Pedal Power ACT has now appeared before the committe of Inquiry into Vulnerable Road Users. The committee has heard presentations from cycling and road safety organisations and individual advocates. John Armstrong, Pedal Power's Executive Officer gave evidence on Tuesday morning (3 December). His presentation reinforced the points outlined in Pedal Power ACT's written submission and he also had the opportunity to answer questions from the four committee members. He then went onto 666 ABC to talk about it with Genevive Jacobs - one of many media appearances by Pedal Power ACT staff over the last few days. You can see footage of all the presentations to the commitee here http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/cycle-group-seeks-ruling-on-minimum-passing-distance-20131129-2yhk8.html
The Inquiry will be hearing further evidence in the New Year and we expect to see a final report in April 2014. We will certainly be watching closely and keep you informed of progress. We also hope that the ACT Governemnt will be as swift to act on any recommendations as the Queensland Government has shown itself to be in the last few days (more on that below).
Here's the PowerPoint presentaion used to as part of the verbal submission - VRUI Pedal Power Presentation
The Inquiry into Vulnerable Road Users will examine a range of issues of concern and importance to cyclists and other vulnerable road users, including:
(a) an examination of national and international best practice approaches to protecting and encouraging vulnerable road users, including through regulation, infrastructure, design, education and funding arrangements;
(b) gathering evidence from the community and experts about issues faced by vulnerable road users and potential improvements;
(c) recommending changes to be made in the ACT to better protect and encourage vulnerable road users; and
(d) any other relevant matter.
Following public submissions, a report on the issue of vulnerable road users must be tabled by the last sitting day in April 2014.
In addition to Pedal Power ACT's submission, we would also like to endorse the submission to the inquiry from the Amy Gillett Foundation, and in particular its submission on an amendment to the road rules to require drivers of motor vehicles to keep a minimum distance from people cycling on roads.
Pedal Power's submission to the Vulnerable Road Users Inquiry can be viewed here.