Perth: Making roads safer for cyclists

New laws encouraging mutual respect between cyclists and motorists will soon be passed.
New laws encouraging mutual respect between cyclists and motorists will soon be passed.

SAFE passing laws are planned later this year following the launch of booklets encouraging mutual respect on the roads between cyclists and motorists.

Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts said making cycling safer was a priority.

“Cyclists are among WA’s most vulnerable road users, with three cyclists killed on Western Australian roads already this year,” she said.

“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,” she said.

The best practice guides prepared by WA’s cycling body WestCycle were funded from a $52,000 grant through the Road Trauma Trust.

Cyclists and drivers are encouraged to ‘be alert, be predictable and be courteous’ in the booklets that outline road rules and safe practices.

The guides are available via the Road Safety Commission and Westcycle websites.

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