Recently the Amy Gillet Foundation commenced its â€œA Metre Mattersâ€ 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.Â 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 itâ€™s one of lifeâ€™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 didnâ€™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 thereâ€™s a break in traffic.
But thereâ€™s no outrage on talkback radio about parked cars.
Ah, of course, they pay rego.
Yet if theyâ€™re stuck behind a few cyclists, moving along at roughly 30kph, itâ€™s easier for them to move into the next lane to go around.
But this rational approach isnâ€™t the one adopted by some drivers.
And wearing lycra just seems to add fuel to the fire of an inpatient motoristâ€™s ire.