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transport

20 petitions

Update posted 7 hours ago

Petition to Gladys Berejiklian, Daniel Andrews, Annastacia Palaszczuk, Mick Fuller, Steven Marshall, Luke Foley, Bernard Carlon, Clare Gardiner-Barnes, Mark Bailey, Mark Ryan, Jodi McKay, Guy Zangari, Luke Donnellan, Lisa Neville, Michelle Roberts, Mark McGowan, Stephan Knoll, Corey Wingard, Jeremy Rockliff, Jacquie Petrusma, Michael Ferguson, Shane Rattenbury, Mick Gentleman, Meegan Fitzharris, Eva Lawler, Nicole Manison, Will Hodgman, Andrew Constance, Melinda Pavey, Troy Grant

Protect your Family and Friends with Safe Passing Distance

Every day the lives of decent hard-working cyclists are being threatened by a small minority of reckless drivers. Lauren was cut-off by a sedan that knocked her from the road to the footpath, all caught on CCTV footage. Adrian was cycling to work when a car came so close on a roundabout that he thought he was about to die. Anastasia was killed after being struck by a truck (pictured above), she was 23 years old. Neil was enjoying a pleasant National Park ride when a Police car shocked him with a dangerous close pass, shortly after the passing distance law was brought into place. James was hospitalised for weeks with horrific injuries after being hit by a sports car, while on a popular cycling route. Marc and Tom took definitive evidence to the Police (video and ultrasonic distance measurement), but were fobbed off by a misinformed and uncaring system. There have been thousands of victims of dangerous close passes since the law was changed, but only a handful of fines have been issued. How would you feel after an unsafe pass from a ute or van, to take the video evidence to your local police station, and be told by the officer that they wont even make a record of your incident (let alone start an investigation)? Stunned, angry, victimised, ignored, alone... This has happened to hundreds of cyclists across Australia. All States and Territories are implementing safe passing distance laws for vehicles when overtaking cyclists (with the exception of Victoria). The purpose of these rules is to reduce injuries and deaths to bike riders. But in practice the burden of evidence and prosecution has fallen onto the victims of dangerous close passes... This is grossly unfair!! Lives are being unnecessarily lost, and serious injuries are being sustained, for as long as Safe Passing Distance goes unenforced. As a coalition of cyclists, groups and concerned citizens we are calling out this injustice... Sign for your mates, for your family, and for our children to have safer roads than we ride on today. We the undersigned call on Governments and Police to proactively enforce Minimum Passing Distance (MPD), as an essential measure for improving Road Safety in Australia. Amy Gillett Foundation Cycling Australia (CA) Bicycling Australia Bicycle Queensland (BQ) Bicycle NSW Australian Cycle Alliance (Cycle) We Ride Australia (Australian Cycling Promotion Foundation) Bicycles Network Australia (bicycles.net.au) Bicycle Network Safe Cycling Australia (SCA) Cycling New South Wales (Cycling NSW) City of Sydney and Lord Mayor Clover Moore Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club (DHBC) Inner West Bicycle Coalition (Ashfield Bicycle Group, Bike Leichhardt and Bike Marrickville) Inner West Cyclists BIKEast Bikes Botany Bay Bike North North Western Sydney Cycling Club Waratah Masters Cycling Club ARTcycle Newcastle Cycling Club Newcastle Cycleways Newcastle University Bike Users Group (NUBUG) Wild Horizons Cycling Victoria Hobsons Bay Bicycle User Group (HBBUG) Cycling Queensland Brisbane West BUG WestCycle (Cycling Western Australia) Bike SA Cycling South Australia The Bicycle Institute of South Australia Aldinga Bike Kitchen Cycling Tasmania Pedal Power ACT Cycling Australian Capital Territory Cycling Northern Territory West Midlands Police have won multiple awards for their Operation Close Pass, which has decreased serious injuries and deaths to cyclists by one-fifth in the first year alone. Motorists observed making unsafe passes and other poor driving are pulled over, and either warned/educated/prosecuted. Police have also asked the public to submit video evidence, which has resulted in several hundred fines. Google "West Midlands Operation Close Pass" to see the impressive results of this cheap and effective Police action for yourself... This model is being rolled out by other Police in the UK, such as London, Hampshire and South Yorkshire... Two-thirds of the 50 American states are enforcing laws for a safe passing distance of at least 3 feet, with examples of proactive enforcement in Austin, Tampa and Memphis. After becoming visible, following the road rules, watching out for each other and riding defensively we still depend on motorists to give us space and respect on our roads... Just like speeding, mobile phone distractions and drink driving the Police should take a proactive approach to Minimum Passing Distance (MPD). These rules can't reverse an injury or death after the fact. They need to be proactively enforced. The safe passing distance rules require vehicles to give at least 1.0 metre of clearance to cyclists (up to speeds of 60 km/hour), and at least 1.5 metres clearance when overtaking in speed limit zones exceeding 60 km/hour. Motorists who do not comply with the law are liable for hundreds of dollars of fines and the loss of demerit points. Drivers are allowed to cross unbroken lines, and vehicles can go over flat traffic islands, in order to comply with the law. Add your voice in support of Road Safety… Please contact davidmaywald@hotmail.com to have your organisation added to this petition. Next steps: Share this petition with all of your friends, family and contacts... and ask for their support Write to your local MP and Ministers to push for proactive enforcement of Road Safety laws, including MPD Speak up for Road Safety, with your off-line and on-line networks... Take evidence of dangerous close passes to Police, and seek prosecution of the offending drivers (there are good resources from Bicycle NSW, Simply Cycling Training, road.cc and Bicycle Queensland to help you) https://bicyclensw.org.au/advocacy/mpd/ http://www.simplycyclingtraining.com/category/advocacy/cyclist-rights-enforcement/ https://road.cc/content/news/237916-what-do-if-you-capture-near-miss-or-close-pass-or-worse-camera-while-cycling https://bq.org.au/news/2018/05/new-accident-app-lifts-legal-protection-queensland-bike-riders/ #AMetreMatters #SeeThePerson #PassCyclistsSafely #StayWideroftheRider #IGiveAMetre #SlowDownPassWide #RideToSchool #OpClosePass

