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Driving on empathy

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When we think of other road users as people rather than as cyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists or drivers, we will make real progress towards solving road rage. Ian Munro reports. There was a time when motorists passing one another on a country road would acknowledge each other with a casual wave. It was partly polite greeting, partly
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LDD

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Taking science into his own hands in the service of road harmony, Ashley Holtmeulen explores  the damaging effects of LDD. As always science has been a little slow to substantiate or be willing to look at what most cyclist have always known, that LDD has always been the single biggest cause of stress and anger
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Top risks to riders

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  There are many confident riders who have the knack of identifying the risks on the roads, and who have developed good riding practices to manage the uncertainty that shadows every vulnerable road user. But are riders totally responsible for their welfare, or do other road users, and roads management authorities, also have an obligation
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Degrees of separation

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Cars, trucks, motorbikes, bicycles all share the road. Simon Vincett explores the benefits of separating motor vehicle and bicycle traffic. As cycling networks extend throughout Australian cities, a host of new riders are poised to take up active transport. Louise Treloar, 25, of Sydney, started riding to work this year. “It’s been a good option
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Double take on the right hand turn

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Warren Sutton crashed with a bike rider when driving across a bike lane and writes hoping that others can learn from his experience. Recently I was involved in a collision where I turned in front of a cyclist causing him to hit and subsequently somersault over my car. It was a shocking experience, which, if
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Turning blind

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Vehicle blind spots and carelessness are a deadly combination. Simon Vincett reveals how blind spots happen, how to reduce them and how bike riders can stay out of harm’s way. Blind spots around large vehicles blot out regions of the road much larger than most people realise. These are areas that the driver cannot see
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Watch that door!

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Colliding with a car door is the number one cause of injury to riders. Emma Clark investigates how to take preventative action.  The law Australia’s road laws state it is an offence to open a vehicle door into oncoming traffic. This includes when the vehicle is parked and the engine is turned off, passenger doors
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Roundabouts got you in a spin?

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They may seem innocuous enough, but roundabouts present a unique challenge for bike riders. Emma Clark investigates how they should be tackled. “The driver didn’t give way to me!” “I was forced up the kerb by a truck squeezing past.” “Pedestrians walk across the road without looking!” Every rider who has ridden on urban roads
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Rolling with the heavies

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Bikes and trucks don’t mix well on the road. Emma Clark examines ways to improve the relationship. Drivers of big vehicles such as trucks and buses have caused a significant number of deaths and injuries to bike riders, despite making up only a small percentage of road users. While this number has dropped over the
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