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.