With the release of the 2017 Road Safety Report Card, Road Safety Minister Shane Rattenbury has called for less complacency, and generational change to achieve ‘Vision Zero’.
The Minister has highlighted evidence from the 2015 Crash Report of an increase in road accidents involving people riding bicycles.
Pedal Power ACT Executive Officer John Armstrong supports the Minister’s calls for more awareness of people using on-road cycle lanes, and wants the minimum overtaking distance legislation to be made permanent when the trial ends in November.
“Making the legislation permanent is important to change the behaviour of drivers on ACT roads,” said Mr Armstrong.
“Anecdotally, we are hearing from our members that they have seen growing awareness among drivers of maintaining a safe distance from riders using on-road bike lanes since the introduction of the legislation in late 2015.”
“We’ll be looking to the release of the 2016 Crash Report later this year to provide solid evidence that the minimum overtaking distance trial is having the desired effect, and reducing the risk to vulnerable roads users on ACT roads.”
“The 2017 Road Safety Report shows that legislation and enforcement are just two of the elements required to make roads safer for people who ride bikes. The ACT community needs to work together to address this problem and save lives on our roads.”
“Pedal Power ACT is working with the Amy Gillett Foundation to raise awareness of the ‘A Metre Matters’ campaign, and we invite ACT residents to show their support for the minimum overtaking distance law at the Big Canberra Bike Ride, an event that celebrates safe cycling on our roads.”