Ballarat and the region are currently experiencing a terrific growth in cyclist numbers. The increases can be credited to numerous factors such as junior and educational programs, the National Road Championships, marketing activities or perhaps it's just the community's friendly cycling culture.
Recently, cyclist safety and its associated issues have been in the media more than ever before. Many of them have stemmed from the tragic hit run event on Good Friday. Not long after that event, there were reports stating that cycling road accidents have increased by 50% in the last year. Meanwhile, the Amy Gillet Foundation are pushing their way into parliament to ask for the one meter rule to be enforced in Victoria following its introduction into other states.
As a cycling club, all of this talk about cyclist safety is great. The more awareness there is the better. However, we can’t just rely on media to make our roads safer for cyclists, there are a number of key ways we, as cyclists, can make our roads safer:
- Always use a red rear tail light
- Always use a front white light even during the day, after all, it’s compulsory for motorcyclists
- Always follow road rules including two abreast maximums
- Always stay as far left as practical and use bike lanes when available
- Respect all drivers
- Do not yell expletives or throw the finger up at disrespectful drivers. This only escalates the ‘us against them mentality’ and adds fuel to the flame. You would be doing your fellow cyclists an injustice.
- Acknowledge courteous and respectful drivers with a wave and/or a smile
See you out there!
Road Racing Committee