Safer Riding in NSW

04 October 2018

Last week Bicycle NSW joined with the Amy Gillett Foundation and We Ride Australia to present to Senior Police at the Australasian Road Safety Conference on things police can do to improve road safety for riders.

Bicycle NSW General Manager of Public Affairs, Bastien Wallace, spoke about the issues that rural and regional bike riders face. This includes debris in road-shoulder lanes, the dangers posed by heavy vehicles ‘running-off’ retreads and the need for chain of responsibility enforcement to stop this dangerous practice.

Bastien Wallace (Bicycle NSW, General Manager of Public Affairs), Phoebe Dunn (CEO of Amy Gillett Foundation) and Stephen Hodge (Director - National Advocacy of We Ride Australia). 

She also spoke about the Bicycle NSW campaign to improve safe construction management and legal compliance to protect people who walk and ride, from the impacts of construction on their safety. Bastien took the opportunity to explain that NSW Police will be working with Bicycle NSW and the Amy Gillett Foundation to improve enforcement activities,  education of officers and the way complaints are handled at police stations.

Phoebe Dunn, CEO of the Amy Gillett Foundation, spoke about their efforts to bring in minimum passing distance laws across Australia, along with their cycle aware national research project and the resources they have developed to improve the education of heavy vehicle drivers in Victoria.

Stephen Hodge of We Ride Australia, gave insight into some of the efforts being undertaken in the ACT. He shared a video describing some of the work of West Midlands Police in improving safe passing of cyclists in the United Kingdom.

“If we want to change the way police work on the front line, we need to encourage the sharing of good practice across state and National borders, so we don’t ‘re-invent the wheel’. This was a great opportunity to do just that,” commented Bastien.