2014 , by CyclingNSW
Cycling NSW was
shocked to hear the news yesterday of the incident involving a car which
collided with six Eastern Suburbs Cycling Club riders on their regular morning
training ride along Southern Cross Drive.
focus is on the well-being and recovery of the six riders involved. While it is reassuring to know the injuries
sustained are not life threatening, this does not in any way take from the
serious nature of the injuries or their potential to be life changing.
We have the
upmost confidence that the police investigation will ascertain the cause of the
collision. Police are urging anyone with
information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use
the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/ Information you provide will be treated in
the strictest of confidence. They remind people they should not report crime
information via the Police Facebook and Twitter pages.
past several months there have been numerous serious incidents involving cars
and cyclists, many involving our members.
This does not include the dozens which occur on a daily basis which
thankfully do not result in serious injury, but each having the potential to
severely injury or take the life of a cyclist.
Sadly it often takes a collision of this magnitude to bring sharply into
focus the issue of bikes and cars safely sharing the roadways in a mutually
incident has an eerie similarity to the one which claimed the life of
Australian cyclist Amy Gillett several years ago in Germany, one which in
itself has bought about significantly more awareness of cyclists on our roads.
groups around the country have been lobbying for legislative change under the
“metre matters” campaign. Such a change
would enshrine in law motorists being required to allow a minimum of 1 metre
space between themselves and cyclists when passing. Cycling NSW fully supports this
that the combination of changes to road rules and education of motorists and
cyclists is the best way to ensure the safety of all road users. Cycling NSW will continue to work with the
other cycling groups to ensure a collective approach is taken to bring about
Cycling is a
bourgeoning activity across health and fitness, competition and commuter
outcomes. What we see as a major contributor to incidents of this nature is the
apparent lack of understanding by some motorists that what may be only a minor
collision if between two cars, can kill or severely injure a cyclist who has
minimal protection against impact.
other instances we believe there is often a lack of respect shown towards
cyclists who are legitimate road users.
is someone’s wife, mother, husband, son or father, they could be your neighbour
or work mate. We call on all motorists
to be vigilant and aware of their surrounds when driving, and for our cyclist
to obey the road rules, to ensure as safe and mutually respectful environment
for all road users.