THE age-old cyclists versus motorists debate is one that elicits, shall we say, ‘strong’ views on both sides. That much was apparent from the response on our Facebook page to Dave Carey’s piece on the new bike-passing laws, which you can read on streetmachine.com.au. Most Australian states have adopted the laws, which state that when passing cyclists, motorists must keep a minimum of one metre’s distance in a 60km/h zone, or 1.5 metres in a zone with a higher limit. Dave suggested that maybe on some roads bicycle use could be restricted to certain times of the day.

Cam – As a cyclist and a car nut, I think you have hit it spot-on. Just like cars can park in certain areas at certain times of the day.

Daniel – Great idea you have there, but how about only letting cyclists use roads with a speed limit of 60km/h or less? And charging them registration to use the roads.

Hellish – Try making a law that ensures cyclists travel in single file, as well as charging them the same as other motorists to use the road. Come on people, they travel three, four and five wide, leaving no option to pass at all.

Anthony Farnan – Drivers already pass cyclists when it is unsafe to do so. This law won’t change that. Any law that protects the most vulnerable on our roads should be supported. Disappointed in the ignorance shown in this opinion piece.

Sammy Anthony Sablinskis – So there’s double lines where it’s not safe to overtake, yet they’re now saying you can cross them to pass a cyclist? Great idea! Let’s cause more accidents!

Mick Egan – Maybe have times on certain roads that cyclists can’t use them, but then times that motor vehicles can’t use them. We must be the stupidest people in Australia – most other countries seem to be able to work it out, but here we all think we are entitled.

Ryan Shaw – You’re spot-on Mick with the ‘entitled’ mentality. I’m in Central America at the moment and there are people on bikes everywhere – not only pushbikes but slow scooters and motorcycles. The road users over here have no problem giving way or giving space to the bikes.

There is no road rage or sense of entitlement like we have in Australia.

Josh Miller – If the cyclists didn’t think that their sense of entitlement would protect them from tonnes of metal, it would work. Decades ago you kept to the side of the road as much as possible.

You were responsible for choosing a safe area to ride. Some of these clowns now ride two abreast and chant: ‘It’s for safety.” If the road was that dangerous I wouldn’t use it in the first place!

Tim O’Brien – Riding two abreast – just because something is legal doesn’t make it safe or sensible.

I could legally ride my motorbike in jocks and socks, but I would be a dumbarse if I did – not to mention scare a lot of innocent motorists! It’s common sense that’s missing.

Rob Freeze – Maybe you should all ride a bike for one day, then post your feedback. I tried it once.

Even nearly against the gutter in a bike lane, I was almost getting hit by cockheads who can’t drive.

John Brandt – On another page I said I would turn the laws around, where if I go out for a ride on my pushie I make sure that it’s me who stays at least a metre away from cars, stops to let traffic clear before crossing a road, obeys stop signs and red lights. Other cyclists said to me that I was “thinking too much like a car driver”!

Liam Campbell – I think the laws are okay but I also believe that if there is a safer option available like bike tracks and riders don’t use them, they should be fined for recklessly risking people.

Christopher O’Sullivan – I understand why they’re there, and while I don’t share their passion (my fat arse would die), I respect their right to enjoy good roads. But there are good and bad times to enjoy them.

Tim Eldred – I ride and I drive. When I ride, it’s mostly off-road, far from the frappuccino Lycra cyclists who would be too afraid to get their bikes dirty. When I do ride on the road, I respect motorists and they respect me. Human life is at stake!

Craig Bradley – Spot-on mate, the Lycra coffee set are the problem. There are plenty of cyclists doing the right thing. It’s the Cadel wannabes who have the self-righteous attitude and ride three abreast.

Mick Repacholi – I completely agree that everyone has an entitlement to use the road, but as a cyclist I always prefer to exercise that entitlement defensively and stay well out of the way of traffic.

Unfortunately, it seems most cyclists don’t think that way and pretend that the law will guard them from injury as they’re riding up the middle of the road. It always pays to remember who’s bigger and can inflict more damage.

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