Working with Police to make NSW better for bikes

26 September 2018

Bicycle NSW and the Amy Gillett Foundation met with Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, senior representatives of NSW Police and the Centre for Road Safety to discuss issues for bike riders in NSW.

A key challenge for riders has been the enforcement of Minimum Passing Distance laws.  We agreed a range of measures to work together on that included:

  • Collaborating to improve the internal education and communication of MPD with front line police.
  • Working with members and stakeholders on the way MPD and other safety issues are communicated to police, including the submission of video evidence
  • Helping the Centre for Road Safety and police refresh driver education on Minimum Passing Distance laws.

We were encouraged to hear that Police, through operation Vello, had started trying to change the behaviour of drivers passing too close to people riding bikes.  All parties identified room for improvement and opportunities to help each other in improving cycling safety in NSW.

“We look forward to helping Police and the Centre for Road Safety deliver a safer riding environment in NSW,” said General Manager of Public Affairs, Bastien Wallace.