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“It's a two-way Street”

Ku-ring-gai Council and Hornsby Council are teaming up to deliver a Cycle and Driver Awareness Campaign throughout January and February 2016.

Both LGAs attract a high number of recreational and commuter cyclists to our roads with an increasing number of casualties occurring.  With negative opinions frequently expressed publicly by both parties, we need to remind all road users that attitudes need to change for the sake of road safety.

The aim is to affect attitudes and behaviour of cyclists and drivers and to encourage drivers to think about cycle safety every time they get behind the wheel. The message highlights to drivers and cyclists that our roads are a “Two-way street” where both parties need to “Show Mutual Respect” for each other.  There will be a range of promotional materials distributed, along with a range of advertising and media exposure occurring during this time.

Councils, along with Transport for NSW, Centre for Road Safety, Roads & Maritime Services, NSW Police and Bike NSW support the Amy Gillett Foundation campaign helping to reduce cyclist fatalities and serious injury along with affecting attitudes and behaviour.

For more information contact Council’s Road Safety Officer on 9424 0843.

Wheeling out new cycling safety package in 2016

The Minister for Roads, Duncan Gay, announced on 21 December 2015, a new cycling package to improve safety for all road users in NSW.

Initiatives in the new package start 1 March 2016 and include:

  • Introducing a new rule requiring drivers to leave a minimum distance when passing bicycle riders - at least one metre when travelling up to 60km/h and at least 1.5 metres when travelling faster than 60km/h, which will attract a penalty of $319 and two demerit points.
  • Increasing penalties to help improve safety on our roads for bicycle riders who are:
    • Not wearing a helmet  -  from $71 to $319
    • Running a red light  -  from $71 to $425
    • Riding dangerously  -  from $71 to $425
    • Holding on to a moving vehicles  -  from $71 to $319
    • Not stopping at children's/pedestrian crossing  -  from $71 to $425
  • Making it compulsory for adult riders to carry photo ID so that they can be identified in an emergency or if they break the road rules.

For more information, view the Transport for NSW website.

See Tips for drivers and cyclists (pdf. 1007KB)