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Renewed Calls for Safe Passing Distance Laws

WestCycle is calling for the introduction of safe passing distance laws in Western Australia following the tragic death of a 25 year old cyclist earlier this week.

Kaleb Smith was cycling to work along Toodyay Road when he was hit by a truck travelling in the same direction on Monday morning.

WestCycle CEO Clint Shaw said this latest fatality once again highlights the need for safe passing distance laws in WA.

“Since October last year we’ve had 3 cycling fatalities in WA. All were a result of a cyclist being struck from behind by a motor vehicle.” Mr Shaw said. “It wasn’t because cyclists were riding in large groups, riding more than 2 abreast, or disobeying the road rules.” Mr Shaw added.

During the past month both the Tasmanian and South Australian governments have joined Queensland and the ACT in support of new laws designed to ensure that motorists leave a safe space when overtaking a cyclist. 

2014 was the worst year on record for cycling fatalities in WA and Mr Shaw said that now is the time for action if we don’t want 2015 to be the same.

“I think there’s general agreement that we need to do more to create a safer environment for the 400,000 Western Australians that choose to ride a bike every week” Mr Shaw said. “A greater investment into cycling infrastructure and the introduction of safe passing distance legislation is the best place to start.”

A Keeping Safe Passing Distances Bill has been tabled before Parliament and is expected to be debated again in March.

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