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Mutual respect and courtesy key to cycling safety

Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts today launched a series of booklets aimed at promoting mutual respect on the roads by cyclists and motorists.

The Best Practice Guides for safe cycling on Western Australian roads were produced using a $52,000 grant from the Road Trauma Trust Account.

The guides were prepared by WestCycle – WA’s peak cycling body – and are designed to provide advice for cyclists and drivers on:

  • Riding Safely on Your Own,
  • Riding Safely in a Group; and
  • Driving Safely with Bike Riders.

Cyclists and drivers are encouraged to ‘Be Alert, Be Predictable and Be Courteous’, with the booklets outlining road rules and safe practices for all road users.

The Best Practice Guides are available in printed versions at selected cycling clubs and outlets, and can be downloaded from the Road Safety Commission and WestCycle websites.

Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts said “Cyclists are among WA’s most vulnerable road users, with three cyclists killed on Western Australian roads already this year.

“Encouraging cyclists and drivers to share the road safely is something we should all be committed to and these guides provide essential road safety knowledge to cyclists, drivers and the wider community.

“The McGowan Government is committed to making cycling safer and plans to introduce safe passing distance laws for cyclists in WA later this year.”

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