Cycling in Sydney Australia
I did a quick search, and don't believe anyone has already posted this up. I received it through a cycling connection. Its got about 850 signatures so far (in 4 days) and expect this to balloon as it is distributed.
Please feel free to pass on to anyone you think may be interested, or on any other similar
[enter city] cyclist sites
I wish this petition and the Amy Gillet campaign would stress that the minimum safe distance should be speed related. One metre at 100 km/h is not a safe minimum! 60 cm or so will do on a 40 K road
The other point against a mimimum distance is that it is impossible or impracticable to measure- how would you decide if it was 50 cm or 100 cm?
Still, there is a need to educate motorists on safe overtaking of cyclists, and enforce the existing laws.
As I've said before, I'd prefer to see the current law being enforced and the driving public informed before the introduction of yet more legislation which is less effective in protecting VRUs - it's illegal to overtake another vehicle in the same lane (the overtaking vehicle must move completely in to the other lane for the manouvre), and for some reason the majority of car drivers seem to believe that solid dividing lines don't apply around cyclists. See rules 133, 134 & 144 from around page 150 in this.
The Amy Gillet "a metre matters" campaign, although worthwhile if it ensures cars at least give consideration to passing distances (rule 144 from memory), still legitimises illegal overtaking by inferring you can remain in the same lane. 144(b) infers that when overtaking, the overtaking driver must overtake in an adjacent lane by virtue of the fact it says they must not return to the lane until it is sufficiently in front of the vehicle it overtook, so as to avoid a collision. If it's not safe for a car to overtake a bike by changing in to the other lane, then it's not safe to do it remaining in straddling two lanes (as a general rule - a lane that is 6m wide, I might consider an exception).
I agree, I'm not that keen to sign that petition. The line "...and yet breach no law" is incorrect in my view.
On a wider view, I'm also not keen on over-regulation. I'd like (long term) for people to understand how to drive around bicycles, not just to do it because the rule says to. I applaud people trying to make a difference, but this one isn't for me.