Safe Passing Distances Bill - a Metre Matters

Greens MLC congratulates commitment to a meter matters by South Australia

Media statement, Friday, 23 January 2014

In response to today’s news that the South Australian Government will become the third jurisdiction to commit to trialling a minimum distance of one metre for drivers overtaking a cyclist Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says the Barnett Government should not delay introducing a metre matters trial.  The SA decision comes in response to recommendations handed down to by the South Australian Citizens’ Jury.
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Greens push through bike safety bill in response to fatalities

Media statement, Wednesday, 15 October 2014.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren will tomorrow urgently bring forward debate for her Road Traffic (Keeping Safe Distances from Bicycles) Amendment Bill after a recent cycling death has demonstrated ‘how critical it is that we act immediately to protect vulnerable road users’.

“I welcome increased funding for bike paths by the State Government, but this infrastructure will take time and money to implement, we need to act now before more lives are lost.
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Greens urge support for increased cyclist safety following another saddening fatality

Media statement, Monday 13 October 2014

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has today urged the State Government to support her Bill to protect cyclists after another fatality on the weekend showed more drastic action must be taken to protect vulnerable road-users.

“My sincere condolences go out to the friends and family of Brynt McSwain, another cyclist who died tragically on WA roads. Read more »

Greens call for Barnett support for cyclist safety bill following ACT report

 Media statement, Thursday, 25 September 2014.

In response to today’s breaking news that the ACT will trial safe passing rules for cyclists, Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has called on the Barnett Government to support her Road Traffic (Keeping Safe Distances from Bicycles) Amendment Bill.

She congratulated the ACT on the range of reforms set to protect vulnerable road users in that State. Read more »

Greens Welcome Bike Network Plan

Media statement, Friday 4 April, 2014.

Two years after releasing a draft for public comment, the Barnett Government has finally delivered on its promise for a Bike Network Plan, but it has gutted the funding required, the Greens say.

“The government’s recently released WA Bicycle Network Plan has picked up a lot of ideas from the Green’s Bike Vision, released last year. This includes the safe routes to schools and even a smartphone app to plan journeys and report faults,” says Lynn MacLaren Greens MLC.
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Road Traffic Amendment (Keeping Safe Distances from Bicycles) Bill 2014 Explanatory Memorandum

Overview of the Bill

This Bill addresses the danger posed to bicycle riders from motor vehicle traffic by introducing a simple amendment to the Road Traffic Act 1974.

Cyclists need the protection of space when sharing roads with motorists. Read more »

Road Traffic Amendment (Keeping Safe Distances from Bicycles) Bill 2014 Second Reading Speech

Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC - 20 March 2014

I move that the Bill be now read a second time.
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Safe Passing Distances Bill - a Metre Matters

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren introduced the Road Traffic (Keeping Safe Distances from Bicycles) Amendment Bill on Thursday, 20 March, during Cycle Instead Bikeweek 2014.
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Greens introduce Safe Passing Distances Bill to protect cyclists

WA Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren will today introduce a private member’s Bill to establish a minimum one metre safe distance for cyclists on roads in an effort to decrease accidents which cause death and serious injury.

Cycling advocates, who will gather on the steps of Parliament this morning to launch the Bill, have welcomed the Greens’ Road Traffic Amendment (Keeping Safe Distances from Bicycles) Bill, which will require drivers of vehicles to leave a minimum distance when overtaking bicycle riders: one metre on roads up to 60 kilometres an hour, and 1.5 metres on other roads. 

Ms MacLaren said “This Bill is in response to the compelling case put by cycling advocates including the Amy Gillett Foundation, who have been campaigning for this safety measure among others to save lives.” Read more »

When it comes to saving lives, a metre matters

Media statement, Saturday, 15 March 2014.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren will introduce the Road Traffic (Keeping Safe Distances from Bicycles) Amendment Bill on Thursday, 20 March, during Cycle Instead Bikeweek 2014, which started today.
 
“Greens MPs around Australia are pushing for laws to make cycling safer alongside the Amy Gillett Foundation's ‘A Metre Matters’ campaign”, said Ms MacLaren.
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