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Road rules review
The surge in riders on Victoria’s roads has prompted the State Government to launch a major review into bike-related road rules and safety issues
The government is concerned that a lack of knowledge, and possible omissions or errors in the road rules, could lead to unnecessary conflict between bike riders and other road users.
Rider numbers are up all over the state, particularly in Melbourne’s bike-friendly inner and middle suburbs, and are expected to double again in five years or so, leading to a dramatically different traffic mix.
Bikes already outnumber motor vehicles on some roads at certain times of the week.
VicRoads has called for input from riders via an online survey that canvasses a number of rules and contentious issues.
VicRoads states that the aim of this review is to identify opportunities to make it easier for people to take up riding and to better protect the safety of bike riders and other road users.
Bicycle Network CEO, Craig Richards encourages all riders complete the survey to ensure that the views of Victoria's cyclists are heard.
"It's vital that riders have their say on Victoria's road rules. Please take the time to fill in this survey and ultimately help encourage more people to take up bike riding."
Minister for Roads Terry Mulder said the Victorian Coalition Government was taking this important step to highlight the need for everyone on our roads to understand the laws which apply to cycling.
“We know cyclists and drivers often don’t see eye to eye and there have been a number of incidents where cars and bikes come into conflict because people are not sure who is in the right,” Mr Mulder said.
“We believe this is partly caused by a lack of understanding and knowledge, by both groups, of the rules that apply.
“We want to hear from riders, drivers, pedestrians and motorcyclists. I encourage everyone to be involved and give their views.
“We want to understand where there are gaps in the knowledge of current rules and hear about the issues which drivers, cyclists and pedestrians believe need to be addressed.
“We also want to hear from all Victorians about their ideas to help ensure the safety of cyclists and drivers and make people feel safer on our roads.”
VicRoads will use the results from this survey, research and cycling crash statistics and feedback from stakeholders and community interest groups as part of its review of the current cycling-related road rules.
Mr Mulder said the Coalition Government had committed to undertaking a review of the cycling-related road rules and legislation as part of Victoria’s Road Safety Action Plan and Victoria’s cycling strategy, Cycling into the Future 2013-23.
“Cycling is becoming increasingly popular so we need to make sure that when cyclists use our roads, they are safe and do not put themselves or others at risk,” Mr Mulder said.
The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete.