Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

May 10, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: UAE rider Polanc wins atop Mt. Etna at Giro d’Italia, Jungels moves into maglia rosa; Debusschere takes stage one of Four Days of Dunkirk; Froome shaken after hit and run incident in France; Nibali loses Moreno after disqualification for fighting; New race leader Jungels sees Giro as career milestone, but uncertain about chances of holding pink; Thomas jumps to second thanks to finish-line bonus; Zakarin only race contender to break elastic; Dennis out of Giro d’Italia; Van Garderen: I felt good on the climb; ‘A metre matters’ legislation likely to pass Victorian upper house tomorrow; We want to hear your feedback! Please take the CyclingTips reader survey; Audio: Six years after his passing, Elke Weylandt remembers brother Wouter’s character; Video: How Eritrean Cycling Made it to the Top of the Giro d’Italia; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – stage four pre-race

‘A metre matters’ legislation likely to pass Victorian upper house on Wednesday

by Matt de Neef

The Australian state of Victoria could be moving towards the introduction of ‘a metre matters’ legislation after all, with a Greens bill likely to pass through the state parliament’s upper house tomorrow.

The Greens’ minimum passing distance law (MPDL) bill would require drivers to leave a minimum of 1 metre when overtaking cyclists on roads with a speed limit up to and including 60km/h, or 1.5 metres on faster roads. The Greens are confident they’ve secured the numbers to get the bill passed.

“The only way this won’t be made into law tomorrow is if the government actively blocks our bill,” said Greens transport spokesperson Samantha Dunn. “Growing numbers of Victorian cyclists are being killed or hospitalised after incidents on the road. Requiring motorists to give cyclists more space would be a big step towards making the roads safer.

“This is a simple, common-sense reform that is working in other states and in many countries overseas. We are optimistic that our bill will pass parliament’s upper house tomorrow.”

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