Transport

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.

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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.
Cyclists need a protective buffer when sharing roads with motorists. Read more »

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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Rail freight network - Filtering devices: Questions

RAIL FREIGHT NETWORK — FILTERING DEVICES
619. Hon Lynn MacLaren to the Parliamentary Secretary representing the Minister for Transport:
(1) Are trains in the Western Australian freight network required to have filtering devices fitted to their exhausts?
(2) If yes to (1), for each device please advise:
(a) the name of the device;
(b) the emissions filtered; and Read more »

Metro area express light rail: Questions

918. Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Transport:
(1) Will a delay in plans to construct part of a light rail network connecting Curtin University to the City of Perth impact Curtin University’s town plan for a light rail terminus?
(2) Did the minister consult with Curtin University when considering delaying this part of the project? Read more »

$50 million in insurance payout prompts safer cycling legislation

Media statement, Wednesday, 12 February 2014.

Amidst news that cycling accidents have cost taxpayers $50 million in insurance payments over the last five years, Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says it is time for the WA government to consider one meter passing distances in the state.

“Safer passing distances will not only reduce fatal accidents, but also decrease pressure on the Insurance Commission of WA, who has paid out $50 million to cyclists injured by motorists in the last five years.
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Cuts to road safety programs will risk the safety of our most vulnerable

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says State Government cuts to funding for road safety programs risks the safety of our most vulnerable road users – pedestrians, cyclists, scooter riders and motorcyclists.

“Though the Road Safety Council approved the position, the State Government cut funds for the officer who implemented the recommendations from the Cycling Safety Forums, and the Motorcycle and Scooter Safety Forums,” said Ms MacLaren.
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Senate enquiry to address diesel pollution welcomed

Media statement, Wednesday 21st August 2013.

Echoing the damning conclusions of a recent Senate enquiry, Greens MLC Ms Lynn MacLaren said, “It is time to clear the air”.

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