AGF welcomes changed position on cyclist identification in NSW

by / Friday, 02 December 2016 / Published in Media release

The Amy Gillett Foundation welcomes the New South Wales Government’s announcement that carriage of identification by cyclists will become a recommendation rather than being a mandatory requirement.

“We’re pleased to see that the government has listened to the representations of the Amy Gillett Foundation, among others, and changed their position on compulsory carriage of identification. We look forward to renewed focus on important cycling safety measures like a metre matters laws, including a concerted education and enforcement campaign,” said Amy Gillett Foundation CEO, Phoebe Dunn, in response to the announcement.

The Foundation has spearheaded the national effort on a metre matters laws because it will help save lives. A metre matters because it provides a practical measurement for drivers when overtaking bike riders.

“Bicycle riders are some of the most physically vulnerable users of our roads. Mandating a minimum overtaking distance will help reduce crashes between vehicles and bike riders by changing behaviour. We want this law to become permanent at the end of the trial period.” Ms Dunn continued.

The AGF recommends that people carry identification when cycling as a safety measure, but does not support compulsory carriage of ID.

 

Media inquiries:
Martin Wells – Marketing & Media Manager, Amy Gillett Foundation
M: 0437 405 085 | e: mwells@amygillett.org.au

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