Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Foundation's safer cycling advocacy praised

Media Release


16 July 2015

I commend the Amy Gillett Foundation for its efforts to make cycling safer in Australia.

10 years ago, on 18 July 2005, Australian cycling champion Amy Gillett was killed while cycling in Germany with our national team. This tragic event inspired the Amy Gillett Foundation's vision to eliminate all cycling fatalities.

I congratulate the Amy Gillett Foundation on the success of its ‘a metre matters’ campaign, which is changing community attitudes and persuaded governments to deliver legislative reform.

Queensland is undertaking a trial of new rules on passing distances, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory have committed to applying similar rules, and Tasmania has made a rule change allowing motorists to cross centre lines to overtake cyclists.

In my own electorate, Amy Gillett's death has also been honoured with a dedicated bikeway in the Adelaide Hills.

The report Road Trauma Australia: 2014 Statistical Summary and Info Sheet 71 Australian cycling safety, released today by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics shows a strong downward trend in road fatalities generally, alongside relatively poor outcomes for Australian cyclists and other vulnerable road users.

In 2014, Australia achieved the lowest rate of road deaths on record since national statistics began in 1925—a significant milestone considering the number of vehicles on our roads has increased from 300,000 to over 17.6 million in that time.

However, these positive outcomes have not been shared by Australian cyclists. In 2014 there were 45 cyclist deaths due to road crashes, representing an average increase of 1.4 per cent over the past ten years and highlighting the need to prioritise cyclist safety.

That's why the Australian Government is working with the states and territories through the National Road Safety Action Plan 2015–17 to deliver specific reforms that will make our roads safer for all road users, particularly vulnerable road users.

The Australian Government is also contributing through our record investment in road infrastructure across Australia, which incorporates dedicated cycling infrastructure.

Ultimately, it is every Australian's responsibility to share our roads with respect. I applaud the Foundation for promoting this message and for making our roads safer for all Australians.

The BITRE reports are available online at