Cyclists need to follow road rules

Posted: April 3, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Interesting post on news.com.au today about cycling from Victorian Chamber of Commerce.

You can find the link here

Extract below

  • Chamber of commerce calls for debate on cycling
  • Says cyclists should have licence, pay rego
  • Call for cyclists to learn the road rules

“Cycling is good for health, it’s good for the environment and it’s good for traffic congestion,” he said.

“But they are using public roads without any form of fee. It’s become a mainstream mode of commuter traffic and because of that, it’s an issue that demands some attention.”

Mr James said while motorists could easily be reported for traffic offences by their registration plates, cyclists were often able to escape without being identified.

But Bicycle Victoria CEO Harry Barber said most cyclists already had car licences and a call for registration was inappropriate.

“The idea of a plate on every bike when people have dozens of bikes and kids’ bikes – it would be a nightmare,” he said.

Mr Barber said most Melburnians who commuted to work by bike on roads were doing the right thing.

He said Bicycle Victoria supported better education for cyclists.

“They’ve got to learn the rules, they’ve got to learn the etiquette,” he said.

“We know that there are Grand Prix drivers and others who behave like idiots behind the wheel and we know that there are some people who behave irresponsibly on their bikes.”

Roads Minister Tim Pallas said he did not support the idea of registering bikes.

“There’s not one country in the world that has in place a licensing or registration system for bikes,” he said.

“We’re about encouraging people to look at cycling as a viable transport option.”

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