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On Your Bike

Tuesday 21st October / presented by Chris Wheeldon

Do you ride a bike? Are you an early morning lyra bandit or do you sit behind a bike in your car fuming over lost time? Either way, bike riding in WA has increased exponentially over the last ten years and will do so into the future, it may be in everyones best interest to make the act safe. WA Labor have a plan, well they have a plan to have a meeting to make a plan. Record numbers of people are choosing to cycle instead of drive, 87 thousand rides into the CBD occurred between January and March this year, but are those riders safe?

In a nutshell: some riders do not feel safe and the death of a man after a hit last weekend gives them just cause. But some drivers would argue that bike riders flaunt the road rules and put themselves and other in harms way. State Labor Leader Mark McGowan has called for an urgent Cycling Summit, something that Premier Barnett has not pushed for.

The Summit will invite cyclists, motoring organisations and stakeholders to brainstorm ways to improve safety for all road users.

Mark McGowan joined Chris Wheeldon to discuss.

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Will a metre make any difference when a one tonne car barrels down a road at speed. The Greens think it may and submitted a amendment to the Road Traffic Bill earlier this year.

The Greens have been pushing for a Cycling Summit for years, proposing different options to resolve the issue and make cyclists safer. And Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has been rallying support for her Road Traffic Amendment Bill.

The bill, which was introduced in March and was debated last week will require drivers to leave either a metre or 1.5-metre gap between them and cyclists, depending on the road speed limit. Cycling bodies indicate the amendment although commendable will do little to increase the safety of bike riders and may lead to the current government sit on their hands if passed.

Lynn Maclaren joined Chris Wheeldon

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