Cycling in Sydney Australia
Sydney buses do give you a metre - at the front of the bus. It is just that this has shrunk to mere centimetres (sometimes millimetres) by the time the back of the bus is going by.
Really? I bet most car drivers don’t know that.
What’s the point of having a law that most people are not aware of and is not enforced?
Why is it up to a private foundation like Amy Gillet to make people aware of this?
Why isn’t the RTA using some of its massive advertising budget to spread this important safety message? That’s really odd.
@SC: MG means in Deutschland where he is ATM, I presume.
Which is why Aussie motorists wouldn't have a clue about it (as they don't about much else relating to cyclists and cycling, by the by).
OOPS! Sorry for misreading the post.
Kudos to the Amy Gillett Foundation for raising this issue.
Many responses (and the current law ) says that cars should change lanes when overtaking cyclists, leaving them plenty of room. Fine for the multi-lane roads, but what about the single-lane roads? They are not covered by this law..
On the residential streets where I typically ride, most drivers are respectful and leave enough room. However, there is the odd one out that overtakes way too close. A law like this could help some cyclists (particularly novices) feel that they are protected by the law and send the message to motorists they must leave a safety margin around cyclists. At the moment there is a gap in the legislation, that seems a dangerous oversight.
SUS, I'm not sure that is true, see 144a below
144 Keeping a safe distance when overtaking
A driver overtaking a vehicle:(a) must pass the vehicle at a sufficient distance to avoid a collision with the vehicle or obstructing the path of the vehicle, and(b) must not return to the marked lane or line of traffic where the vehicle is travelling until the driver is a sufficient distance past the vehicle to avoid a collision with the vehicle or obstructing the path of the vehicle.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.