Cycling in Sydney Australia
What is a "line of traffic"? Presumably if you are taking the lane you are part of the "line of traffic", but if you are in the gutter you might be considered a second "line of traffic" that a driver would not have to return to.
from US site 3 Feet Please.
Meantime, across the waters in 'space - crunched' Singapore , a campaign calling for 1.5m for safe overtaking of cyclists, and sponsored by a major Bank, and supported with a specific statement in "driving theory handbooks - drivers have to give cyclists 1.5m of space when overtaking them."
Looks like all Australia needs to do is to value the lives of their cyclists enough.
And to add, reading the article further:
"Beginning today, motorists who refuel at Caltex stations will be given the OCBC Cycle Singapore Safe Cycling Campaign decals. To encourage motorists to place the decal on their vehicles, Radio 91.3 will run a contest ‘Put the Decal On!’ from 29 November 2010 to 18 December 2010. Motorists spotted with the decal on their vehicles during this period will stand a chance to win $200 Caltex StarCash. A grand lucky draw will be conducted on 20 December 2010, where 20 winners will be drawn..."
Meaning that the campaign is supported by a bank - OCBC, a petrol company - Caltex and a Radio station complete with prizes to encourage the use of the decals and pushing the message through to drivers.
Nice read! This guy is a demon:
"I had just turned left from a filter lane when a 10-foot lorry made a U-turn and hit me from behind."
According to him, both he and his bike were pinned under the lorry and dragged for about two metres.
He said: "When it happened, I grabbed a bar on the lorry's undercarriage and just held on for dear life. My friends thought I was finished."
Small point: they should have 1.5m instead of 1.5M on their shirts - is that mega: 1.5 million metres? Should be safe then..
Change lanes would be far safer than 1m, and in NSW that is in fact the requirement on a multilane road.
People can't judge 1m for squat - they can judge change lane because then they have objects or markings on the right side of the vehicle where they can judge the car position reasonably.
This is another reason why we need a Rally for Safe Cycling......it all points to it (IMHO)
Another good article in the SMH, some unusually strong comments from BNSW