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Journeys : Jun Jul 2011
Street-smart Opinion We asked : Do you think there are enough facilities for bicycles on Tasmania’s roads? Photos and interviews: Margie Law Where I come from in Queensland they mark bike lanes. I just drove the East Coast of Tasmania and it’s barely wide enough for a car, especially between Sorell and Triabunna, where it is hilly and narrow. Personally I wouldn’t be game to ride a bike on that road. Richard Muhling, R ACQ member, Cooroy Queensland I’m travelling by car and with the amount of traffic on the road, bike riders seem to be comfortable. Henk Timmerman, Glenview Queensland Yeah, there’s green lines. It seems all right. There’s not so much traffic so it’s not too dangerous. Stephanie Schrodka, Huonville Weused to live in Coles Bay and the road is 100 km/h. If there is a touring bike on a corner it is dangerous for them. I haven’t seen a lot of bicycle ways on the roads, but there are not a lot of cars here. In France there are cars everywhere but we have a place for bicycles to ride. I feel safer riding in France than here. Raphaelle Himelfarb, Nubeena Yes I think so. I don’t ride bikes but as far as I can see it’s pretty good. Fleur Dunbabin, Sandford Igo to uni in Lonnie and it is not too bad there, there are bike lanes close to the uni but there aren’t any dow ntow n. I usually just ride the back streets. They should encourage bikes. Hayden Fox, Mowbray Richard Fowler is Tasmania’s Registrar of Motor Vehicles. We asked him to share his views on the licensing requirements for novice drivers. There are a lot of good, safe young drivers on our roads. Unfortunately the statistics show that drivers between the ages of 17 to 25 are over-represented in serious injury and fatality crash statistics, compared to other drivers. The devastation to families and friends of losing loved ones goes beyond description. To reduce the number of ser ious injur ies and deaths from road crashes, especially those involving novice dr ivers, the State Gover nment introduced a Graduated Dr iver Licensing Scheme (GDLS) in April 2009. The GDLS is a comprehensive approach to learning how to drive. It concentrates on providing young drivers with improved practical driving skills, exper ience and good driving habits before they can be issued with a provisional licence. The development of the GDLS was based on extensive research which indicated that: • Dr iving experience reduces road crashes • Lear ners under super vision are a low-crash risk group • Motivation and attitude to risk-taking are as important in improving driver safety as practical driving skills • Lear ners must develop practical driving skills before they are able to develop higher-order dr iving skills Since the introduction of the L2 driving assessment, the P1 pass rate has improved. Early indications suggest that this is because: • Lear ners are better prepared, as they have read the Novice Dr ivers’ Training K it • Lear ners who have been through the two-tiered learner stage are better prepared for solo driving than those who have not • Lear ners have had the opportunity to receive vital feedback and advice from driving assessors at the L2 driving assessment • Lear ners have been able to develop their higher-order driving skills through the 50 hours of supervised driving in the L2 stage, and to practise the recommended driving tasks before undertaking the P1 driving assessment This shows the very real benefits of the GDLS in ensuring that young drivers are learning well and able to maintain good driving habits. There is no secret to good driving – that’s why we say that novice drivers need to ‘practise, practise, practise.’ In our community 10 June / July 2011
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