World and Australian record holder Michael Milton has joined forces with ACT Policing in its campaign urging Canberrans to ‘Share the Road’.
Each year an average of 14 people are killed and 565 people are injured because of collisions on ACT roads. Last year 197 bicycles were involved in reported collisions on ACT roads.
Milton, who represented Australia in cycling at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics said sharing the road was a responsibility all roads users shared.
“Canberra is a cycle-friendly city with fantastic infrastructure boasting more than 1,800km of footpaths, 374km of recreational and on-road cycle lanes,” Milton said.
“It is essential motorists recognise the existence and rights of cyclists on the road, just as it is vital that cyclists are aware of their responsibilities.
“Everyone who shares our roads must work together to improve safety.”
Acting Superintendent Rod Anderson said promoting a safe, respectful and harmonious relationship between road users is crucial to reducing the number of collisions on ACT roads.
“Whether you’re driving a truck, car, motorcycle or on a bicycle or walking all road users need to share the road safely and respect each other,” Acting Superintendent Anderson said.
“Out on our roads, regardless of the time of day or night, being aware of who and what is happening around you – the presence of cars, motorcycles, pedestrians and cyclists – is essential.”
“Just like motorists, cyclists are permitted to ride on the road but they are also expected to obey the road rules. Road rules and regulations are in place to protect everyone’s safety.”
To share the road more co-operatively
– Obey the road rules, such as stopping at all red traffic lights, and wear a bicycle helmet.
– Wear brightly coloured clothing and use lights when cycling at night.
– Ride predictably and indicate to motorists before changing direction or turning.
– Keep your bicycle in good order. Good brakes, tyres and a bell will assist with safety.
– Anticipate driver’s actions.
– Be patient and give cyclists a clearance of at least one metre when passing them.
– Watch out for cyclists at intersections and roundabouts.
– Check behind you for cyclists before opening your car door.
– Remember that cyclists are legitimate road users – please treat all road users with respect and according to the road rules.
– Anticipate cyclist’s actions