The Canberra cycling community is deeply saddened by the death of a rider who was hit by a truck while cycling on the Federal Highway near Sutton just outside the ACT border.
This is tragic news and we send our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the rider. The crash occurred on a road that is commonly used by Canberra riders. It is deeply felt as we know it could have been any one of us on that road on Saturday.
Shockingly over the past eighteen months, four people have lost their lives cycling on local roads – this is totally unacceptable. Pedal Power continues to call for action to improve road safety for cyclists in the ACT region, including improved road signage, wider road shoulders and a mass education campaign about the minimum distance passing law.
Pedal Power has developed some educational materials with funding from an ACT Road Safety grant and in collaboration with ACT Policing, which will be launched at the Big Canberra Bike Ride on Sunday 3 March with our charity partner the Amy Gillett Foundation.
“As road users, we all have a responsibility to look out for each other and take care on our roads, said Amy Gillett Foundation CEO Phoebe Dunn. “People on bikes simply don’t have the same protection around them as people in cars – drivers need to be vigilant and on the lookout for cyclists at all times and give them the space they are required to by law.”
“To avoid tragedies like these, we need to change driver behaviour. When driving, people need to concentrate on driving, put their phone safely out of reach, and on do not disturb, so they can constantly be on the look for other road users, especially vulnerable cyclists,” said Ms Dunn.
We were also really disappointed to hear reports of impatient drivers abusing police at the scene of the collision. We all need to show some patience and respect for each other.
Content attributable to Pedal Power CEO Ian Ross. Based on a media release published Monday 11 February,
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