Safer Cycling Reforms

21 September 2015

The ACT will commence a two year trial of the metre matters rule and riding across pedestrian crossings, commencing 1 November 2015.

A 2013–2014 Legislative Assembly inquiry into vulnerable road users identified a range of measures that could be introduced in the ACT to improve safety for cyclists and other vulnerable road users. 

One recommendation was to consider the introduction of a minimum passing law (also known as the ‘metre matters’ rule) that requires motorists to provide a minimum lateral distance of one metre when overtaking a cyclist in speed zones at or below 60km/h and one and a half metres in speed zones above 60km/h. 

It was also recommended that the ACT Government amend the road rules to allow cyclists to ride across pedestrian crossings.