Queenslanders embrace ‘Stay Wider of the Rider’ overtaking distance law

by / Thursday, 27 November 2014 / Published in Media release

The Queensland community has emphatically declared their support for minimum overtaking distance legislation, with bike riders experiencing improved safety and drivers stating they agree with the legislation.

Independent market research commissioned by the Amy Gillett Foundation has highlighted an extremely positive shift in driver behaviour and attitudes towards bike riders after just six months of the Queensland Government’s two-year minimum overtaking distance legislative trial.

Over 60% of the Brisbane bike riding community has already experienced greater distance from overtaking motorists and more than half of all road users reported more awareness of bike riders on the road.

The improved Queensland road rules require motorists to leave a minimum of one metre when overtaking bike riders at speeds of up to 60km/h and 1.5 metres at speeds over 60km/h. The trial laws are supported by the Government’s Stay Wider of the Rider awareness campaign; a ground-breaking approach in achieving progress in bike rider safety.

The survey revealed three-quarters of Queensland drivers are already aware of the legislation, with two-thirds of all road users supporting the improved rules. Further to this, over two-thirds of Queenslanders believe the Government’s Stay Wider of the Rider campaign effectively communicates the new minimum overtaking rules.

Key market research findings include:

  • 75% of frequent drivers were aware of the minimum overtaking distance legislative trial
  • 67% of all road users agree with the legislation
  • 61% of bike riders in Brisbane have experienced greater distance from overtaking motorists
  • 58% of bike riders in both metropolitan and regional Queensland have experienced greater distance from overtaking motorists
  • 52% of all road users reported observing motorists giving bike riders more space
  • 67% of all road users believe the Stay Wider of the Rider awareness campaign is effective
  • 75% of all road users agree the Stay Wider of the Rider campaign message is true, 77% agree it is clear, 73% agree it is worth remembering and 62% agree it is informative
  • 55% of all road users reported more awareness of bike riders on the roads
  • 34% of all road users reported more empathy towards bike riders
  • 26% of all road users observed fewer incidents of tension between motorists and bike riders
  • 23% of all road users reported a more positive attitude towards bike riders.

The Amy Gillett Foundation’s a metre matters campaign has spearheaded the national effort for state and territory governments to improve road rules to specify minimum distances for overtaking bike riders.

The Foundation applauds the Queensland Government’s leadership in implementing the legislative change targeted at improving safety for all road users. The Queensland community has responded with their commitment to the trial and creating a culture of mutual respect on the roads establishing the benchmark for the rest of Australia to follow.

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The independent market research was conducted on 24-28 October 2014 with 800 randomly-selected Queensland residents, both motorists and bike riders, to identify and track the awareness and effectiveness of the Queensland Government’s minimum overtaking

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