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AUTO NEWS – Motorists drive nearer to bikes in cycle lanes than on roads

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Motorists drive nearer to bikes in cycle lanes than on roads


Motorists drive considerably nearer to cyclists using in bike lanes than they do to ones utilizing a normal part of street, a brand new research has advised.

Researchers in Australia collected information on 60 cyclists in Melbourne using bikes outfitted with GPS and ultrasonic sensors to detect how a lot area drivers left when overtaking.

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Some 18,527 passes have been recorded from 422 journeys, with the median passing distance figuring out at 1.73 metres, whereas six per cent have been lower than one metre.

Printed within the analysis journal Accident Evaluation and Prevention, the research in contrast how a lot area drivers gave cyclists on roads with and with out painted cycle lanes.

On common, drivers on roads with a cycle lane and no parked vehicles gave bicycles 27cm much less room on common, whereas they got here 40cm nearer on roads with a cycle lane and parked vehicles.

Though cycle lanes don’t bodily separate cyclists from different site visitors, the authors of the research consider drivers don’t really feel the necessity to give them as a lot area after they have their very own lane.

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One in 17 automobiles that handed the cyclists left lower than a metre of area, with almost two passes nearer than a metre for each 10km (6.2 miles) travelled.

In the meantime, on roads with a pace restrict of greater than 37mph, round one in three overtakes have been outlined as “shut” passes, with drivers leaving lower than 1.5 metres of area.

Drivers within the UK could be given three penalty factors and fined £100 for failing to provide cyclists at the least 1.5 metres of area when passing.

Monash College’s Dr Ben Beck, lead creator of the research, stated: “Our outcomes exhibit {that a} single strip of white paint just isn’t adequate to guard individuals who journey bikes,” in line with the Occasions.

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AUTO NEWS – Motorists drive nearer to bikes in cycle lanes than on roads
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