reads the headline on the PerthNow website blog posting. Â Perth Now is the online space for the Sunday Times newspaper in Western Australia. Â The cyclist in question is yours truly and I was interviewed as a part of a broader coverage of freeway extensions and a call by the peak cycling bodies including the Bicycle Transportation Alliance in Western Australia for safe passing laws.
The Sunday Times in their March 4, 2012 edition on page 8 also ran another photo and shorter story Â but I only have the full Perth Now copy here. Â My aim in agreeing to this was to raise awareness of road safety and that cyclists are are legitmate road users who also should be treated with care and respect. Sure cyclists break rules, but please does that make it okay to run them off the road? To seriously injure them? To kill them?
It is time we understood that cyclists pose a very significantly reduced road safety risk compared to motorised vehicles. How many cyclists kill motorists? Kill pedestrians? Kill other cyclists? Now take a look at what happens when people get behind the wheel of motorised vehicles? Where is the risk? Where is the very significant risk?
I just cannot understand the thinking that because cyclists (which includes children) should pay registration as that will somehow makes things even. Registration does not stop motorists killing others; registration is not going to make matters “fair” and it sure does pay for roads. Â For sure properly police cyclist behaviour, but lets not loose sight of where the real danger on our roads lies … with the motorist.
It is time for all to start sharing the road fairly and with respect.
I also support the campaign by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance for a safe passing distance; I just hope the RAC gets on board.
The article from Perth Now is reproduced below:
CYCLISTS are turning to spy cameras to nab reckless and abusive drivers behaving badly on our roads.
Andrew Priest, who cycles from Fremantle to Joondalup every day, decided to fit a keyring-sized camera to his handle bars 18 months ago after several near misses.
Since then, he said two people had been charged with driving offences on the back of video footage captured on the camera.
“I had a lot of close passes and people pretending not to see me and cutting me off, or abusing me,” he said.
“It’s just insurance more than anything and also to change drivers’ behaviours, to make them aware that they are accountable for what they do when they’re around cyclists.”
The tiny cameras are now a must-have in the Perth cycling community, following a spate of collisions.Â Mr Priest, 52, said the cameras could be purchased off eBay for as little as $50.
“It’s not a good thing, it would be nice if we all just got on well and shared the road and de-stressed when we’re driving,” he said.
“But if you’re a regular commuter it’s definitely worth it.”
Mr Priest has been posting his videos to youtube.
This video, recorded by a helmet-mounted camera, resulted in the driver being fined.
Meanwhile,Â this videoÂ captures a motorist cutting Mr Priest off. He was fined as well.
On Sunday March 4, 2012 Channel 10Â ran a news story on the same topic which included two of my videos. For those interested a video of the story can be found below.