David Maywald, CFA JP (Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club)
9,396 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Luke Foley, Andrew Constance, Gladys Berejiklian, Jodi Mckay

Restore Liverpool via Regents Park, Save T3 Bankstown, Express @ Lidcombe Auburn Granville

Since 2013, public transport has been downgraded in favour of toll roads. The Inner West, South West and Western Sydney have all been significantly worse off from cuts to trains and the various timetable changes. We are calling for: T2 Inner West Line to be restored as a Liverpool via Regents Park service to reduce overcrowding & interchange at Birrong, Lidcombe T3 Bankstown Line to be maintained (all stations to Liverpool) with heavy rail and no Sydenham-Bankstown Metro to keep direct trains to City for 19,000 commuters west of Bankstown T1 Western Line express trains to service Lidcombe, Auburn, Granville during the peak hour not slow T2 all stops trains that have increased travel times by 50% To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales. The Petition of residents and commuters of the Inner West, South West and Western Sydney brings to the attention of the House, the significant downgrades to public transport over the past 5 years. The undersigned petitioners therefore ask the Legislative Assembly to: restore the Inner West Line to Liverpool via Regents Park; restore fast trains for Lidcombe, Auburn, Granville, Liverpool, Bankstown; Save the Bankstown Line; oppose WestConnex and focus on public transport not motorways! More information at www.restoreinnerwestline.org.au  Please visit www.saveT3.org for more information about our opposition to the Sydenham to Bankstown Metro and donate to our crowdfunding campaign to expose the government cover-up over Bankstown Line trains: https://www.gofundme.com/SaveT3

Roydon Ng
2,335 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Luke Donnellan, Luke Donnellan MP, Vince Punaro

Build the Calder Bike Path

“We’ll build the paths to get the bikes off the road and out of the traffic, making life easier for cyclists and motorists alike.” - Daniel Andrews MP.Currently there is NO SAFE ROUTE for Sunbury and Macedon Ranges residents to get to and from Melbourne by Bike. The main corridor used by commuter and recreational cyclists involves a portion of the Calder Fwy between Organ Pipes Rd and Kings Rd. VicRoads has seen fit to erect several signs on both sides of the freeway indicating cyclists should use the freeway shoulder, however at the Calder Park Drive exit the shoulder ceases to exist.  The space is instead used for a high speed slip lane.  What then for cyclists heading north?  You're on your own apparently, just dice it out for a couple of hundred metres with high speed freeway traffic.  For one commuter cyclist recently it meant a trip to hospital with a concussion and several broken bones after being hit from behind by a car, followed by months off work for recovery. How long until the unthinkable happens and lives are ruined as a result? For a small investment a path can be built on the North side of the freeway, completely eliminating this dangerous bike-car interaction. This needs to happen sooner rather than later. Luke Donnellan: For these people who are trying to do the right thing by leaving the car at home and riding to work instead - Give them a safe option.Detailed proposal can be found here:Proposal PDF

Andrew Smeal
976 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Hon. Michael McCormack, Hon Cameron Dick, CrJenny Hill, The Honourable Mark Bailey MP

Improve safety and conditions for cyclists in Townsville

We need safe, direct and connected routes for cycling to entice more people to get around by bike and to keep those who currently do safe. If a better approach to the movement of people through Townsville is not implemented, waistlines will continue to bulge and people will increasingly be delayed as the city grows. It is noted that the Townsville City Deal seeks to improve the lives of Townsville residents through a revitalised urban centre, and a more vibrant and liveable city. More Active Travel can help facilitate this. The deal also seeks to re-establish the CBD as the primary activity centre of the city and allow greater engagement of the public and active transport connectivity. There is no plan in the deal to make this happen.  It is our belief that a reassessment and restructure of our road network is essential to reach these targets. We also believe Townsville City Council should employ a permanent Active Travel officer with Urban Design experience to assess and provide input for all road resurfacing and upgrades with a view to making them more conducive to Active Travel.We have a responsibility to provide attractive (fast, safe and convenient) alternatives to sedentary travel by car especially given the high rate of obesity and inactivity in our population. Quality Infrastructure and design changes behaviour on the roads leading to better conditions for cycling and increased uptake of Active Travel. Townsville is an ideal lifestyle destination for people who love an active life. The climate is amazing for more than 6mths of the year. It rarely rains. Everywhere is close and you only need to ride hills if you seek them out. Without intelligent assessment and a change in focus of our traffic network we will go down the path of our congested capital cities.

The Townsville Bicycle User Group
770 supporters