The introduction of the one-metre cyclist rule, which starts today, is not a one-stop solution to long-term road safety, the Transport Workers’ Union says.
TWU State Secretary Peter Biagini said more bicycle infrastructure that is better connected and improving cyclist and driver education were key to moving forward.
‘We support improved safety for cyclists, but the introduction of this one-metre rule is a reactionary approach that will expose a lot of motorists,’ Mr Biagini said.
‘As the representative of thousands of courier, heavy vehicle, waste and bus and taxi drivers, there are too many variables and unaddressed factors that will impact our workers trying to do their jobs.’
‘Our members regularly stop-start and manoeuvre in-and-around city and residential areas. This new rule will hinder their ability to do their job and subject them to increased pressures, scrutiny and fines,’ Mr Biagini said.
‘What about interstate drivers? Will the State Government roll out a national education plan to alert those who cross the border into Queensland?’
‘This rule was passed too quickly without enough education.’
‘Further, under the new rules, cyclists can now make a complaint after an event, if they can prove the infringement with a witness or camera footage.’
‘Vehicles are easily identifiable, but what about the other way round? How do motorists, fellow cyclists and pedestrians identify and report cyclists who do the wrong thing?’
‘There needs to be improvement for the safety of both cyclists and motorists, but this rules is too one-sided and is not a sole long term solution.’
‘When you have submissions from the likes of the RACQ, Queensland Health and the Brisbane City Council all in favour of improved cycling infrastructure and education, you would think common sense would prevail.’
‘Better awareness and education between cyclists and motorists, and improved infrastructure that is better connected to keep cyclists off dangerous and busy roads are more important than this one-sided blanket rule,’ Mr Biagini said.
Mick O’Brien – 0411 875 910