Safety

University students tackle road safety in video ad competition

One of the issues at the centre of tensions between cyclists and motorists is the question of road ownership. Many drivers believe roads belong to cars, that cyclists shouldn’t be allowed to use the roads and that they’re an inconvenience when they do. Most cyclists believe they’re entitled to use the roads, but many fear …

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Driverless cars are coming: So how will cyclists be affected?

Change is a’coming and it will revolutionise the way we get around. The development of driverless cars has gathered pace in recent years and it’s looking increasingly likely that, before too long, such vehicles will be a fixture on our roads. So what will the rise of driverless vehicles mean for society? And more importantly, …

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Images of ‘Boulie tacks’ suspect released: So what happens now?

It’s been well over two years now since upholstery tacks first started appearing on Yarra Boulevard in Melbourne’s inner east. The quiet, 6.6km stretch of roadway has long been a favourite among local road cyclists and the dropping of tacks has almost certainly been an attempt to deter cyclists. The case of the ‘Boulie tacks’ …

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Victoria’s proposed overtaking laws: Do cyclists always need a metre of space?

While the majority of Australian states and territories have now made changes to their overtaking laws with the goal of improving rider safety, Victoria has lagged behind. But thanks to a state government inquiry, it seems such a law might now be on its way. So what might that law look like? Where’s the process …

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Sydney riders reflect on the New South Wales cycling law changes

In the course of his research for an article about the impact of New South Wales’s new cycling laws, Sydney cyclist Aidan James* spoke with many riders to get their thoughts. Here are the perspectives of three such riders. James James commutes daily from Rhodes into the Sydney CBD. He does bunch rides some weekends. …

What impact have the new cycling laws had in New South Wales?

Back on March 1, the Australian state of New South Wales introduced a handful of new laws that affect cyclists. Among such laws was a minimum passing distance trial, but so too were increased penalties for cyclists caught breaking the law. So what’s the early verdict on the law changes? Have they made a difference? …

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South Australia introduces a minimum passing distance when overtaking cyclists

South Australia has become the first state or territory of Australia to introduce a permanent, minimum passing distance when overtaking cyclists. From October 25, 2015 South Australian road users will be required to leave at least one metre when overtaking cyclists on roads with speed limits up to and including 60km/h. On roads with higher …

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Turning tragedy into change: Remembering Amy Gillett 10 years on

It was 10 years ago today when, on a training ride in Germany before Thüringen Rundfahrt, the then 29-year-old Amy Gillett and her five Australian teammates were struck by a car. The five teammates survived; Amy did not. The accident led to an outpouring of grief and support from the cycling community worldwide with statements …

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‘Safety in numbers’: reducing the risks for cyclists

There’s a theory in cycling safety circles that the more people riding bikes, the safer cycling becomes for everyone. And while research has shown the concept to work in cyclo-utopias like Denmark and the Netherlands, there’s been nothing to show that the same is true here in Australia. But now, a research paper from Monash …

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Trying to make sense of the Sydney cycling crash

A crash in Sydney yesterday involving a motorist and half a dozen cyclists has attracted significant media attention around Australia and beyond. Reports have focused on the fact the cyclists were riding on the busy Southern Cross Drive in Sydney’s south but as local cyclist John Sunde writes, the location of the incident isn’t particularly …

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