The Australian Bicycle Council published a report stating that Australians purchased an estimated 1.1 million new cars, and 1.4 million bicycles in 2013. That’s 7.2 million new wheels on our roads (if you don’t count the spares)! Now that’s a lot of wheels on Aussie roads, and it’s probably not too much of a stretch to say they don’t always get along.
Most would agree that everyone deserves to travel safety on the roads, but what can individual do to make a difference? Check out the graphic below that gives some tips for both motorists and cyclists about how to share the road, giving mutual respect for each other and the law.
Bicycles and cars on Aussie roads
There are advantages and disadvantages to both kinds of transport, and many Aussies own both bicycles and cars. In a perfect world perhaps we would have completely separate roads for each. Some cities are certainly making an attempt at this, such as these initiatives in Melbourne. Most local governments are on board with plans to create separate cycle lanes that protect both groups of road users.
Others in support of safer roads
CarSales.com.au are also committed to promoting safer roads in 2015, with support from Cyclist Cadel Evans. Their campaign aims to support “safer roads for all users” believing that “only together can we make the roads safer”.
Our roads connect us
Christopher Jones from Bicycles Network Australia shares this sentiment, telling Compare the Market: “Roads connect us to our destination and to other road users. Let’s make a great connection.”