Motorists and cyclists in Victoria are being urged to look out for each other as the warmer months continue to draw riders onto the state’s roads in big numbers.
Last year 11 cyclists died on Victorian roads and, in the first six months of 2019, 287 cyclists were hospitalised.
Cyclists are 34 times more likely to be seriously injured than vehicle occupants and 4.5 times more likely to be killed in a crash, according to Transport Accident Commission (TAC) figures.
“With the warmer weather comes more bikes, cars and motorbikes on the roads, so we ask everyone to be aware of this and think about the decisions they can make to keep each other safe,” said Darren Cheeseman, Member for South Barwon, which has recently hosted the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.
“We all have a responsibility when it comes to road safety which is why we’re urging everyone to be patient, look out for each other and drive and ride responsibly.”