We brought you news of Alex Greenwich MP’s efforts to have rule 74 changed to make roads safer for bike riders, and now we have the response.
What is rule 74?
The NSW Road Rule 74 does not provide for bicycle path users crossing a road to have the “right of way" over traffic in the road, creating problems and confusion.
Improving Bike Safety
Transport Minister Andrew Constance MP will refer this issue to the National Transport Commission who are responsible for managing road rules in Australia. Bicycle NSW recommended changing this road rule as one of a series of measures that could help reduce trauma on local roads and make bike riding safer.
“Bicycle NSW appreciates the good work and support of MP’s for safer bike riding, but we know there’s more to be done,” said Bicycle NSW General Manager of Public Affairs, Bastien Wallace.
More people than ever before are riding bikes, and Bicycle NSW wants your time on two wheels to be safe and enjoyable.
“If a road, path or rule is making your ride unsafe we encourage you to speak up,” said Bastien.
If possible take a picture, explain the problem, suggest the solution then let your local Council, MP and Bicycle NSW know. Letters and emails are good, but a tweet, Instagram post or Facebook message tagging in the relevant people and #SafetyOnSpokes #BicycleNSW can be quicker.
The #FixMyBikePath helped everyone see and empathise with the struggles bike riders faced. But we also know members are keen to share ideas and solutions – many of which are easy to implement. Why not help change your ride for the better?