Cyclist passing rule `must be mandatory'

Cyclists need protection and the 1.5 metre passing rule must be set in law, the Greens in New Zealand say.

Transport spokeswoman Julie Anne Genter says police are failing to prosecute drivers who pass dangerously close to cyclists and there's a way to deal with that.

"Change the law to make the 1.5 metre passing rule mandatory so police will have to act," Genter said.

"Police prosecute only a tiny faction of these cases, suggesting cycle safety is a low priority for them."

Genter says the death of cyclist Jane Farrelly near Taupo last year is a case in point.

"Police decided not to prosecute the driver involved, saying it was `unrealistic' for a heavily laden vehicle to slow down before passing a group on bicycles safely," she said.

"Vulnerable road users like Jane Farrelly deserve better protection."

Enforce single file as well

As long as the police also make steps to enforce the single file rule as well. After all, how is a vehicle supposed to pass a group of cyclists with a 1.5m buffer when the cyclists are four wide on the open road safely? This would have you in the grass on the other side of the road.

Single file when on the road, prosecution if ignoring a cycle lane and choosing to ride on the road, cars are not permitted to drive on the foot path or cycle lanes so ban cycles from the road if there is a dedicated cycle lane.

 

No-brainer


"Police decided not to prosecute the driver involved, saying it was 'unrealistic' for a heavily laden vehicle to slow down before passing a group on bicycles safely."

It was also clearly unrealistic for the heavily laden vehicle to pass a group of cyclists safely without slowing down. If it wasn't safe to pass them when slowing down and it wasn't safe to pass them without slowing down, then it clearly wasn't safe to pass them at all. Should have been a no-brainer for the police.

1.5 metre passing rule

Can't happen soon enough!

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