RSAC focusses on cyclist safety

Bicycle Tasmania has been a strong voice for riders on this Council for the last 2 years.  The Minister for State Growth, Rene Hidding, presented the Government's response to the RSAC's report yesterday in Estimates.  The resulting article in today's Mercury didn't really show the true picture of the strategies proposed.

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This announcement is part of a series of improvements for riders under RSAC's Third Action Plan.   The plan includes: better awareness of drivers of the road rules around riders and that cyclists on the road need at least a metre of space;  and the big ticket item of improvements to infrastructure including wider shoulders and off road paths (no ongoing funding).  The RSAC agrees that conflict between road users needs to be "built out" through both improvements to existing roads and creation of separate bikepaths.

It's great to see the new link to the Tasman Bridge finished.  Now we'd like the government to fund the northern extensions to the Intercity Cycleway.  Glenorchy City Council have done all the planning and it's ready to build.

The reference to Bonnet Hill is of course not the real situation.  For some reason bikelanes on Bonnet Hill were not included in the current Principal Urban Cycling Network plan, but Bonnet Hill is definitely included in the Regional Arterial Bike Network plan.  BT has consistently supported improvements to the shoulders of this road.

 


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  • commented 2014-09-11 15:29:26 +1000
    Here is the Minister’s Press Release:

    11 September 2014
    Rene Hidding, Minister for Infrastructure

    Pushing ahead with cycling safety

    The Liberal Government is committed to improving road safety for all road users, particularly cyclists.

    New cycling warning signs will be installed on popular cycling routes across the state with $100,000 in funding from the Road Safety Levy, which delivers on our election promise.

    The signs will reinforce a need for drivers to be aware of cyclists and advises they should pass cyclists safely, with graphics using the “a metre matters” messaging.

    The locations have been identified by the Road Safety Advisory Council in consultation with Local Governments and cycling advocacy groups, and include the Pinnacle Road, Channel Highway Huonville to Cygnet, Meander Valley Highway and the West Tamar Highway.

    The State Government has also accepted the Road Safety Advisory Council’s recommendation to not legislate at this stage for offences for passing cyclists closer than one metre on roads under 60kmh or closer than 1.5 metres on roads more than 60kmh.

    We continue to monitor a trial in Queensland, where this legislation has been introduced, and will look closely at their evaluation when it concludes in 2016.

    I have also asked the advisory council to investigate a potential amendment to the road rules to allow motorists to legally cross solid white lines only where necessary, to allow a safe passing distance.

    Our Government is also supporting a bike education program in schools, including of cycling related questions on the L1 test and online practice test, and is adapting the Amy Gillett Foundation’s highly successful “it’s a two-way street” campaign for use in Tasmania.

    The Liberal Government strongly believes that the right to safe usage of our roads is shared equally by all road users and we will keep working to reduce risk to vulnerable road users like cyclists.