RESEARCH - More Than Paint Needed to Keep Cyclists Safe
Research by Dr. Ben Beck at Australia's Monash University collected data on 60 cyclists in Melbourne who rode their bicycles with a custom device (the 'MetreBox') installed to quantify the distance that motor vehicle drivers provide when passing them. More than 18,000 vehicle passing events from 422 trips were recorded.
One in every 17 passing events (n=1085) came within one metre of the travelling cyclist and, alarmingly, 124 passing events came within less than 60cm. In higher speed zones, greater than 60 km/h, roughly one in every three (n=293) passing events was a 'close' pass (<150cm).
There were approximately 1.7 passing events of less than 100cm for every 10km travelled.
"Our results demonstrate that a single stripe of white paint is not sufficient to protect people who ride bikes," Dr Beck said.