Pedal Power ACT welcomes NSW minimum passing distance trial

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A metre matters is a campaign by the ACT Government highlighting the importance of giving a cyclist one metre space when overtaking in a vehicle.

Pedal Power ACT has welcomed the announcement that NSW will introduce a trial of minimum passing distance between a person riding a bike and a motor vehicle.

“We’ve had these laws in the ACT since 1 November” said John Armstrong, Pedal Power ACT’s Executive Officer.

“It is good to see NSW catching up with the ACT and bringing consistency to each side of the border in the way the community is expected to behave on the roads.”

A survey conducted by Pedal Power ACT about the trial legislation in the ACT found 63% of respondents felt okay about the level of community awareness associated with the trial, but an overwhelming number of anecdotal comments submitted felt there was still more that could be done to educate road users about keeping a safe distance, as well as making interstate travellers aware when driving on ACT roads.

“Our members have relayed a pretty good response and acceptance by people in the ACT of the trial legislation. We’ve been informed that has also been the case in Queensland too. However, we are very concerned about two recent incidents involving trucks from interstate coming dangerously close to people who were riding their bikes on ACT roads.”

Pedal Power ACT has also been made aware of additional changes announced by Minister Duncan Gay that will affect road users – in particular cyclists.

“The increased penalties for people who commit cycling offences and the need to carry identification don’t encourage the community to be active.  We prefer to support measures that encourage the community to act safely, responsibly and courteously towards one another when they are choosing a mode of active travel.”

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