City of Wanneroo waste trucks to carry stickers to promote awareness of cyclists

Waste services pick up a recyling bin in Alkimos.
Picture: City of Wanneroo
Waste services pick up a recyling bin in Alkimos. Picture: City of Wanneroo

ROAD safety stickers will feature on City of Wanneroo waste trucks in a bid to promote awareness of cyclists.

Mayor Tracey Roberts introduced a motion on notice at the June council meeting, requesting stickers on the City’s waste fleet that encourage a one metre minimum passing distance between vehicles and cyclists.

“It’s all about highlighting safety and increasing awareness, and what better way to do it than on the back of our huge waste vehicles,” she said.

The accompanying report said the minimum passing distance concept originated from the Amy Gillett Foundation’s 2009 ‘A Metre Matters’ campaign .

The State Government has agreed to try the law requiring drivers to leave a one-metre gap when overtaking cyclists on roads.

Mrs Roberts said she was approached by members of the local cycling community to promote the concept on its waste trucks, which councils in Queensland and NSW have previously done.

The motion was unanimously passed by councillors. Cr Dot Newton said she agreed as her husband cycled and it could be “quite scary”.

The City will consult with the Road Safety Commission, Westcycle and Amy Gillett Foundation about the design of the stickers before installing them on 26 domestic and recycling waste trucks at a cost of $4500.

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