Amy Gillett Foundation welcomes Queensland Government commitment to safer cycling

by / Wednesday, 28 May 2014 / Published in Media release

The Amy Gillett Foundation today welcomed the Queensland Government’s formal responseto the Inquiry into Cycling Issues’ 68 recommendations.

Tracey Gaudry, Chief Executive Officer of the Amy Gillett Foundation said the Queensland Government’s endorsement of 50 out of 68 recommendations in part or in full, reflected a genuine desire to improve the environment for the state’s 1.5 million bike riders.

Ms Gaudry said “the Queensland Government has shown their commitment to improving bike rider safety by implementing the minimum overtaking distance legislation trial. It is fundamental that the trial be accompanied by robust awareness, education, enforcement and evaluation.

“We are encouraged by the Government’s intention to incorporate the current Stay Wider of the Rider awareness campaign into a comprehensive Share the Road campaign to reach all road users. The commitment fell short of a minimum allocation of funding towards bike rider safety awareness.”

“Some practical infrastructure and road user behaviour recommendations were adopted but could have gone further.”

“The AGF will review the response in full once released to understand how wide-ranging the endorsed recommendations in support of bike rider safety.” concluded Ms Gaudry.