26 Jul 19 | By pp-admin | Cycle safety, Pedal Power
26 July 2019
Concern around pedestrian crossings shows more education is needed
Recent community concern about safety at Canberra’s pedestrian crossings is a good thing.
Pedal Power ACT CEO, Mr Ian Ross, noted the recent debate about what bike riders should do at these crossings showed that both motorists and bike riders want to ensure that the people who use these crossings are safe.
“The laws allowing bike riders to ride across crossings came into effect earlier this year.
“The change was the result of the ACT Government’s “Safer Cycling Reforms” trial, which included changes to the minimum passing distance rules and allowing riders to remain on their bicycles when crossing at crossings.
“Pedal Power strongly supported both of these reforms because we knew they would help keep bike riders safe and lead to more people riding.
“The 2019 ACT Road Rules Handbook makes it very clear – motorists must give way to pedestrians and cyclists on a marked pedestrian crossing.
“It’s important we keep this rule because we know that road rules that make bike riding safe and convenient, result in more people riding.
“The new rule is also better for drivers who prefer the person cycling to cross as quickly as possible. The quicker the person crosses, the less the traffic is held up.
“Pedal Power recognises that more education of Canberra motorists and bike riders is necessary to make this new rule clear to everyone.
“While the new rule allows riders to ride across crossings, we will continue to promote that they need to approach and cross ‘slowly and safely’ – at no faster than jogging or brisk walking speed.
“We encourage the ACT Government and ACT Police to do more to educate motorists about the new rules.
“If motorists are aware that it is their responsibility to always give way to pedestrians and bike riders at crossings, they are more likely to do the right thing and slow as they approach these intersections with paths.
“This new rule is a good rule for motorists and riders, we just need more time and education to ensure everyone knows what the rule is,” Mr Ross said.