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by Mark Zalewski
April 19, 2017
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The government of Western Australia has said it will push for new laws aimed to protect cyclists in light of a growing culture of aggression on the roads, The West Australian reports.
Anthea Stacey told the newspaper recounted a time when she was sprayed in the face with a lubricant spray during a recent ride. Other cyclists told tales of drivers swerving into their path and other incidents of intimidation against cyclists. Westcycle chief executive Matt Fulton said there is growing trend of aggression on the roads, and not just toward cyclists.
“Australia has a societal problem that has escalated to the point where it is acceptable to treat other people with absolute disrespect the moment we are on the road,” Fulton said. “The amount of road rage and antisocial behaviour is evident on a daily basis regardless of the form of vehicle you are using.
However, Fulton points out that cyclists are much more susceptible to negative outcomes of road aggression, and a one-metre passing law would be a step in the right direction.
“In the case of bike riders, this behaviour can have far more severe consequences due to their vulnerability. Riders have a greater vested interest in ensuring the problem is stamped out.
Click through to read more at The West Australian.