Proposed new laws could give cyclists breathing space

THE Newman Government has ordered a review of Queensland's cycling laws, including whether a one-metre rule would provide a safer environment for cyclists.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said Parliament's Transport, Housing and Local Government committee would conduct the review into bicycle safety.

"There has been a lot of focus recently on bike safety and I've listened to that feedback and decided to take a closer look at the evidence and laws," Mr Emerson said.

"My personal view is that cyclists and drivers should be considerate of each other and ensure they are travelling safely at all times.

"However, I'm aware there is the potential for animosity between motorists and cyclists, which can lead to dangerous behaviour by both.

"I have written to the committee chair Howard Hobbs to review the trends in bike injuries and to evaluate any changes, for example, having a one-metre distance between motorists and a cyclist.

"The committee will also evaluate how any changes may be implemented and then enforced."

 

Would you support a one metre rule to make cyclists safer?

This poll ended on 14 June 2013.

Current Results

Yes. Cyclists should be given greater safety on our roads

33%

No. Cyclists are mostly to blame for accidents

12%

No. There is no way police will be able to enforce this

12%

Yes. But only if we ban cyclists riding side by side

42%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Bicycle Queensland CEO Ben Wilson welcomed the review.

"Given the increasing number of bicycle riders on our roads we believe this is the right time to review cycling laws," Mr Wilson said.

Cyclists made up 4.9 per cent of road fatalities and hospitalisations between 2008 and 2012.

This compares to pedestrians who made up 6.4 per cent and motorcyclists, which were 14.1 per cent. There were 11 bicycle fatalities on Queensland roads last year, compared to nine in 2011.

"The committee will take public submissions and consult with key interest groups to see if we can improve the current laws," Mr Emerson said.

"We've already taken steps to reform the licensing for three of the most at-risk groups on our roads - younger drivers, older drivers and motorcyclists - and this will continue our commitment to making our roads safer."

The committee will report back to the Queensland Parliament later this year.


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