Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 25, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Valverde takes maiden Giro stage win as Nibali falters, Kruijswijk consolidates GC lead; Seven talking points from the second week of the 2016 Giro d’Italia; What you need to know about the IOC’s Olympic anti-doping retests; British Cycling sends email warning to its riders; Degenkolb to Trek-Segafredo?; Sagan to Astana?; Dave Mirra: A Hero’s Death and CTE’s Arrival; True Temper to end bicycle tubing division; French police to bolster security for Tour de France; Fines for cyclists in new Australian road laws far outweigh motorists’; An Post Rás stage 2 highlights; Adam Phelan ; Drawing Peter Sagan

Fines for cyclists in new Australian road laws far outweigh motorists’

by CyclingTips

New laws meant to protect cyclists in New South Wales that began 1 March have netted nearly $350,000 in fines from cyclists.

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Since 1 March police have cited 1,100 cyclists for not wearing a helmet, while only citing motorists four times for passing too close.

“We agree that education is the best method but it has to be backed up by a reasonable level of compliance, which is fining people,” Bicycle NSW chief executive Ray Rice said.

Rice continued that the balance of citations, “does seem very low in proportion to the number of cycling fines issued in the same period.”

“We don’t want cyclists’ money – that is not why we increased fines for high-risk and downright stupid behaviour. These changes are about improving safety,”Roads Minister Duncan Gay said. “I don’t want to see another dollar in fine revenue but I do hope to see a reduction in cyclist injuries. It is simple: if you wear a helmet, you won’t get fined.”

Click through to read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.