The latest report from the Australian Automobile Association showing an alarming 80% increase in cyclist fatalities over the last 12 months demonstrates what we at the Amy Gillett Foundation have been saying for some time – road safety strategies across the country are failing cyclists and other vulnerable road users, with the focus squarely on the occupants of motor vehicles, not those external to the vehicle.

We join cycling organisations around the country in calling for action to address this disturbing trend.

Key measures include:

  • Consistent, national cycling safety laws, such as minimum passing distance laws (a metre matters), together with education and enforcement of those laws
  • Education and training of current and future road users on how to share the road safely with cyclists, including compulsory components in graduated licensing programs
  • Prioritising expenditure on cycling safety infrastructure to better protect cyclists on our roads.

We will continue to pursue our vision of zero bike rider deaths and a safer cycling environment in Australia.

No death is acceptable, and everyone has the right to get home safely.

Article by AGF Media

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