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Drivers Who Pass Cyclists Too Close

Haworth, N., Schramm, A., Heesch, K.

Cyclists and Passing Distances

ARSC conference 2017

Minimum passing distance laws have been introduced in many Australian jurisdictions to prevent crashes occurring when motorists overtake cyclists. This study aimed to understand the factors underlying noncompliance, to increase the benefits of these laws. Findings showed that the 47.6% of drivers who self-reported that they did not comply were more likely to disagree with the rule being introduced, agree that it makes passing more difficult, disagree that it makes the roads safer for cyclists, and be uncertain about their ability to judge whether they have left a metre. These findings suggest messaging to drivers is critical for increasing compliance.