Greens MLC to propose legislation for safe passing distances in WA, welcomes QLD decision

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren welcomed news today that cyclists in Queensland would be protected by laws that require a metre gap by passing vehicles. Ms MacLaren is introducing a similar bill that will keep cyclists safe. 

“It is great that Queensland has become the first state in Australia to pass a law protecting cyclists from vehicles that get closer than a metre when passing. We do not want anyone losing their lives on our roads”. 

“Western Australian cyclists are just as entitled to use our roads as those in vehicles. According to the Department of Public Transport, WA cyclists using new riding spots jumped from 132,000 in January to 228,000 in September, this is a huge increase that we must prepare for. 

“Hopefully this bill will stop death and injury stemming from a lack of attention. 

With the passing of the bill in Queensland and support of various bicycling communities in WA, Ms MacLaren explained that she sees ‘no reason why this bill will not pass’. 

“Greens members across the country will be pushing for this legislation; a one metre passing distance will not just reduce death and injury but also encourage more people onto their bikes – a sustainable, healthy and eco-friendly method of transport”.