Greens MLC congratulates commitment to A Metre Matters by SA

In response to today’s news that the South Australian Government will become the third jurisdiction to commit to trialling a minimum distance of one metre for drivers overtaking a cyclist Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says the Barnett Government should not delay introducing a metre matters trial.  The SA decision comes in response to recommendations handed down to by the South Australian Citizens’ Jury.

“Two governments from opposite ends of the political spectrum already committed to metre passing and now South Australia has jumped on board”, said Ms MacLaren.

“Leaders across Australia are acknowledging that alongside increased bike infrastructure funding, we urgently need framework that will protect cyclists immediately. Having assessed the success of the Queensland trial, South Australia will prepare to trial this year.
“I urge the WA Government to assess research conducted by the Amy Gillett Foundation into the Queensland legislative trial when considering my Road Traffic (Keeping Safe Distances from Bicycles) Amendment Bill.

“This research, published in November 2014, found that 67% of all road users agree with the Queensland legislation and 61% of bike riders in Brisbane had experienced greater distance from overtaking motorists.

“We do not want further fatalities in the State to prompt us into action; we must exercise preventative rather than reactive measures. Internationally, the 1-metre legislated minimum gap is in place across Europe and in half the states in the USA, I urge members to support my Bill.” 

South Australian Greens MLC Mark Parnell supported the commitment, stating:

“Bicycles have outsold cars in Australia for the last 14 years. We have lots of bicycles; most of them are in sheds. The reason they’re in sheds is because people are nervous about riding on the roads. Solution: make the roads safer and also make the rules clearer about what people’s rights are on the roads.”