Riding towards cycle safety and national success
Published: 11 November 2014
A unique cycle safety campaign initiated by Logan City Council has ridden its way into the finals of the Australian Road Safety Awards.
Council's RU1m campaign aims to improve cycle safety on Logan's local roads by raising awareness of the new minimum passing distance law.
Deputy Mayor and Logan Road Safety Advisory Committee Chairman, Councillor Russell Lutton, (Division 2), said the focus of the campaign was to encourage cyclists of all ages to wear the specially-designed high visibility RU1m vests.
Launched in July, the RU1m campaign has been announced a finalist in three categories of the Australian Road Safety Awards. The awards will announced at a gala ceremony on 27 November at Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.
Cr Lutton said the RU1m campaign, which forms part of Council's award-winning SafeRoads4Logan strategy, was a finalist in the categories of: Community Program, School Program, and Local Government Initiative.
"Whether residents are riding their bikes for recreational, sporting, or work reasons, or simply to and from school, Council wants to do what it can to help ensure the rider reaches their destination safely," he said.
"Under new Queensland laws, motorists must maintain a one metre gap from a cyclist when passing in a 60km/hr or less zone and at least 1.5m away in areas above 60km/hr.
"The law aims to make drivers more aware of cyclists who are quite vulnerable on our busy roads."
Cr Lutton said the campaign also aimed to improve cyclists' awareness of their responsibility on roads.
"When it comes to safety, we all have a role to play and it is just as important that cyclists accept their responsibility," he said.
"Interestingly, since the new laws were introduced, more cyclists have been found at fault and have borne the brunt of their behaviour by being fined."
Cr Lutton encouraged cyclists, irrespective of age or cycling ability, to support the RU1m campaign and improve the safety on our roads by wearing one of the vests Council has for sale at cost price through its online store.
"This campaign will say lives; by wearing a vest or displaying a sticker you can help us to spread the important RU1m message and increase safety on the road for cyclists," he said.
For further information or to view the online store, go to www.logan.qld.gov.au/ru1m