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Another win for cyclists and bike safety

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Ellen Sandell
State MP for Melbourne
30 April 2021

Last year, dozens of new temporary bike lanes popped up across inner Melbourne during the pandemic. They were such a success that 40 kilometres of permanent separated bike lanes have now been rolled out across the city and our inner suburbs. Thank you to our Melbourne City Greens Councillors for leading the way on this important initiative.

And there’s more great news for those of us that love to ride! Last week new laws to protect cyclists came into effect. These are 1m passing laws, which the Greens introduced to Parliament and advocated for. It means cars have to keep a minimum 1m distance between themselves and cyclists (and 1.5m when travelling over 60km per hour).

As more and more people, particularly families, are choosing to ride a bike for transport or exercise because of COVID-19, these ‘metre matters’ laws will help make our roads safe for everyone. A big thanks to all those who advocated for them, especially the Amy Gillett Foundation.

I’m now campaigning for separated bike lanes on two of our most dangerous bike routes – Flemington Road and Royal Parade.

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Ellen Sandell
State MP for Melbourne
30 April 2021
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