Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

May 12, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Dillier wins Giro d’Italia stage 6 from the breakaway; Thomas outmanoeuvres bigger names to win stage 3 of the Four Days of Dunkirk; Pöstlberger ‘proved he is more than a one-hit wonder’; Phinney returns to racing following concussion; Talansky – ‘I would love to be able to pull off a great result’ at Amgen Tour of California; ‘Several severe injuries’ for Frison; Stig Broeckx continues to make progress; Proposals to make cycling part of the driver licence process; Illinois woman charged with attempted murder of former police officer in road rage incident; We want to hear your feedback! Please take the CyclingTips reader survey; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 5 post race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 6 Pre Race; Video: Jan Ullrich – 20 Years Tour de France GC victory; Video: why barriers exist at train crossings

Proposals to make cycling part of the driver licence process

by VeloClub

Cyclists who feel that drivers don’t understand what it is like to ride a bike will be encouraged by suggestions being made by the City of Sydney. Proposals for an upcoming NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Driver Training and Road Safety are attempting to create an empathy for cyclists, which it is hoped will reduce accidents and aggression.

“As more riders are on the road it is imperative that drivers understand their perspective … to experience what it feels like to be on the road as a bike rider,” states the submission from the City of Sydney. “The effect would be better interactions between these drivers and other riders.”

Under that proposal, it is recommending that learner drivers be allowed to use a cycling proficiency course, such as those offered by the council, as part of the 120 log book hours they need to accumulate before taking their driver’s test.

Bicycle New South Wales also recommends that up to 10 hours spent on an approved bicycle safety course be credited in a learner’s log book, saying this would “increase awareness of vulnerable road users, and increase bicycle rider safety”.

Meanwhile the Amy Gillett Foundation, meanwhile is recommending a trial that will ‘recognise hours spent riding bicycles in a road environment for the calculation of log book hours.’ It wants this to have a maximum credit of 20 hours.

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