Greater education and added bike lanes are a more practical solution

On behalf of its more than two million members, the RACV welcomes the Government’s announcement of a public education campaign to better inform all users about their responsibility to share the road and to encourage motorists to leave a ‘safe zone’ around cyclists.

The RACV submission to the Economy and Infrastructure Standing Committee in March 2016 called for greater investment in public education of safe road rules and a specific “Share the Road” campaign. The RACV also called for the government to invest in more separated bike lanes both off-road and on-road for cyclists. The submission also outlined RACV’s concerns about the impracticality of enforcing a “one metre rule”.

Brian Negus, RACV General Manager, Public Policy said, “As our population grows and traffic pressures increase, it’s more important than ever that we work to improve mobility for all Victorians whether they are riders, drivers or pedestrians. All road users have a responsibility to share the road,” said Mr Negus. “That’s why we support the Government’s decision to make greater investment in public education of safe road practices.”

“The RACV is also calling for changes to be made to existing roads as well as for investment in new infrastructure that would make the roads safer for everyone. Minimum lane widths for bicycles and cars should be mandated for all public roads in Victoria,” said Mr Negus. Where space is limited, as on Sydney Road, on-street parking should be removed making way for separated bike lanes and wider footpaths. These kinds of practical solutions will make the road safer for everyone.”

The RACV’s submission to the Economy and Infrastructure Standing Committee can be found on the RACV website.

Additional facts:

  • RACV is helping to educate its members and all of Victorians about bicycles, eBikes and riding through innovative online videos.
  • RACV has also produced the “Sharing roads and paths” brochure developed in partnership with riding organisations.  

Written by RACV, (03) 9790 2572
March 24, 2017