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A Metre Matters – How about a little space please?

Recently the Amy Gillet Foundation commenced its “A Metre Matters” campaign and thanks to SBS it will be appearing on your TV soon. I think this is a very important safety campaign and encourage all to take onboard the message to promote the message where possible.

On the same subject, providing a safe cycling environment, Cycling Central posted this message from Matthew Keenan, an extract of it follows. It is such an important message that I thought it was worth republishing here.  I strongly encourage you to share this message where you can.

Why is it that a motorist has no trouble changing lanes to go around a parked car but it’s one of life’s great impositions to change lanes in order to go around a cyclist safely?

On my mid-week morning ride I came to the conclusion that as a group of four riding two-abreast, singling out when called for, we were taking up less road space than the average station wagon.

Yet it was very clear that a small portion of motorists didn’t quite see it this way.

If a motorist misses their chance to change lanes to go around a parked car they get stuck at a stand still until there’s a break in traffic.

But there’s no outrage on talkback radio about parked cars.

Ah, of course, they pay rego.

Yet if they’re stuck behind a few cyclists, moving along at roughly 30kph, it’s easier for them to move into the next lane to go around.

But this rational approach isn’t the one adopted by some drivers.

And wearing lycra just seems to add fuel to the fire of an inpatient motorist’s ire.

3 Responses to A Metre Matters – How about a little space please?

  1. jet April 29, 2010 at 1:41 AM #

    “Ah, of course, they pay rego. ”

    Oh dear. Rego does not pay for roads – our taxes do. Rego is an insurance policy that covers third parties if while driving your car, you are liable for personal injury. Maybe the author is just echoing the most common arguement he’s heard, and did not elaborate due to a need for brevity, but it’s like showing a red rag to a bull, saying that. I find it quite sad that people think $400-odd a year pays for the monstrous network of roads that they demand be continually widened, maintained and expanded.

  2. jet April 29, 2010 at 9:41 AM #

    “Ah, of course, they pay rego. ”

    Oh dear. Rego does not pay for roads – our taxes do. Rego is an insurance policy that covers third parties if while driving your car, you are liable for personal injury. Maybe the author is just echoing the most common arguement he’s heard, and did not elaborate due to a need for brevity, but it’s like showing a red rag to a bull, saying that. I find it quite sad that people think $400-odd a year pays for the monstrous network of roads that they demand be continually widened, maintained and expanded.

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