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Should cyclists ride in single file? Petition calls on the rules to change

Love them or hate them, cyclists aren’t going away. A recent petition has called for law changes that restrict cyclists to single file riding, adding another twist to the seemingly never ending conflict between motorists and cyclists.

LET’S BE REAL. We’ve all been guilty of a little road rage when you’re already 5 minutes late to work and a cyclist is holding up the lane. No doubt they can be a pain, but should the law be changed?

As it stands, cyclists are allowed to ride two abreast on the road. The petition wishes to confine the pesky peddlers to single file riding only, and has picked up a lot of steam with over 94,000 people having signed so far. The petition offers many reasons for why the law should be changed, citing things like safety and poorly allocated taxpayer funding.

And of course we can’t forget the fact that they’re just fed up with cyclists.

“We, the undersigned, respectfully call on the Transport Ministers of each and every State in Australia, and each State Cabinet, to implement Compulsory Single File for all cyclists who ride in groups, regardless of whether a bike lane exists or not. We also call on the respective Transport Ministers of Australia to implement a prohibition of cyclists on all roads with a designated speed limit higher than 80kph, if those roads don’t have designated Bike Lanes.” the petition explains.

Whilst single file riding is probably a solid idea that should definitely be considered by the powers that be, drivers must still be vigilant of cyclists no matter what, because at the end of the day they can do some serious damage if they’re not careful no matter what the law says. But with 600 people having signed the petition in the time that it took me to write this, it must be said that many seem to agree with the proposed amendments to the road laws.

YES. I know that cyclists can be arrogant at times, this is a very well established fact, and it can at times feel like they’re not being careful when riding. Heck the other day I saw one run a red light like it was nothing. Common sense should surely prevail, if it’s dangerous, don’t do it.

This issue is going to divide opinion all over Australia, but ultimately the two factions are going to have to tolerate each other, because neither are going away any time soon.

Hey guys, the name’s Lawso, or Tinman as my friends like to call me. I grew up in a fairly small coastal town called Nambucca Heads, which just happens to perched upon one of the finest waterways in the country, the Nambucca River. After I finished High School I headed down south to Sydney where I’m now going into my second year of Law at Macquarie University. Living on campus there is an absolute blast. Trev and I had a chat recently about becoming a writer for EFTM and I naturally jumped at the idea of bagging my first job as a journo. Absolutely loving it so far and I can’t wait to see where it takes me.

Should cyclists ride in single file? Petition calls on the rules to change
3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Brett Franklin

    June 6, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Pesky peddlers, probably not a great choice of words.
    Sure it can be annoying as can many motorists but this war against cyclists has to end, people are being killed.
    As a cyclist I can tell you that single file is not the answer, it just gives cars the green light to squeeze past without changing lanes and most drivers underestimate how much clearance they are leaving to the cyclist, it’s getting bloody scary out there as no one seems to recognise that even the tiniest touch especially at speed can result in death!
    Cyclists are just people going to work, out for fun or whatever, could be your mother, brother or whatever, it needs to stop.

  2. Warwick

    June 6, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    I can’t agree with this one. A large group in single file will take way too long to overtake and may leave drivers caught behind them for an extended period of time. Particularly if the group gets split (something that can be managed better with a compact group). A compact group is easier to overtake and safer for the riders from a visibility perspective . Remember there is a 1 and 1.5m passing limit now that means you have to leave the lane anyway.

  3. David Harris

    June 7, 2018 at 7:28 am

    Funny petition,it talks about the safety of the people protected by metal. Cyclist need to ride 2 abreast for safety, single file makes drivers think they can overtake without leaving the lane, if there is something coming the other way the cyclist gets run off the road . The simple solution is that we should share the road and respect all users. The problem is that we are always late and in a hurry, we probably all need to relax a bit on the road and listen to the EFTM podcast

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