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Councillor Angela Vithoulkas Notice of Motion

LEARNER DRIVER EDUCATION: DRIVING WITH BICYCLES IN THE CITY (S103138)

It is resolved that:

(A) Council note:

1. The City of Sydney currently runs free workshops for supervisors of learner drivers under 25 years of age which offers practical advice including supervising learner drivers, completing the learner driver log book and the benefits of driving practice. The last workshop was held 1 September 2015.

2. The City of Sydney also currently runs a number of courses designed to develop the skills and confidence required to be an effective bike rider in Sydney. The courses include Cycling in the City: Rusty Riders Course, Cycling in the City, Women’s Only Course.

3. NSW Roads and Maritime Services provides online information to learner drivers that includes, but is not limited to, basic driving techniques, motorcycle safety, night vision and driving safely in the wet.

4. The City of Sydney has experienced a significant increase in the number of cyclists. It has been reported that the number of daily bike trips in the City of Sydney local government area has increased from 25,868 in March 2010 to 60,098 in March 2014.

5. Both cyclists and motorists are often unclear about road rules that relate to their individual modes of transport and how they interact with each other.

6. Safety of cyclists, pedestrians and motorists is paramount.

(B) the Chief Executive Officer be requested to:

1. Write to NSW Roads and Maritime Services to obtain guidance about further developing the free workshops for supervisors of learner drivers under 25 years of age to include instruction regarding driving in the City of Sydney and the interaction with bicycle traffic. Topics that may be relevant to the course include:

  • Turning across separated bike paths into driveways and right of way.
  • Basic road rules about sharing the road with cyclists similar to those currently outlined in the NSW Roads and Maritime Services Road Users’ Handbook.
  • Interaction between bicycle traffic and motor vehicle drivers on separated and non-separated roads and pathways in the Local Government Area.

2.  Report back to Councillors via the CEO update.

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