Cycling and the law

February 27, 2014 § 3 Comments

We need to pursue legislation which protects vulnerable road users, as is the case in the Netherlands.

As a regular road cyclist and cycling commuter, I’ve started wearing a GoPro on my helmet. The amount of respect I’m now given by motorists has increased dramatically. To me, this suggests that if there’s potential legal ramifications for thoughtless or dangerous behaviour towards cyclists, then drivers will think twice before taking unnecessary risks around them.

That said, I’d support an education program for ALL cyclists to learn preventive, sensible ways of riding in traffic. Before we can tackle legislation towards bad motoring behaviour we as cyclists, we should get our own house in order by finding ways to deal with bad behaviour which brings our noble activity into disrepute.

Let’s hold Tony Abbott, or any subsequent PM to account with regard to safer cycling infrastructure. Mr Abbott has said he wants to be known as the “Infrastructure PM”. Surely as a cyclist himself, he would understand the need for safer cycling in Australia as a means to alleviate traffic congestion, address rising obesity levels, and enable better physical and mental health in the community.

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§ 3 Responses to Cycling and the law

  • Maybe i should go back to my old helmet with the Ay-Up LX on it, which drivers probably think is a camera….but anyway, your point is regarding increased respect in both directions, being predictable on the road, and as courteous as we expect them to be to us. Also perhaps politely (?) reprimanding the bad behaviour we observe with fellow cyclists rather than just shouting d!(#3d at them! Carry on sir, safe cycling

  • Rodney Olsen says:

    One of the issues that causes friction between motorists and cyclists is that if a single motorist does something stupid, other motorists get angry with that one motorist. When one cyclist does something stupid or dangerous, the blame is directed at all cyclists.

  • alexmillier says:

    Ain’t that the truth Rodney. Whilst I cringe at the antics of some of my fellow cyclists, I really hate being tarred with the same brush.

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