riding a bike.  In eight of these fatalities riders were hit by people driving motor vehicles, and three of these were hit and run crashes,” said General Manager of Public Affairs, Bastien Wallace.

“The rates of rider injuries in NSW have increased even though we have the lowest level of weekly participation in Australia,” said Bastien.

Bicycle NSW calls on NSW Police to join with ACT Police in conducting similar enforcement efforts to help make riding on the road safer NSW.

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