Greens call for Barnett support for cyclist safety bill following ACT report

In response to today’s breaking news that the ACT will trial safe passing rules for cyclists, Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has called on the Barnett Government to support her Road Traffic (Keeping Safe Distances from Bicycles) Amendment Bill.

She congratulated the ACT on the range of reforms set to protect vulnerable road users in that State.

“After a yearlong inquiry into improving safety for vulnerable road users, ACT has seen the light and is set to implement a whole host of measures. Like Queensland, the ACT will be trialling laws that require vehicles to leave a 1m or 1.5m gap when passing cyclists.

“First we had Queensland trialling metre passing to protect cyclists and motorists, now the ACT has jumped on board, I urge the State Government to support my metre passing Bill that will ensure safety for cyclists and motorists.

“The Greens have a solution that can be quickly implemented to increase road safety. My Bill requires drivers of vehicles to leave a minimum distance when overtaking bicycle riders: one metre on roads up to 60 km/h, and 1.5 metres on faster roads.

“It’s time WA joined world best practice in cycling safety. We must not wait for more road trauma to implement reforms as an emergency reaction to tragic deaths, we are edging closer to that each day. I urge the Minister for Road Safety, Hon Liza Harvey, to support my Bill as a preventative measure.

Congratulations to ACT Greens MP Shane Rattenbury for taking the lead in implementing safer roads in the ACT.