A shocking year for cyclist fatalities in NSW has prompted
calls for urgent government action on bike safety.
The number of cyclists who died on NSW roads doubled in 2013,
with 14 lives lost compared with seven in 2012.
Cyclist-related crashes have continued in the new year, with
two hit-and-run crashes in one day.
A woman was in intensive care on Sunday night after a truck
hit the back of her bike at Kemps Creek in Sydney's west.
Police are still searching for the truck driver.
On the same day a cyclist was injured in a hit-and-run at
Helensburgh, south of Sydney.
He suffered multiple fractures and was also placed in
Police believe that they have found the car involved in the
A 23-year-old woman is assisting police, a spokeswoman said
Greens NSW transport spokesman Mehreen Faruqi wants to see a
road rule recommending a one-metre passing distance between
drivers and cyclists enforced in legislation.
The Greens put forward a notice to introduce a bill regarding
the one-metre rule in state parliament last July.
"It is clear that there is a problem in NSW regarding the
safety of cyclists, with the number of cyclist deaths
doubling in 2013," Dr Faruqi said in a statement.
"This doesn't even include the instances of regular
harassment and near misses that cyclists deal with each day.
"These two last terrible instances of hit-and-runs on
cyclists reveal the very real risks cyclists take every day."
Advocacy group The Amy Gillett Foundation has led a campaign
with Bicycle NSW also calling for a one-metre rule to be
Amy Gillett was an Australian competitive cyclist hit and
killed by a motorist while cycling in Germany in 2005.
Bicycle NSW CEO Alex Unwin said anything ensuring a greater
distance between vehicles and cyclists was clearly a good
"And one thing we can do is to legislate to ensure that
distance is left," he told AAP.
Comment has been sought from Roads Minister Duncan Gay.
A Transport NSW spokeswoman said the department was working
on a cycling safety strategy with the aim of reducing deaths
and serious injuries by 30 per cent by 2021.
She said in a statement rules were being developed for
drivers around sharing the road with bike riders
"highlighting key safety tips such as passing cyclists