Legislative Council

QUESTION: Lane filtering rules for cyclists

March 29th, 2017

On the 29th of March, Mark asked a supplementary question to the Minister for Road Safety regarding lane filtering regulations relating to cyclists.

The Hon. M.C. PARNELL: My supplementary question is: where you have a situation where there is a dedicated right-hand turn lane, for example, and there are traffic lights and multiple lines of traffic that are stationary, is it permissible for pedal cyclists to lane filter by working their way to the head of the traffic, for example, so they can join the front of the right-hand turn queue? Just to assist the minister further, lane filtering for cyclists is already legal in the left-hand lane. When traffic is stopped at a traffic light, the bike is allowed to go up on the inside. My question is: are there other circumstances? If the minister doesn't know the answer, could he look into whether cyclists are able to lane filter in limited circumstances to help get to the head of traffic?
The Hon. P. MALINAUSKAS  (Minister for Police, Minister for Correctional Services, Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Road Safety): My understanding is, and I will seek to confirm this for the honourable member's benefit and indeed the community at large, that alterations to the regulations that have been tabled in the parliament speak specifically to motorcyclists and not to cyclists. However, for the sake of clarity and accuracy, I will seek to take on notice the particular parts of the question the honourable member has asked.

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