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Fine time as bike passing laws kick in in Western Australia on November 30

Fine time as bike passing laws kick in - Fremantle Gazette, November 28, 2017

Fine time as bike passing laws kick in – Fremantle Gazette, November 28, 2017

The Western Australian safe passing laws came into effect in Western Australia on November 30, 2017. So please do share your experiences of riding under the new laws. Any evidence of improvements in behaviour?  Have you met Mr Trevor Plaisted on the road? 🙂

Referring to Mr Trevor Plaisted and his comments as published it seems across in all 17 of Community Newspaper Group’s mastheads it was with interest, that in the same week, is reporting on a study which finds Hi-Viz does not improve safety for bicycle riders. So from me, it is a resounding No Mr Plaisted.  No amount of hi-viz is going to make up for anyone’s poor driving skills or lack of care and consideration on our roads.

I written a quick reply to the Fremantle Gazette and the Western Suburbs Weekly.  Please do consider writing to at least your local Community Newspaper in response to Mr Peter Plaisted. They have a contact form you can use to quickly send a letter to the editor at your chosen publication.

With the greatest respect and genuine concern [Fine time as bike passing laws kick in, November 28, 2017], I suggest Mr Plaisted should seriously focus on his obesity concerns and worry less about a few seconds delay getting to the next set of traffic lights or how to move the steering wheel in his truck to change lanes.

Mr Plaisted if you cannot pass safely then yes you need to wait, just like you need to wait for those buses on Canning Highway. Your “inconvenience” [seriously is a few seconds really that a big an issue for you?] is no justification for bullying a person simply because they ride a bike.

As to the Hi-Viz comment: please ensure you focus on your driving and observing what is happening in front of you Mr Plaisted; that is a far smarter and beneficial safety feature.

In closing, I genuinely welcome the new safe passing laws and look forward to a safer environment for all road users, including Mr Plaisted.

Remember it is simply a matter of common sense, care and courtesy.