We are pleased to share the response received by the Hon. Alex Greenwich MP when he stood up for bike riders.
Bicycle NSW has called for a better road safety campaign aimed at educating drivers about the Minimum Passing Distance rule, and other behaviours to keep riders safe. When we were let down on a promise to collaborate, we built our own.
Safety on Spokes enjoyed cross-party support at our launch, as well as from Police and other road user groups. The response Alex received said that:
“The NSW Road Safety Plan 2021 aims to reduce the incidence of death and serious injury on the State’s roads from 2008-10 levels by 30 per cent by 2021.”
Given this has not happened for bike riders, we are glad to hear that the Centre for Road Safety intends to work with us after all.
“General awareness of close passing laws introduced over 6 years ago is low,” said Bicycle NSW General Manager of Public Affairs, Bastien Wallace.
The Minimum Passing Distance rule helps ensure that bicycle riders and motorists remain safe when sharing our roads. Drivers who pass a bicycle rider must allow a distance of at least:
- 1 metre when the speed limit is 60km/h or less
- 1.5 metres when the speed limit is more than 60km/h.
“We need a quality campaign to educate all road users about safe passing and other laws that protect riders, so more people will be safe to cycle,” said Bastien.
Bicycle NSW thanks Alex Greenwich MP for his consistent, proactive support for rider safety.