With many of us avoiding overcrowding on public transport due to COVID-19, the bike has grown in popularity as a way to get around.
People looking for exercise outside of a gym are also jumping onboard.
To help raise awareness of cycling safety, NSW Labor has joined with Bicycle NSW to launch a road safety campaign.
Over two months, ‘Safety on Spokes’ will help educate all road users about bike safety with messaging that covers safe passing, heavy-vehicle safety issues, road rules, safety tips and door-zone bike lanes.
“It’s great to see so many more people riding bikes, and we know there’s a pressing need for a high quality road safety campaign to meet their needs,” Bicycle NSW representative Kim Lavender said.
“Bicycle NSW has developed an education campaign to make a better environment for bike riders.”
Maitland MP Jenny Aitchison praised Bicycle NSW, the NRMA and other road safety advocates for highlighting the importance of all road users doing the right thing.
“Whether we’re driving, walking or riding on the road, no one wants to be involved in an accident, and this campaign is a great reminder of the safety precautions we all need to take,” she said.
Shadow Minister for Active Transport, Jo Haylen, added the need to socially distance had resulted in more people dusting off their bikes and getting back out on the road.
“For many of us the road rules have changed since we got our driver’s licences or last rode our bikes,” she said.
“This campaign is such an important reminder about the steps we can all take – drivers, riders and walkers – to keep everyone safe on the road.”