2 January 2013
Alarming increase in cycling deaths: Greens back one-metre passing rule
Responding to the rise in the number of cyclists deaths, Greens transport spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on all state and federal governments to back the introduction of a one-metre passing distance rule to make roads safer.
The Amy Gillett Foundation has estimated 50 cyclists died on the nation's roads in 2013 compared with an average of 35.
"Cycling needs to be made safer and a key way to achieve this is by introducing a mandatory one-metre passing distance for motorists overtaking cyclists," Senator Rhiannon said.
"Last year Greens MPs introduced legislation for a mandatory one-metre passing distance in a number of state parliaments and will pursue it this year.
"It is great news that the number of deaths from vehicle accidents is down in most states. This same trend has to be achieved for cyclists.
"Governments need to also do more to educate road users and develop separate cycle paths.
"With cycling becoming a more popular form of transport and leisure activity governments have a responsibility to make our roads safer for all users.
"An immediate way we can save lives and promote safe cycling is by legislating for a one-metre passing law and develop a high profile education campaign to promote this law," Senator Rhiannon said.
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